Matamoros, Mexico: Washington, D.C.:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Almost Time

Here I sit in my apartment, with nothing but two suitcases of clothes, my laptop, some important documents, and some boxes of matches that couldn't be put into my UAB/HHE shipments.

Somehow, the quantity of my belongings increased dramatically between my UAB-only move to DC and my UAB/HHE packout to Mexico. I don't think I explained the unfortunate ordeal the last time around, so allow me to digress for a moment.

On my last packout, I opted to go for UAB only (no HHE at all) because I really didn't have much stuff, and I was driving my truck to DC. I had plenty of space in the bed of the truck and in my backseat to take whatever wouldn't fit in the 250lb UAB shipment. The movers came (from a moving company that will remain anonymous), I told them what I wanted in the shipment, and they went to work. They finished packing after just about an hour or so - again, I didn't have much - and they left. The day before I departed my hometown, I emailed my State Department travel tech to get a status update on my shipment. That was the first time I had heard that my UAB was 80lbs over the 250lb limit. Oh, thanks for informing me. The thing is, the movers had ensured me that the shipment wasn't going to be over 250lbs, and that they would call me if it happened to be over (which, of course, it wouldn't be, even though they were using a BATHROOM SCALE to weigh the giant cartons). To put the rest of that story in a nutshell, I ended up reclaiming one of the THREE tri-wall UAB shipping crates and tossing it in the back of my truck to avoid paying something like a few hundred dollars to ship it as planned.

Fast forward to today. I was explicitly clear with my moving company (a different company this time, fortunately) that I had a bad experience last time, and I wanted them to be sure to bring a good scale and to really focus on the weight limit. The two guys that showed up were great. I had such a completely different, and much better, experience this time around. They ended up packing everything I requested to be in my UAB, and it weighed 242.5lbs. Perfect. And it was even weighed on a legit-looking much-more-professional scale to boot. It's actually kind of nice to know that someone else is handling my entire move.. I didn't pack a single box.

About three hours later, the movers left with all of my stuff, leaving me in my relatively empty furnished Oakwood apartment. Needless to say, I'm a little bored.

Tomorrow I've got some final wrap-up stuff to do at FSI, get the oil in my truck changed, and then meet up with some friends for a last-night dinner. Strange, really.. I've been here just under six months, and I'm already on my way out. I suppose the rest of my life will be like this... get settled in then pack up and move.

And you know what? I'm so looking forward to that.

Until next time...peace.


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