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The *Stuff* You Learn

On Tuesday, I learned that "stuff" is a Bad Word in the moving biz, a big No-No, to be avoided at all costs. Nobody has a lot of stuff, they have a lot of *items* to move.

Well, I say it's stuff, and I'm doing my best to say to hell with a lot of it. Well, if not exactly hell, then the fires of the Hennepin County trash burner, or the recycling bins, or into the hands of others who might have some use for it. Not necessarily in that order, of course.

Still, the first moving company will be estimating a 15,000 pound move for me. I'll be curious to see what the others think, and even more curious what the final weight turns out to be. Anybody want to enter the "How Much Does Geri's Move Weigh" lottery? First prize is 10 pounds of Geri's stuff. Second prize is, of course, 20 pounds of the same. And so on....

Or you could guess how many bags of office papers I can fill for this Friday's recycling pickup. We'll have the answer to that one in a couple of days.

Eek! (And onward....)


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Dec. 10th, 2003 02:59 am (UTC)
Ah, I am reminded of when we moved supergee's, uh, items out of his late mother's house. We sent an entire box, very large, of pornography to the LASFS auction. "We can't just throw it out," I said. "Children in Asia are going to bed horny!"

I have no idea how many pounds our move up here was, but it took 5 Ryder vans of 15 feet each. We did the whole move with only two hours total professional moving help. Just last night I was thinking of the advantages of never moving again. Seriously.
Dec. 10th, 2003 05:12 am (UTC)
23,042 pounds

oh, wait, that might not be the closest and I'd end up with even more "Stuff(tm)" ... arghhhh!
Dec. 10th, 2003 05:53 am (UTC)
wow, that's a lot of lbs. Our moving company's estimate was pretty far off, but we had much less. I'll guess 17,000 is closer to actual. People like us have a lot of books, and books are heavy.
Dec. 10th, 2003 06:17 am (UTC)
I think I'll guess 115 003 pounds. Oh, and you can send me your fanzine collection whenever you're ready. I do get to choose what stuff I win don't I?
Dec. 10th, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
What happens if you call your stuff "stuff"?

Dec. 10th, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
Um, hoping that the first prize for recycling bags is NOT 10 bags of recycling...

25 paper grocery bags or five lawn and leaf yard waste bags.
Dec. 10th, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'll report back on the final number after I put the recycling out Thursday night. And keep my eye open for a worthy prize in the meantime.
Dec. 10th, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
What if you just set fire to it and pocketed the insurance money?

Dec. 10th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
My insurer might wonder about the misnamed house-cooling party the day before...

Along similar lines of amusement, though, the buyer's inspection last Friday turned up a gas leak of all things. I was at SMOFcon, so Jeff came over and checked to see if it was safe to wait until Monday for regular plumbing rates, or whether to pay the weekend rates, which were roughly twice the cost. And I spent the rest of my time in Chicago posing the question, "Sell Toad Hall? Or blow it up?"

The leak is now repaired, so I guess I'd better get back to packing.

(My dad has suggested that taking the stuff we want from his house and then setting fire to it after he dies would be a heck of a lot easier than dealing with everything else. It would be a win without having to even consider any insurance fraud. I may well feel the same after a few more weeks of packing. For now, I'm enjoying going through the stuff.)
Dec. 11th, 2003 06:10 am (UTC)
Sell Toad Hall? Or blow it up?

We could have made a program item.

What to do with Somebody Else's House.
Sunday, 2PM, Salon E: Geri Sullivan, Bill Higgins

So, Geri has this problem. Well, many problems, but two leap to mind. She has many cubic meters of stuff. She has a gas leak. What, exactly, do you do? And how do you best record whatever you did.

Extra points if some of the stuff lands on the MA/CT border.

Dec. 11th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC)
I adore you.

Among the stuff I'm stuck with because I forgot to give it to Bill last weekend are three packets of Mad Scientist and Magic Crystal Kool-Aid.

Somebody Else's Microwave? Heck, Somebody Else's House!

"Somebody Else's ..." is a program track that could be done once, brilliantly. Hmmm....
Dec. 11th, 2003 01:32 pm (UTC)
We're borderline on "Somebody Else's Planet", but otherwise, I think it is a wonderful idea for a convention. Preferably one far away, of course.
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