Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Back from a trip to California and a recap for last week.

Four day trip, short visit to re-acquaint the boys with their paternal grandparents as the last visit had been three years ago.

San Francisco remains a crowded and congested city full of "interesting" characters.  We drove through it from the SFO airport across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin County.  My folks live in Novato you see, and they don't travel much anymore so they don't want to fly to Colorado; even on my dime.

The visit, I must say, went better than expected.  My folks actually engaged the boys in conversation and told some short stories of me as a kid.  Here's a a now and then pic:

March 24, 2018

March 27(?), 2015

Of course, a bit of negative karma before the trip.  Miles was struck at an intersection by a left-turning idiot the day before the flight; and the car is going to be most likely totaled.  Miles is fine, just a little sore he says.

Waiting on the "official" decision from the insurance company but the auto collision people suspect it's going to be "totaled".  Sigh, Miles just got the 2014 Ford Focus back in January of this year too.  Again, heavy sigh.  

On the positive side, he was unhurt.  On the negative side....must go car shopping again, pay off the existing loan with whatever monies the insurance company comes up with, cover the gap since we foolishly didn't get gap insurance and on and on and on.  Arrrrggghhh.

In the meantime, Miles is now signed for a rental car.  Costs are covered by the insurance company so there's that.  Yep, apparently an 18 year old can rent a car under these special conditions.

Recap continues:  First Sunset of Spring.

 Fiona, my '99 Bural

 Denver Skyline, capital of the Stoner State

 Mount Evans

March 22 Sunset....a little better

 Stoner State capital spotlit by a sun beam

The boys and I are very glad to be back in Colorado.  Side note, don't use Frontier Airlines, their customer service sucks, their seats suck on board their planes and the flight attendant dropped a bad on Miles and didn't even apologize; just meandered away to continuing looking at all of us with baleful eyes full of suspicion.

Here's some pics of the sunset as the plane made its way east from SFO:


RichardM said...

Nice before and after photo. Novato is a pretty nice area. Did you venture out to the ocean or into the "City"?

redlegsrides said...

The beach is cold and the “cold” weather while we were there was no inducement either....the boys did venture into the city to shop in Japantown....I worked.

redlegsrides said...

update: added sunset pics taken from plane as we fled california

SonjaM said...

Sounds like customer service isn't what it used to be (or is getting similar to German customer service...).

Noce capture of the city lit by sunbeam, Dom.

How grown up your boys look, three years make a huge different when you're young.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, customer service is practically non-existent these days...the frontier minions took it deeper into the disfunctional and surly levels.

Trobairitz said...

"fled California" So many folks are doing that these days. At least you had Colorado to go home to.

I agree with Sonja, the boys have changed in the last few years. Growing up fast.

Glad Miles is okay after his accident. Must be bad Karma in the Ford Focus. I think ConchScooter has been through 2 of them due to other driver's (maybe one was the hurricane, come to think of it)

redlegsrides said...

Even Miles, my optimist, easy-going son felt the need to flee’s not just the curmudgeon in me.

As to the Ford’s replacement, it’s up to Martha and Miles to make it happen....I believe I’m the bad karma as I was the parent involved in the last three, count them, three cars that Miles has gone through....