Shhh! (Part 2)

The Turk grabs (what else?)  a catnap on a bit of furniture we bought from the previous owner of Rancho Pendejo. It won't last.

The Turk grabs (what else?) a catnap on a bit of furniture we bought from the previous owner of Rancho Pendejo. It won’t last.

Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment) doesn’t know it yet, but his repose is about to be disturbed yet again.

The movers are supposed to show up with all our crap today, and you know what that means: the terrifying sounds of Unauthorized Personnel Operating Within the Perimeter.

Sigh. And we had just gotten back to what passes for normal around here, if your idea of “normal” includes a small satchel full of soiled clothes, no cooking/eating gear, and less furniture and electronica than one might find in the average Motel 6.

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17 Responses to “Shhh! (Part 2)”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Ahhh, yes…..the total suckness of moving.

    • khal spencer Says:

      But the good news is that when the stuff arrives, there is no better feeling than unpacking those prized possessions. In my case, most of the bicycles and kitchen stuff as well as the stereo arrived two months after we did. The car got there late too and when I tried to start it at 7,000 feet, that’s when I found out the oxygen sensor didn’t work.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    For me the packing up is far worse than the unpacking. I’ll be doing my own hauling next week but only bikes and clothes. Eating stuff we don’t need, they have plenty here and they feed us well anyway as you can see below. Have fun PO’G!
    http://www.aarome.org/about/rsfp

    • Libby Says:

      Re: the link. Interesting project. Another level of community for your residency at the Academy.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Any other cyclists there? Are there some you met earlier from Cycle Italia? Living high on the hog, for a little while anyway. Enjoy!

      • Larry T. Says:

        Nobody with a lot of interest in cycling here. I watched the World’s alone. The wife’s having a tough time recruiting people to play soccer…other than a couple of runners, this population is pretty nerdy, but when you figure everyone here is at the top of their respective field, PhD’s are kind of like diplomas from kindergarten….I’m breathing some seriously rarefied academic air here! I have been asked to do a presentation on “what I do” which is going to look pretty pedestrian compared to the projects these brainiacs are working on, but I’ll give it a go anyway. Tomorrow I take the test to drive the Academy’s van, figuring I might drive some of these folks around on short excursions – I can contribute something at least!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Larry, I think what you do is not only very interesting, but damn unique! You will knock them over, and probably get many questions. Rarefied air probably has made them want some easy breathing and a different subject. Hell, sign up the ambassador. The good old USA certainly wouldn’t assign someone who doesn’t ride to Italy, would we?

      • Larry T. Says:

        Funny you mention that PO’B….he was here on the day I arrived but I had not yet seen the video clip on this page
        http://italy.usembassy.gov/ambassador.html
        so had no clue he was a cyclist – otherwise you can bet a CycleItalia brochure would have been pushed into his hand! In reality, I’d guess he probably has his own support vehicle for rides these days, a big black one with guys in suits behind the dark windows. When they go outta their home here there’s always an Italian cop car in front of a huge, black Chevrolet Subdivision and an unmarked car (with blue light) behind. An Italian army vehicle with a couple of soldiers in it is stationed outside 24/7. All that might take some of the fun out of a CycleItalia tour?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Interesting. I was just guessing that he might ride. He can go on a Cycle Italia tour with the security detail. Just stick a lupara in your support van’s tool box.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Sorry, I meant to type “without a security detail.” More coffee is what I need.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Moving is a prime opportunity to reduce the amount of “stuff” cluttering up one’s life. We have done it the hard way. Twenty five years of living in the same small house has reduced the stuff to a manageable level.

  4. Libby Says:

    At least you know things will get better…..after a lot of pain. Our furry friends don’t know that – mine never do anyway – and that’s tough to live through.

  5. John Dallager Says:

    We moved a lot in the AF…..23 times in 31 years…..and always did what we called “4 corners dinners” when leaving a place (cleaned out all the foodstuffs from the 4 corners of the fridge and pantry w/friends) and “sit-down dinners” when arriving someplace (sitting on the floor w/friends and enjoying whatever food was brought in) and awaiting the furniture et al’s arrival.

    You’ll enjoy Halloween…..all will be back to “normal” by then!

  6. Jon Paulos Says:

    If the movers depart with all the blood they arrive with, and none of the possessions they arrive with, it will be a success. I’d hate to be in the room when the Field Marshal opens a can of whoopass.

  7. Steve O Says:

    70° down here in the Flatland, but Pikes Peak, Mount Evans, and Lon’s Peak are all covered in snow this morning

  8. Debby, north of Crestone Says:

    Good luck with the movers. Always exciting when the big truck pulls up with your stuff. I put the kitties in one room where the movers don’t need to go, set them up with food, water and litterbox, then close the door and put a big DO NOT OPEN sign on it.

  9. adrienne shaw Says:

    Funny you should mention the Motel 6. Just spent 6 nights at a filthy Motel 6 in Willoughby, OH. I was there 5 yrs. ago and it was nice and clean. Should have checked the current reviews. Big mistake. Pubic hairs on the bathroom floor. Sorry, TMI? Miss A.

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