|So, uh, I'm moving and stuff.
||[Jul. 15th, 2008|04:15 pm]
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.)
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. :)
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!
I only ever hear bad things about U-Haul.
Ooh, yeah; towing a car behind a U-Haul is not my idea of a good time.
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...
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.
2008-07-16 03:20 am (UTC)
I have various family members who live in Bloomington who are all super great people.
Do you want any contact info?
Sure! Pass it on! Thanks.
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'!
2008-07-16 05:01 am (UTC)
While you are there, Lindsey, you could also visit others!
Maybe I could go down on the 29th-30th.