August 27, 2003
Boxes, boxes everywhere
Ok, this isn't really a departure from my usual existence, but now that I have a nice apartment, I really have to get more Home & Garden around here rather than Self-Storage.
To fill you in on the drama that was moving:
1. It cost three times as much to rent a U-Haul leaving New York as it would have been to move from Atlanta to New York. Even the guy behind the counter when we returned the truck was shocked.
2. The toll for crossing the Verrazano was thirty-four dollars. Fortunately, we did a trucking route for most of the way down, so that was the first and only monster toll.
3. The truck didn't have a tape deck, so we improvised and used a little CD boombox in the cab. It seems the cats preferred to have music, as they whined whenever a CD came to an end.
4. We stopped over in Richmond for another fly-by-night visit with our friends Sarah and Tim. I was greeted the next morning in the living room by little Evelyn, who is up and walking and very gracious about letting strange people hold her. When I first saw her, she was standing, bent in half, looking at me upside down through her legs - a reasonable version of Downward Facing Dog.
5. Since arriving, the bed, television and the computer have been set up. Beginning to have some sense of how to arrange the furniture, some of which was merely brought down to tide us over until we can get better items.
6. Culinary comforts were indulged: tasty wings at Taco Mac, pizza at Fellini's, cinnamon crunch bagels at Panera, monster burritos at El Myr, burgers at Vortex. It's a bit of a walk, but my favorite brunch place, The Flying Biscuit, is nearby. I've yet to go there, but I'm merely building up the anticipation.
7. This weekend will be a geekfest - I'm going to DragonCon, where one of my favorite writers, Anne McCaffrey, will make an appearance, and Saturday night there will be a pulpy triple-feature at the Starlight Drive-In. I'm so psyched.
Ok, back to unpacking. And trying to get the effing cable company to set up cable here. I want my BBCAmerica!