February 26th, 2020


Couldn't sleep

Exhausting day. I did all the things. And then some.

Up at 6:30, out by 8, at the escrow place by 8:30, waited in the parking lot till 8:50
Signed and initialed many pieces of paper. Escrow lady explained them all pretty clearly. Sent me home to do some things:
- Print and deliver a March rent check to the park office. Glad I had not taken the PC apart.
- Call my mortgage company to give them a forwarding address
- Call the LV realtor to have her send title company info to escrow lady So she can pay off my new house

Got a call from my original auto transport broker, he wanted to pick up the car Friday and deliver it Saturday, but that's too soon. Called the Burlingame company recommended by the movers, got a live person who said yes, I can drop the car off there Sunday but I'll have to get myself to the airport. Not a huge problem, there are taxi services. Canceled the original broker deal.

Emptied the fridge and fridge freezer little by little. Open container contents were poured down the disposal and the bottles chucked into the recycle bucket. Ice cream, sherbet and other stuff went into the garbage or the table scraps recycle. There was way more stuff than expected. Watched The Bachelor on and off during that. Peter continues to make bad choices. Looks like Little Miss Melt-down will win. Madison the virgin should have taken herself home when Peter admitted he was not a virgin - she is struggling with him not saving himself for marriage. Strange but true I think that other than this small detail, she has the strongest physical connection to him.

TV viewing done, took apart the home theater. Lots of wires. Lots of dust on the TV stand. Pulled the cable card to return to Comcast.

Packed the huge and carry-on cases. Spook helped.

Stripped the bed and pulled the hoses from the sleep number mattress.

3 pm, pushed Spook into her carrier, and drove to the vet. Across the street neighbor chatted me up, which made me not too early.

Doctor gave Spook a clean bill of health, I have a travel certificate and rabies & other vaccination docs.

To the Mountain View Petsmart pet hotel, checked in Spook till Sunday.

Home, packed a shopping bag with edibles and drove to the motel. Checked in, the room is up a steep flight of stairs, took three gruelling trips to get my bags and the food up there.

Home again, packed the car charger in its case and fit it under the passenger seat. Filled another shopping bag with cookies and Swiss Miss and ice cream sandwiches which fit in the motel fridge freezer. It's all frosted over so not keeping those very cold.

Movers due tomorrow, still need to grab my computer glasses, collect the weather sensors and light switch sensors. Already took down the Arlo cameras. I may sell those on eBay after I move. They are not as good as expected. Grab some paper plates and bowls.

Plans for tomorrow:
Home for the movers
Collect the things
Grocery Outlet - charge the car and buy some diet Coke and maybe an ice bucket because the one in the motel is tiny

Movers were very disappointing

They were an hour late, 11 am gave me an estimated finish time of 4 pm. Called them at 4:30, 6 pm estimate. 6:30 they called to have me walk through the house but they were nowhere near done. What part of "move everything" did they not understand? I pointed out the vacuum cleaner in the hall closet twice, but they forgot it. A big fireproof box in the office was still sitting on the floor - it has my sapphire collection. They put all the non-transportable things from the bathroom into my laundry basket WTF? lots of little things left on the floor. The litterbox was still in place - I had pointed it out twice. And so on.

They took literally the command from their boss to not pack any liquid. Bogus - the movers for the last 3 moves packed the booze. Not these guys.They also left several empty cans of things they had been drinking, as well as an empty 2-liter Coke bottle. A couple of picture frames they broke and left in a closet in another room.

But worst of all they made me fill in my name, address, destination address and phone number on 6 pages of items lists plus about 6 more disclosures. The estimator, they claimed, was $400 short on boxes. They expected I would talk to him about that. And they left windows open and tied the bedroom curtains in a knot.

I finally got back to the motel at about 8 pm.
In the meantime, before 4, I went to GO and charged the car and bought 10 20-oz bottles of diet Coke (liters won't fit in the fridge) and a couple of Annie's mac and cheese microwave cups. Finished one Coke and one mac&cheese.

Comcast, returned the Tivo cable card. It didn't scan at first but they found it on their computer.

Back at the motel, after the 4:30 call to them, I tossed a turkey frank into the microwave and topped it with mustard. This morning I snagged some paper plates and bowls and yesterday brought some plastic utensils. Also heated up water in a coffee cup and made Swiss Miss Dark.

Also watched a Vegas streamer take her boat out on Lake Mead and drown some bait. Really clear stream, beautiful view, bright sunny day. One more thing I want to do once I'm living there.

I've just finished another Coke, this time with ice, and some mint milano cookies.

Watched a lot of TV.  The motel has satellite.
Had a sleepless night, sciatica and the heater was off.
Plans for tomorrow:
Go downstairs for breakfast.
I need to phone the cleaners and warn them of the movers' destructo and leaving liquids all over the house. And ask if they have a hazmat service which can deal with that before they show up. Or before Sunday.