Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What a Day!

First stop - 6:00AM - let Marc out at Roger's Automotive Repair in Monmouth so he could arrange for a diagnosis of their Volvo which yesterday began to sputter as if one cylinder was dead or broken.

Second stop - 6:20AM - let Denvy out at Enterprise Rentals on Mission Street so he could pick up a seven-passenger van for the upcoming trip with the grandkids.  After a brief walk around to see which vehicle might be most suitable, and prepared to dig out the camping chair at the front door to await the 7:30AM opening, he found two employees waiting for their boss coming from Beaverton.

Third stop - 7:50AM - Gail and Dominic check in at PDX to meet Payton and Deona.

Phone call - 8:00AM - "We've checked in.  Got a pass to go to the gate and the plane has landed."

Phone call - 8:10AM - "I'm talked to the mechanic and am walking to downtown to sit in the park."

After some compromising and waiting for a vacuum and wash job,  Denvy drove off with a big black eight-passenger gas-guzzler and picked up Marc about 9:20.  Gail and passengers were in Woodburn and after hours of waiting at the repair shop, the rental office and the airport, everyone's coming together.

A lunch and the girls lay down for a nap after their very early flight and a very late going-to-bed.  Others followed creating a very quiet afternoon.  Later packaging was transported from temporary storage in the house to the big bomb.  The perspectively huge space in the van almost immediately filled.  Oops, that was not great judgement.  We're work it out tomorrow.

Marc and Gail went to Monmouth to retrieve his car which turned out to be less complex then anticipated.  Apparently the coil, not the cylinder that went bad.  Good news.

Late in the evening the travelers discussed their expectations, ate homemade pizza and made more preparations.  Now it's time for a good sleep so we can have a fresh start in the morning.

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