...Well, not really fishing. But TOP will be taking a few days off, until Thursday or Friday, as I begin the task of getting ready for The Big Move II.
If all goes well, tomorrow I'll dig out all the darkroom items I won't be taking with me, and I'll get those listed, for those of you who are waiting for that.
Fortunately, most of the hardest work was done during the last move about a year ago. This time, I hope to double down on my ruthlessness, and give away, throw away, or sell as much as I can, and arrive in New York State traveling relatively light. The new house is small and has relatively little storage space, so happiness is going to depend on efficiency.
I don't own it yet, mind you, but here I am in front of the house I have contracted to purchase:
To address one question about my move that appears to be important to some readers, we next turn to the map:
To determine who I will root for after my move, we need to scrutinize the map carefully. As you'll note, if proximity were the ruling issue here, I would root for the Bills. But of course many people in Buffalo don't even root for the Bills, so I think I'm off the hook on that account. Further study reveals that I am no closer to New York City than I am to Pittsburgh; so as you see the pertinent question does not naturally or inevitably have to be "Giants or Jets?".
After much study and the use of a quadrant, sextant, and calipers with the map spread on a table, not to mention properly calculating the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow, I have determined that after my move I shall be rooting for...
...It stands to logic, right? Makes perfect sense to me at any rate. You know the old expression: You can take the boy out of the NFC North, but you can't take the NFC North out of the boy.
See you in a couple of days,
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Peter: "Mike, I echo the other commenters—you're moving again?? My wife and I spent two weeks relaxing on Keuka in May, so it's with no small amount of envy that I see you're headed out there for good. What a great place!"
Mike replies: Yes, moving again—I wrote about it, but not everyone caught it (and I don't blame you—there's no need to read every word on a blog, even a blog you like). Moving for love this time—I can relocate my work easily, whereas my girlfriend would have a very difficult, long road to relocate hers, so the choice is inevitable. My beautiful new-to-me TOP Secret Underground World Headquarters has been sold to a nice young family, and I have an accepted offer on the house above, so I'm off to Lake Keuka, with Zander's blessings. She and I just couldn't face another Winter of a long distance relationship, which are both painful and also expensive. Constant travel is also pretty disruptive. We're both looking forward to living near one another.
Kathy: "Nice house. Where is the truck with the snow plow? You will be rooting for the Bills because this is Bills country. All of it. Everybody. Just so you know."
Mike replies: To be honest, my current sport of choice is snooker! A minority choice for an American, given that we don't play it here, never mind that most Americans have never heard of it. Fascinating game.
Darlene Almeda: "I am very happy for you Mike (and S.). The new house has a somewhat Minor White feel to my eyes. I'll bet there is a lot of art about to happen there. Good luck with all the paperwork and moves; you have got to be ready to settle down after this whirlwind year!"
Mike replies: Whew, I'll say. Moves are extremely disruptive. My cousin Chris is also moving—moving out of three homes (a condo, a summer cottage, and a rental winter home) and into a new house—and I wrote this to her last night: "think how good you will feel to get it all sorted. You’ll have shed all your old places and spaces, and be set to start over and get everything just as you want them to be—and then you can streamline your life, conserve your finances, and make your life easy, peaceful, and calm."
I can't wait to get there myself.
jpb: "Maybe it's just me, but I looked at your map and only saw 'Leafs, Sabres, Bruins, Rangers, Islanders, Penguins, Flyers and Capitals."
Hélcio J. Tagliolatto: "It looks like a hunting lodge! I like it! You're right: a long distance relationship is painful (and expensive). I've survived one extreme, from Manaus to Tokyo, but I was young, and this kind of relationship is a 'no country for old men' (I'm not saying you're old)."
Mike replies: Yes you are. :-)