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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Moving and not moving



I helped my daughter move some of her stuff to her new place. It seems I'm always helping her move. To be fair, this time she had no choice. Her landlord lost the apartment to the city for non payment of taxes. For about a month she lived there in a weird limbo of no landlord and no rent payments. Then the hot water tank ran out of fuel. No apartment maintenance either. She's been crashing with the lovely wife and I ever since.

As I get older it gets harder and harder to find friends who'll help me lift heavy things. Too many of them now have bad backs. Nobody asks for help without first asking how one's back is currently feeling.

Fortunately, a friend of mine is both between jobs so has the day free, and has a nice strong back. We concentrated on moving all the stuff that takes two people to carry.

The tables, bed, and 12 volt cooler was stripped out of the veggie van to make room. With all the rain we've been having, it's nice to move things in a big waterproof box. It beats the heck of a pickup truck with a tarp flapping in the wind.

After moving some of my daughter's stuff, my buddy gave me a nice sofa that he'd been storing in his garage. Now all I have to do is figure a way to get it out of the van and into the house.

While at my friend's, I though I'd take a look at his lawn mower that hadn't run in two years. Three other guys tried to fix it before me, without success. Small gasoline motors pretty much break to problems with spark, fuel or air. This one had problems with both spark and fuel, but I got it going.

I was feeling pretty clever -until I tried to start my van and discovered I'd left the lights on and killed the batteries. My lovely wife brought my big battery charger from home and soon it started up. She teased me about leaving the lights on, but then did exactly the same thing with her car. It's been that kind of day.

Still lots of stuff to move, so I'll be back at it.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. I've found that a two-wheel dolly helps a lot. Considering your "moving van," maybe a gurney would help!

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    1. I've a dolly, and ramps.

      Gurney, very funny!

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  2. Life's like that sometimes isn't it...

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  3. BRB - I'm gonna go check my lights..

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  4. Now I know who to call if my lawn mower doesn't start. . .

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    1. You might have a jungle growing before I get out your way.

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  5. Sixbears,

    Hubby and I could have used you when working on our lawn mower the other day.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's apartment complex. Trying to move family in and out of places is hard especially when you don't have the help with the big stuff. Thank God your friend was available. Do you have teenage kids living in the neighborhood? Maybe you can get them to help move the heavier stuff for you.

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    1. Just about all the heavy stuff is moved. She might buy a washer & dryer, but that can be moved easily enough with a dolly and ramps. Glad she moved into a trailer rather than another third floor apartment.

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