We're selling Madison's car -not- only because it was hers but because we don't really like it. Yes, it has very low miles with a 100k extended warranty but being very tall, it's cramped. Add to that my observations are the people who drive one are mostly younger women. Madison wanted something fuel efficient, so we decided on a Camry. (She initially had a romance with the idea of a Prius... until she drove one : ) The vehicle I'd like to replace her car with would have an irresponsible amount of horsepower. The other car Angela and I have now is a Korean Lexus (actually a Hyundai Genesis), a 300 HP V6 and very comfortable full-sized car that scoots along nicely and gets great mileage considering its size. Personally I'd like an early 70's El Camino SS with a 454, but then I look at the chaps driving those and they're older dudes with ponytails. It's obvious most have no AC because I see their hair blowing around with the windows open on hot days, and these chaps are almost always driving alone. Ideally we get something Angela and I both would like... that isn't a convertible WV bug or some other 'chick' car. Angela's thinking a used two-seat Mercedes convertible, so we'll be finding common ground on something we can pretty much trade straight across for. Instead of an El Camino SS, perhaps Angela will go for an early 70s era Ranchero with a 427, 4 speed... but with AC!
On chordoma (more in the thread below): there's a young woman who recently passed away who had the same 1:20,000,000 rare sub-type that Madison had, poorly differentiated. She had been through the same (clinical) trials and tribulations as Madison, including the immunotherapy. She and I had exchanged emails when her treatments failed to suspend the progression of her disease, and she chose chemo as a last ditch effort. I'll never forget the absolute bravery Madison displayed when she chose not to try chemo in late 2017. Asking all of the right questions, the odds slowing down the progression were minimal, suspending the progression was 5%, and being curative prompted the discussion that "this disease will likely run it's course" conversation. I think the young woman who recently passed may have tried chemo as a last-ditch effort not only for herself, but perhaps for her family as well, the old 'fighting cancer' adage and 'not giving up 'the fight'. She did tell her dad that "you should really talk to Chris", and we'd spoken on the phone and emailed before her passing, and have emailed since. He'd written that he'll call in me the next week or two. His daughter's disease ran it's course too. There will be a point in time for all of us that we will face mortal death, and will need to come to terms with how we choose to stay/live factoring in both duration and quality of life remaining, and ultimately how/where we would like to 'go'. Angela and I squabble over who goes first, neither wanting to be the second to go. When it's time, perhaps we'll rent a plane and try and fly it upside-down through a barn "Second Hand Lions". Until that time comes and of the utmost importance, we've better learned how to live and to always have something fun to look forward to. Hashtag 'fun'. As we plan out next getaway, we determine the budget and duration. Puerto Vallarta is always nice, but we haven't been to Maui in years. Do we go to Hawaii for five days, or back to Mexico for 10? TBD... we may look for a cruise too.
And a special thanks and kudos to the Conejo Valley Village People for helping enable my mom and other senior members who can safely live alone by giving them a sense of independence from their dependents. Angela and I simply couldn't comfortably be away for weeks at a time without their dedicated volunteers and the tribal elders who keep it all together.