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?"
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
ON THE ROAD
Peeling outta sight
THE VIEW FROM MY WINDOW
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,