Sly and Doris' house is not a house full of expensive antiques, valuable art, and expensive electronics.
It is a house full of used furniture, some of it with urine stains. The guest room bed has cigarette burns. The carpets are stained. The dishes and cookware are almost 50 years old. Nothing wrong with it - it works, but it is not new. The linens are old.
It is a house of furniture that has been used for decades. It is not bad furniture, but it is used and was not that high quality to begin with. It was what Sly and Doris could afford and that's fine.
Primo's idea is that on the funeral weekend, everyone will take what they want from the house. The rest will be sold and the money will go to the estate, or so we imagine.
Ted has a different idea. Primo spent Saturday at the hospital collecting his dad's stuff. He has arranged the funeral. He is meeting with the lawyer today and on Wednesday, he is flying home. He has things to do, even if some of those things are to rest.
The emails in question.
Note also that Ted's "wife and brothers" are inventorying a house of someone who is not even dead. That is, Ted'sWife's mother is sick but is not dying at this second, but Ted'sWife is going to be ready.
Subject: S and D stuff
To: Primo, Jack
Why not do a quick inventory of TVs furniture, etc., and make a list, with their approximate value, then see who has interest in what? That's what my wife and her brothers have successfully done already.
Subject: RE: S and D stuff
To: Ted, Jack
The inventory is a good idea, but I hope that you weren't suggesting it as a task for today. I'm fully booked for the day (reviewing bills/statements, meeting with the lawyer, picking out photos for Dad's service) and leaving first thing tomorrow. Whatever we don't distribute during the weekend of the funeral should be inventoried, and I will get to that after the funeral. Regarding approximate values, only professionals (or software such as TurboTax) can assign meaningful values to things like used furniture. I could only guess at values for things like recently-purchased electronics (e.g., the TV in the bedroom).
FYI, picking out photos for Dad's service may not seem more important than the obituary, but it is a higher priority for now because I am here, the photos are here, and the photos need to be chosen before I return on July 31. That leaves only today for me to go through the boxes of photos. (I'll be expecting some digital photos from you as well.)