October 17, 2010

Moving Stories...

How many times have you moved in your life--which were the most horrendous, the funniest or...whatever?

28 comments:

  1. Traditionally, in 19th c. New York moving day was May 1st. On that day business closed as the streets were clogged with Ny'ers moving their goods in all sorts of carts and contraptions, and the illustrated papers were filled with images of the more outrageous conveyances! What's this got to do with me? One time in the late 90's when I was off to Italy for 6 months my dear friend Ron let me store my goods in his basement. As we only lived about 3 blocks apart, I used a shopping cart piled high to move my items! And at that point I realized I looked just like a picture from moving day in old New York!

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  2. How many times have I moved? Hmmm....

    Started at a little house outside Ada, Oklahoma.
    Moved to Clovis, New Mexico. (1)
    Moved to Fitzhugh, Oklahoma. (2)
    Moved to Enid, Oklahoma. (3) (I'm now age 5).
    Moved to near Ada, Oklahoma. (4)
    Moved again, same county. (5)
    Moved out on my own in Ada, OK. (6) (I'm now age 18.)
    Moved to another apartment and then another, then a third. (7, 8, & 9)
    Moved back to Enid, Oklahoma. (10)
    Moved to Mullsjö, Sweden. (11)
    Moved back to Enid, but same house, so doesn't count.
    Moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (12)
    Moved to St. Gabriel, Louisiana. (13)
    Moved back to Baton Rouge. (14)
    Moved to Houston, Texas. (14 & 16)
    Moved to Humble, Texas. (17, 18, & 19)
    Moved to Fort Worth, Texas. (20)
    Moved to Dallas, Texas. (21)
    Moved to Queens, NYC. (22)

    Funniest: moving without a car one of the moves in Ada. Just carried everything I owned down the street with wheelbarrow (sort of like Debbie).

    Worst: coming home, age 18, to find a spoon with a burned bottom on the kitchen table. Moved out that afternoon--that is, found another apartment, paid the deposit, and moved, all before my roommate got home!

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  3. As "they" say, a good friend will help you move...a great friend will help you move a body.

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  4. hmmm...I am not a 'good' friend then but apparently I am a great one! lol

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  5. I just purchased an old volvo (with a huge trunk...)...are you hinting Harris? Is there someone you wish to dispose of? lol

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  6. Until we moved to VA where we live now, we'd moved every year of our older daughter's life. This last time was the hardest since it involved a cross country trip before. We decided to be uber-psyched, totally over-hyperbolic about how amazingly awesome our move was with her. By the time we got here, every new hotel was another palace she had to visit, and at the end was her princess-worthy yellow bedroom. It ended up saving a lot of stress and separation anxiety. It also helped that we were moving from 900 square feet to 2,000, but every little bit helps ;)

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  7. WOW, Dale you are nothing if not adaptable! lol. That speaks well of your social skills and sense of adventure, too. I lived in the same house my entire childhood -- then college dorm -- then college apartnment -- then to Houston (two apt., five houses but I never left the city limits!)

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  8. I have moved... 22 times? Is that right? Jeeebums, but that makes me tired. Many places involve multiple moves, but the basic trajectory was ATL (x2) > Rome, GA > ATL (as a family, age 6, to an "academic commune" on Myrtle Street '74-77... - all professors and grad students, plus my mom and the four of us kids. The only kids in the house.) > Villa Rica, GA > WPB (x2) > Roanoke VA > Gainesville, FL (x2) > Nashville, TN (x2) > DC > Buffalo, NY > ATL (x4) > NYC > Fort Lauderdale > Atlanta (x2).

    Every move, if a mover is involved, is complicated... and if movers aren't involved, is exhausting. One of our moves when we were kids had our dining room table, bed frames, couch cushions (and other things) in one truck that was lost for a month... and dining room chairs, mattresses, couch frame in the other. We 'camped' for the month.

    I have three kids - born in Atlanta, New York, and Fort Lauderdale. As adults, our most recent move was to our first house that's ours. Definitely the best move.

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  9. My first move was the one to campus to attend college. I moved most of my things. When I returned home the next day, I found someone else's belongings in my room. I learned you can't come home again.

    Over the yeas I have moved in excess of 15 times. I have been in my current house for 7 years. It's a record!

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  10. Best Move?? Most moves were great at the time I made them...There are a couple that I am still contemplating....;-)

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  11. I have actually moved 4 times. 2 as a child and two as an adult. No real drama, just separation anxiety

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  12. As an adult, once (from my parent's home to my own). Won't tell you my age but I was a grown ass woman:-)

    As a youngster, twice. We are content people. We land in a spot and stay. Parents even have the same number since I was two. No drama. My mother's theory is a child out of her way is a child not in trouble. I agree with her.

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  13. I'm sorry...but I can't even comment...just moved this past summmer...the ordeal is still "raw" for me...after living in the same place for 16 years and having to do it with two children aged 12 and 14...not fun. But settled now and it's all good...just too new 4 me to comment.

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  14. You know what "they" say, the second worst thing is moving...

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  15. All of the moving that I've ever done has been within the metropolitan Atlanta area. Total...Eight times...WOW!!! Never thought of it!!!

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  16. I moved from having the comforts on the the U.S. To the island of Jamaica in which we had no air conditioning, 1 television station, off and on cold water, a constant humid 85 degree weather, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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  17. Here are two significant moves I've made:

    "Following my graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, I left the quiet of this Peachtree town and headed straight toward a fruitful grove of skyscrapers in the Big Apple. The mid-80s found me in New York City, with its bullish markets and opportunities for money to be made from IPOs, LBOs and even a few "oh nos." I was in the fast lane, in search of all the material and hierarchical trappings stuffed in the pot at the end of the financial rainbow.

    After a few years of chasing the golden carrot up and down Easy Street, I was left feeling worn and frantic and less interested in its acquisition. I had reached a fork and was unsure where to head. One path was crowded with wealthy folks carrying weary souls, while the other seemed to promise nothing and everything in just one single step. Was this my proverbial yellow brick road - the path that would lead me to the riches of personal giving, not taking?

    Yes, that one divergence took me from Wall Street to the dirt roads of Guinea, West Africa. My plan was to leave home and the business world behind to create a new "career" for myself in my original homeland thousands of miles away. Overnight, my plan came to fruition, and I found myself - a college graduate, investment banker and schmoozer extraordinaire, a mere kid of 25 - serving as a business advisor in the Peace Corps." "The Road Taken"

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  18. Lesson learned: Alway!!!! Let someone else do the heavy lifting.

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  19. Hmm. Let's see....US to Calgary to US to S. Korea and back. Boston, Philly, Atlanta. Then to South Afria and lastly to Kenya for 10 years. Back now in Atlanta for a while. Worst move was from Woodstock, GA to downtown Atlanta. You better believe I am a fan of mimimalist living.

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  20. @Harris: It had to have been a great feeling to realize your place in this life.

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  21. Best move - I put an ad on craigslist hoping to sell some of my furniture because I was moving into a furnished apartment. The first person answered the ad within 10 minutes and came over the next day and bought EVERYTHING. I left the next week and he picked up the furniture AFTER I left town. I'v moved so many times thathe rest of them are blurred together.

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  22. ‎14 times 4 me, w/a Delta-ATL hub pattern...funniest was the series during my UCLA MBA internship n NYC. I moved 5 time over the summer: Upper East, Upper West, The Village, Upper East, then downtown.

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  23. Best move - I put an ad on craigslist hoping to sell some of my furniture because I was moving into a furnished apartment. The first person answered the ad within 10 minutes and came over the next day and bought EVERYTHING. I left the next week and he picked up the furniture AFTER I left town. I'v moved so many times thathe rest of them are blurred together.

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  24. Lesson learned: Alway!!!! Let someone else do the heavy lifting.

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  25. I'm sorry...but I can't even comment...just moved this past summmer...the ordeal is still "raw" for me...after living in the same place for 16 years and having to do it with two children aged 12 and 14...not fun. But settled now and it's all good...just too new 4 me to comment.

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  26. My first move was the one to campus to attend college. I moved most of my things. When I returned home the next day, I found someone else's belongings in my room. I learned you can't come home again.

    Over the yeas I have moved in excess of 15 times. I have been in my current house for 7 years. It's a record!

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  27. WOW, Dale you are nothing if not adaptable! lol. That speaks well of your social skills and sense of adventure, too. I lived in the same house my entire childhood -- then college dorm -- then college apartnment -- then to Houston (two apt., five houses but I never left the city limits!)

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  28. hmmm...I am not a 'good' friend then but apparently I am a great one! lol

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