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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.

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