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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....10-05-05....MOVING Stories from FReepers
DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society; GretchenM | October 5, 2005 | DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society; GretchenM

Posted on 10/05/2005 9:12:24 AM PDT by DollyCali


Recapping the Move From Hell.
by: Chairman_December_19th_Society


June 25 (M Day-2): Saturday before moving day. The plan was to go through each room in the house and make sure everything that needed to be packed was packed. This day was to be the last big push, and Sunday was to be relatively relaxed. Learned very quickly that Mrs. Chairman had done virtually no packing, so by the end of the day for what was supposed to be packing close-out, we were only halfway through the top floor (main floor and basement remaining) by 10 PM. We stopped, having been at it since 7 AM.

June 26 (M Day-1): Sunday before moving day. Continued from Saturday. Finally finished the top floor by 12 PM, after starting the day again at 7 AM. Main floor moves a bit quicker, until the kitchen and pantry areas. This was known going into Saturday, but since Saturday had been blown, packing gets a bit frantic. Several items here will not get into boxes, and we end up having to move ourselves. By 6 PM, we are moving, finally, into the basement. I had partially disassembled the pool table thinking I was smart enough to do this, and having been told the moving company would move the parts if we would take it apart. Realizing a few days earlier that I wasn't smart enough, we contracted a speciality mover for pool tables--the same folks we bought the table from in the first place. They told us to do nothing as it would void our warranty--so there I am now reassembling what I had taken apart. 7 PM comes along, Mrs. Chairman wants to eat out, so we go to Pho Royal (a Vietnamese place) in Sterling for pho (Vietnamese soup). We're back at eight and at it again. We get to 10 PM, pool table is together, main room in the basement is finished, but the storage room and the garage are not done--harking back to the day before and time lost. They would not get done before M Day.

June 27 (M-Day): The movers show up promptly at 9 AM, as scheduled, and start right into it. No real problems here other than time, and learning they won't move plants (we did convince them to move some very large planters, with plants, from the deck, however). More things to move ourselves. But note that I said time was an issue. Two of the nine movers that were supposed to be on the job were not, they would show in the afternoon--known to the movers, not us. This slows down the process of getting things onto the three trucks. They are finally done emptying the old house (as much as they could) by 6 PM. Everthing from the trucks, with only 1 broken piece of glass (easily replaceable), is moved into the new house by 11 PM. Of note: during reassembly of the dining room table, one of the movers noted he had given me a baggie with the nuts and bolts in them (nope). I indicated that wasn't the case; back to the old house with cell phone. Interestingly, the person that said I had the nuts and bolts was able to precisely (to the exact physical location) able to describe where the stuff was--yep, he gave to me, right.

So far a typical move. But here's where things unravelled, and fast. During the move out from the old house, my wife got a phone call from the folks who were putting in a wood floor (in place of the existing carpet) for the new owners. They had been given permission to start on Wednesday (our closing was 5 PM Thursday). They now wanted to start on Tuesday--the day we wanted to get the stuff missed by the movers. We said no. They called the prospective owners, then called us back: "how about Tuesday afternoon?" We said, "No." Moments later, another phone call. Tuesday at 6 PM? My comment to Mrs. Chairman was "what part of Wednesday do they not understand?" Mrs. Chairman told them, "No, Wednesday."

June 28 (M Day+1): Tuesday. The temperature would reach 101 degrees in the shade, with humidity at 55%. And we were working to load a U-Haul with the stuff missed by the movers and the stuff we didn't get packed (remember the storage room and the garage?). Around 1 PM, the air conditioner on the top floor of the house dies. Mrs. Chairman makes a call to the real estate broker handling the sale of our house and gets the name of an a/c repair company, and makes arrangements. Time continues to pass, and we're still boxing and loading "junk" onto the U-Haul. At 6 PM, we come to the realization we won't finish on that day. We are all very sore from working in the intense heat of the day (having consumed half the Potomac's water flow during the afternoon). Mrs. Chairman calls to extend the truck one day--U-Haul says "ok," sort of. We can have it one day, but have to get it back by 7 AM the following day as the unit has been reserved. (The specific truck? I suppose it's "going home" as it had Arizona tags.) We get some fast food and get back at it, finally leaving the house at 9 PM with a full truck. We finish emptying it into the garage of the new house at 10:30 PM. No sorting, just off the truck.

June 29 (M Day+2): Wednesday. Shear chaos, including some major legal problems. We're back trying to finish our move out of The Cottage. The hardwood floor layers are there and at work, and the a/c repair person arrived at the same time we did. Shortly after we had backed into the driveway next to the garage with the U-Haul, a 20-foot truck pulls up, and some Koreans get out. They ask me in very broken English ("oh, this is going to be wonderful," I'm thinking) if they can back the truck into the area, saying they'll only be an hour. I size up the truck, which is a moving van(!!) and realize there's no way it can be empited in an hour. I say no, can't do it guys. They say all right. Off I go into the house and get to work.

A few moments later, I take some stuff to the U-Haul. The moving van is in front of the truck blocking our way out. I get the attention of one of the guys and say, "no, you cannot park here." They say all right, and I go back into the house.

A while later I am back out at the U-Haul with another bunch of stuff. Not only is the moving van still there, but THEY ARE UNLOADING STUFF ONTO THE DRIVEWAY!! Meanwhile, another van has arrived and has moved up to the front door.

THE PROSPECTIVE OWNERS (closing was still over 24 hours away) WERE ALREADY MOVING IN!!

In a panic, Mrs. Chairman and I are talking it over. She doesn' want to raise a big stink, but I still want to make sure we can get out of the driveway. Mrs. Chairman doesn't want to tell them in Korean what the score is, so I take it on myself to see if I can get through.

I find one of the guys on that truck who spoke passable English and passed the following message:

"Under Virginia law I have to notify you that you are trespassing before I can take any further action. I am telling you that you are trespassing. IF YOU DO NOT MOVE THIS TRUCK IN THE NEXT 10 MINUTES FROM HERE TO THE PLACE I TOLD YOU (around the corner of the house) I WILL CALL THE POLICE AND ENFORCE A TRESPASSING EVICTION!

Some hurried and emotional discussion between the folks on the truck, all in Korean, ensued. I presume the discussion was with the foreman and I did hear the work "police" uttered in Korean (it's not too different from English). They shuttered the truck and moved it.

We, on our part decided not to clean the house any further as we couldn't work around these arrogant people.

At 4:30 PM, left and took the last of our stuff to the new house, unloading all into the garage as was done the previous day. The truck was returned to U-Haul at 6:30 PM. Everyone went out for pho again, this time in Vienna. Drove through a horrendous thunderstorm on the way home.

June 30 (M Day+3). Thursday. Pool table moved without incident, though it is obvious the new owners have moved in almost completely, and totally extralegally. Fortunately, no one was hurt, so we didn't face any liability problems. At closing, the new owners complained the house wasn't clean. Bless her heart, Mrs. Chairman retorted: "If you hadn't tried to move in early, we could have, and would have, cleaned the house. It became your problem at that point, and is your problem now. We will do nothing."

God bless her!



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My Iditarod / Whirlwind Move
Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation


By GretchenM





Aperitif: The Players

GretchenM
Sally, neighbor in old place
Mike, best friend
FReepers and other friends who prayed for me
Chris, neighbor in old place
Jarrod, neighbor in old place
Mark, Gretchen’s son
Brandon, Mark’s friend
Katie, Brandon’s fiancée
Hector, Kristy, Sabrina, new neighbors
Baldemar, new neighbor
Mario, new neighbor
Steve, new neighbor
“The Manager”, new place (name withheld)
Maintenance man at new place

This is GretchenM and son, Mark, "a few years ago."
I was really sick with mono when this was taken.




Hors d'oeuvres
Reason for the Move
This may sound like an exaggeration to some, but I assure you it is accurate. I feel as though I have crawled over broken glass through Death Valley for a very long time, to find a church like the one I found 40 miles from my old home. For the past 14 months, they have had at least one person be healed, and often many people, in every Sunday service. I need a lot of healing. These people are doing an excellent job of getting the love of Jesus into their own hearts and sharing it with others, as well as sending missionaries around the world on a regular basis. They’re my kind of believers.

I found this church by attending a series of Christian healing conferences, beginning in 2001, when the Lord graciously healed my increasing, and by natural means, incurable, deafness. (Unless one has been deaf or partially so, it is difficult to identify with what this means to me.) The church is intimately associated with the group that sponsors the conferences.



Entrée

Dateline



Saturday, July 30, 2005: Moving Day Minus One

Sally came over to help pack my kitchen, etc. Thank God for friends, because I had been very ill for the prior two weeks, and had a lot of difficulty getting packed.

9 AM Sunday, July 31

The move began, or was supposed to begin, but the moving truck wasn’t ready. (Here we find a clue to what follows.)



Chris and Jarrod moved boxes out to my parking stall while Mike went after the truck.

This is my friend, Mike, who has taught me a very great deal about the nature and character of Jesus as described in Proverbs 19:22a, ”What is desirable in a man is his kindness.”



Between 10:00 and 10:30 AM

Chris and Jarrod left for their paying jobs. Mike, who had a head and chest cold, arrived with the truck; also, Brandon and Katie arrived in Brandon’s van. Note: showing up in an empty van to help move someone is a very good idea. I hadn’t met the 21-year-old Katie; she’s a remarkable young woman, studying to be a commercial jet pilot (737’s). She will graduate from college early, this December. I really liked her. Brandon and Katie loaded up the van while I worked inside.

Mark had to work, had hoped to arrive by 10:30 or 11 AM, but couldn’t get there till 3 PM. Mark, Mike, and I all have had bad back injuries; Mark's and my backs really acted up during the move.

This is my son, Mark, recently.
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The weather was in excess of 85 degrees. Need I say more.

5:05 PM Sunday
With the truck not quite fully loaded, Mike asked me when the apartment office closed. I had planned to pay the rent and get the on moving day, but with the truck not being ready and my son’s late arrival, that salient was overshot. The office closed at 5 PM. I called the maintenance man who said he didn’t know which apartment the resident manager lived in (hello?), and didn’t have her phone number. No problem, says the resourceful Katie: we drive up there and knock on doors till we find a tenant who does know. (The Resident Manager later told me that the maintenance man truly does not have her phone number. Does anyone else find this odd?)

Next problem is we didn’t rent a big enough truck and would have to make two trips, so instead of paying $10 more for a larger truck, I had to pay about $70 more in mileage and waste a lot of time.

Between 6 and 7 PM
We arrived; Steve, a helpful tenant, saved us the door knocking. He had talked to the maintenance man, so he knew there was a tenant on the way who didn’t have a key and he was very helpfully on the lookout. Steve told us where The Manager lived. Eventually, she came to the door and took the rent and gave me the key. This was fortunate, for later that night it rained hard and everything I owned would have sat on the lawn in front of my place getting soaked through, being a prey to any neighboring thief, and I wouldn’t have had the help, or dollies, needed to take things up the stairs.



In the run up to this move, I ran out of my migraine medication and the med that I take for back pain, of which I was experiencing a great deal. My doctor, it turns out, was on vacation. Eventually, his partner filled it after various miscues with the office and pharmacy.



Next problem is Brandon and Katie had to leave for another appointment and after they unloaded his van, they couldn’t stay to unload the truck. Representation of the sad moment: They had told this to me while Mike was away and when Mike heard it, he was getting a bit overwhelmed, knowing the truck had to be returned at 9:00 the next morning, 40 miles away, and there simply were not enough hands to get the work done timely.



Sunday evening

For some unknown reason, all exterior lights at the new place were turned off, so we trudged in deep darkness through the breezeway and up the stairs to unload the truck’s contents.



As Mike, Mark and I labored at unloading the truck and car, several neighbors were outside visiting. Here’s where Hector, Kristy and Sabrina come in. My son eventually asked Hector if some of the men would mind helping to unload the truck. (Hector had just told his wife, Kristy, “If they ask, we will help.” My son told me later that he kept thinking of a lesson I’d taught my mentee, that we cannot assume others will make the first step toward friendship, and sometimes WE have to take the first step.) So Hector, Mario, and Baldemar helped haul the heavy things, furniture, boxes -- much of what remained, till around 10 PM. I am forever grateful to these men.



I chatted a few minutes with Kristy and her daughter and some other neighbors who were outside. I don’t know quite how it happened, but Kristy, in those few minutes, asked if I would teach her daughter how to read. Sabrina is eight, will be in third grade, but she is reading at a first grade level. At one point, Sabrina, who seemed then and since to be a bright, engaging, fun, creative child, looked up at me and asked, “Will YOU teach me how to read?” I asked her mom if Sabrina is being taught phonics; she didn’t know – the result was I gladly told her I would read TO her, and we could work on what the letters sound like. Sabrina was delighted. Later, Sabrina told me she loves to do arts and crafts. When I paid a return visit to her and her mom (who had brought me a delicious swirl cake, and then a pasta salad), Sabrina said, “I know! We can read the Bible and then draw pictures of Jesus and all the other people in the Bible!” I asked her if she loves Jesus and she, nodding fervently, said, “YES!”



Bad news: my computer desk wouldn’t fit into my room so I had to donate it. I’m using a writing desk with no keyboard tray till I can get a replacement.



Late Sunday evening or early Monday

Mark, Mike, and I had all been sweating profusely in the heat and with the work, but finally the truck was empty. We returned to the old place to load up furniture that I was giving to my son; he helped load up the remaining furniture in the moving truck, then he had to go home.

The ramp to the moving truck wouldn’t go back into its slot and so, at 1 AM, we created what seemed like a 20-minute salute to all the noise my former neighbors inflicted on me over the years at that hour, until we finally got it unjammed and slid into place. Mike started the very noisy truck and we left, perfuming the neighborhood with diesel, wondering how many people were saying wonderful things about me under diesel-choked breath.



Monday, about 1 AM

Mike and I returned to the new place, using up the mover’s one obligatory ticket for getting lost during an out-of-area move, when exiting to buy diesel in an unfamiliar area. We went, creep mouse, up and down stairs in the dark, unloading the lighter things for a couple hours.



Monday, 3:30 AM

Stopped to sleep. Or should I say, dropped.



A couple hours later

After Mike got a couple hours of sleep, he hauled the rest of the heavy stuff up the stairs alone and returned the truck, 40 miles away. (The particular franchised truck rental store was run with extraordinary ineptitude by mean people whose purpose seemed to be to gouge the customer and hinder the moving.) Mike returned to drive me back to the old apartment where we spent the day cleaning till it sparkled. (I wanted my cleaning deposit back!)



Monday night

or, one tired



I learned that The Resident Manager reamed out Steve for telling us which apartment she occupies. I was shocked to hear this, especially when I learned that this event became torch to tinder -- igniting a tenant revolt, fed by many other complaints, that still seeks resolution.



In my many moves (this is at least #27 over the years), I have never had neighbors help move me in or out. In spite of all the wacky things that occurred, beginning with me becoming violently and painfully ill for two weeks, starting on the day I committed to live here, God made a way around every obstacle through the kindness of friends and strangers.



The good news -- and it is very good: I get almost constant marine breezes coming off Puget Sound and didn’t have to turn on a fan till it was in the 90’s. Even so, the place is not uncomfortable at that temperature. It’s much quieter here than where I was. My only upstairs neighbors are God and the rain. I have no downstairs neighbors as that unit is the model for prospective tenants to view. Only two things broke; both were at my hands; each was plastic and very inexpensive. I donated possessions that became blessings to others, and giving them opened the door to sharing a bit of the gospel with the recipients. I have a church home that I’ve hungered for and needed for years. When a person needs something, as I have needed this church, and it is withheld for a very long time, we appreciate it with much more fervor than if we hadn’t had to wait for it.



Even though I live in the middle of a large city, surrounded by large cities, there are protected forests with wetlands on three sides of me, and just about every store I need is within a couple minutes’ drive. I’m close to my beloved Puget Sound and the breathtaking Cascade Mountains are visible from almost anywhere I go.



The future: looks great!



Dessert



Last December, when Pastors Dutch Sheets, Colorado Springs, CO, and Dr. Chuck Pierce, Denton, TX, visited this area, one of them gave a word to what would become my new church that the Spirit of God was going to move through the Puget Sound region as a whirlwind, picking people up from all over the area and depositing them at that church.

I heard this after I made the decision to move and had started to pack, and it gave me chills. It is wonderful to know you are responding to the drawing of God but it is amazing to learn you are acting, however unknowingly, in response to His word to fulfill His purposes.



With the unpacking mostly finished, I had the luxury of time and wanted to go to both of the morning services at church because the presence of God is so wonderful and I have been so hungry for Him. I discovered that a rather large number of other congregants do the same thing. The services are full of life.



Another thing spoken to this church was that God was making the place into a Bethesda – a place of healing (John 5:2-9), and that people would come from all over the world to be healed here. This, too, is now being fulfilled.



Mike and Mark said they'd never seen a move go with such difficulty. It was one of those things where one had to be in the suspense of the moment, not knowing how things would turn out, to get the whole impact. On the drive to my new place, without the keys, I was remembering what one pastor (Larry Randolph, noted for the humorous way he puts things) said: “God factors our stupidity into the equation when He lays out His plan for our lives, and He always has a Plan B.” Later, Mike said that same sentence was going through his mind as he drove to the new place, not knowing what awaited us.



I'm helping Sabrina with her homework and reading, and doing arts and crafts with her as rewards for her hard work. She's a delightful child and comes home from school saying, "I'm getting smarter!" I've met some of the other neighbor children and it seems there are a lot of opportunities to show the love of Jesus here.



The original Iditarod race against time was undertaken in 1925 to deliver antidote to Alaskans during a diphtheria outbreak. It is a story of immeasurable courage, stamina and fortitude: of people risking all to save others, and succeeding, using relay teams. My journey couldn’t have been accomplished without a very special group of relayers: first, Sally, Chris, and Jarrod in the old place; then Brandon and Katie, then Mark; finally, Hector, Baldemar, Mario, the maintenance man, and Steve in the new place, many FReepers and other friends who prayed for me during the move, and through it all, Mike. I fully expect this move will result in more people being reached with the gospel, as well as physical healing, and a lot of personal fulfillment. In fact, it already is.



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1 posted on 10/05/2005 9:12:32 AM PDT by DollyCali
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To: A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); AFPhys; alwaysconservative; Angelwood; arazitjh; ...
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3 posted on 10/05/2005 9:29:08 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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Excellent, Dolly. Thank you.


4 posted on 10/05/2005 9:30:49 AM PDT by lysie
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To: DollyCali

Thanks for the ping! Good job.


5 posted on 10/05/2005 9:37:44 AM PDT by b4its2late (If you can remain calm, you just don't have all the facts.)
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6 posted on 10/05/2005 9:42:15 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: DollyCali
Wonderful thread! I am never moving again after reading those two experiences! Now I need a nap just to recuperate!
7 posted on 10/05/2005 9:42:18 AM PDT by LUV W (Okay, I'm a Tony Snow-bot--so?....and I am a Bush-bot, too. What a pair!)
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To: b4its2late; lysie; LUV W; The Mayor
thank you Mr.The Mayor. Tempus Fugit!





Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Dutchess; Dansangel;The Mayor , and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.

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Maigrey...................cousin
OhioWfan........................son
mystery-ak..........son, husband
Gogrammy................grandson
Inspectorette...................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..........................nephew
anniegetyourgun...........nephew
Diver Dave.......niece, nephew
ConspiracyGuy........2 nephews
Pippin..........niece, loved one
Pippin...nephew & his fiancee
weldgophardline.....brotherinlaw
jamaly.................brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater..........cousin
WaterDragon.............grandson
WaterDragon...........son-in-law
BeforeISleep...................son
kimmie7......................brother
Armymarinemom............3 sons
american_ranger.............son
LadyX.........................grandson
fawn796.......................nephew
Dubya............................nephew
StarCMC......................brother
ValerieUSA..................2 sons
Lakeside......................2 sons
LakeLady.....................nephew
Spruce.....................daughter
Philman_36..............2 nephews
bjcintennessee.......son, niece
Ladysmith..nephew, friend's son
tina07......soninlaw & his friend
Katydidnt..........................son
MontanaCowgirlCop.......brother
Warrior Nurse...........active duty
SK1 Thurman...........active duty
David Osborne.........active duty
fc2tomschermuly......active duty
bkwells..................active duty
LongCut..................active duty
cjk..........................active duty
Trish.......................active duty
ODC-GIRL.................active duty
AF_Blue..................active duty
Notwithstanding.....active duty
thumperusn.............active duty
Q6-God.....................active duty
Q6-God...................twin brother
Veloxherc.................active duty
Don Simmons...........active duty
wingnutx..................active duty
Old Sarge................active duty
Bykrbayb.........................son
Hope and Glory................son
Walkenfree............2 grandsons,
3 nephews, 1 granddaughter
ariamne.....................2 cousins
Zechariah_8_13..brother-in-law, cousin
El Gato.....................nephew
MississippyMuddy.............sister
MississippyMuddy.....2 nephews
Kramster......................stepson
veeceeque................active duty
freema.............. nephew and son
Jemian............................ son
Lone Red Ranger...Brother in law
No Longer Free State ..... active duty
scubachick...............husband
ladtx........................2 sons
Its_me_K.E.T...................son
gator girl.................husband
severa.......husband, brother
Hostel......................cousin
MozartLover......son, nephew
LBGA...............................son
katykelly......................son
cookcounty.....................son
SpookBrat...nephew, cousin
Doug from Upland...son-in-law
Himyar..........................son
boxerblues................2 sons
the piper.........................son
sheeza.......................husband
kemathen7.................husband
Tiffee4Bob.................boyfriend
deadhead......................cousin
JimRobinson.........2 nephews
TexKat..............son, step-son
Consort..2 daughters,son-in-law
Darheel.........................niece
Donaeus......................nephew
dixie sass...................nephew
BeAllYouCanBe...................son
Repubmommy...............brother
AgThorn.........................2 sons
homeschoolmama.......nephew
kneezles.............................son
Rose inRoseBear...cousin's hubby
Skimask.......................Son
Atomic Conspiracy..half-brother
Atomic Conspiracy...nephew
Atomic Conspiracy..........niece
Sunflowergal..............grandson
visualops.......................cousin
Alouette..............................son
mrstank.......................husband
MrsMike31..................husband
eaglesiniowa......................son
auboy............................cousin
spotbust1...................husband
Leofl.................................son
chena................................son
campfollower...................fiance
LUV W..............................son
painter.........................nephew
ProudAFDad......................son
TheMayor....friends'son & nephew
mhking........................cousin
Misty4jc......................husband
Colorado Slim................ nephew
Tapatio.....................2 nephews
CGblue....................active duty
ak_daddoo.....................nephew
DirtyHarryY2K.......daughter,son-in-law
nelibeli.........................nephew
bigghurtt...................Active duty
frankiep....................Active duty
Palladin.......................grandson
Gonzo......................friend's son
jkphoto.........................nephew
JRios1968..................Active Duty
Azbushgal..........................son
rahbert............................son
Kimmykay...........................son
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8 posted on 10/05/2005 9:46:24 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society

Thanks for pressing through, Dolly -

CD19S - wow, that was uggggly! I hope you are enjoying your new home.


9 posted on 10/05/2005 9:51:10 AM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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Thanks Gretchen.. It was an interesting evening/morning! As you see I did have to do a few changes & some minor HTML work but NOWAY was I gonna frame up all those neat Pix!

Friend got 11 appt changed til 2 & so NOW I have to run. I am driver as he is getting some type of meds w/outpatinet surgery & can't drive.

Hugs hon.. thanks & I hope you like the finished product!


10 posted on 10/05/2005 9:56:14 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: lysie
My youngest son and his family and I just completed a move from Montgomery Minnestoa to Wasilla Alaska. We started packing up in April, when he began the process of being hired by Schlumberger, the big oilfield well-services company, for a job on the North Slope (Prudhoe Bay). Moving two households is just about what you would imagine it to be...extremely tiring and hectic. AND EXPENSIVE!!! We had the world's longest-running garage sale in my garage, and had it open every weekend for three months. What wasn't sold at the end was loaded up and donated or thrown away. Neither house has been closed on yet, although theirs appears to be sold. Mine is still being shown, so please pray that it sells soon.

Getting a place to live at our destination was almost as trying as getting out of our Minnesota houses, but at last, it was accomplished. I think there's a picture of the house on my profile page, if anyone is interested. The movers told us "Six to eight weeks!" on the arrival of our shipment, so we resigned ourselves to echoing rooms sparsely furnished with camping furniture and air mattresses, and living out of suitcases. But lo, and behold! The movers called with the happy news that the frieght had arrived in only 13 days! Good thing...we were renting cars!

Now we are all settled in, and although my house hasn't sold and I don't have the money to find my own place, we are getting ready for winter and doing fine. I plan to make one more move, to whatever place I'll get when I leave here. They will have to carry me out feet first, cause I don't plan to move again. (You all know that telling any 'moving' story on here is going to mean leaving out all the gory details. Suffice it to say that the move was a nightmare of indecision and time-wasting by people who could have helped out. This little narrative obviously only gives the apparent highlights.) But all is well, and I am home again at last, this time, to stay.

11 posted on 10/05/2005 9:56:22 AM PDT by redhead (I didn't come from no monkey, and the earth is NOT my MOTHER!)
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To: GretchenM
CD19S - wow, that was uggggly! I hope you are enjoying your new home.

There's a postscript to the story--the new owners of our previous home actually tried to charge us for cleaning (which we couldn't do because they interloped). We countered with "rent" for the time they, essentially, squatted. They dropped the matter. They're a piece of work.

Yes, we are enjoying our new home. Everything is pretty much unpacked now and in its, more or less, proper place. We are awaiting some new furniture for the family room, and have treated ourselves (I think we deserved it--moment of immodesty) to a plasma TV.

12 posted on 10/05/2005 9:59:34 AM PDT by Chairman_December_19th_Society (Conservatives work to get the job done while liberals work to get someone else to get the job done.)
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To: DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society; GretchenM

Great thread Dolly.

It was worth waiting for.

Loved your anecdote of your move Chair,just goes to show how some people are just to eager to get into their new house.

Gretchen your story of your move was very touching.

Thanks to the both of you for sharing your moving adventures with us.

Thanks to you Dolly for posting the thread.


13 posted on 10/05/2005 10:04:08 AM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman (Tony Snow fan)
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To: DollyCali
I hope you like the finished product!

I just finished reading the upper thread and have to say, Great job!

I wouldn't have framed up all the inserted pictures either. ;-)

14 posted on 10/05/2005 10:06:39 AM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: redhead
You all know that telling any 'moving' story on here is going to mean leaving out all the gory details

That's for sure.

That's cool, that your things arrived after 13 days instead of eight weeks.

15 posted on 10/05/2005 10:21:54 AM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society; GretchenM

Chair, and Gretchen. Two of my Favorite FReepers.

And Dolly too, of course! :^)


16 posted on 10/05/2005 10:24:56 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Take the high road. You'll never have to meet a Democrat.)
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To: All; tuliptree76; OESY; Victoria Delsoul; PreviouslyA-Lurker; NicknamedBob; Jack Deth; snugs; ...

Yeahhhh ..... Today's Thread is ready and it looks to be a great one.

Today's holidays are ......
Long Walk Day
World Teacher's Day

This day in History ...
Michael Andretti, Race Car Driver - born October 5, 1962

Chester A. Arthur - 21st US President was born October 5, 1829 in Fairfield, VT. He died November 18, 1886 in New York, NY.

Whatever you decide to celebrate, have a Wonderful Wednesday.


17 posted on 10/05/2005 10:52:52 AM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: All; OESY; tuliptree76; DollyCali


The time is drawing near for this guy to celebrate "Long Walk Day".

Have a nice Long Walk toDay.

18 posted on 10/05/2005 10:57:16 AM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society
Thanks for today's thread, Dolly. Sorry to hear about the server trouble but it was worth the wait.

Chairman .... thank you for sharing your moving experience with us. It is nice to meet you.


19 posted on 10/05/2005 11:03:36 AM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy
The pleasure is mine.

One thing I think would have made the moving experience just a tad nicer--other than the folks buying our old house being more, how shall we say, polite?--would have been to have seasonable weather. The spring had been so nice, but it picked that time to remind us the weather in northern Virginia can just get beastly in the summer.

20 posted on 10/05/2005 11:15:00 AM PDT by Chairman_December_19th_Society (Conservatives work to get the job done while liberals work to get someone else to get the job done.)
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To: Chairman_December_19th_Society

I think moving under the best conditions is exhausting; I cannot believe having to do it your way. :)

I have only lived in 4 houses in the past 48 years and all of them are within a 4 miles radius. We just loaded the pickup a few times and took a couple of days to get moved. Pets were moved last.


21 posted on 10/05/2005 11:27:06 AM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: DollyCali; GretchenM
Thanks again for today's thread, Dolly. You did a beautiful job with it.

GretchenM ... thank you for sharing your summer vacation with us. Sounds like you met and made some long time friends.


22 posted on 10/05/2005 11:33:20 AM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy
Sounds like you met and made some long time friends.

I did. I didn't even know Katie -- Brandon's fiancée -- was going to be there. She said she'd heard so much about me from Mark, Brandon, and their friends that she had been looking forward to meeting me for a long time. I had no idea. How can you NOT like a stranger who donates half a day to moving you to your new home? LOL She really is an amazing young woman.

Kristy and family -- I discovered, in meeting them, why I was so drawn to this particular apartment. And am meeting some very nice people at church who are going out of their way to help me settle in, be friends, etc.

23 posted on 10/05/2005 11:47:52 AM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: GretchenM

It is terrific that you made new friends and found the perfect place. It is good to hear stories of strangers willing to jump in and help where needed.

Hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday.


24 posted on 10/05/2005 11:56:48 AM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society; GretchenM
WOW! I never knew what your *moving* thread was going to be about, Dolly! Imagine that! MOVING! Actually. LOL!

Your stories are at the same time funny, unpredictable, predictable, incredible, and....well, moving!

Thank you for sharing your experiences - and know everyone's happy it's all behind you now!

Dolly, your graphics are always wonderful! KUDOS to all three of you for your very hard work!

25 posted on 10/05/2005 12:08:22 PM PDT by Billie
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To: All; NicknamedBob; OESY; DollyCali; GretchenM; Chairman_December_19th_Society; tuliptree76; ...

Graphic by Billie

Down The Road

I’m setting up some real estate,
For a special breed of folks,
The kind who think the rest are all,
Somewhat pathetic jokes.

The sort of person who,
Just wants to be left alone.
And who can get on fine if he,
Is stuck out on his own.

I’m talking about curmudgeons,
A classless sort of class.
The ones who, when you try to help,
Tell you to ... take a pass.

They aren’t the devilish kind of folks,
Nor angels, you can tell,
They don’t get on with people types,
But they don’t belong in Hell.

So I’m setting up a place nearby,
The climate’s not so good.
But the understanding is,
It’s for the misunderstood.

They’ll have their books, and poetry,
And other things they like,
And prominently stated in the yard,
The sentiment, “Take a Hike!”

They like to be alone, you see,
And they’re content with that,
So if you have a nominee,
Then you can pass the hat.

We’ll solve a problem in this way,
And another thing that’s swell,
Is if some lost souls ventured by,
They’d be told ... directions well.

NicknamedBob . . . . . March 14, 2004


Happy Take a Hike Long Walk Day!

26 posted on 10/05/2005 12:11:10 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: OESY; All
From this morning on the other thread .....




A long walk on a short pier to learn new tricks on World Teacher's Day. Whew!


187 posted on 10/05/2005 10:16:14 AM PDT by OESY
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Thanks, OESY.
27 posted on 10/05/2005 12:23:27 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy; NicknamedBob
I remember that one! :)

Bob, haven't forgotten you - haven't had time to look for something yet.

Hi, Amy! Love seeing all your cute graphics again!

28 posted on 10/05/2005 12:33:43 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Thanks, Billie.

It's great to have time to post some of my graphics. I can never decide which is my favorite.


29 posted on 10/05/2005 12:36:40 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy; PreviouslyA-Lurker

Hi, PaL - we're over here! Today's thread was late - server was down - but come see us! :)


30 posted on 10/05/2005 12:59:01 PM PDT by Billie
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To: DollyCali; GretchenM; TheChair

Really wonderful presentation,Dolly!

Moving is a like a nightmare, .. it's so nice when one wakes up, the nightmare is over..and one can finally sit down, relax in one's new home, look around and declare"I really like this place! ".


31 posted on 10/05/2005 1:03:12 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: DollyCali; Chairman_December_19th_Society; GretchenM; Billie; dutchess; Mama_Bear; deadhead; All
WOW! I'm moved to respond to these stories as they bring forth memories of U-Haul being Me-Haul experiences.

Thankfully, we've lived in the same place for 15 years with no plans to move any time soon.

During our last move, I was able to watch everyone else do the packing, loading, unloading and unpacking cuz I wrapped up in a body cast (chest to hips) while recovering from a lumbar fusion. Lucky me?!?

Rule of Thumb regarding a move to a new house... A 2-car garage is for two cars, not a storage area. Why do folks store their second largest investment(s) in the driveway or on the street where it falls prey to vandals and thieves and store our junk in the garage?

32 posted on 10/05/2005 1:06:08 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker


Good Afternoon, PAL.

Hope you have time to spend with us today.
We miss you.

Have a Happy Wednesday.

33 posted on 10/05/2005 1:12:18 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: Diver Dave
"Why do folks store their second largest investment(s) in the driveway or on the street where it falls prey to vandals and thieves and store our junk in the garage?"

Errrr ...because you don't know where else to put the junk?

Good afternoon, DD.
I think fall has come to the Valley. Mornings have been kinda cool here.
34 posted on 10/05/2005 1:15:59 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: lysie; DollyCali


Good afternoon, Lysie.

I agree .... Dolly gets an A.

I hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday.

35 posted on 10/05/2005 1:27:42 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy; tuliptree76; OESY; Billie; Jack Deth
Some walks are longer than others...

Rhonda Braden walks through her childhood neighborhoods where her father lived.

http://www.btstorm.org/

36 posted on 10/05/2005 1:32:20 PM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker

Thanks, PAL.

I'm still amazed at the amount of destruction. I can't imagine taking the walk that she is taking. I think that walk would seem twice as long as actual.

Is work slowing down any? I hope it slows enough that you can stop by several times a day.


37 posted on 10/05/2005 1:38:04 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: b4its2late


Hello B4its2late.

Thanks for coming by Dolly's great thread.

Hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday.

38 posted on 10/05/2005 1:43:49 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: Diver Dave
Rule of Thumb regarding a move to a new house... A 2-car garage is for two cars, not a storage area. Why do folks store their second largest investment(s) in the driveway or on the street where it falls prey to vandals and thieves and store our junk in the garage?

Right! Of course, one might say with two cars, you need a THREE car garage to be able to park both of them inside. :)

39 posted on 10/05/2005 1:46:02 PM PDT by Billie
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker

That is so sad, and your caption is perfect. :(


40 posted on 10/05/2005 1:47:31 PM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W


Good afternoon, Luv W.

Hope you are feeling better.
Take care of yourself.

41 posted on 10/05/2005 1:49:58 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy; Mrs.Nooseman

I'm okay! I was just responding to the two movers! I'm not sick at all..maybe you were thinking of Mrs.Nooseman, who has a cold. How are things going around here. I have seen some mighty pretty graphics today!


42 posted on 10/05/2005 1:54:36 PM PDT by LUV W (Okay, I'm a Tony Snow-bot--so?....and I am a Bush-bot, too. What a pair!)
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To: Mrs.Nooseman
I read your post on yesterday's thread, Mrs. N - thank you for responding, and with that pretty table and cute, cute kitty! Was just concerned about you, not having seen you in a little while. Hope you are feeling better tomorrow.

(((((((((((Noosie)))))))))))))

43 posted on 10/05/2005 2:01:21 PM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W; Mrs.Nooseman; DollyCali

You are right ... as I re-read the thread, I realize that it is Mrs Nooseman that is not feeling well.

Glad to hear that you are okay, LuvW.

Since Dolly had to leave for awhile, I stole her thread so I could post some of my graphics. :)

Hope she doesn't mind.


44 posted on 10/05/2005 2:03:38 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: JustAmy

I am sure she will be thrilled! They really dress up the place nicely! :o)


45 posted on 10/05/2005 2:05:46 PM PDT by LUV W (Okay, I'm a Tony Snow-bot--so?....and I am a Bush-bot, too. What a pair!)
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To: Mrs.Nooseman


Hope you are taking care of yourself, Mrs Nooseman.

Get well soon. We miss you.

46 posted on 10/05/2005 2:09:07 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: LUV W

:)

Thanks.


47 posted on 10/05/2005 2:11:30 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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To: Billie

Hi Billie! I made it!


48 posted on 10/05/2005 2:12:32 PM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: DollyCali; GretchenM; Chairman_December_19th_Society
Your Thread is Great, (((((((Dolly)))))))! You did a Wonderful Job!

Dear (((((((Gem))))))), it was so Neat to See a Thread about your 'Adventures! in Moving!' I am So Thankful to our Gracious Lord that your New Place is Working Out Well! I Remember your Mentioning how Noisy the Old Place was; Praises be to our Loving Savior for this more Quiet, Nicer Place! (I Especially Love how there are Trees and Wetlands all Around you. Thank You, our Merciful Lord in Heaven!)

Chair, it is Nice to Make your Acquaintance. God Bless you!

49 posted on 10/05/2005 2:13:33 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens
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To: Victoria Delsoul; tuliptree76


Have a Happy "World Teacher's Day"!

Hope your day was good.

50 posted on 10/05/2005 2:14:31 PM PDT by JustAmy (Our troops need your prayers, now more than ever!)
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