Monday, October 09, 2006

Moving

Moving is the worst. I hate it. I don’t even have a lot of stuff and I still hate it. There are a multitude of reasons why moving sucks, let me just throw a few out there.

Packing. Everyone begins a move with the intention of being as organized as possible. If we just pack everything neatly in well labeled boxes based on room designation and so forth then it will make everything from loading and unloading the truck to unpacking a great deal easier. Inevitably half way through you say screw it and just start throwing things in garbage bags and it turns in to a complete shit show.

Asking people to help you move. “Moving is the worst. I hate it.” That is a quote from myself two paragraphs up, it a safe bet to say that most people share my sentiments. So when people ask you to help them move it’s takes everything you have to not “accidentally” take a tumble down a flight of stairs just to get out of helping. Knowing how much I hate moving makes me feel like an asshole when I ask other people help me move. I know they’re thinking, I hate moving my own stuff, why the hell would I want to help you move yours.

Without fail something goes wrong. For example the guy at U-Haul acting super shady about renting me a van causing me to have to move over the course of two days instead of getting it all done in one. I find it very hard to believe that all your vans are all reserved at 11 a.m. on a Sunday afternoon. I see like 10 trucks back there. Don’t think I don’t know you’re lying to me. Just two weeks ago Brian went, sans reservation, and got a van no problem. I’m pretty sure that was Friday evening. You’re going to sit there, owning a U-Haul, and tell me all the vans aren’t reserved at prime moving time (the start of the weekend) but at the worst time (the end of the weekend) they are reserved? Apparently he just didn’t like the look of me. I did find a lot amusement in the irony of the Arab U-Haul guy being suspicious of the preppy white kid in his store. I felt a little discriminated against, it was weird.

Unpacking. I abhor unpacking even more than packing. I’m incredibly lazy, and after spending half the day packing the last thing I want to do is put it all away. It ends up that every time I move my stuff sits in boxes for weeks and some things never even get unpacked. The worst though is hooking up all my crap. I’m sort of electronics nerd, but I despise reconnecting everything once I’ve undone it. There are so many damn wires everywhere I just don’t even want to deal with the mess. The last time I moved it took me about 8 months just to hook up the dvd player in my bedroom, and I only did it because I had just gotten Tivo so I was already back there. It may be weeks before I have the internet at home this time.

I think the next time I move it will be because I finally bought my own house and when I do that I’m buying all new stuff, having it delivered and never leaving again.

11 comments:

JW said...

I agree. Last time I moved a big guy in our condo development tried to tell us we couldn't move. I almost scratched his eyes out.

Mike said...

I still haven't totally unpacked from my move over a year ago.

Ashburnite said...

i still have things packed from my last move (November), and it looks like I'll be moving again this November....at least I don't have to pack that stuff again

Lucy said...

Me too Mike! I actually went through some boxes this weekend, but there are still plenty more to go through...maybe by the next time I move I will be done unpacking. Fun.

Eric said...

I went nuts yesterday and totally unpacked everything, I'm pretty proud of myself. Of course I forgot a shower curtain again, so it's the second day in a row I showered without one. That never really goes well

Los said...

Two words - professional movers. Sure, it costs a little, but they get all the moving done in a couple of hours or less, when it would take you and your buddies an entire day to do it.

Jake said...

I believe the Arab... you forgot to mention yesterday was Columbus Day so a lot of people had off work and therefore probably thought they'd be smart renting a Uhaul on a Monday too.

Eric said...

Jake, you're probably right, but I was renting it on Sunday and told him I would return it the same day, so if people reserved them for Monday I'd still have it back in time. I'm pretty sure the guy was just being a jerk.

Brian said...

i got the uhaul on a monday afternoon at 3 pm. thats probably why there was more available when i went.

Eric said...

That changes everything. Dammit. I still think the guy hated me though, he was acting to weird

Anonymous said...

Ugh...I'm moving in two weeks and am not looking forward to it. The part I'm going to enjoy the least will be having to paint all my multi-colored walls back to the shade of eggshell that has been clearly specified in my lease.