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Old 07-27-2005, 07:05 PM   #1
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What would you do if you were me?

What would you do in this situation?

My Grandfather who will be 90 years old this week was just diagnosed with Terminal Lung Cancer. On the outside they give him from 7 – 10 months.

I live in San Antonio and seldom get back to El Paso for time with my family.

Here is my plan but I’m looking for feedback.

What if I take 8 days off…

1) Drive from San Antonio to Red River for the Jeep Jamboree September 16th for the Jeep Jamboree 17th & 18th. I already have my ticket I got it back in March.
2) Then shoot to El Paso Sunday and spend five days back home spend some time with my Grandfather and other Family.
3) From there go to Amarillo for the Palo Duro Challenge the 23rd- 25th???
4) Come back to San Antonio and go back to work on Tuesday the 27th.

Is this a plan or what!!!

My sister works for Southwest and I can make it back for the holidays and again in the Spring.

My Grandfather has never seen my Rubicon but he knows how much I love wheelin’ and how I have enjoyed my JeepTales Project this year.

I have been gone from El Paso for 15 years and I never seem to have time to be there for more than a day or two.

What do you think?

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Old 07-27-2005, 07:57 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good plan. I will assume you have addtional plans to see him in the coming months as well at some point?

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Old 07-27-2005, 09:25 PM   #3
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Nothing is worth more than time with family- that compounds when you know family is leaving for that final trip.

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spend as much time as possible with him now- honestly, tomorrow may never come.

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Old 07-27-2005, 09:32 PM   #4
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2nd Ed's opinion.(did i just say that???) in any case, definitely take the time to spend it with family now while you can. and if you get the chance again later, great, but don't count on that to be the time you get with them. like he said, it may not come.
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I'm very sorry to hear of your grandfather's condition.

My opinion. Blow off the jamboree. It's not important and jeeps are just a cool hobby. Spend time with your family.
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I will have to agree with the pos(t)ers above... Never thought I would say that about those guys ! You will regret any time that you missed out with him this year. The Jamborees will be there again next year. Really sorry to hear about your grandfather.
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You know...Its all his fault!

You know, I was thinking about this late last night as I was being bombarded by email and P.M.s from my post, it’s entirely his fault; he is the reason I have developed my obsession for Jeeps and cars in general!

My Grandfather spent his life working hard, he was a master welder in a Volvo, GMC, and White Truck dealership. As a kid I spent countless hours in the shop helping him clean up at night and running for parts at the bus stop in the evening after work. I can’t tell you how many pair of school pants I’ve ruined from shop-grease stains. As I was growing up I thought every one owned a giant Snap-On Tool chest and wore grey uniforms to work.

I have no choice but to blame it on Grandpa...

You might ask why I would pick on him toady after all it’s his 90th birthday today. Why would anyone pick on the Father of 6 children, Grand father to 8, and the Great Grandfather of 12 more? I have the prestigious honor of being the oldest Grandson so, that gives me the right to pick on him a little.

Here is a list of why I blame him for my automotive passion.

• When I was 11 I helped him with a break job on his 64 Mustang.
• Later that year we swapped the transmission from a stick shift to an automatic for my mom I was part of the action for all the work I think I was 12 for that Job.
• He thought me to drive when I was 13 in a 1963 VW Bug.
• When I was 15 we took the column shifter out of my 1964 Ford Fairlane when the linkage gave out and put in a three speed Mr. Gasket Shifter on the floor.
• That same year we added traction bars and a taller rear end to my Ford.
• At 16 we started welding my first VW Rail Buggy frame and we built it from the ground up used the engine and transmission of the Bug I learned to drive with.
• He helped my restore a 43 Dodge Brothers truck I bought for $400.00 from wreck to one hot ride for a high school senior. We even painted it gloss black together at night when the body shop was closed I’m sure he could have lost his job for that.
• He cosigned for my first Jeep a used CJ-7 and helped me keep it running for 3 years…God what a terd that Jeep was it’s a wonder I still like them at all.
• When I got out of Collage he helped me lift my CJ-8 and weld on my homemade bumpers…Wish I still had that Jeep.
• He helped me buy and learn to ride not one; but 7 motorcycles while I was growing up from a Honda Trail 50 to my last Gold Wing.
• Then there were all those life lessons he thought me while we were under the hood working on all those cars and bikes. That’s where I was introduced to beer…if I was doing man’s work I could take sips of him man’s beer I think that started about 14!

So as you can see I have roots that firmly planted in motor oil and mud and beer drinking in the garage. So I think it’s fair to say it was all Grandpas fault. I would not trade any of those memories for anything.
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i agree with the others spend as much time as you can with him now. what i would do is take off 10 days, go down spend 8 with him then go to the jamboree on the way back up.
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I lost my Grandfather a few years ago and wish I could have spent more time with him before the cancer really tore him up. I did spend some time with him the last couple of months, but he was pretty bad then. I wish my son would have known him more when he was healthy. My son was only three at the time. Anyway, it sounds like your grandfather was a big influence on your automotive development and I think he would like to see how Jeeps have progressed. Since he hasn't seen your new one yet it sounds like he will enjoy your latest creation. I am sorry to hear about his condition and your family will be in our prayers.
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Old 08-16-2005, 01:26 PM   #10
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Thnak you

I'm still planning on trying to make the trip if I can make it all work out.

I will keep you all posted.

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