Friday, March 27, 2015

Death in the Family

 
     For those two or three of you who've been wondering where I've been since I last posted, here's the 411:
     Mrs. JP's Mom in Vero Beach had been battling cancer for the last several years and on the 24th we got word from the family and the hospice nurse that the end was near and it could be a matter of days if not hours. This alarmed me into buying her a plane ticket back to Florida for $208 and I got her down there less than 24 hours after buying the ticket.
     I just got word a couple of hours ago that Mrs. JP's Mom passed away sometime between last night and this morning. It doesn't look as if the family, which treats me as if I don't exist, will contribute a penny toward getting her home. I just had to spend yet another $141 for a return flight on April 3rd. Any other day involved air fares that went up to over a grand, for a coach seat.
     Keep in mind, this is our rent and bill money I'm spending so my fiancee could spend some time with her mother in her final moments. A couple of people have pledged to help defray the expenses but not knowing how much that'll be, I'm afraid I'll have to pass the hat and ask you guys for your help.
     An addendum to this little drama:
     Four or five miles from TF Green Airport in Warwick, RI, my muffler fell off and was dragging behind me on the highway for 50 miles before I got pulled over by a Mass state trooper. So I had to get the muffler replaced just a few hours after I got Mrs. JP off on a plane and that cost me $237. I can post the bill, if you don't believe me.
     So all told, I'm out $686 since I sent off Mrs. JP on the 25th. That's well over a month's rent. So we are really, truly hurting. And even if you can't help, please pass the word because since Tuesday I've been spending money like a horny sailor on a Manila liberty, minus the good time.

Addendum: I had to take the car back in the shop so they could finish the job since they couldn't get a crucial piece to hold up the back end of the muffler. After they did it, I was told I'd have to pay them another $27 since they hadn't billed me for the piece. So, all told, the muffler job cost me $264.

10 Comments:

At March 28, 2015 at 12:38 PM, Blogger MJ said...

My condolences to Mrs. JP
I am glad she was able to see her mom again.
March is turning out to be ridiculous for us, and it sounds like it is for you, as well.

 
At March 28, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Tell me about it, MJ. We just got a friggin' snow squall. It's almost April, for crissake.

Check your inbox, btw.

 
At March 29, 2015 at 10:27 AM, Blogger Joyce Valente said...

I am sorry to hear of Mrs JP's mother passing away.
In addition, also sorry for all the stress due to the car.

 
At March 29, 2015 at 2:09 PM, Anonymous acrannymint said...

Sorry about your loss. My sister was killed in car accident last month so I know how stressful logistics can get. In any case, some love coming your way.

 
At March 29, 2015 at 2:11 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

acraanymint: Thank you so much for your kindness in this difficult and allow me to reciprocate your condolences by tendering mine.

 
At March 31, 2015 at 12:09 AM, Blogger skippy said...

my condolences, jo

 
At March 31, 2015 at 1:43 PM, OpenID experientialpagan said...

I am so very sorry. And yes, March here is totally insane as well.

Nonetheless, I am popping another small check in the mail over the Popeye support...

 
At March 31, 2015 at 1:46 PM, OpenID experientialpagan said...

I am so very sorry. And yes, March here is totally insane as well.

Nonetheless, I am popping another small check in the mail over the Popeye support...

or we may paypal it -- the Minotaur has a paypal account?

 
At March 31, 2015 at 1:49 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

EP:

Email me at crawman2@yahoocom so I know who you are and where this is coming from.

 
At April 1, 2015 at 10:26 PM, Anonymous linac800 said...

JP,

Check your paypal account. I read Brilliant at Breakfast and EP. Picked up on your situation through EPs post. Hope it helps.

 

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