Tuesday, November 15, 2011


last week I began a new phase in my recovery. I call this new phase;
with the assistance of some remarkable people at San Diego veterans medical Center, I have been making great strides recovering my strength and abilities. But until recently all of my excursions outside of my house  have been limited to my local neighborhood in my wheelchair, and medical transportation rides to and from the hospital.
And then this happened:

a brand-new 2010 Honda Odyssey.

After a little industrial magic by the good folks at

Better Life Mobility Center, it began to look like this:

on Friday, 11 November 2011 but my first trip in the Odyssey., an appropriately named vehicle because I am on an odyssey or epic journey and this vehicle is propelling me to my future, to visit a local Honda dealership where I was involved in purchasing a new vehicle for my daughter. I know most people would rather have their teeth pulled than go visit used-car dealership. But, considering the circumstances and the fact that I'm not most people. We purchased for her a 2010 Honda Civic Coupe, black in color with custom wheels and tires. When I first saw the car she picked, my question, to my daughter was; "are you cool enough to own a car like this?"

She Is…

Since then I've been out a couple more times. On Sunday 13 November, I went to church for the first time in five years. I used to be pretty popular there, most people are not used to black leather clad biker types being fully conversant in the gospel. We were greeted at the door by the usual cluster of appointed greeters, all very friendly and cheery and happy to see us. But no one recognized me, that was okay because I look almost nothing like  I used to.
Later that same day to take a 35 mile ride to Escondido California to visit my wife's older brother who had recently been diagnosed with a serious brain tumor. His prognosis is not good, the doctors say he's terminal. So far God hasn't weighed in on this, so we will just have to see. Remember, these are the same doctors who said I would never walk again ha ha ha ha. A few more pictures...

 That's my beautiful wife in the pilot seat

 Inspecting the gadgets

 Peeling outta sight
you may be thinking to yourself, I bet that Van cost an arm and a leg. I got a really good deal it only cost me a leg. I never meant to own a minivan to me they are the epitome of un-coolness. However this particular uncoolness is only a stepping stone to getting back on my Harley Davidson. I'll post more pictures as the adventure continues. Be well be blessed and be a blessing to others,



Choleesa said...

there is no price on mobility!!
Congrats on your "freedom"
Ive always wanted but never had a ride on a Harley....maybe you can give me a ride when you get back on yours?!

Heff said...

Congrats ! My Honda Odyssey has 198,000 miles on it, and STILL KICKIN' !

Indi said...

KP ~ I lurve your new vehicle.. cool colour too. Here's to your new found freedom and eventually back on your Harley...



red.neck chic said...

uh huh... you've got some wheels now mister...
I have JUST for you and your beautiful wife:

1 driveway for you to park in.
1 guest room (i'll even change the sheets.)
1 really happy redneck awaitin' yer arrival.

;-D I'm so excited!!! YAY!!! I love LOVE your new mini-van! Anything you are in is the epitome of coolness!!!


Ms. A said...

Congratulations on your newly found freedom! Happy travels... everywhere!

Renee said...

Congrats on your new Swagger Wagon. They've come a long way from the typical 80's/90's loser cruisers!

Enjoy the freedom you find!

Karen said...

FREE, baby FREE!!!!........

So happy for you.. and you DO have a beautiful wife, in more ways than one. Congrats on the new wheels...

..and prayers for your wife's brother, too.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow! i'm so excited, my friend!
i love your new vehicle!
congrats and happy travels!
you do have a beautiful wife.

Cloudia said...


Aloha from Honolulu

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That must be great to be mobile again and to go wherever you want to!


So cool Siesta KURT!!! I loved the line about how much it cost you! LOL on that one! I'm impressed but looks like your wife is having as much fun driving as you are riding! The is your new journey of faith to FREEDOM. If I never meet you in person this side of heaven I will meet you in the air when we both get our 'wings'!!!

I'll catch the other post later.......thanks for sharing. A big hug for your wife too!

JOY, Stephanie