Well, the trip got temporarily cancelled, as my mother fell and broke her other hip. We just went through this two years ago with the first one. She's going to be the bionic 95 year old mama. A matching new titanium ball joint was installed just this morning. I asked for a little more colorful one, but they said, like the original Volkswagens, they only come in one color.
Since I've been at the hospital for 38 hours, I think I'll sleep in tomorrow.