It looks like things are coming together so that we will be able to head up to Livermore, again, this weekend - Sunday to be specific. We will be returning on Monday, in the afternoon or early evening, so this is simply going to be a fast trip. The reason for the trip is so that we can pay our last respects to a friend of ours, Ron Ferea, who passed away a couple of days ago, and his funeral is going to take place on Monday. It was important for Jason to be there.
Ron and Margie were married for almost 40 years, and they have two children, Matt and Megan. Matt and Jason basically grew up together, and whenever you found one of them, you found the other. Ron and I even took the boys to Japan to hike up Mt. Fuji - it was a part of a Boy Scout adventure (High Adventure at that), and just one of the many times we all did something together. I even had the pleasure of working with Ron on a construction project (Vacaville Kaiser Hospital), where he was one of the contractors working on the escalator being installed.
The challenge of getting there, really wasn't that great. I simply contacted Veteran Airlift Command,
www.veteransairlift.org and let them know what was needed. Jason and I were able to take advantage of their services once before, when we traveled up to get Kojak, his second dog. This will actually be a shorter trip, so everything should be easier on Jason. We'll be staying overnight in Livermore and then flying back out the next day, a couple hours after the services. The difficulty was simply finding a wheelchair accessibly van. Between Linda and myself, I'm sure we called every agency in the area, and some of them twice. Linda finally was able to make the connection, and everything is just about all taken care of. There are still a few loose ends to be taken care of, then we can totally relax.
One thing that did happen today was a visit to the girl's school, because of Grand Parents Day, and a talent show they were both in. The girls got to escort us around the school and then there was the talent show. Stacy sang and Jackie got to do some of what she felt was marshal arts, on stage (she has never taken any marshal art lessons). They both did an excellent job, and felt comfortable in front of an audience. Bottom line is that both Grandma and Grandpa had a fun time. All things considered, we're doing well and Jason is still in very positive and high spirits. Thank you, all for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.