Daily Archives: May 23, 2015

Moving Trucks & Internet

We’re going to road trip from LA to the farm, and we are going to do it in a car (we’re selling one of our cars).  That means figuring out how to get our things from Los Angeles to our new home, without driving it there ourselves.  I had heard of PODS and contacted them first.  Whoa, pricey.  Kept calling places and found the best option with http://www.upack.com.  1800PackRat.com started out quoting me higher than even PODS, but their customer service was fantastic and they were able to almost match upack’s quote.  I almost switched the reservation just for their A+ service, but when you’re moving, every hundred or two hundered dollars counts! If you think you *might* move in the next six months, if you have even the slightest possibility, go online and get a quote generated ASAP.  I did that a few months ago when we were tossing around the possibility, just to find out how much it would cost to move.  Then, when the date was set and we were a month and a half out, I went online to generate a new quote with the exact dates, and the cost had almost doubled.  Luckily, I had the old quotes and called and u-pack was able to exactly match their original quote, by just asking them to.  We’re moving in June, which is a busy month for moving (Jan-April are less busy), so keep that in mind if you are flexible on your move.  The way our move is set up, we chose a certain amount of feet inside a moving truck that we think we can fit our things into.  If we end up using more or less, the quote changes $90/foot, up or down.  When our things are loaded, they are secured with a “wall” and a padlock.  There will be other things loaded in the remainder of the space.

Questions to ask the moving company:  how are my items secured inside your truck?  what level of insurance is included in your quote?  is the tax included in the quote provided?  are there any additional costs or is that the amount I will pay, as long as my things fit inside the space in the truck quoted?
Our moving truck drops off the “trailer” and we get three days to load it up.  We lock it up, and they’ll pick it up.  It will arrive 7-10 days later at the farm for us to unpack (the road trip we’ve planned is about 8 days, so we may arrive before our belongings).
Since moving cross-country is so expensive, its smart to sell all you can.  Since I bought most of our furnishings on Craigslist or at thrift stores, it isn’t too hard for me to part with them.  We’re keeping one bedroom set (selling one), keeping our dining set (wedding gift) but selling our couch and living room furniture.  We’re taking our washer/dryer but selling our fridge.  I’ve listed most of our things for sale on Craigslist and have had a lot of luck selling things.  Husband was not happy to part with his drywasher, but that space hog would not do him much good in Illinois, where there isn’t desert (or gold) to drywash.
I’ve lived in urban areas for my entire adult life.  I’ve never considered that internet might not be easily available & affordable.  I’m going to be working remotely part time for my Los Angeles employers after the move, so I need to make sure internet is ready for us when we arrive.  Husband needs to be able to do Skype meetings for his work.  I went to price out the options, and kept running into “our service is not available in your area.”  The satellite options have data caps at 15GB (we’ve used 99GB already this month, and there’s a week left in May).  Now I’m looking for “small business” internet options, since all the “home internet” options have small data caps.  Once I figure out the best option, I’ll let you know….

Leave

Leave

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit.

It is a beautiful word, isn’t it? So strong and forceful,

the way you have always wanted to be. And you will

not be alone. You have never been alone. Don’t

worry. Everything will still be here when you get back,

It is you who will have changed.

Donald Miller

Those words sum it all up.  I started thinking today about the moves I have made in my lifetime.

I have already moved ten times during my time on earth. Five of them were with my parents, so they don’t count. The others I chose on my own. Three of my moves were major life changing moves. I moved to Fort Lauderdale in the early 90’s, where I had a beachfront condo waiting for me.  Brooklyn, New York was a bigger move in 1999, and I had a nice apartment with a view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Then I came back to live in Los Angeles.

I was drawn back to SoCal like a moth to a flame, because I felt this was home. It is no longer home, and doesn’t feel like home, because the city has changed. Maybe I have changed.  It could be both. The city has descended into lawlessness.  The police no longer enforce rules.  There are homeless people camping closer and closer to my home, and many of them support their drug habits breaking into homes and cars.  I still thought I could and would deal, because, after all, “Hey, its Hollywood.”

I moved here because I am a writer, and I wanted to write for the big screen.  Things went well. I sold a couple of screenplays, a writer’s dream!  Things are never what they seem, and I did not like what I saw.  It just is not for me anymore. It used to be for me, or at least that is what I thought.

I met a wonderful woman who would become my wife, and that changed everything.  My whole outlook on life changed.  I saw the way we were living as counter productive for our souls.

We needed to know our purpose and fulfill it, not eat at the latest restaurant or shmooze with the hottest reality stars.  We found great happiness in the vast nature around Los Angeles that so few ever even venture into. We found a quiet paradise in the rocky barren deserts.  We decided together: why are we living only for our weekends, just waiting to escape and enjoy the open space?  And then, recently, the chance came to move to the country.  An opportunity knocked, and we both felt the time was right.  So here we are packing.

We leave behind friends and familiar places for a new adventure.  In every good movie, the main character is challenged to step up and make their lives better.  Will it be? We hope so! We do know that living everyday like a drone is no way to live. The countdown begins now.  This is our story.