Betsy and Christian's cross-country adventure- Day 1: Mississippi Sucks

We just wrapped up our first day of our cross-country journey to begin the next phase of our lives in Tempe, AZ, unfortunately without our favorite traveling companion. It was a long slog, but we made good time.

The first leg was by far the worst, through the monotonous interstates of central Georgia, a desolate wasteland punctuated only by garish billboards hawking discount divorces, discount liquor and handjob joints (probably not in that order), from Statesboro to Atlanta.

We'll miss you

We lost Sephie to congestive heart failure last night. Perhaps it was her way of staying an east-coast dog. She's going to miss a long road trip, which she always did enjoy.

She passed where she'd spent most of her quality time - in her Bargain Hound bed.

We're incredibly sad, and we'll miss her terribly.

So long critter/varmint/pot roast/Sephster. We love you.

You don't fuck with a man's car

Today was my second-to-last day at work, and one of my coworkers known for her prowess as a prankster thought it would be funny to plaster my car with islandpacket.com and beaufortgazette.com bumper stickers.

Since said prankster was with me at the time, she engaged (grudgingly) an accomplice.

This is the result of the prank:
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Moving [email protected]#%ing sucks, Part 2

Well, phase I of our move out west is now complete. We're no longer the owners of our lovely house on Taylor Street. It now belongs to one of the founders of this site. We're a little sad to see it go, but glad everything went relatively smoothly with the sale.

The actual act of moving, however, was a bit more complicated.

Moving [email protected]#%ing sucks

Schlepping the dozen or so boxes of books, papers and sporting equipment from our storage unit back to the house reminded me how much I hate moving shit around, after doing it at least 7 times over the last 8 years (mostly the wife's crap).

I've therefore decided it'll be worth every penny of the exorbitant fee the movers are going to charge to pack, load, ship, store and and unload our stuff.

Subject:

What could possibly go wrong with this scenario?

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So many choices

Now the fun part. Within less than 30 days we have to:

  • Move out of our house in Savannah.
  • Find a place in the Tempe/Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale area.
  • Move ourselves and all our crap 2200 miles across the country.

I've made at least 8 moves in the last 9 years, but they've all been local. Any advice on a long cross-country move?

I'm considering

1) Having professional movers pick up our stuff, and move it. Maybe pack it too.

2) Renting a Penske truck and car trailer and hauling it ourselves.

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Moving to Arizona, workin' for the gub-mint

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That's right. The two whitest people on the planet are moving to one of the hottest, sunniest regions of the country. What could possibly go wrong? I've got my SPF-80 ready, along with my UV protection suit.

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