Back in the United States, Part 1
Our penultimate night in Mexico—a week and a half ago—I partied too heartily and launched myself onto a 50-year drunk that led to a fall and me looking, and feeling, like I’d just spent a dozen unlucky rounds in the boxing ring. Although it provoked knowing and good-natured laughter among my Mexican friends, that didn’t augur well for our first visit in a year back to the Land of the Free. A few days later we woke up on our first morning in the city, and even neighborhood, I had called home for more than forty years. We had a massive to-do list with a complete-by date of less than a week from arrival. We got it all done three days ahead of time. We’re patting ourselves on the back.
|The storage locker is five feet wide and ten feet long, and|
packed to nearly three-fourths of its eight foot height.
|The U-Haul is six feet long and ten feet wide|
with a six foot ceiling--not much wiggle room!
Back at OD’s house, where she had graciously donated driveway space and cleared room in her garage to serve as a staging area, we resuscitated Dead Ed and, after many hugs and thank you’s, I drove crosstown in the glooming to our Air BnB and a late deli dinner. The plan was for us to spend the next three days pulling every single item out of the U-Haul, deciding if it should 1) be inventoried and re-boxed for shipment to our new home in México, 2) set aside in the garage for gifting to friends and family, or 3) put back in the truck, driven and donated to
Big Brothers/Sisters at a nearby ValueVillage. After everything had been sorted, all the packed pieces would go back in the U-Haul for inspection and final off-loading by the international movers, which will happen tomorrow, and only then will we return the rental truck. This was the plan thought up by my Sensible Solutions Spouse.
|Two sweet daughters in the now empty $72/month|
Fueled by ibuprofen, the plan worked to a T! Worry about rainy days during our largely outdoor endeavor had caused us to lose sleep in the weeks leading up to this grueling test, but even the weather cooperated. We even managed to cut almost in half the amount we had estimated for shipping, saving us several thousand dollars. And the unusual idea of using the U-Haul truck for temporary storage worked fine. We vowed to remember how well this all turned out in the future, whenever we stress about some complicated event we are planning.
There was only one glitch in our well-made plans that first week...to be continued.