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So, uh, I'm moving and stuff. [Jul. 15th, 2008|04:15 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

On Friday, July 25th, sometime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., a big empty 6' x 7' x 8' crate will arrive at my house. I'll have until Monday to load it up with everything I want to take to Bloomington that won't fit in my suitcases. (I moved to Portland with one of these things, and I didn't manage to fill it up then, but I 'spect I have more stuff now. Any furniture I don't bring with me, Monica keystricken gets to keep (or not).) On the 31st, I'm getting on a plane; on the 1st, I'm getting off a plane; and on the 4th, my stuff arrives at my place in Bloomington and I unpack it.

Total price: $2000 and change. It's probably not much different than what it would cost to rent a truck and drive it across the country, with the added convenience that I don't have to drive a truck across the country. (Aside from that being a long haul, there's also the small matter of my no longer having a valid driver's license, since mine expired back in March. Letting it expire was pretty dumb of me, but I do feel good about never needing to drive. Plus, using my passport in all situations where I need a photo ID makes me feel like a sophisticated and sexy person.)

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[User Picture]From: stacy_bird
2008-07-15 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming you've already reserved the crate, but ABF freight is $2328 for 10' of trailer space (8' wide, 9' high), $1788 for 5', you pay what you use, each 1' between the 5' and 10' I listed is an additional $108. It's a pretty sweet deal if you know how much space you need (or don't) :) I got a quote off their site http://www.upack.com/ with the locations and dates you listed.

I only mention this because this is what I used when I move out here, because they were the beat deal I could find for a you-pack, with guaranteed drop dates on either end. :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-15 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah! They're who I'm using, except that I'm doing the fill-up-a-crate thing instead of the space-in-the-trailer thing. It's good to know you used them and liked them.

I used these folks when I came to Portland, and I'd go with them again, but they only operate between major cities, and Bloomington doesn't qualify. ABF will take your stuff wherever.
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2008-07-15 11:09 pm (UTC)
You might want to consider renewing your DL before you move (if you plan on having/needing a DL in the future) because it'll be easier on you when you try to get a DL in other states or in the future.

Unless you like taking the road test.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-16 12:35 am (UTC)
The thing is, it's an Iowa license anyway. (I've had it since 2003. It lists my parents' address!) Do you think that if I got it renewed in Iowa (using my parents' address again, I suppose) I'd be able to avoid the test?

Or is it part of Adulthood to bite the bullet, take the test, and get a driver's license for the actual state in which you live, which lists your actual address on it?
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2008-07-16 12:49 am (UTC)
Here are the IA rules on license renewal.

I'm afraid I don't know of any applicable regulations that speak directly to the proper implementation of Adulthood—though I suppose there are plenty that address the issue indirectly—so I guess we're on our own?
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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2008-07-16 01:57 am (UTC)
Or is it part of Adulthood to bite the bullet, take the test, and get a driver's license for the actual state in which you live, which lists your actual address on it?

Among me and my friends, the general consensus is "yes." I got my first "adult" driver's license in Chicago in 2006, when I registered my car in Illinois. Then, when I moved back to Texas last year, I got my driver's license in Austin, and the DMV was actually able to find my old driver's license number and assign it to me again. So, I guess I've reverted back to childhood. ;)

BTW, Brandon and I also moved from California to Chicago using ABF U-Pack. They rock!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-16 02:44 am (UTC)
It's good to hear good things about ABF U-Pack. Earlier today, I decided that thay were "the Hillary Clinton of moving companies". I don't know; it made sense at the time.

And yeah, you're right; I probably should grow up and get an Indiana license, since I expect to be there for five years or more.
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From: ms_nico_blue
2008-07-15 11:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Thanks! These are really good leads for moving my stuff possibly sometime soon-ish. A Uhaul with car tower from FtC to PDX is about $1200 + approx $500 worth of gas. So, this sounds like a much better option :)
And congrats on your big move to Grad school! You rock!
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2008-07-16 12:50 am (UTC)

caveat emptor

I only ever hear bad things about U-Haul.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-16 02:58 am (UTC)
Ooh, yeah; towing a car behind a U-Haul is not my idea of a good time.
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From: ms_nico_blue
2008-07-16 03:44 am (UTC)
Hehehe, mine neither. So far my efforts to get someone to drive my rental truck full of stuff while I drive the car (and cats) have failed. I still have time to twist arms though I think...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-16 03:06 am (UTC)
Yay, housewarming! (I'm vicariously excited about your new house!)

I couldn't ask you to show up at six in the morning to give me a ride. I'll just take the shuttle bus, which is pretty convenient.

However, I might ask you (and my other Bloomington folks) for a couch to crash on briefly, because I will arrive three days before my bed does.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-16 03:20 am (UTC)

contacts

I have various family members who live in Bloomington who are all super great people.
Do you want any contact info?
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[User Picture]From: tornadogrrrl
2008-07-16 03:22 am (UTC)

Re: contacts

oops.
that was me.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-16 03:24 am (UTC)

Re: contacts

Sure! Pass it on! Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-07-16 04:36 am (UTC)
So does this mean that your great-aunt and great-uncle who live in Eugene will never have been visited by you the whole time you lived in Oregon even tho they are just a 2-hour Amtrak ride away? They would thrill to a visit from you, ya know. Just sayin'!
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[User Picture]From: pmb
2008-07-16 05:01 am (UTC)
While you are there, Lindsey, you could also visit others!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-07-16 04:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe I could go down on the 29th-30th.
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