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We made it!

Whew. Am finally in Seattle for good! I'll spare you the long, boring tale of the move ("...and then I wrapped the dishes in newspaper...and finding a safe place in the truck for the plants was tricky..."), and will give you yet another list instead.

Tips and observations:

1. If you're moving 800 miles, across a mountain range, and plan to be pulling a car on a trailer behind a 15' rental truck, don't. Pay other people to move your stuff instead. We were going all of 25 mph through the Siskiyous (a mountain range in Northern California/Southern Oregon). It turned a trip that is normally 12 hours into 18 hours. Just: don't. Remind me of this next time I'm tempted to say, "Oh, we can do it ourselves; it wasn't that bad." Yes, it was.

2. I'm an incredible wimp. I thought I had good muscle tone, but about two hours of carrying boxes and furniture was enough to turn my so-called muscles into jelly. Time to join a gym.

3. You can see the Olympics (another mountain range, snow-capped and particularly picturesque) from our street, just outside our house! I somehow forgot that. There are no views like that in the Sacramento Valley. None at all.

4. There is a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie billboard about half a block from our house. Heheheh. Johnny Depp in alarming amounts of eyeliner, and Orlando Bloom in frilly pirate goodness, brooding down upon me every time I walk that direction. Too perfect. Dare I hope they'll put up an ROTK one in that same location in a few months?

5. To the woman in the blue Jetta on 15th Ave. this evening: I'm sorry I was over-cautious in merging in front of you, and forced you to slow down, and probably bugged some other drivers too. It has been a while since I drove in Seattle. I could tell you hated me from the way you shook your head to yourself and refused to look at me, when we ended up next to each other at a stoplight a minute later. And I know you were probably thinking, "*&@%# California drivers," based on the license plates on my car. But I want you to know that I am not a Californian; I am a Northwesterner like you; and I forgive and indeed share your healthy dislike of California drivers. But you will probably never read this, and I will have to live with your displeasure forever. Alas.

6. While web-surfing, I came across the blog of someone who was ranting about slash. He (I think it was a "he") picked especially on LOTR slash, and said that while he could sort of understand Elf-based slash, he was totally nauseated by those who fancy hobbit-slash. He compared us, in fact, to "furries" - that is, people who get off on bestiality or tales thereof - based more or less on the fact that hobbits have furry feet. I'm deeply insulted as there is no way my attraction to yon Frodo is bestiality-related, and bestiality, in fact, disgusts me greatly, but then I can't really expect everyone to understand about One True Pairings and so forth. I don't shove it down anyone's throats, and really all that needs to be said is the incredibly simple and oft-ignored rule: If you don't like slash, don't read it.

7. The air here smells like the ocean, lightly, and the tap water not only tastes fine but does not leave my hair crispy and my skin itchy the way Davis water did. Amazing.

8. I've left very few comments on friends' posts lately, for reasons involving moving trucks, but I still like you all.

9. Happy Independence Day, United Statesians. I'll be taking another few days off to visit the fam at a nearby beach house and dodge the fireworks. Catch up with y'all after that. Back to taking the newspaper off the dishes...

-Mol.

Comments

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eeyore_grrl
Jul. 3rd, 2003 10:03 pm (UTC)
when i graduated college and moved to colorado i had a VERY VERY VERY full loaded car. i just remember going up-mointain (the rockies, west) and having tractor trailors passing me.... eek!!!
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)
Hehe...yes, I know the feeling. So demoralizing, isn't it?
ramaustin
Jul. 3rd, 2003 11:07 pm (UTC)
hey that's fantastic! Glad the ride up was safe and uneventful.. and I always found un-packing so much better than packing.. sort of like Christmas opening all the boxes (even though they are marked and are filled with YOUR stuff ;)

best of luck with the rest of the transition!
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Thanks!
You're right, unpacking is much easier. And sometimes it actually is a surprise - "Hey, I forgot we owned this! Cool!"
angel7step
Jul. 4th, 2003 12:00 am (UTC)
"1. If you're moving 800 miles, across a mountain range, and plan to be pulling a car on a trailer behind a 15' rental truck, don't."

My brilliant Idea was to move practically free; 8 miles, a bicycle, 2 3-gallon panniers, 2 coasters and a bungee cord. I was right; it was a cheap move. Of course, it very nearly cost me my life several times over, and when it started to rain and the cardboard melted midroute...I'd had better days.

Nonetheless happy housewarmings, and one looks forward to yor astute views regarding TTT:SE and ROTK. Ciao!
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
Yikes! OK, at least we didn't try it on bicycles. Thanks for providing perspective. :)

Mmm...new LOTR movies...the future is so beautiful.
bluesound
Jul. 4th, 2003 01:52 am (UTC)
Moving... full stop is irritating.
You're right moving really does suck. Having moved
3 times, relatively short distances by comparision, only a measly 30 miles or so. What makes it worse for me is it take me so long to unpack... I moved back in September and I still have about 3 or 4 boxes I have yet to unpack. The reason is simple, I'm a lazy git.

Glad you're happy to be back in Seattle.
Cheeries
Dougie
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: Moving... full stop is irritating.
Hiya Dougie! In all the excitement I nearly forgot you were now an LJ'er as well. Welcome to the craziness.

I find unpacking kind of satisfying, but I do have the suspicion that I'll be leaving several boxes untouched for a few weeks or months yet...
rachel2205
Jul. 4th, 2003 03:30 am (UTC)
Glad you seem so happy :) Where is your hubbie from, btw? Another Northern type or have you managed to drag him away from his sunny roots? :)
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
He also grew up in the Northwest, so it feels normal to him. His parents are from the Sacramento area, though, so they sort of like the heat and sunshine down there. They're welcome to it. :)
starfishchick
Jul. 4th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC)
Groovy hobbit-tastic best wishes in your new home!
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
Thankee much!
kateelvellon
Jul. 4th, 2003 08:36 am (UTC)
Glad to see that you've made it! Happy 4th!

He compared us, in fact, to "furries" - that is, people who get off on bestiality or tales thereof - based more or less on the fact that hobbits have furry feet.
Goddammit. I stand up for the rights of Hobbit Fanciers! Cause if that is a furry, then my Nightcrawler issue must be... :/

And it's so not.
mollyringle
Jul. 4th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am definitely of the opinion that if it can think and speak as clearly as a human, then it's an equal to a human, and it's fair game. And as this is a moot point in the real world, where no other species can do this, it's pretty silly for people to be all repulsed by our fondness for fantasy characters.
dirae
Jul. 4th, 2003 12:09 pm (UTC)
He compared us, in fact, to "furries" - that is, people who get off on bestiality or tales thereof - based more or less on the fact that hobbits have furry feet. I'm deeply insulted as there is no way my attraction to yon Frodo is bestiality-related, and bestiality, in fact, disgusts me greatly, but then I can't really expect everyone to understand about One True Pairings and so forth.

This wouldn't have been Rick Santorum's personal blog by any chance would it?

[Teeheehee... I just couldn't resist that.]

Glad you're home and happy, Mollei. :)
mollyringle
Jul. 7th, 2003 07:12 pm (UTC)
This wouldn't have been Rick Santorum's personal blog by any chance would it?

*snicker*
I would suspect it, but the fellow later started talking about how he was a European and how the 4th of July was all a crock because what does the U.S. have to be proud of, really, and so forth and so on. Which presumably a Congressperson wouldn't say. I should write the Senator and ask him what he thinks of hobbitslash...*grin*

Thanks - happy to be back, and I'll go email you that address while I remember.
jenk
Jul. 8th, 2003 12:32 am (UTC)
Glad you're here.
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