Fiction

To do

- Call oncologist re:

    rescheduling appointments

    treatment options, WA    

    extra prescription to tide me over

 

- RSVP Bob’s memorial? Or wait until after?

 

- Call Louisa?? Pros - avoid going for nothing

          - she knows our history

          - Sylvia may have spoken to her?

                Cons - blabbermouth

 

- Car serviced

- Book Rufus in to kennel

     (or take him??)      √

 

Pack:

-    meds + pain killers

-    food for Rufus

-    5 x shirts

-    2 x slacks

-    5 pairs underwear + socks

-    oxygen tank + spare

-    tuxedo

-    everyday suit

-    toiletries

-    documents?    

        

        Passport

        Birth cert?

        Medical stuff

        Divorce papers?

 

- Find divorce papers – garage? attic? (2004)

 

- Find mother’s ring

- clean – silvo?

- buy metal cleaner or get professionally done?

- Cancel house-cleaning next wk. (permanently??)

- new sprinkler timer

- Book accom. – Perth

 

Pack – contd.

-    dog bed

-    letters from S?

 

- Write letter??

 

Dear Sylvia,

My sincerest condolences for Bob. I hope that this letter is not too soon.

 

- Ask Cassie to help with letter??

 

- Talk to Cassie?    Pros - honesty    

        Cons - may try to stop me

                    - hurt feelings?

 

- Things to arrange here - in case:

    - leave papers in obvious spot – desk

    - lawyer’s number

    - money for flights over. Or bring me back? Cassie, Rob, Frankie.

 

Pack contd.

- Camera

- Books - War and Peace??        

     - Tibetan book of    ?

     - New Richard Flanagan

 

- Book accom on way?

    Melb – Perth = 3000km (37 hrs) ÷ 8 hrs p/day?? 6 hrs p/day = 6 days

 

- Fly instead??  Rufus?? Check with Dr Chen? Risk of infection?

- Bob’s memorial = next Thurs…

 

37 hrs ÷ 10 = 4 days

 

- Stay with Rich and Priya – Adelaide??   √

 

1. Adelaide

2. Ceduna?

3. Balladonia?

4. Perth

 

Dear Sylvia,

As you know, I do not have much time…

This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Jul 17, 2021 as "To do".

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