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Though largely unnoticed by the general blogging population, I have been on hiatus for the past 11 days.

Yes, everything is okay.  Thanks for asking.

I have spent a wonderful week in Pennsylvania and the states between there and here (i.e. Texas).  The week was both relaxing and exhausting.  The trip was both exhilarating and tiring.  This style of writing is both effective and annoying.

The primary reason for the trip was to move my daughter back to Texas.

Why is it that most moves seem to take place in the dead of summer?

Moves are exhausting and frustrating enough as it is without the temperature being over 100 degrees (38 C) and the humidity being so thick that gills are required for effective breathing.  Frankly, I’d rather move when it was freezing outside.  Physical labor has a natural warming effect on the human body, much like hot chocolate or acute embarrassment.

But other than that, the move went smoothly.  I have moved so many times in my life that I have got the routine down pat.   The trick is to not pack any boxes so heavily that to lift them requires a truss and subsequent medical attention.  (Anvils may need to be broken up into several pieces and packed separately.)

And, as a bonus, I got to drive a big rental truck the 1400 or so miles between PA and TX.   I quite enjoy this part of any move.  Though the truck I rented was not quite as big as a semi truck, it was still quite thrilling coming down the side of a mountain in Virginia in a fully loaded box truck while navigating a hairpin curve at 70 miles per hour (112 KPH).  Extra points are to be had if doing so in an outside lane while a true semi truck is in the inside lane and its out-draft is forcing one over the side of a ravine.  Now is a good time to relax and do some light reading, such as the signs whizzing by that say, “Watch for falling rocks” or perhaps, “No trucks in left lane“, or even “Left lane closed ahead — merge right“.

Just like there are no atheists in foxholes, neither are there atheists in rental trucks careening around mountainous curves on two wheels.

Only the fear of losing my deposit on the rental truck helped me maintain my composure.   However, I’m sure I will be dinged for the permanent imprints of my hands on the steering wheel.

At any rate, the move went smoothly (any video-game-type driving antics aside) and now everyone is safe and sound here in chez Biff in Dallas.  The downstairs is a complete disaster area, looking much like it would if a rental truck spilled its entire contents there.

But I was only responsible for getting it here … not finding a place to put it.




  1. Sounds like a heck of a way to spend your vacation – creating permanent imprints on the steering wheel of a rental truck. But I gotta wonder, why would daughter want to come back to Texas when it’s hot enough to melt rental truck tires?

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    • Thank you! It was more funny than scary most of the time. There were a few curves where I was cheek-to-jowl with a hell-bent-for-leather semi truck that were a little hair-raising, but for the most part it was a lovely trip.

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  2. I’ve been pretty terrible about getting to everyone’s posts, so I am probably the only person who will thank you for taking a break so I could catch up.

    As hot as it’s been, you still don’t want to move in PA in the winter. You only think you do. Though if I recall correctly, your daughter is near the bottom of the state and doesn’t get nearly as much snow as I do on Lake Erie. Even so, winter, spring, summer or fall, I don’t envy anyone those hairpin turns that start in lower PA and just keep going through Virginia and everywhere else. At least it’s prettier in the fall months, but that’s some paranoia-inducing driving there. Glad you’re safe and sound.

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    • Hi, Lynda! I’m glad my little break allowed you an opportunity to get caught up. 😉

      And I agree: it’s probably a toss-up as to which is worse … a PA winter or a TX summer. However, after a day like today (113 F), I think I’d rather have the winter! But ask me again next winter.

      I loved the hairpin curves. I just would have enjoyed them a lot more in a sports car rather than a big-@$$ rental truck. They don’t corner very well.

      I hope your summer’s going great!

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  3. It was grueling but the scenery picked up after Calgary. I am going to map your route one time, was it v scenic?…that is a dream of mine…to drive from Vancouver to NYC. Or the Grand Canyon, like u i do love to drive.

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    • I just stuck to the Interstate freeways, which typically are not very scenic. Even so, it was stunningly beautiful in most of Virginia and Tennessee. I’m sure it is even more beautiful on the back roads.

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    • Thank you! It’s so great to be back. I understand about moving so much due to military reassignments. I was a Navy brat for the first several years of my life. We were never anywhere long enough to put down roots or make friends.

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  4. Welcome back! We were supposed to start moving my son’s things home to move him into a new residence in August but it’s WAY too hot today. Luckily, we have some time, and it’s not as far as your drive!

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  5. I thought I set Biff to go Junk, but I guess not. Missed you. Next Sunday I start the drive on I-40 from Nashville to LA and back. I will use “there are no atheist in rental trucks.”

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    • Thanks, Pat! That sounds like quite a trip from Nashville to LA! You should write about it upon your return (or along the way). I was just in Nashville on I-40. It was smooth sailing for the most part.

      I notice that Kudzu is starting to take over big chunks of VA and TN. They’d better get a handle on that quick or the entire state will be covered up. We were pretty successful in eradicating it in MS and AL over the course of several decades, though eternal vigilance is called for. It can return at the drop of a hat. It literally grows a foot or more a day.


  6. Love this: “Just like there are no atheists in foxholes, neither are there atheists in rental trucks careening around mountainous curves on two wheels.” You speak truth with that one. Glad it’s over, and glad you’re not responsible for the repositioning of all those goods.

    My first move involved a VW beetle with a small U-haul trailer behind. All went well until we reached the Arbuckle mountains around Ardmore. I was so naive, I assume it would be all downhill from Iowa to Houston. Not so much.

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    • Hi, Linda! Thanks for the comments!

      I can’t imagine moving in a VW Beetle with a U-Haul trailer attached. You would have to be intrepid indeed to undertake such a thing. That sounds like fertile ground for a blog post or two (hint hint!).

      And if there’s one good thing about Texas is that it is flat as a pancake in most places, so it doesn’t put too much of a strain on the vehicles used for moving.

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  7. Oh my!

    Moving is in my top ten list of things I really could live without. Make that my top five list…. Possibly my top one list actually. I think I got allergic after Mom and Dad made me move 10 times in the first 15 years of my life (why I am telling you that? A brother should be aware of this kind of information, right??)

    I might write about it someday… but people probably would think I am making stuff up, because the weirdest sh*t happens to me when I move from one place to another… (Once, I was waiting at the new apartment while Chéri was with the moving guys at the old apartment, packing up. When he showed up, there was a filming crew with him… they were making a documentary about people moving… A feckin’ filming crew!! Needless to say they had to find another move to film… And there is no “Cyranny moving” doc available… )

    Welcome back… I always get a tad worried when you are away for a while. Good to see it was for a good cause! xx

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    • Thanks for worrying, Sis. Sorry about that.

      And you really should write about your moving adventures. Your fans (me included) would love to read them! And too bad there is no movie evidence of your move. I bet that would be some must-see TV!


  8. What a tale! And with your typical writerly panache. (Can you sell me some?) Light reading LOL. I’m happy that all went well with everyone safe and sound. That is a HELL of a move. For your daughter tho, no move is too far. Our longest move was 1300 miles fr Winnipeg to Vancouver. 22 hours non stop…

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    • Thank you, Wilt! So nice of you to say. I’m selling it by the pound in the lobby during intermission. Be sure to pick up a bucket-full or two. 🙂

      Wow! 22 hours non-stop? That is quite a move. Did delirium set in at any point? I only did about 8 hours a day, but that was plenty.

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