Time Frame

Per request, here is the time frame for the move.

Oct. 26 – my birthday. Yippie. Probably no books or CDs, for obvious reasons.
Nov. 1 – sign all the bloody papers
Nov. 8 – pre-packer stuff (all art off walls, all electronics disconnected, cats to boarding, etc. (no blogging ’til I’m set up at other end)
Nov. 9 – official close of escrow.
Nov. 9-11 – movers pack house, garage, everything, load van.
Nov. 12-14 – on the road – drive from SoCal to Portland (actually Bridgeport), stay in hotel.
Nov. 15 – access to house, first look since mid-August (!), but still in hotel.
Nov. 16 – moving van arrives, our stuff is in, first night living in the new house.

Then all we have to do is unpack some stuff and sell the house at this end…

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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20 Responses to Time Frame

  1. Todd Mason says:

    Happy birthday (-20′ in EDT! Don’t let it take too much out of you…two days to drive up sounds like it could be leisurely trip up 5.

    Always interesting how non-crosstown moves always take so long. By train, eh?

  2. Evan Lewis says:

    We have an official state song, called “Oregon, My Oregon.” I’ve never heard it, but it has really groovy lyrics:

    Land of the Empire Builders, Land of the Golden West;
    Conquered and held by free men, Fairest and the best.
    On-ward and upward ever, Forward and on, and on;
    Hail to thee, Land of the Heroes, My Oregon.

    Land of the rose and sunshine, Land of the summer’s breeze;
    Laden with health and vigor, Fresh from the western seas.
    Blest by the blood of martyrs, Land of the setting sun;
    Hail to thee, Land of Promise, My Oregon.

    Don’t worry, though. The real (though unofficial) state song is “Louie, Louie.”

  3. Have a good move, Rick. We’ll miss you down here.

  4. Bill Crider says:

    Happy birthday, Rick! Here’s hoping everything goes smoothly!

  5. Richard says:

    Thanks, everyone, for the birthday greetings and wishes.

    Todd, when did you move that you still haven;t unpacked? I don’t remember reading of it on your blog. Or maybe it’s been a long time but you’ve only unpacked what you could place on shelves? Not sure about your comment “by train”. Wha?

    Evan – I think in that kinda scary song the line “laden with health and vigor fresh from the western seas” is code for “rains like hell”. That’s okay, keeps it green and those darn sun-worshipping Californians away.

  6. This sounds like a doable schedule. Get plenty of sleep! It’s easy to get run down during these life-changing events and get really, really sick.

  7. Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  8. Richard says:

    “Louie, Louie”, eh? I’d have guessed “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon & Garfunkel…

  9. Richard says:

    Laurie – thanks, we’re leaving just when your getting settled and had invited us out there, and when Patti Abbott is coming for a stay in SoCal, and another friend was coming out to visit in December. Way things go, I guess.

  10. Richard says:

    George – “really, really sick” is not an option. Not even a little sick. This the beginning of our new life in the Oregon Territory, happy and healthy are key elements. Thanks for the birthday wishes. It’s the big one: 65. I have my Official Geezer card and everything.

  11. Carl V. says:

    Happy Birthday young man! How cool is it that you are making such a major life change right at the beginning of a brand new year for you? Again, I’m very excited for you both. And you’ll get to have some sort of Thanksgiving in your new home and hopefully by Christmas will be settled in somewhat and can enjoy the holiday in your new surroundings.

  12. Richard says:

    Yes, we’ll be in for Thanksgiving, and there will much to be thankful for, but being settled won’t be one of them, I’m afraid. Maybe by Christmas. Escrow costs are more than I expect, so our budget may be a little tight the first few months, especially with our first mortgage payment due just 2 weeks after we move in.

  13. Patti Abbott says:

    Happy, happy birthday. I hope someone baked you a big cake! Or bought you one.

  14. Carl V. says:

    Yikes! In this economy you think they’d be giving you a bit of a break on that first payment and giving you a bit of time to make it.

  15. Richard says:

    Patti – we’re kind of keeping the desserts at a minimum, since I have to shed weight. But we’re going to Red Robin (I have a free birthday burger) and I get to have a milkshake, so that will be dessert.

    Carl – In this economy, the banks are squeezing every penny from every customer. I could have asked for the December payment to be in the settlement closing, but then I would have had to pay it three weeks sooner, along with the Nov. 10-31 payment that IS in the closing.

  16. Carl V. says:

    I guess that makes sense. Things in the housing market are bad enough that banks are probably pulling back on some incentives in order to keep cash flow going.

  17. Todd Mason says:

    My move was over two years ago, and my current apt. couldn’t handle all my books on reasonable display. I never meant to stay there…it’s an acceptable, but not much better, place which runs me $750/month (pretty good around here for a 2b) including water but excluding electricity (steam heat in with the water).

    My suspicion, which might well be wrong, is that the trailer from your movers’ tractor-trailer, might well end up on a railroad, rather than be driven directly up, as a driver would presumably beat you guys to Oregon, inasmuch as you aren’t long-haulers.

    I hope your folks are honest. My father is still irked about the theft of his binoculars between New Hampshire and Hawaii in 1979…who knows at what stop our stuff was rifled through.

  18. Richard says:

    We got several in-home estimates, all from national brands. We chose Mayflower. The van will be driven by a company driver, it’s a company owned and marked van, and it goes on the same highway we do. The contract is that we pick a specific day within a three day delivery window, and that’s when it arrives. Since our load, which includes the wife’s car, is a full van, they will load it here, store it for two days in their yard in Riverside, then drive it to Portland the day before delivery. This system allows them to adjust for weather and road conditions. If they put the whole trailer on a flatcar it would be all right with me, but they said it would be driven. Though it’s a two man crew they don’t drive them straight through any more, the ICC has put a lot of restrictions on the business in the last decade, or so we were told.

  19. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Rick.

    I don’t envy you the move (except when it’s over and you’re in your beautiful new house).

    The 40th Anniversary Tour went very well – we got home last night. One highlight was seeing Cirque du Soleil’s Love (featuring music by The Beatles) in Vegas, which we both liked a lot more than the other Cirque show we saw years ago – Mystere I think it was.

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