Okay, so I’ve been in my new place for about a week and a half so far. This month has actually been refreshingly busy in terms of me doing things on evenings and weekends rather than just sitting around thinking that “I should be doing things.” Here’s a quick recap of the whole apartment move/settling in events:
- I screwed up on my timing — I forgot that on a month-to-month lease, you have to not only give a least a month’s notice, but that it can only happen at the start of the month. So, when I gave my notice to my old landlord in the middle of August, I discovered that I would have to pay for the whole month of September, anyway. This caught me off-guard, and I was not too happy, as I am actually right now paying for two different apartments.
- However, I did manage to salvage some of this. The person who was in my current place wasn’t out until the very last day, and then the painter needed to stop in, and then Hurricane Irene was coming up the coast, and well, it just made more sense for me to put a hold on moving until the following weekend, on the 10th.
- This also helped in that I was able to get Lacy and Dex to stop out and help me pick up the U-Haul and then proceed to load it up. There was some concern on my part about getting the truck in time, and we took a wrong turn looking for the U-Haul center (all my fault), but in the end once we swung into loading action, we finished up within an hour, easily.
- I learned that next time, I need more boxes. I had a lot of bags for my linens, and they just do not stack very well.
- I wound up dropping pretty much all of my furniture, some earlier that week, and some that morning. That means that my futon, dresser, computer desk, and tall bookshelf were broken down and tossed. I was saddest about the futon, as was really the first thing I had bought in NYC, and had been with me through my earlier moves. I was thinking about selling it or something, but given that the frame was just $20 when I bought it, and the mattress was covered in sweat stains, well, I didn’t see it commanding a pick-up, let alone any type of price.
- Lacy took my old desktop (which I had mailed from my parent’s house and then wound up never using — not a good sign that I wound use it ever again), and I recycled my old laptops, but I did remove the hard drives from all of them, so I’ll look at getting some of those external hard drive mounts to plug in to the current computer so I can be sure to salvage my old files.
- Dex mentioned that I was driving into NYC the weekend of the 9/11 10th year anniversary, and that there had been some terrorist threats going on, and wondered at the wisdom of it all. Not the news you want to hear after you’re all packed up.
- The attempt to do a final vacuuming failed miserably as the vacuum was still stuffed with all of that carpet fluff. I happily left it on the curb.
- Then, after Lacy scored some of my old electronics, they bid me farewell, and I was off. The trip was not too bad — traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as I had feared, and I was only stopped 3 times at safety checkpoints to have the truck inspected by the cops. There was about 30 minutes of frustration in Brooklyn when I was suddenly confronted with an onslaught of “No Trucks” roads, blocking me from getting the places I needed to be. After a bit of backtracking and slipstreaming, I finally managed to get through and reach my place.
- Over the course of the next few hours, people started to show up to help. People I knew, that is, not just random strangers on the street. Julia & her hubby, Joe, and even eventually Will (with his wife and daughter, although they were excused from hefting boxes). What started out slowly with just me making one trip at a time from the truck to the apartment ended up with the 5 of us acting like a well-oiled machine, getting the truck unpacked and everything up to the new place.
- Afterward, Joe gave me a lift to and back from the U-Haul drop-off place, and I learned how to use the Navigator app on my phone, finally. Well, sort of, as I must have hit something wrong since it wasn’t following my little arrow.
- Since then, I’ve made several trips to the Brooklyn Ikea, mostly for research. Between that and my research online, I was able to go ahead amass a large quantity of inexpensive yet sturdy furniture, such as a dresser, desk, and many bookcases.
- I also got a Couch and matching comfy chair for free; a lady who was moving out 1 floor below me was giving them away. They are of decent shape, are bug free, and certainly fit into my budget, so I was happy to take them in.
At this point, it’s a matter of breaking down/storing some cardboard boxes, throwing away most of them, organizing the many things on the bookshelves that aren’t, in fact, books, and getting plants. Oh, and hanging pictures. So, yeah, still much to be done.
It’s also been a bit on the pricy side as well — the furniture wasn’t too costly individually, but whew, there was a good amount of it. After all, I spent about 6-8 hours putting it all together, and wound up surprisingly sore for a couple of days afterward. I still think I need to pick up a few more items, too: a couple of lamps, some placemats, maybe another bookcase with doors, etc. But the bulk of things have been dealt with.
So, that’s one thing that’s been keeping me busy. Another is the start of rec sports season for me.
Basketball scrimmage was last night, and things kick off next week. Ironically, despite it just being Jen, Jack, and myself for the full 40 minutes, I never got winded. True, aside from a few moments I never really was pushing hard (it was just a scrimmage, after all, and I had no desire to get hurt), but the really weird thing was that I played a lot better than I have in a long time. I think it might have been because I was pretty much relaxed and loose during the game, so I wasn’t tensing up on my shots and passes. We actually wound up destroying the other team, something like 26-14 or something, but part of that was just due to some mismatches between me and the guys guarding me, and also that I think they weren’t as comfortable as a team as Jack, Jen, and I have gotten. I’m sure once the regular season kicks in and things pick up, it’ll be a lot tougher.
We also need to find a couple more players, especially on the female side of the bench. We only have 2 girls on the roster, and since you have to have at least 1 girl on the court at all times, this doesn’t give a lot of elbow room if someone has to miss a night. It’d also be good to get another guy, although I certainly am not complaining about having more playing time.
I also got involved with a football team, much to my surprise and delight. Apparently, the captain was friends with a girl I played with this summer, and my name was passed along when the captain was looking to fill out the roster. So far, so great! We had our scrimmage 2 weekends ago and played our 1st real game this past Sunday, winning both. What I’m most excited about is that we have a few really good QBs — Scott can throw the length of the field — and if there’s one thing I learned from playing so far, it’s that you live or die by your QB.
I also continue to be amazed by the fact that I have been playing consistently well. Part of it, no doubt, is that the other teams so far have been playing together for the first time, and have not been really hardcore. When I volunteered and reffed the next game this past Sunday, both teams were really intense: one, in particular, huddled before every play to draw up a play, had their own custom shirts, and seemed to constantly have a grimace on their face, like it was causing them pain every second that they weren’t scoring. A bit disturbing.
As far as I can tell, things will continue to be busy for the foreseeable future. Besides sports twice a week (when did I become a jock? This still blows my mind…) I’ve been pushing to get the apartment wrapped up so I can have a little official housewarming party, and I want to do that before October. Beyond that, the “push for Madness” will begin in earnest, and that will soak up quite a bit of free time as well.
As long as I keep turning “busy” into “productive,” I’m in good shape.