Not I am "off", which may be true; but, I am off - on a journey of somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 miles. It's a solo adventure brought on by the desire to attend my brother's services (please see In remembrance of my brother, if that phrase needs an explanation) without the hassle of commercial air travel. I'm not current to fly myself, and shall probably never again be current; hence the driving.
I plan to spend a few days with my sister-in-law (but stay in a hotel), to do whatever she needs to have done, to hold her hand, and to listen to her. (I told her that I was coming to get her knee-walking drunk!)
The plan is that I leave this morning and return by September. As I wrote my surviving brother, "Goodness only knows my schedule for the return trip. I may leave Ridgecrest on August 26, 2012 or I may go hog wild and drive over to the San Francisco Bay area or down to the Los Angeles region (if this old bag-o-bones is holding up). On the other hand: If I am too badly off, I may sell the car and take a train back to Kansas!"
Albuquerque is my stop-over place, both going out and returning; so, I plan to hit some of my old haunts there, as well as my haunts in California. "See" you when I return!
I plan to eat dinner at Grandma's K&I Diner, tonight. Yeah!
Younger Brother's memorial service is scheduled for 10:00am on the 25th. Below is a scan of a photo taken of YB following the conferral of his PhD.