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Best. Move. Ever. [Feb. 11th, 2007|11:20 am]
Lindsey Kuper

I took Friday off work, ostensibly in order to pack. I then proceeded to do nothing all day until 5:30, when I Whirled Into Action and managed to pack just about everything in four hours. Mind you, I did not pack well; I did not pack sanely; I did not pack in any sort of way that would have been at all sensible except for a within-the-same-city move, and not so much even then. But I packed, finished at 9:30, and even had time to go out for a few hours. In the morning, I cleaned for a while -- I actually enjoy that just-before-a-move cleaning time, when the furniture's finally out of the way and you can finally get the whole floor swept -- and then hurried to the store for duct tape and moving-party refreshments. When I got home, I found Roy royhuggins and Electra eliciel chilling in the living room. How great are my friends, that they actually show up early to help me move? We made tea and coffee and packed up some last few odds and ends, and soon Dan dan_o_m and Matt mattgifford and Angela arrived and we went to pick up the little Uhaul truck that I had reserved. Matt had volunteered to drive, and the whole process of getting the truck was pretty easy. I'm telling you, man, for a couple minutes there I felt like an actual grownup.

I think that my friends must have done what heavy lifting there was, because I don't remember doing much of it. Mostly, I remember bustling around collecting forgotten kitchen stuff, running interference for Electra while she took charge of the Tetris-like job of organizing the truck, and authorizing various people to Use Force If Necessary to get items of furniture down the stairs. (The box spring was the hardest part -- we ended up taking a chunk of the doorjamb with it, but we finally got it.) Finally, everything was in the truck, packed, ready to go, and my friends were all standing on the porch waiting for me, when: panic! I wasn't sure I had the key to the new place! I remembered having put it on my keychain a week ago, but I didn't think any of them looked like it -- and if it wasn't on the keychain, then it was either deep in a box somewhere in the truck, or it was Lost And Gone Forever. I fidgeted in the doorway while people said things like "Well, we won't know until we get there," and "You've got a lot of keys there -- it's probably one of them." There was nothing to do but go, so we drove to the new place, we walked up to the front door, I started trying keys -- and, oh frabjous day, the last key I tried was the one! It worked! Relief, joy, excitement -- I turned around to tell everyone it was okay -- and then, precisely at that moment, Indigo indy1725 walked up, kissed me, and said, "I brought cupcakes."

It had started to rain, like it does, so we quickly moved everything inside. It turns out that unloading a truck is much faster than loading it. Somewhere in there, Mike jonatthebar arrived, and we all sat down for pizza, and eventually Daniel Follmer came in time to have some food and help us return the truck. And that was moving. And here I am, surrounded by boxes I still have to unpack and a little dazed at how fast this all happened, but I'm now officially in residence at Happy House. That's right: I live in a house with a name! My new housemates are Chuan-kai and Paul stereotype441. Chuan-kai is a computer science Ph.D. student at PSU. I hope to pick his brain about that. Paul is an accomplished knitter, juggler, pianist, programmer, and designer of high-end stereo components. I hope to pick his brain about everything.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-02-12 12:45 am (UTC)
Sweet!

So, is that your address, to which things can be delivered? Is there a floor or apartment number to speak of?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-02-12 01:18 am (UTC)
Only awesome deliveries are accepted at this address.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-02-12 01:37 am (UTC)
Got it. =)

Looks like you're a lot closer to PDX, too. That'll be handy for your frequent flying (and for us next time we come visit!)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-02-12 04:57 am (UTC)
When you visit, you gotta stay at the Kennedy School. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump away from me now!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-02-12 04:55 am (UTC)
The problem with going between Alberta and Hawthorne on the bus is that there aren't many places where buses cross the freeway. The choices are basically the 75, which runs on 39th/42nd, or the MLK bus. I took the 75 up to Alberta and 42nd, then walked the 18 blocks home. It was crazypants, what with the rain and all, but I didn't feel like waiting for the 72.

And I bet you'd be fine without your car. Have you thought about doing the Flexcar thing? There are a bunch of Flexcar locations right near your place.
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2007-02-12 09:00 pm (UTC)
I second lindseykuper regarding FlexCar. It is supprisingly useful for quick trips.
Also, in case you aren't already, check out TriMet's website for info about their routes. And if your new to using busses a lot, you might want to swing by the Pioneer Square TriMet office and pick up a comprehensive map of the bus routes. When I first moved here, I put it on my wall. It gave me a good idea of the city's layout.
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2007-02-12 09:29 pm (UTC)
Because FlexCar's charge is hourly and includes the insurance, gas and maintanence, you can save quite a bit of money. Doing grocery trips every weekend made our monthly cost about $80.
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[User Picture]From: stereotype441
2007-02-12 08:30 am (UTC)
Glad the move went well, Lindsey. Welcome!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-02-12 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Perhaps one of these days I'll even actually see you!
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2007-02-12 08:58 pm (UTC)
I agree. As someone with huge anxiety issues about moves, yours was fabulous. And while you may not have packed "well" you packed such that people could move your stuff quickly and with minimal back pain.
I love being the Tetris-mistris though. :-) I will be so excited when Roy and I get a storage unit if we get into the JET program.
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