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The Eagle Has Landed!

So, here I am in Chicago, on the South Side! The move came off almost flawlessly. The movers arrived, carted out my stuff, and left to wherever movers go. I packed up my hand luggage and the plants, and moseyed to lunch, then to the bus. Everything went smoothly from there up to the point where I showed up at the real estate office to pick up my key. From there, Mom Pony's observation that "everything takes longer than you think it will," kicked in, but the bumps were minor.

There had been a mix-up on a couple of work orders, and the work on my apartment wasn't quite finished when I moved in. Specifically, a workman was just finishing doing something to the windows when I arrived, and the guy who was going to replace the kitchen floor turned up about a half hour later. Since I had movers coming, I asked him to come back the next day. The movers arrived, and did their ususal good work, and I began to unpack. It's bizarre how an apartment that took weeks to pack can be nearly completely set up in three days. All that's left are a few more boxes and then to take the empties down to the basement.

The reason that this check-in is so late is that I finally succumbed to peer pressure and bought a desk for iGor. This required a day and a half of begging for help in carting the box containing the pieces from the store all of six blocks to my house. Finally, Susan in the real estate office, who is a saint on earth, decided that it was silly for me to be begging so much and offered to drive me after she got off work yesterday. This meant an evening of actually assembling the thing, accompanied by much cursing and gnashing of teeth. Fortunately, I went singing in the middle of it, which was great.

Then, this morning, I unpacked iGor and the printer, and I got the DSL set up. So, here I am. I'm in Chicago, and I have DSL and a desk, just like a real grownup! So how's everyone doing?

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perelleth
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't believe that you bought a desk! ;-)

Welcome online home, FP! I'm so glad your moving went smoothly. I am of Mom Pony's school of thought, that things always take longer than expected, backed by "something *always* happens" but you see to have come out quite cleanly! So what are your plans now? SInce your semester begins in Septembre?

an apartment that took weeks
Yes! I knew there was a minor flaw in your packing system! Had you tried the "last minute" technique, you would be surprised to see how speedily an apartment can be packed when there is no more procrastination allowed! ;-) But I swear I am going to try your system next time I have to move.
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, I figured that iGor is a really nice new computer, and this apartment has hardwood floors, and iGor probably wouldn't be real happy living on a hardwood floor for five years. The desk is for iGor, and also for the DSL modem. It was only fifty bucks, anyway, and the apartment is big enough for it.

My plans now are to continue getting set up, contact a friend about a potential job, stand in line at the DMV to get an Illinois state ID (yes, I've already written a short play set in the DMV, and it's been produced), host a friend or two, haunt the public library, maybe work a little more on some stories, that sort of thing.
dawtheminstrel
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Pony. It sounds like things went better than they usually do on a move. Every time we do it, I swear I'll never do it again.

How's life in the big city?
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
There is definitely something to be said for planning a 99% Spontaneity-Free Move. If there's no spontaneity on my end, then I'm much better prepared to deal with the bumps that other people produce.

So far, life is pretty good. I used to visit Hyde Park once a week, and now I live there, so it's a slightly different perspective. The apartment is lovely, with only a couple of little quirks that need to be ironed out, and I might even be able to host singings there. And I made new curtains for my bedroom.
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frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The new apartment is already starting to feel like home.
dot_o_choillmor
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
There you are! I'm so glad you're gettting settled. I hope you enjoy life in your new apartment. And that iGor likes his desk.

Now that you're back online we'll expect frequent updates on how things are going ;-) How long before college starts?
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
The apartment is great. I think I'll finish the last boxes this afternoon, and then take the last loads down to the basement. And iGor is quite happy on his desk, and he sends his regards.

School starts on the 25th of September. The University of Chicago goes on a quarter system, so I'll be in school until at least the middle of June.
dawtheminstrel
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
September 25! Holy moly. I taught on quarters once and hated it. You just get started and it's time to stop.

We start on Monday.
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
It'll certainly be a new experience for me. I've always been on semesters. I've heard some people say that they like quarters because there isn't really time for the course to start dragging. But you have more finals. I'll let you know how it goes.
karenator001
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! I bet iGor feels real uptown now. It's only fitting.

Glad all went well and you have been safely transported.

We did the desk in a box yesterday in college town as well. Those things are manufactured in Hades, home of the terminal tormentors. They like company. Only one shelf is upside down and there are few dings that I don't think are supposed to be there. But we forgot the coffee maker and the parking permit. Number Two son has already called to say he'll be on his way home as soon as he and his roommate buy their books. Roommate got his computer all hooked up and his monitor had gone out. So, back to parents for a short 'fix-and-fetch" visit.
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
The desk box said "no tools required." Ha. No tools required, my aunt Fanny! That sucker took my hammer and Phillips-head screwdriver in the end. But I got it all put together, and it works like a charm.

When I was in college, one of my roommates did not have the option of recalling the parents to fix her computer. So it was up to me and Roomie #3 to do it. That worked right up until the thing caught fire.
karenator001
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
That worked right up until the thing caught fire.

Ho-ly cow! I bet y'all were popular with the RA's. Nothing like starting the semester off with an unplanned fire drill.
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
In a move I've never regretted, I wasn't home at the time. I was off doing Pony things, then I went back to my dorm to pick up my music binder for chorus rehearsal. On the landing immediately below my floor, I saw Roomie's computer, with a little note that said, "Steal this if you want. It caught fire and doesn't work anyway." Roomie happened to be in the hall at the time and cheerfully confirmed the note. It seemed that she'd turned around to get something, and two-foot flames had started shooting out of the back of the monitor. She and Roomie #3 whapped the flames out and carted the machine into the hall. There were indeed a few scorch marks on the wall above her desk, for confirmation.

On the other hand, can you believe that, even with two roommates, I still managed to sleep through a planned fire drill once?
karenator001
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
I wasn't home at the time.

It's always best to not be at the scene of the crime. Smart move, indeed. Hope Roomie got a new computer. I went to college pre-computer age. I would have loved to have had one. I had to pay people to type my term papers. I still can't type worth spit.

On the other hand, can you believe that, even with two roommates, I still managed to sleep through a planned fire drill once?

LOL! Yes.
frenchpony
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
I believe Roomie eventually did get her problem taken care of, but I don't remember exactly how it happened any more.

I learned to type (on a computer) in fourth grade. I think that was one of the very first computer classes that my grade school offered.
fafojoy
Aug. 19th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Due to being a poor start up company for a few years, most of our office furniture was of the 'assembly required' variety. Melanie and I learned that the best way to put such furniture together is to kick all men out of the building. She and I can whip together desks, bookcases and chairs really fast.. and right. Guys never read directions and end up with stuff all wonky.

Hope Chicago is a great place for you FP!
frenchpony
Aug. 19th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
I not only read the directions, I sorted out all the parts before I started to assemble the desk. I'm such a girl! Then, of course, I whacked the thing together, ultimately using a hammer even though the box said no tools were needed.

Chicago will be great. I just know it!
meggins
Aug. 19th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Excitement! New apartment, new desk, and soon new classes. Glad the move was fairly smooth.

The college students are returning here, too. Autumn is in the air. Huzzah!
frenchpony
Aug. 19th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
Isn't it weird how quickly a new apartment starts to feel familiar and like home? I've lived here for all of three days, and it's just turned into My Home.
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