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10:00 am: moving!
Many of you have heard me complain about this apartment. It's gorgeous. It's huge. I have been very, very, lucky in my housemates. What's the catch? Mostly, the catch is the landlord. I would also like to be closer to a supermarket and to buses that run frequently and reliably towards places where rich high school students might want tutoring. Thus I am planning a move from Somerville back to Arlington.

I am getting professional movers, because I have the kind of furniture that needs to be moved by weightlifters and cursing. But they are expensive, so I'd like to minimize the time I need them to work. I've also discovered it's very inconvenient to move even a few miles without a car to fetch empty boxes, or take fragile things to the new place. And I'm starting to feel dubious about my ability to pack everything with the body I have available.*

Do any of you wonderful local people have time in the next few weeks when you could help? Boxes you could bring, or rides you could give, or an hour you could spend helping me pack?


*The bodies I have available. Redbird is visiting for the week, but she has a hand injury and I don't want to make that worse. (This is nominally the same problem I had 15 years ago, that transformed into complex disabling chronic pain through overuse, reinjury, mismanagement, and spectacular bad luck.) So she can't do very much, and I am terrified of having her do anything at all.

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From:chienne_folle
Date:February 9th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
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You found a place! That's great news! I hope the new landlord will be MUCH better.

I have such a teeny number of spoons available to me right now that I don't want to promise you more than I can give, but I'm pretty sure I can do at least one "drive fragile things to the new place" run. Which days would be good for that? When do you have access to your new place? When do you have to be out of the old place?

We used to have a lot of moving boxes, but I think Norman eventually disposed of them; let me check with him. We do at least have half a dozen just-got-stuff-from-Amazon boxes kicking around. (Norman gets cereal from them, so I'm not talking about boxes that are small enough to hold a single book but boxes that are 1 foot by 2.5 feet and things like that.)

I wish I could offer you more, dear lady. My heart wants to give more, but the rest of me is sadly fragile.

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From:chienne_folle
Date:February 9th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Norman says we do still have some moving boxes. Which sizes did you want?

(We'd like them back when you're finished with them, because this isn't the first time we've lent them to friends, and it probably won't be the last. But no rush, just whenever you're done with them.)

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From:adrian_turtle
Date:February 10th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
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Oh, thank you so much! 1 cubic foot boxes (1x1x1) are ideal for packing books, and I would love to get as many as possible, as soon as possible. Larger boxes, large enough for a big cookie sheet to lay flat, would also come in very handy. Would it be possible for you to come over very briefly some time this week, just to deliver boxes? Even if you are not feeling up to anything more strenuous at the time?

I get access to the new place 2/21 (Friday) and the professional movers will be here 2/25 (Tuesday). We have to clear out of the old place altogether by 2/28--stuff I am moving to the new place, stuff I am selling or giving away, food out of the refrigerator, floor swept, etc.
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