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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jim Heffman says:

    A friend of mine tells a story of a move where one mover spent ninety minutes wrapping a couch in plastic, then announced that he’d used all the plastic wrap and was it okay if they just put the rest of the furniture in the truck?Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    All you can do is leave a detailed story with the BBB and maybe paste it when you’re done to Yelp.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    That photo made my inner minimalist pass out on my fainting couch in a stupor. Giod(ess?)!! I hate moving!

    But I love being done moving. Everything is unpacked- everything is clean- all that superflous stuff has been winnowed out and pitched- it’s so nice!Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to North says:

      One of the big things we’ve discovered is how much we really didn’t like how claustrophobic things for us have been. We had to add that impromptu island in the middle of the kitchen because we simply didn’t have places to put the sorted babyfood, fruit, and so on.

      Clancy has an attraction to minimalism. I think we’re just terrible at it. The biggest advantage to the place that we previously lived is that it gives us an appreciation of the place where we are now.Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Will Truman says:

        Trick is to flag everything you don’t use more than once a year, and put it out in the garage. If you don’t go fetch it after two years, you can throw it away.Report

      • Avatar dragonfrog in reply to Will Truman says:

        Trouble is, once it’s been in the garage unused for two years, it’s buried behind all the garage stuff you do use regularly. At least, that is the current state of our garage.Report

      • Avatar Troublesome Frog in reply to Will Truman says:

        Last time I moved, I saw some boxes that I hadn’t opened since my last move a couple of years before. I thought, “Throwing those boxes away without even looking at what’s inside them would be the brave and correct thing to do.” Then I thought, “I don’t know where our wedding album is,” and thought better of it. Would have been a total rush to do it, though.Report

  4. Avatar Patrick says:

    I’ve moved a lot. Not recently, I’m fairly entrenched at the moment.

    But historically, I’ve moved a lot. Most of my family has as well.

    A few years ago I was talking about moving with my father, and he gave a hrrumph which was indicative of Hard Acquired Knowledge Coming, and said,

    “My advice from now on, when people say they are moving, is to take your photo albums and put them in boxes and put the boxes in the car. Then take your victrola albums and put them in boxes and put them in the car. Then take the box that has all of the Indispensable Papers and put that in the car.

    Then put everything else in a big pile and set it on fire.”Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    Back when I first moved, I decided to walk my belongings (sans couches, and other things that might get us stopped by police) from house to house. That’s about three miles, and a good 200 feet climb inbetween. It took us about a month (moving a lot of glass, and other breakables).Report

  6. Avatar bluefoot says:

    I moved last month so I feel your pain. I’ve had some excellent movers and some really bad movers. But thankfully none as sketchy as your experience. These last guys I used were mediocre. But since I was only moving a couple of miles, I moved all the valuable stuff myself (art, photos, computers, financial paperwork)….which was fine, except the Achilles tendon injury. I was reminded of how much I hate moving. And that I need to get rid of more crap. Also, it’s a bad idea to have hobbies that mean you own a lot of heavy stuff.

    When I moved across the country, I had the movers pack my art glass since they would be responsible for anything they packed that broke. It was funny to see glass that was 20 inches tall end up swaddled in paper and in a box the size of a washing machine. They clearly weren’t going to take any chances.Report

  7. I have to admit that my initial reaction to this interesting story was, “Of the places that I’ve lived, New Jersey is where I would be least surprised that this happened.”Report

  8. Avatar El Muneco says:

    Last time I moved was a little over a year ago, literally across a hallway. At least 75% of my stuff is still in boxes, and that’s not counting what I’ve already donated or put on the curb for pickers. I think that means that, by rule, I can legally junk it all.Report

  9. Avatar Road Scholar says:

    Between AT&T and the Navy I’ve enjoyed, IIRC, six professional moves. Plus a few U-haul experiences. The pro’s have always been decidedly complete aside from hazardous liquids, at least as far as packing goes.

    One move we found a big box marked for the kitchen that contained the trash can. Complete with trash. Another time I found a carefully wrapped ashtray, complete with butts.

    The worst was the time we naively reminded the people delivering our stuff that according to the contract they were responsible for unpacking the boxes. They interpreted that clause as “open the boxes and dump the contents in a pile in the middle of the room.” We managed to stop that crap after one room worth. Not happy.Report

  10. Avatar Roger says:

    I had five professional moves and had a pretty good experience with all of them except the delivery end in Mississippi. The movers would call out the box numbers to us and we would check them off the list, but we couldn’t understand a damn thing the movers said. Every box number sounded like “phuh, phuh, phuh”. We didn’t realize yet that English is a second language in that state.

    Mine were all corporate moves, and the company knows it is essential that moves be smooth*, so they are careful only to use those with better reputations. Some companies are so good they even take photos of how you set up your things and they use the pictures to reconstruct the set up at the other end.

    * mine was one of those old fashioned companies which actually tried to keep employees happy rather than intentionally pissing us off to keep us on our toes.Report

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