Sunshine & Mumbles paid $1600 to have a blown head gasket repaired on their van, and checked out of the Wet Spot Motor Lodge on Tuesday afternoon.
Nancy sent them an additional $800, and so did Mumbles’ daughter, in Texas. Our contribution? Nothing. We felt a twinge of guilt, but only a twinge. If it had been responsible family members, or even friends, who found themselves in a rare fix, we wouldn’t have hesitated to help. But S&M create their own problems, like a problem-making factory.
So, enough is enough. We refuse to bankroll their irresponsibility. It seems kind of harsh, if you isolate the incident, but the head gasket episode didn’t happen in a vacuum. There’s lots and lots of history to go along with it. Much history.
And yesterday Toney told me something that completely blew my head gasket. We’ve got three hundred bucks invested in this fiasco. But does anyone wanna guess how much Nancy & Nostrils have thrown into the black hole? Almost three grand! Three THOUSAND dollars! That’s absolutely amazing, even considering the players involved. There is no way, in this world or the next.
I guess Eninen contributed an amount to the original thousand that was supposed to fund the whole trip. Then they sent an additional thousand, so S&M could have some spending money and be able to buy presents, and not feel humiliated on Christmas morning. Plus this latest $800, and another amount somewhere along the line. Ha! And some of you called me a sucker.
But back to the Arizona adventure…. There’s more to report.
Sunshine & Mumbles paid the garage on Tuesday afternoon, checked out of their horrible hotel, and hit the road. And within two hours they were stranded again. Apparently this happened somewhere near Flagstaff, and has something to do with the carburetor.
Sunshine called Toney in a state of absolute meltdown — just crying and hollering and speaking in tongues. Toney told her to go home and forget the whole thing. It’s not going to happen, she said, and they just need to get back to their apartment.
And from there I’m unclear on it. At one point Nancy was going to rent a van, and go pick them up. “In Arizona?!” I hollered. But for a few hours that was indeed the plan, if you can believe it.
However, that’s now out the window (I think). Last I heard, and my information is now almost 24 hours old, Toney and Nancy’s brother was going to meet them in Las Vegas, and try to help S&M get their hunk of junk back home.
He’s supposedly handy with cars, but always drives shitty vehicles with one aquamarine door, or whatever. So it’ll be touch-and-go on whether or not he’ll be able to make it to Vegas. In a couple of days we might have another person stranded in the desert…
In exchange for this concession, Sunshine is now insisting that Nancy and her family drive to Nevada for Christmas. That’s supposedly the only way she’d agree to abort the mission. She also floated the idea of us flying out there, but Toney could barely contain her laughter, so it was never mentioned again.
And that’s where it stood, last I heard. Nancy had agreed to Sunny’s conditions (another thousand dollars, at least, and lots of aggravation), and will all be spending the holidays in Nevada. All seven were supposed to be staying here, but now it looks like we might be having Christmas alone.
Is this shit crazy, or what? And it’s not over. I have no doubt there will be plenty of further developments, and I’ll keep you updated. Stay tuned.
I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving. If you’re in the throes of a holiday shopping frenzy, like so many are, please don’t forget to enter the Amazon site through our links. I’d be much obliged, and all that good stuff.
See you again tomorrow!