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Author Topic: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows  (Read 2062 times)

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Offline lydgate

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Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« on: July 28, 2008, 03:17:08 AM »
And, of course, not in the good way. The end.

Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 03:20:23 AM »
How droll.

MtD :)

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 03:26:15 AM »
Where are you moving to, Jay?
"I’ve slept with enough men to know that I’m not gay"

Offline mjmel

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008, 07:30:55 AM »
Inquiring minds want to know. Are you moving to Ohio, perchance?

Mike

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2008, 07:57:41 AM »
Jay, that is the reason they have Packers and Movers in the yellow pages.  :D I hate the thought of moving.

Offline Robert

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2008, 10:25:14 AM »
Nashville?
..........

Offline lydgate

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2008, 11:44:57 AM »
Boston. The funny thing is, I'm excited about moving back to the East Coast, living in a (reasonably) big city again; and I've had enough of the cornfields (no offense to native Iowans). Nevertheless, the whole process of transplanting oneself, bag and baggage, is... draining (again, not in that good way). I know, I know -- I'm just whining and stating the obvious. *Lets out plaintive sigh*

On the bright side: Did find an affordable, decent and decently sized, apartment (basement studio). And am right now haggling with freight contractors/movers, so the moving of "household effects" (i.e. books) might have an actual date soon. *Touches wood*

Next steps: discontinuing utility services, and trying to sell some of my paltry, shabby furniture etc on Craigslist.

Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2008, 12:26:39 PM »
If you are "shipping " just stuff... try the post office   .They will take reasonably large   moving boxes and the rates are very competitive.......If you have a lot of books and literature  you cant beat their  " books"  rate...

god luck moving back to Boston   my old home town....

Nick
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008, 04:38:10 PM »
This is the second time in the last two days I've seen someone on here write "touches wood" or touch wood or something like that.

I've always heard "knock on wood"

Just thought I'd share. LOL

Enjoy your new home Jay! and have a safe trip.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2008, 05:00:25 PM »
Hey Wendy, I always say "knock on wood" too, but I've heard Jan say "touch wood", and read some others here refer to it as that....

Jay, good luck with your move to Boston!   I hate moving.  I rank it right up there as #2 worst thing to do, with #1 :  being admitted to the hospital.
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline beenthere66

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2008, 05:14:30 PM »
I feel for you I had just moved to Pennsylvania from Virginia it took a long time just to find a place to live here.  I had to take what I can get and One bedrooms believe it or not go fast.  Never mind the stress of finding doctor, casemanagers and just changing your driver liscense is a pain.  It is considered one of the three stressful things in life right, next to death.

It will get better with time.

beenthere66

Offline dixieman

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 11:16:56 AM »
Good luck, with the move... Boston is a beautiful city... but, it gets mighty cold up there... it will be a nice change of pace from Iowa. Lots of history and things to do... let us know how your doing. John

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 01:23:45 PM »
Jay,

Good luck with your move to Boston, it is a wonderful city.

New England is such a nice part of the US.

So much to see and do.

All the best and take care.

Alain.

How is the prostate doing? Hopefully not causing you too much pain lifting and carrying stuff.

Offline lydgate

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2008, 07:57:07 PM »
Thanks for the wishes everyone. Slowly but surely things are getting done. Two more weeks in the Hawkeye State...

And then to Beantown, where I lived from '95 to '98. Arrived there as a wet-behind-the-years, just-out-of-college more-or-less "innocent" gay boy. Returning as a not-so-innocent middle-aged man. Funny, I'm living only ten minutes away from where I lived in the 90s...

One of the advantages of being a messy person (yes, there are gay slobs, I'm living proof) is that, on the rare occasions that you do clean up, you find things that you'd forgotten you had. For example: A silver cowboy hat studded with hundreds of tiny thin circular mirrors.  ;D

Pedantic aside: "Knock on wood" is the American version (or variant) of the British (and hence Aussie/Indian/Commonwealth) "Touch wood." A hasty Google search (all my reference books are packed up) led, of course, to the Wikipedia entry on the phrase, which reminded me that Mrs. Swithin in Between the Acts (Virginia Woolf's last, and imho, her greatest novel) questions the origin of the phrase:

Isa shook her head. “Touch wood,” she added, tapping the table.

“Tell me, Bart,” said Mrs. Swithin turning to her brother, “what’s the origin of that? Touch wood . . . Antaeus, didn’t he touch earth?”

She would have been, he thought, a very clever woman, had she fixed her gaze. But this led to that; that to the other. What went in at this ear, went out at that. And all were circled, as happens after seventy, by one recurring question. Hers was, should she live at Kensington or at Kew? But every year, when winter came, she did neither. She took lodgings at Hastings.

“Touch wood; touch earth; Antaeus,” he muttered, bringing the scattered bits together. Lempriere would settle it; or the Encyclopædia. But it was not in books the answer to his question— why, in Lucy’s skull, shaped so much like his own, there existed a prayable being? She didn’t, he supposed, invest it with hair, teeth or toe-nails. It was, he supposed more of a force or a radiance, controlling the thrush and the worm; the tulip and the hound; and himself, too, an old man with swollen veins. It got her out of bed on a cold morning and sent her down the muddy path to worship it, whose mouthpiece was Streatfield. A good fellow, who smoked cigars in the vestry. He needed some solace, doling out preachments to asthmatic elders, perpetually repairing the perpetually falling steeple, by means of placards nailed to Barns. The love, he was thinking, that they should give to flesh and blood they give to the church . . . when Lucy rapping her fingers on the table said:

“What’s the origin—the origin—of that?”

“Superstition,” he said.


Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

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Re: Packing Sucks, Moving Blows
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2008, 12:16:40 AM »
This is the second time in the last two days I've seen someone on here write "touches wood" or touch wood or something like that.

I've always heard "knock on wood"

Just thought I'd share. LOL

Enjoy your new home Jay! and have a safe trip.

winni, touch wood is generally used in the UK and its former colonies eg Aus and NZ. In the US you tend to more commonly say knock on wood. Do a wiki search (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocking_on_wood and you will see that just about every country on earth seems to have its own variation eg in Sri Lanka it's touch gold
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