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almost there.......
Today we get the last of the crap out of our old place. Yesterday we rented a pickup truck that was mostly to get all the books, DVDs, LPs, games, and comic books we were getting rid of to Housing Works. HW is a great charity that helps homeless folks and people with AIDS and/or HIV, two charities that have always been important to me, and ones that are particularly a big deal here in NYC. The Housing Works Books & Cafe is an excellent place -- I've done a few events there -- and every penny goes to charity. The workers are all volunteers, the merchandise is all donated.

We filled a Nissan Frontier 4x4 pickup (including the back seat and the passenger seat), and also filled the trunk and back seat of our Corolla. For the record, a Frontier can fit 23 comic book longboxes comfortably. :)

We also used the pickup to get the last of Terri's things out the garage (she didn't have much, and she threw some out, and also took a set of shelves we didn't need), and to get the last of the big things to the new place (coat rack, the grill/smoker and charcoal, etc.). Today we return the truck then head back to get the last of the shit out. Most of it is garbage at this point, but it still needs to be dealt with.

And then it'll be done.

I have to say that I am well and truly done with carrying things up and down stairs. We're moving from a second-floor walkup to a second-and-third-floor duplex walkup, plus Terri lives in a third-floor walkup, so that's been a lot of carrying things up and down stairs for the last two weeks.

One thing that helped was a brilliant idea of Wrenn's. The books for Housing Works were all in the library (right by the front patio) of the old place, and tied in bundles with twine, or in shopping bags. Wrenn took a strap with a hook on the end (half of a ratchet strap set) and lowered the bundles and bags down to me from the patio. My knees were very very grateful.

Still and all, it's a damn good thing I've been doing martial arts for 12 years, because it's the only reason I have the strength and stamina to do all this shit. Wrenn is asthmatic and Dale is disabled, so I've been doing the bulk of the heavy lifting for the three of us (we've had a ton of help from friends, of course, which is why I'm not dead right now....).


Current Mood: exhausted exhausted
Current Music: "Corned Beef City" by Mark Knopfler

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woofiegrrl From: woofiegrrl Date: September 1st, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lowering from the patio sounds both ingenious and terrifying...
romulantbonz From: romulantbonz Date: September 1st, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel for you. Moving is EXHAUSTING. I'm still tired from ours 3 years ago. *grin*

But you'll be settled in and "de-boxed" before you know it.
martianmooncrab From: martianmooncrab Date: September 1st, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
my sister starts her moving on the 11th, and I feel your pain.... grin.
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