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Old 06-11-2017, 01:42 PM   #1676
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There is always humor in any situation.

My sister reserved a room at a fairly ritzy hotel for me. She will be coming back soon so we will both be staying there.

My suitcase and other bags are at a friends, but I had a backpack with a day or two worth of clothes because I knew I would be staying with Dad. One of the caretakers brought me dinner, which I hadn't eaten, so I had a plastic bag with dinner. I also grabbed a tupperware container with some of Dad's valuables since we have some residents here that like to "collect" things. I stopped at a convenience store on the way to the hotel to get a bottle of wine, because I needed a bottle of wine.

So, I walk into the hotel with a backpack with a bottle of wine sticking out of it, a plastic bag with a meal, and a tupperware container. I was quite disheveled after going through this and all I had on were shorts and a t-shirt. I really looked like a homeless guy.

There was a young guy working the counter, I'd say in his 20s. He said hello, followed by "what brings you to Austin". Every time someone has asked me something like this since I arrived, I always immediately think "well, my dad is dying". But, of course I don't say that. I don't know if it was a combination of being worn out and at that point just thinking "**** it", but it came out. And, I didn't just say "well, my father passed away". I said "I just watched my father die". The look on his face. I assured him it was ok, but it definitely rattled him.

He gave me the key and I went up to the room. I walked in and it wasn't a room. It was a deluxe suite. I'm guessing one of their deluxest suites. It overlooked the lake and downtown. All I could think of was, damn sis, you didn't have to do that. I called her later and she didn't know anything about it so I'm sort of wondering if the kid at the desk did that for me?

The suite has an adjoining room on each side, but both doors were locked. I went back down to tell him and he said he would send someone up.

Meanwhile, I was starving. There were various things packed in the backpack and I was not in a tidy mood so I just dumped everything on the floor. I grabbed the bottle of wine and the food and set it on the table. However, I did not have any utensils or napkins. So I improvised. The dinner was a BBQ plate. I took the top off of the little plastic container with the BBQ sauce on it and used it for a makeshift spoon. It was more fingers than spoon and between that and eating the brisket I was making quite a mess of my hands. Since the bedroom was locked, I had no towels so I just grabbed a sock that was on the floor and used it for a napkin. About that time, the lady had come to unlock the bedroom door and she popped her head in to see me in all my dining splendor.

I'm sure everyone that works there is talking about that homeless guy in 1404.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:52 PM   #1677
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I found it interesting reading about your father's last days. Thank you for posting about it.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:13 PM   #1678
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With the help of Dad's caretakers, we cleaned out his room. So much stuff. He never threw anything away.

If you have read this blog, you'll remember that I be already gone through this exercise when we moved him out of his house.

I got there first and just started tossing things out. Mom got there not much longer. She didn't want to throw out anything. She even kept a box full of old old almost empty rolls of duct tape, because, well you just never know. So, we put it all in boxes.

We got to Mom's house and started unloading the boxes, but upon seeing this she decided she didn't want all the stuff in her house. Grrrrrr.....

But we didn't have anywhere to put it so she didn't have much of a choice.

More on Dad's stuff later.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:17 PM   #1679
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I went to the funeral home this morning. It is really a crematorium. The guy that picked up Dad's body told me to go there today, but they weren't ready for me at all.

They need a signature from a doctor and some other administrative stuff, so she said it would be a few days before we get the death certificate, and a few more days after that to get the ashes.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:26 PM   #1680
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When I emptied Dad's house, we put a lot of stuff in a pod. We are going to empty it tomorrow, but I went out there today to try to get a feel for what was in there. It has been a while and I wasn't sure.

I got the address and headed out. Google maps took me to a shopping center.

I called pods and the guy put me on hold for a while before coming back to tell me Google maps said it was in a shopping center. Then, he said it was across the street. I told him there was a movie theater there, which he confirmed by Google street view.

He put me on hold for a while and found out where it really was. Nowhere close.

The pod was about half full. About 80 percent books. The rest is art and art supplies and some misc stuff.

I came back and rented a storage unit by Mom's. She wants to have an estate sale but I suspect it will just sit there.
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:24 PM   #1681
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So
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Mom came through and arranged for a couple of guys to help empty the pod. They made quick work of it. We got it unloaded and reloaded into a storage unit by Mom's house before noon.

My sister and I then began going through each one to make sure dad hadn't stored money it anything in them. The second reason for doing this is he had a lot if books autographed by the author so we wanted to separate those.

Dad had pretty eclectic tastes in books. Most are art books, but after that the subject matter is pretty random.

We got tired so we stopped to take some stuff over to Mom's. She informed us that there were even more books in her she'd that needed to go. It's like the books are reproducing or something.

Eventually I think we got them all in, but we still have a lot to sift through.

So.... Many..... Books....
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:27 PM   #1682
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My dad kept a military foot locker with him, always locked, as long as I've known him. We have always wondered what was in there. Mom has always thought it was porn.

We got the guys at the pod place to cut the lock.

Mom was right.

It was stuffed full of porn.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:25 PM   #1683
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Books, books, books...

We finished going through everything, including the books.

After throwing away even more stuff, we have it all down to books, records/CDs, and Dad's art.

We will sell the books and records.

My mom wants to have an in memorium art exhibit. She has always been pissed that dad wasn't recognized more widely for his work. My sister and I agree with it is really more about her than my dad, but if she wants to do that it's fine.

After that we will split up his art. We are donating some as well.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:54 PM   #1684
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My sister and I went through a few large crates of pictures and scrapbooks this morning. My grandfather saved a lot of this sort of thing and dad kept them.

It was pretty interesting. Lots of pics from the 20s through the 50s.

My grandfather was a fairly accomplished violinist and later a youth symphony conducter so he had tons of newspaper clippings and playbills (ugh, can't think of the right word). We tossed a lot of it because the paper was falling apart and the pics were not holding up well. But we saved a buttload of it too.

I took a few items and had them shipped home.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:02 PM   #1685
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Mom had a sort of mini breakdown this morning. There is just so much going on and it's hard for her to process everything.

She started worrying about her own health and how we would be able to deal with her if she couldn't handle things.

She's been dealing with all dad's stuff and wanted to make sure we could handle stuff now if it became necessary.

We were able to get in to see her lawyer on short notice.

He talked about different was to set up things (i.e. trust, etc.)

Mom already has my sister as medical power of attorney but there is a different flavor power of attorney (can't remember anything right now). We set up my sister and I and one of my mom's close friends to do this.

I think there are other things we need to do like allow me to access her bank accounts, but we'll deal with that later.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:05 PM   #1686
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Forgot to mention, the lawyer is $300 hr. 😲
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:12 PM   #1687
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I want to go home.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:13 PM   #1688
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Maybe he's available to help out with your next house remodel.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:21 PM   #1689
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What do you need to do immediately? I assume that all things with funeral are regulated by the hospice? Right?
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:35 PM   #1690
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What do you need to do immediately? I assume that all things with funeral are regulated by the hospice? Right?
I really don't have anything to do. We are waiting on the death certificates to take care of various things.

The only reason we went to the lawyer was because mom was sort of freaking out about stuff.
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