Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Move, Part One

Tomorrow morning, I'm hopping on a 6:55 AM flight to Boston, where I'll meet Lucy and her mom and then drive 2 hours to White River Junction, VT.  For the next 2 days, we'll be packing Lucy's stuff up and loading it into a van, and for 2 days after that we'll haul it all to Chicago.  On Tuesday, July 1st, we arrive in Chicago, load my stuff into the van, and bring it all to Logan Square for The Unpacking.  All able-bodied men & women who are willing to help will earn my unending gratitude - and, more importantly, will be fed with Lou Malnati's pizza and the beverage of your choice (beer included).

It's been 4 years since I last changed addresses, and there's one thing that has really surprised me above all else: it is HARD to get rid of your stuff in an ecologically friendly way!  Actually, let me modify that statement: it's not too hard, but it does take planning.  Selling stuff on eBay & Craig's List, giving things away on Freecycle, disposing of hazardous waste properly... all of these things require scheduling far in advance of the move.  It must have been a month ago that I started taking my clothes to Milwaukee Ave. to see if Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange would take them.  I've now reached the point where I'm so sick of looking at my own stuff and wondering why I have it - what the hell am I doing with 9 pairs of shoes, anyway? - that I'm about two boxloads away from renouncing all physical possessions and moving to India.  If the happiest man in the world did it, why shouldn't I?


Tuesday the 1st, big move-in party at my old place and then my new place, please come and join the fun!

Monday, June 16, 2008

long live Tim Russert

Anyone who's ever wondered what a perfect eulogy for a perfect life sounds like would do well to watch last Sunday's episode of Meet The Press. Tom Brokaw and group of Tim Russert's closest friends reflect on the life of a devoted father, a loving son, a fiercely loyal friend, and a paragon of journalism. No one could hope to be remembered more fondly. Keep the tissues handy.

Good luck and Godspeed to Tyler and Dan on their upcoming road trip! You know what Elliot says: watch out for snakes.

Less than two weeks until Lucy & I move in together! Tuesday, July 1st is the big day. All parties interested in helping will be given a hero's welcome. And free beer & pizza. Luckily, Lucy will have a lot less stuff to move in than she did two weeks ago since she sold a shitload of stuff at the MoCCA Art Festival this year. Check out her wrap-up comic blog post here, with yours truly in a supporting role (love interest to female lead).