Good Morning to you—
I'm exhausted, so this will be short.
The move went fine. There is now much more space in the old house and some furniture in the new one.
The movers were quite interesting guys—only one of them talked, but he talked enough for them both. He's a single parent too, like me, except he raised five kids alone, and on a moving guy's salary. I sure hope it wasn't five times as hard as raising one—that thought doesn't bear thinking.
And speaking of things that don't bear thinking, he lost one of his raised-by-dad brood—his engaged, pregnant 24-year-old daughter was killed by gunfire in a grocery store robbery in 2007. She was just shopping. Got caught in the crossfire. The guy who did it will spend a long time in jail, and then a much longer time in hell.
No pictures, unfortunately. I haven't been taking any pictures of this whole process—too much else to do. It brings up an interesting point, though—I like to take pictures when I'm an observer and don't have any responsibility for an event. When I have immediate responsibilities, picture-taking tends to go out the window.
If you've never done a local move, they're great. You hire the truck and the workers by the hour, and if you choose the beginning of the month it's easy to schedule. Today's move was actually just the first of two. I'll get the first load squared away at the new place while we continue to organize the rest of the stuff at the old place, and then hire a truck again. It's nice and relaxed compared to an interstate move. And the total cost will still be quite a bit less.
The computer moves on Friday, if all goes as planned. That's the same day the new orange couch arrives. For some reason I am inexplicably attached to the new orange couch already. I can't wait for it to come.
I'm about to head over, with the bedding in the front seat and the dogs in the back. It's a new day. Okay, night. I'm leaving the coffee here at the old house, though, where the computer still is, so I'll be back here first thing. :-)
Oh, and speaking of first things: the first thing I unpacked and arranged at the new house? The photobook collection. You can see where my priorities are. (Here's an interesting list of photobooks from Abebooks. Nice of them to recommend Changing New York, like anybody mortal can afford that.)
Have a relaxing and slow-paced day wherever you are.
"Morning Coffee" is auto-published weekdays at 3:30 a.m. Central Time today to be in time for morning coffee breaks in the UK and Europe. For those who rise later, it will be there. The feature is a month-long experiment to give people something to check in with while I'm busy moving.
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Jayson Merryfield: "What, no pithy thoughts on themes Miata?"
Mike replies: In the fullness of time. It's a 2016 model and we don't know anything about the drivetrain yet. I'm unlikely to be an early adopter. It must have a manual ragtop, a manual stick shift (5-speed is better than six), a naturally aspirated engine and rear-wheel drive to be a roadster to the manner born.
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