July 24, 2003: Packing Day

Packing Day. Today is our last day to get everything together and be out of the house in Ithaca. We have so much stuff, it is unbelievable. We were supposed to have a 24′ box truck from Budget this morning at 9:00 am but they didn’t have the truck returned to them until this morning. So Min and I drove down to pick up the truck and found that it wasn’t there. So we went back home and started packing again. The professional movers were supposed to come help us at noon but we weren’t able to get the truck by then and we were really lucky that the movers weren’t ready either. Min and I finally managed to go down and pick up an alternate truck around 1:30 and the movers got to the house shortly thereafter. We had them pack as much of the truck as they could for three hours. After the movers finished, Andy, Min and I loaded some more stuff onto the truck and then we loaded Andy and Min’s cars as full as we could get them. At this point, we realized that we weren’t going to be able to fit everything into the truck (which is really depressing because it is the largest truck that we could get plus two extra car loads plus all of the car loads (about ten) that we had moved out to my parent’s house previously. So we tried to decide as best as possible what we needed to leave behind for a later trip (if possible.)

Just before we were about to leave we realized (or I realized) that I had accidentally let the movers pack a set of files into the truck that had some important paperwork for the close tomorrow. So Andy attempted to crawl through the truck trying to find the file drawers but without any luck. We tried to figure out what we could do to find the papers but we just couldn’t think of anything.

So, at 3:30 am, we finally gave up and started driving out to my parent’s house so that we could get a tiny bit of sleep before the really long day tomorrow. It took 2.5 hours to get out to Pavilion and I felt pretty sick by the time that we got there. So I didn’t manage to go to bed for about another hour.

Andy got a call yesterday wanting him to go out to Buffalo for an interview tomorrow morning too. So it is going to be a long day for everyone. But at least we made the drive safely. I was driving the big diesel truck and it was all that I could do to not fall asleep while I was driving.

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