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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?


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.
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.
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?
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.
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.


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