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(KPTV Portland)   They made up their minds/And they started packing/They left before the sun came up that day   (kptv.com) divider line 67
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2012-12-27 12:22:35 PM
I don't know that song, so I don't get it.
 
2012-12-27 12:26:51 PM
The Way

Actually these folks were pretty lucky.
 
2012-12-27 12:27:53 PM

corq: Actually these folks were pretty lucky.


VERY lucky.

If they'd turned off onto a rural Oregon road we'd be reading a much different story...
 
2012-12-27 12:32:46 PM
I kind of wonder where they thought they were going.
 
2012-12-27 12:33:16 PM
Wow.
 
2012-12-27 12:34:51 PM
I am so glad that rather dealing with aging and reduce faculties, we continue to rely on the police and tax dollars to find our lost parents.

You couldnt go pick them up?
Gramps is too infirm to take care of Grams, but he is ok to pick her up and drive her around for a few hours.
I know we dont have an answer for this, but. This is all part of the mental health debate which we like to pretend that we dont have to have.

instead we use the most expensive options and avoid having to think or decide
 
2012-12-27 12:35:59 PM
So,, they didn't take that left turn at Albuquerque?
 
2012-12-27 12:38:32 PM
Was that band ever sued for stealing the melody from "Delilah?"  Almost not for note until the chorus.
 
2012-12-27 12:38:52 PM
I think it may be time to take dad's keys
 
2012-12-27 01:26:03 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think it may be time to take dad's keys


I imagine the state has got the ball rolling on that already.
 
2012-12-27 01:29:21 PM

Endive Wombat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think it may be time to take dad's keys

I imagine the state has got the ball rolling on that already.


strangely enough, not so much
not sure how many states ever do anything about that crap

illinois only recently increased how often the retest OLD people.
and that was only after an old guy drove on the lakefront bike path and killed some bikers
he got a moving violation. nothing else.
they didnt revoke his license, but they did require that he retake the tests
WTF

old white people get away with murder
 
2012-12-27 01:43:11 PM
I hate to admit it, but Sargent Ball amused me to no end.
 
2012-12-27 01:50:44 PM

Endive Wombat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think it may be time to take dad's keys

I imagine the state has got the ball rolling on that already.


Unless you're cited or arrested, there doesn't appear to be a mechanism for revoking the license of a senile senior

/I think it's a family matter until there's carnage
 
2012-12-27 02:14:57 PM
Driving for 12 hours and made only 400 miles?33mph is bad even for lost and confused oldsters
 
2012-12-27 02:15:59 PM
namatad:
old white people get away with murder

www.majhost.com
 
2012-12-27 02:19:36 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Endive Wombat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think it may be time to take dad's keys

I imagine the state has got the ball rolling on that already.

Unless you're cited or arrested, there doesn't appear to be a mechanism for revoking the license of a senile senior

/I think it's a family matter until there's carnage


I should have clarified, I imagine a hospital social worker or some social worker that works with the police department has made a recommendation to take dad's keys away to the kids.
 
2012-12-27 03:01:14 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Was that band ever sued for stealing the melody from "Delilah?"  Almost not for note until the chorus.


Did that band ever have another decent song?
 
2012-12-27 03:46:13 PM
Wow. The aliens didn't even have the decency to refill their gas tank after abducting, probing, and returning them.
 
2012-12-27 03:48:57 PM
I am so worried about getting like this when I'm old. Hell, I'm already worried I'll do something like this, and I'm in my late 20 s.
 
2012-12-27 03:49:06 PM
RDWRER
 
2012-12-27 03:49:17 PM
Family members were making arrangements to drive to Oregon to pick them up and return them home.

Fark that.  Let them try getting back on their own.  Only this time, have a camera crew follow them.
 
2012-12-27 03:50:17 PM
Was because they were using Apple maps?
 
2012-12-27 03:50:42 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: AdolfOliverPanties: Was that band ever sued for stealing the melody from "Delilah?"  Almost not for note until the chorus.

Did that band ever have another decent song?


Fire Escape was OK.
 
2012-12-27 03:50:54 PM
Reminds me of an old article I read about the NY Thruway. A couple wanting to go to NYC got on going the wrong way and wound up in Buffalo. The tollbooth worker told them that they had gone 350 miles the wrong way.

"Oh," they said. "How long will it take us to get back there?"

"About an hour," the toll taker said.

"Really?"

"Sure, if you drive at 350 miles per hour."
 
2012-12-27 03:50:56 PM

Sybarite: I kind of wonder where they thought they were going.


My Grandma has Alzheimers, it's almost impossible to tell where they thought they were going, because the destination they had in mind could have changed every couple minutes to an hour. At one point, they were going to their childhood home. Another, a place they lived at over 40 years ago. Another, perhaps they were going to visit their sister (who has been dead for a couple decades now).

It's very, very sad.
 
2012-12-27 03:51:07 PM
Where were they going without ever knowing the way?

antidisestablishmentarianism: Yep. At least two others: this one, and this one.
 
2012-12-27 03:52:00 PM
ARE THERE NO FARMER'S MARKETS THERE?!?!?
 
2012-12-27 03:52:18 PM
I'm surprised nobody blamed their GPS for sending them off-course.....

and I'm not surprised that he still has a driver's license.... hell, she probably still has hers....
 
2012-12-27 03:52:58 PM
Had a keyboard player in his late 20's that would get that way.

Left his house just South of Boston for a gig on the Cape. He put the car on 95 North and just zoned out. He didn't even start to think about where he was headed until he hit tolls in New Hampshire.

Nice guy. Wouldn't rely on him to anything but show up though.
 
2012-12-27 03:53:12 PM

namatad: I am so glad that rather dealing with aging and reduce faculties, we continue to rely on the police and tax dollars to find our lost parents.

You couldnt go pick them up?
Gramps is too infirm to take care of Grams, but he is ok to pick her up and drive her around for a few hours.
I know we dont have an answer for this, but. This is all part of the mental health debate which we like to pretend that we dont have to have.

instead we use the most expensive options and avoid having to think or decide


From crime, to disease, to mental illness, we're a society that only focuses on the consequences and never considers prevention.
 
2012-12-27 03:53:42 PM
They made up lost their minds
FTFY
 
2012-12-27 03:54:46 PM

Endive Wombat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Endive Wombat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think it may be time to take dad's keys

I imagine the state has got the ball rolling on that already.

Unless you're cited or arrested, there doesn't appear to be a mechanism for revoking the license of a senile senior

/I think it's a family matter until there's carnage

I should have clarified, I imagine a hospital social worker or some social worker that works with the police department has made a recommendation to take dad's keys away to the kids.


It's not unusual for such a recommendation to be fought against by the family. When I was back in my training days in optometry, a doc that worked at a VA in Rhode Island told us about the son of a patient that called and screamed at him because the doctor refused to fill out his fathers waiver for a drivers license. The patient had macular degeneration and could not see nearly well enough to drive. The son (a lawyer) even threatened to sue. His rational was that he was far too busy to drive his father around, better that he be a danger on the road.
 
2012-12-27 03:55:21 PM
They were missing for 12 hours and only got 400 miles away? They must have been doing 35 the whole way.
 
2012-12-27 03:55:47 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: I don't know that song, so I don't get it.


Fastball - "The Way"

From Wikipedia - "Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading journalistic articles which described the disappearance of an older married couple, Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home in June 1997 to attend the Pioneer Day festival at nearby Temple, Texas, but never arrived. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route."

/I used to live about a mile from where they were found, so I'm getting a kick...
//not really getting a kick
///I did use to live nearby, though
 
2012-12-27 03:56:21 PM
"We believe they were dehydrated - they had been driving for 12 hours (with) no food, no sleep, no water," Ball said. "We're unsure how they made it this far and until they can tell us it's a mystery."

They survived on their anger with each other.


"Turn right here. TURN RIGHT HERE!  WHAT!! You should have turned right there."

"But I did turn right."

"No dumbass, you were supposed to turn left RIGHT BACK THERE!"

/been there; done that
//have the hearing loss in my right ear to prove it
 
2012-12-27 03:56:25 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: AdolfOliverPanties: Was that band ever sued for stealing the melody from "Delilah?"  Almost not for note until the chorus.

Did that band ever have another decent song?


I dig their first two albums.
 
2012-12-27 03:57:22 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: Driving for 12 hours and made only 400 miles?33mph is bad even for lost and confused oldsters


Well, they did probably have to pull over a lot for pee breaks and naps.
 
2012-12-27 03:58:10 PM

blatz514: Family members were making arrangements to drive to Oregon to pick them up and return them home.

Fark that.  Let them try getting back on their own.  Only this time, have a camera crew follow them.



That's actually a really good idea for a reality show.

Get an 80 year old, confused couple, and follow them on a cross country trip.

I could be a producer!
 
2012-12-27 03:58:13 PM
and where were they going without ever knowing the way?

Rare fastball reference.
 
2012-12-27 03:59:09 PM
Step 1: Pick up Gammy for a trip up to Dr. Kevorkian's office.
Step 2: Run out of gas
Step 3: Play stupid
Step 4: ???
 
2012-12-27 03:59:14 PM
37 comments and no Apple Maps jokes? Shame on you!

MagSeven: They were missing for 12 hours and only got 400 miles away? They must have been doing 35 the whole way.


Well, they are over 80 in a car. It wouldn't surprise me if the left turn signal was blinking all the way.
 
2012-12-27 03:59:25 PM
And this just adds to my belief that there should be regular required drivers tests for all to get their licenses renewed.
16-20 -- yearly
20-55 -- every 5 years
55+ -- yearly
 
kth
2012-12-27 04:00:59 PM
After driving the neighborhood looking for my mother in law last week, I am NOT getting a kick out of these replies.

It's really hard to get resistant people to get the help they need. She's got alzheimers (probably) and my father in law has heart trouble and had a stroke in August. There was nothing we could do to stop him from checking himself and my mother in law out of the nursing home where they were during his recovery. Our attempts to get them to take responsibility for their health led to them taking my husband off the power of attorney for health care. We can't take the car keys or convince them that he can't drive anymore.

We could, theoretically, get conservatorship/guardianship of them, but the attorney we talked to told me that we would need to deposit $6K for fees up front, and that the local jurisdiction uses the G&C system to funnel fees to political favorites. So they'd be sucked dry of money. Fark you Texas. It shouldn't be easy to take rights away from a person, but it shouldn't be judicial fleecing of older people.

/probate attorney
//husband did alzheimer's research before becoming a biology professor
///they give our advice as much credit as they do the local newspaper and Reminisce Magazine (AKA Belt Onion Monthly).
 
2012-12-27 04:03:00 PM
We threw a 60th birthday party for my mom in Camden, Maine a few summers ago and family came from Boston, Connecticut, California, etc, by various routes and all made it eventually. But one idiot friend from Rhode Island, who had visited us in Maine before, got on 95 going south instead of north and made it more than half-way across Connecticut before someone (not her) figured it out and got her to turn around. So, cell phones are nice, but you still can't fix stupid.
 
2012-12-27 04:04:56 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-27 04:07:07 PM

doczoidberg: blatz514: Family members were making arrangements to drive to Oregon to pick them up and return them home.

Fark that.  Let them try getting back on their own.  Only this time, have a camera crew follow them.


That's actually a really good idea for a reality show.

Get an 80 year old, confused couple, and follow them on a cross country trip.

I could be a producer!


I think the fiery crash would be the best ending to a reality show evar!
 
2012-12-27 04:11:32 PM

BillCo: namatad:
old white people get away with murder

[www.majhost.com image 301x400]


Rich is close enough to white.
 
2012-12-27 04:16:25 PM

Grave_Girl: BillCo: namatad:
old white people get away with murder

[www.majhost.com image 301x400]

Rich is close enough to white.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-27 04:18:33 PM

spidermann: corq: Actually these folks were pretty lucky.

VERY lucky.

If they'd turned off onto a rural Oregon road we'd be reading a much different story...


Like a certain tech TV channel guy and family a few years back?
 
2012-12-27 04:19:23 PM

macadamnut: made it more than half-way across Connecticut


Of course, that only takes like half an hour.
 
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