Here it is about 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and chaos reigns supreme here at the new nest in the piney woods on the side of the windy hillside, otherwise known as our new home in Portland Oregon. Okay, maybe that chaos isn’t reigning supreme, but it’s doing a darn good job of making itself felt in every aspect of life.
The Good News: we’re here, we’re in the house. We walked the space Monday, but our stuff didn’t arrive until Tuesday morning. It got to the street outside after the truck and 53 foot trailer got stuck a couple of blocks away making a wide turn and dropping a rear wheel into a ditch. There are many of those – ditches – in our neighborhood, seeing as it’s pretty much all two lane roads with little to no shoulders, just pavement, a few inches of soft leaves and dirt and then trees, or bushes, or vines. Anyway, the truck got here about an hour and a half late. They got right to unloading but it was slow work since we had to look at every box to see it’s marking in order to know where to tell the guy holding it, or with it on a hand truck, to put it.
They marked our living room stuff “family room” but now there is a living room and a family room. They marked the kitchen and dining room stuff “kitchen” but now there is a kitchen and a dining room plus a kitchenette downstairs. They marked stuff “bedroom” and now there are four of those. Plus the books – marked study – some went down, some stayed upstairs, and the room we had planned on being the new study was out because the door is unusually narrow and the desk doesn’t go in. Temporary quarters until major carpentry happens, which is NOT on the priority list right now.
The Not So Good News: naturally, there are boxes, labelled with mysterious scrawls like “lame smurfs” which turned out to be lamp shades. Where is the coffee pot? The Craftsman high-speed drill? Wife’s Very Expensive sewing machine? We have no idea, and as I type this 2/3 of the stuff has been unpacked or at least opened and looked upon.
Comcast came today. We needed internet, phone and cable TV hooked up. I was assured when I called over a week ago there would be No Problem! Bit of a chore running a couple of new lines, but it got done. Then we were told our perfectly good modem, which we own, won’t work because Comcast has this special setup with phone and data intertwined in one cable and it takes a special modem which we have to – ahem – rent from them because they are not for sale from Comcast or anywhere else. Don’tcha just love that proprietary baloney? Yeah, me neither.
Then we were told we couldn’t get internet. Huh? Turns out their fancy modem didn’t work “These are a new model, and we’ve been having some problems with them” I was told. Okay, how about one of the old models? Nope, only new ones going in now. The tech went through 3 modems, each of which has to go through a mysterious “downloading” cycle prior to being operational. (One would think they would do their downloading before bringing the thing out.)
Finally about 3 hours later, with tow more Comcast guys and a long conversation with the “office” they got a modem operational. I was told they had to “back door it”, and that meant the regular activation process wasn’t happening. Got internet! Yay! Oh, but no email. The special set-up cancelled the email portion of the activation. They will call in a few days when they “figure it out”. Boy oh boy, these Comcast people are great, aren’t they? Sure they are.
The cats arrived while the second Comcast guy – maybe it was the third one – was here. He got called out because they couldn’t hook the set-top box (which is required because they have this special system…) to my AV Receiver. Worked just fine with Cox, in SoCal, but here, nope. No way to hook it together. None, zip, nyet. So the whole TV and stereo system, in hit’s huge piece of furniture that the movers busted their backs to get to the basement, is a giant door stop. I can watch the basic TV channels. No DVD, no VHS. I can play a CD, but that has nothing to do with the cab;e TV I’m paying for.
“We’re sorry, but we don’t do work on people’s entertainment systems” I was told. So you just stick in a box that won’t work with the equipment (the receiver is only a few years old!) and walk, and if it doesn’t work, not your problem? Yep, I was told, that’s right. Stay tuned, I’m sure this will get better.
Meanwhile, I’ll go have some cold pizza, because we have been in lockdown all day because of Comcast and other vendors coming and going plus trying to find everything. Or anything, depending on how you look at it, on this very windy, very wet day. Some pretty yellow and orange leaves blew past one of the rain-streaked windows, I think.