Friday, May 29, 2009

Adventures in moving: karma and humor

I'm giving away many of my household items and pieces of furniture to a couple named Pattie and Greg who just returned from living in Panama, and I think another foreign country before that.

They've been telling me that I'm doing what they did before they left -- selling and giving away things, basically liquidating a household. So it's an illustration of good karma, here they are in need of a whole new household, and here I am liquidating and helping them as they helped others. Feels good.

I had a collection of "Hold Mail" forms from the Post Office, so yesterday I left them in my mailbox for my letter carrier, a very nice guy named Jeff. My note said I'm moving to the Chicago area and could he please use these.

He took the forms and left me my note, with the words, "I blame myself!"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Quick, breathless update on plans

I don't have the focus to write a well-written update on my plans, so this will be quick and probably breathless.

I'm moving at the end of next week, on Friday the 5th I hope. This is happening quickly for several reasons. One, Mom needs somebody seeing her regularly right now. Two, I can start making money once I'm there and can't until I've moved.

Plans are changing each day. I thought I'd be driving my car and using movers, or perhaps towing my car behind a truck, but it seems my car shouldn't make the journey with me, or that's what brothers are arguing. So I'll likely rent a truck from U-Haul, or a cargo van if I can find one that rents one-way, it would be more comfortable to drive and would use less gas.

It occasionally goes thru my mind that I could ship my stuff using freight, too, since it's mostly boxes and very little furniture, but if I'm not driving my car there's no way for me to get there, and I assume a one-way plane ticket would be expensive at this point.

I feel sad about leaving my car behind. It's a 1991 Honda Accord wagon, and I've driven it for 15 years after buying it used in 1994 from Schaumburg Honda. At the time, the Honda Accord was the #1 rated car in America, and the dealership wouldn't bargain with us at all, zippo. So we took it for the asking price, and what a great car it's been. It's now at 205,000 miles and may need a little work to drive the 1000 miles to Chicago, which is why I'm leaving it here.

Today I'm getting together with writer friends to say farewell, over lunch at Turley's. This will be the third get-together of writer friends, it's been really nice, I've been getting lots of pats on the back.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Moving to Illinois

I'm moving to Illinois in a few weeks, for personal reasons, to be near my daughter and my mother. I've been listening to Puccini's aria "Senza Mamma" (without mother) frequently for weeks.

So much has happened, and there's so much to say, so, according to the immutable laws of irony, this will be brief. I'm moving around June 4th, 5th or 6th. Not sure how yet, my car apparently isn't up to towing a U-Haul trailer, and may not even be up for the trip at all, I'll get that verdict from the mechanic later this week.

If the car isn't up to the trip, I'll either hire professional movers and fly, or rent a large van and drive that instead.

I'm in the process of downsizing my possessions. I'm already a lot leaner possessions-wise than I was when I came to Colorado with a moving van full of stuff. And still I find things in my cupboard that I haven't used in the 3 years I've been here.