THANKSGIVING 2019

Thursday 11/28/19 and a “double” as it’s not only Thanksgiving but Brenda’s birthday as well!

The pen-ultimate chemo session No 11 was completed yesterday and Dr Buck said fix an appointment to surgery in Denver for 5 weeks time.

Today not my normal “dressing gown” Thursday where I usually mope about all day feeling tired and weak. Felt pretty good when I got up at 0730 with no nausea and so far been chopping wood ready for the big storm which is supposed to start sometime this afternoon and continue through Saturday dropping up to 40 inches in its wake.

66 days after departing the UK our God fearing Pilgrims arrived at the American coastline. The ever leaking Speedwell, Mayflower’s sailing partner, was forced to return or sink and never made the crossing.

…….. and now begins the tale of right or wrong. What is stealing ? as in “Thou shalt not steal” and what is providence? Being a religious zealot you of course believe everything “YOU” want and come across is Providence, provided by the good Lord…… or is 1 Man’s trash, 1 Man’s fortune!

Go gett’em Mary

Plymouth Rock ? …………you say?

Suffice to say the Bible Punchers were not good farmers or much in the way of fishermen, despite having landed in one of the best lobster bays around. The dismal saga continues through to fall with many failing to make it. Then , Lo, they discover plentiful baskets of ears of corn, buried in the sand (in agriculture we call this a “clamp” and is still in use today for storing many root vegetables) ….”my word this must be PROVIDENCE provided by the good Lord …….. nice the way he left them in baskets for us to carry.”

Sorry Native Americans they didn’t know and you say the Turkey’s were yours as well?

Now lets see what is coming up on “Our”table………

Fresh cranberry

Swedes on the rolling boil. I only have them twice a year but I LUV em!

A really nice stuffing at the ready

My other favorite ….. the green bean

Must be getting close……. green bean ready along with fresh rolls

Don’t they look good?

Swede mashed and bashed

……. and here it is!

Lucky for me chemo let me have my taste buds back and I could enjoy it all …… thank you ……. that’s something to to give Thanks for!

Wonderful meal!!!

 

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SNOWING AGAIN …… HERE WE GO!

Snowing for the last 2,nights, children singing carols on the bus, and the last day’s driving before Thanksgiving and then we are into December all that brings.

Thanksgiving  with all the trimmings 

Decoration wise not quite so ambitious this year and just the outside of the house will be my limits. Still 2 sessions of chemo to go and then try and recover from all the shitty side effects.

Long phone call with Edward this morning and chatting over many subjects including cars and family. Edward has had a few Jags in his lifetime, whereas I’ve had zero!

Pleased to see my top 3 choices are still all there and of course there are a couple of others that would fit the bill quite nicely if things don’t go as planned.

Choices 4 and 5 are both Jags and the No 4 has this new detailing polish which is exceptional in terms of shine.

Beautiful shine on a $5500 car?  seems this might be a scam?

Seems too good to be true?????

My No 5 which I thought was a soft top or convertible until I saw the moon roof and its panel. The Blue roof style was fairly popular at the turn of the century…… its the S Type with 49000 miles and a private sale for $6800 ……. not bad!

Not a soft top then !

Nice wood

Needs that super shine

Good looking wheels

Needs a few more “logos”

Thanksgiving week begins, cold and damp with snow and more storms for the full week. A Chemo session to get through and see if my appetite comes back with the smell of roasting turkey.

Piles of wood split yesterday ready for the incoming snowstorm and when the french window is painted then decorations can come down from the loft.

Need to repaint my Barham car badge in anticipation so a visit to Cortez required for a couple of tins of red and orange “Humbrol Enamel”.

No paints available in Cortez but got an idea of pricing should I sell the Giant MTB ….. better check with e-bay for anything up there. Another load of wood chopped and brought in to ensure plenty for the week …….. and then true to the forecast first dump of 4″ o’night with the next storm aiming to hit on Thanksgiving.

Chemo 11 completed, roads clear both ways, and feeling quite good this morning while we await the BIG STORM rolling in with a predicted 2-4 FEET of snow.

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MORE IMMIGRANTS

 

It had to happen

Here we go again, another week on the School Bus and then off for Thanksgiving week. Not sure how the Turkey will taste as the last bit of turkey I had tasted awful!

I do have Chemo 11 to get through on 11/27 which is the day before Thanksgiving so I’m hoping no nausea and a gentle day.

Sunday, a good sleep, and plenty to watch on TV today. Back on Facebook I see my 3 favorite choices ( British Immigrants) are still lined up on the grid, who will take pole?   …… the crunch is yet to come and only time will tell but as we know about 2 months is a long time in the car business so patience,   … but be prepared for disappointment.

Now rated No 1 in my list on beauty alone

Just gorgeous!

No 2 still has total appeal especially with its price drop and distance from me. …….. we will see

 

Still dreaming

……. and then there is the big one with the Shaq RR

All very nice 

Don’t know why but there seems to be a load of MASS selling of watches going on. A couple of them would look pretty good with “Whatever” driving pleasure is yet to come!

Following on the disappointment theory, 2 of my front runners dropped off the Facebook marketplace and were forcing me to think again. By this morning 1 of the 2 had returned so I’m hoping No 3 will be back up soon. Almost 0900 and No 3 is back! I wish they wouldn’t keep doing that but its certainly an incentive to get my arse back in gear as soon as this chemo crap is over with.

 

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CHEMO 10 AND MORE SURPRISES

No, the taste buds are going!

Back to Durango for the start of what I’d hoped would be the last 3 sessions of this chemo poison. The new doctor, Dr Buck, has finally got his feet under the table and given my case some time, but he is in the hands of the Denver Surgeon.

I share all my current concerns reference all these awful side effects which continue to increase. The intense cold, the splitting fingers, pins and needles, weeping eyes, and the constant running nose.

He now tells me we are reducing some of the poison as my speech and hearing are both going downhill and that is another expected side effect.  ……. and now we come to the next unknown! Yes he thinks the rectal surgery could be done after the results of the scan which will be two weeks after session 12. However he doesn’t think liver surgery will be possible as there is TOO Much in the tumors in the liver. He also tells me the pills that were the all singing and dancing way to go contain ALL the sodding poisons that cause all the side effects I’m suffering!!!!  ….. WELL THAT’S BRILLIANT !!!!

Good news on Facebook Marketplace as a couple of XK  Jags appear on the market and both private sellers. No 2 is out by San Diego and too far for a “look see”

Another one in silver is up in the earlier style but wins with the dash which is, nicer wood but with the older style shifter that I “think” I like more.

The older style dash

Still easy on the eye.

On the good news front,  which there seems to be not much of these days, the new hand cream from Home Depot is doing a good job on my poor little pinkeys!

Also as a surprise while scanning the “Marketplace” up pops that gorgeous Aston Martin which is now double advertised as the  seller has handed it over to a dealer, or maybe he works there? However more pictures and it looks like its had another detailing with this new mirror shine!

WOW !

Yes, the same one

The big Question ……. can I …..????

I wish

Now that really is pretty

Great job of detailing

Love it!

Well still a lot of time left, whether any of these will be available when I’m ready remains to be seen. Then there will be other questions re: the Cancer scenario, time frames etc,etc. We live in eternal hope!

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EVERYTHING IS FINGERTIPS & SLIPPING THROUGH

Split fingers, loss of sensitivity, and bloody sore!

In more ways than one! The nice chemo side effects are literally splitting my fingers, the pins and needles are worse, and my skin is looking like my dear old Grannies palms and all horribly wrinkled.

In other news my No 1 choice is still there and up for grabs, although there are many newcomers on the view list, all considerably cheaper but lacking in my curbside appeal. Might have to look closely and see if the dash can be made as nice as the “No 1”.

So choice No 1, the 2012 XK

The Cabin

Drop dead gorgeous

This cheap AWD X type sold which hardly surprised me at only $2850 and quite stunning all round.

Firewood collection plowed on during the week with 3 more loads taking me up to 9 for the year and really hardly anywhere left to stack any more so I’m about done.

Test firing of the new fir

Cycling started again and another 65 miles went in the books for this less than stellar year, but anything is better than nothing.

One or two of the prospective purchases have dropped a few dollars during the week. First is a Jag XF which was very cheap at $6000 and is now down at $5500 ???

It’s in CA

Quite a polish,  I’m impressed

I could live with this

This one is well below any list price and would appear to be in an exceptional condition.  On sale very close to the Mexican border in CA one has to wonder if this is a “scam” or a stolen car? Something not quite right here or I’m missing out on a cracking deal.

Side effects today are bloody awful, fingers hurt like hell and my No 1 choice seems to have slipped through my fingers while I’m in waiting mode.

Well, the RR I liked is still available although I must check on all the crazy rules re: doc fees, state sales tax, and anything else they can find to rip you off for doing nothing. Maybe Private sales don’t attract all these fees? I had better find out.

Still available

Well once again I’m surprised having thought my No 1 choice was sold it reappears as if by magic. I can only assume its a selling ploy. Still the best by far in my humble, ever so humble, opinion.

Back again

A  supercharged XF comes along at $6900 and looks like a nice car and is a private sale down in Phoenix. Only thing I don’t like is the bland woodwork and I would have to change the trim to a more featured Burr Walnut.

While looking around one of my earlier choices looked pretty good other than in my brief glance I thought it was a convertible because of the dark blue top! Further inspection is that this is decor only and it has a moon roof. Shows just how dumb you can be …. better buy up Greenland!!! The reason I dismissed it was the “soft top” as the last thing I wanted to be doing was clearing snow everyday off the roof. Still a very nice car with gorgeous wood work, only 49K on the clock and a private cash deal …… worth a second look.

Nice wheels

Super dash

Seem to remember the roof color alternate was all the rage way back when 

Needs that “super mirror” polish

This morning as once again I was trolling the marketplace the No 1 choice has had a price drop from $19,999 down to $18,211 which is good for the buyer (hope its me!)

 

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WHAT’S LEFT ?

 

The No 1 choice ….. just lovely!

After my long “expose” on Cars, and maybe what’s in the future I’m reviewing those, and there are plenty, that are left on Facebook’s marketplace which seems to be a good source. My No 1 choice that I thought had been sold is back up for sale so maybe a financing issue?

Still my No 1 choice

Being Friday its time to get rid of this infuriating chemo bag and pump which nearly drives me insane. The freedom of getting shot of it for another 11 days is such a pleasure. This week the only increase in side effects has been the lack of sensitivity in my fingertips and some splitting of the skin. They say they reduced one of the chemo poisons a little……. lets hope it helps. Except two more teeth are missing?

Hair still there, teeth falling out!

That about sums it up, but so far this side effect has left me alone

More chemo thoughts

Suck it up!

Coming up for midday and temps on the rise from a chilly 14F at 0730 and now cresting 52F. Bag gone, life takes on a different complexion ……. some thoughts of getting load 7 from the firewood mountain but elect to catch up on some TV.

Firewood now planned for Monday/Tuesday, better get some in for tonight as the cold snap continues. ….. but at least its dry and not a mess at the wood yard. Right now time for some Saturday Pool and see if I can qualify. Shooting quite well but need to concentrate a little more and get that “killer” edge back. Some very good games and I finish in third which could easily have been first with a bit more thought.

Sunday morning, lots of it, as the clocks are now reset …. although my watch didn’t want to!

Quite warm outside in the mid 60’s, might just get a ride in if I push myself. Also need to get my car badges off the Safari as (all in the future) I need to repaint them to put on whatever mystery car/SUV I end up with ???? …… No 1 PLEASE!

The ride goes ahead and I surprise myself with 15.75 since my last ride on 10/6/19. No way I will achieve my planned targets for this year with the awful weather leading up to May and then the Cancer discovery followed by 9 weeks of Chemo which is definitely in the “No Ride Zone” ……..no matter I’ll just press on, keep the spirits up and see what can be achieved.

The badges came off the Safari so I’ll see how they clean up or if I can get some new ones as they mean a lot to me.

Great morning on Firewood Mountain and load 7 is home and unloaded in good time. Nice load of dry fir and aspen and unless I’m mistaken should be good for another load tomorrow, temps up again at 65F.

Tuesday and weather superb for load No 8 which takes a bit of work up the top of Firewood Mountain and even got involved in a mini avalanche ……. but I got the GOOD bits.

Wednesday and no wood today as I need a change! Better get the Farrier in to cut my toe nails and then get out there for some more miles.Beginning  to wonder about all this chemo? What happens if I say NO more? Not 100% sure for the future, maybe I’m just at a low point. Suffer on, and hope things change …….. most of my plans seem to be going downhill, no interest in Christmas this year, which is very unusual.

Eventually I decide to get out there and bang in another 12.77 miles which brings the total up to 1078.00   ……. its very slow work this year but never give up and see how far I can get before winter (which might be severe) arrives and closes me down completely.

…….. and of course I’m still looking at the Shaquille o’Neal mobile which is really nice

Hmmmmm !

 

Still there

 

Keep on thinking?

 

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LIFE’S TOO SHORT …… DRIVE SOMETHING NICE!

That’s what one of our local dealerships and trailer repair shop say. Why you ask? …. easy assuming I get over this bout of Stage 4 Cancer and all those side effects which seem to be building up, rather than going away. If I can get past all that  then I feel I will be in the mood for something “nice” and bring a new round of driving pleasure in my remaining years.

Over the years I’ve had 4 Range Rovers starting with my first one out in Saudi Arabia during Gulf War I and then selling that one when Operation Desert Shield turned into Desert Storm. All the costly prestigious all wheel drive vehicles were given to incoming nations who were part of the alliance. Immediately the war was over these nations departed and the vehicles were returned to the dealerships from whence they came. As no self respecting Saudi would dream of buying a “used” vehicle these were sold off at knockout prices to the gullible Brits who were working for British Aerospace…… and that was me!

1989 RR No1, the Maroon cheapie, and at this stage I’ve sprayed the wheels silver chrome ….. electrics next!

I kept getting in the “wrong” side only to find somebody had stolen the steering wheel!

The first one was a Maroon colored resprayed effort which was good on the spraying but the sprayer had disconnected all the electrics and then failed trying to do the rewiring. I believe the number of things that didn’t work was close to 98 and with lots of free time in Saudi I diligently worked my way through them and got lots of items working, including central locking, which I didn’t even know it had. I also sprayed the wheels.

The maroon one all badged up and electrics nearly finished

The Brown Desert Storm “return” which I bought for about 7000 GBP with 4000 miles on the clock ……. British Aerospace bargain

Not my first choice of color but the very cheap price at the dealer’s was the deciding factor. No problems with this one and I sold it a couple of years later to a dart playing friend as my overall plan was to buy a NEW one about 4 months before leaving the Kingdom and then drive it home across the Middle East and onward through Europe. The plan was sound but just before I went to order there was the flare up in Bosnia which curtailed my plans right there. I suppose I could have rerouted and gone by boat to Italy and driven from there but I liked my original plan better.

Back home again and plans evolve to move to the USA and I end up buying a really nice White one from the owner of a building company who gives me my first contract.

First one in Phoenix from the company that gave me my first contract

Its a work truck

That one gets a ton of miles on it  before I change it to a much newer BRG County LWB model which is everything a RR should be and in this one the AC actually works!!

No 4, the BRG LWB County

 

…….and then it snowed …… in Phoenix ????????

I don,t believe it !!!

However these newer models had a problem or two including the brakes that needed to be completely changed, both discs and pads, every 50,000 miles. The pads were too hard and scored the softer discs causing the problems which I can only hope they have solved on the current models.

The ill fated Pheasant Shoot and a dead water pump on the way home + a night drive in a tow truck

Mine also blew the water pump on a pheasant shooting trip to Oklahoma which needed a tow in at night all the way back to Phoenix.

As an Englishman, I’ve driven most British cars and as I’ve been flashing through adds of late I have to say there are some beautiful cars out there. Like so many things in life the “sedan” seems to have it’s writing on the wall a bit like letter writing has become e-mails, telephone calls are rapidly becoming texts, etc, etc. Certainly its easy to see why as the current SUV’s offer so much more. You can’t go “hanging basket” shopping, winter firewood collecting, fishing with made up poles, replacing 8′ light bulbs, or easily transporting skiing equipment, or your bicycle, ……. and perhaps another item that is sadly lacking (other than Audi) is 4 wheel drive if you live in snow country as we do.

Must get up in the loft and find my old photo albums and see if I can find any of the “RR” pictures from the 90’s. I also remember coming back from Saudi after Gulf War I and test driving a Vauxhall Lotus Carlton which was at that time rated as the fastest saloon car.

Quite something! Bit bland inside, love the Lotus badges

For any Brit who knows cars this Wolf in Sheep’s clothing was not the prettiest car out there, and Vauxhall had a terrible reputation for producing “rust buckets” where all the metalwork rusted through in the wheel arches, around the front grille, door frames etc. However this monster of the Lotus Carlton had a top speed of 177 mph and blistering acceleration! Needless to say I didn’t get close to that on a British road but the salesman let me take it to 140 on the  M5 and I have Edward on board but I don’t think he would remember any of it.

Another car for some reason I have never owned is the Jaguar and there are a couple that still have a degree of appeal…… the first being the S-Type ……. here’s one down in Cave Creek where we used to live and only priced at $6800 with less than 50K on the clock.

Not bad

Pretty wheels

Pretty and unusual wood

Oooooooooh !!!!!!

Other Jaguars that come under my microscope are the XF, XK, and the XKR . The best has to be a supposedly Italian Racing Red ? which I have never heard of so I’ll give the seller credit for something new … and it is gorgeous! …. I think its Burgundy!

Italian Racing Red ?

V nice, and maybe just affordable ?

This one I have to see!

Down in Scottsdale

AND then ……… here is a car I never thought I could NEVER own ….. but no? surprisingly I COULD just afford this ……..

What could it be ??????

Well Mr Bond ?

…… is it ? ……. can it really be?

I’m nearly convinced ….and my first two initials ? A. M.

Maybe I should change my name ? How about….

ASTON MARTIN DOWN

Well just when I thought the searches were complete along comes another Jag, the X model, which surprises me as its AWD ? didn’t know that the Jaguar came with AWD as an option.

Getting closer, maybe Christmas or the New Year ?

 

TONY DOWN  or A.M. Down ?