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Your Move

By Tater Barley Banks | Comment Diversions | July 3, 2010 |

By Tater Barley Banks | Comment Diversions | July 3, 2010 |

I’m in Hartford this weekend, helping Tater tot move.

Also most likely sucking down copious beers at the Spigot to ease the pain.

There’s nothing good about a move, even if you’re just vacating grad student housing and schlepping about a mile away, like Tot is.

Let’s face it: Moving is a pain in the ass. Even if it’s not the move itself, it’s all the shit you have to clean up: the oven, the refrigerator, the bathtub …

Oh yes, Tot is gonna owe me a LOT of beer.

I’m no real expert on this. I counted and I’ve moved six times in 30 years, and I figure I have one left, the one into what is euphemistically referred to as “assisted living.”

The longest was maybe 300 miles and the shortest was maybe five. I won’t win any prizes for frequency (I’m sure some of you have moved twice as often in half the time) or distance (Tejas Figgy probably wins that one, at least in the past year).

I only know none of them were easy.

None of them, however, were a disasterbacle either. No truckloads of clothing careening down a hill, no bed disappearing in transit. So while none of the moves I’ve made were easy, none of them were flat-out awful either.

But I bet some of you have some stories, and I hope you’ll tell them here so I can laugh at your misery.

The only good thing about a move that I can think of is it forces you to reassess your life a little bit. It’s a good time to get rid of accumulated crap, get your stuff down to what fits in the truck, or even just the car (my second move, when I was 24, everything I owned fit into three car loads).

So along with telling us your moving horror stories, weigh in with the one non-human crappy possession you can posilutely, absitively never ever ever leave behind, put on the curb or unload for a quarter at a yard sale (errr, “tag sale,” as they call them in CT).

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