Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Four Times the Fun!

Here we go again! You should all be used to this by now, but it's time for my annual re-posting of Seth's write up of our trip cross country when I moved here.

I'm sure it's just as exciting this time around, but mostly it's weird to think it's been four years and I can likely remember with a fair amount of accuracy what I was doing right now four years ago (unpacking my overloaded U-Haul and storing boxes in my old apartment in Madison).

Thanks again for writing up all those years ago Seth!


SEPTEMBER 27 - Madison, Wisconsin (0 miles)

We haven't left town yet, and we're already running late. It's nobody's fault, really: packing up the truck took a bit longer than planned, but we still could have made it out of town with time for plenty of progress . . . until it came time to go back to U-Haul to hook up a trailer for Jon's car.

"Looks kinda heavy," says the guy at the shop, and suggests we go across the street to the recycling center and use the truck scale. Driving the 17-foot truck directly across four busy lanes of traffic is a bit daunting, but I brave the task while Jon starts to deal with the trailer.

Pulling up onto the truck scale just as the recycling center just as they prepare to close the gates, I jump out and read the label on the side of truck: 'LIMIT 11,000 LBS. GROSS'. Then I look over at the digital readout on the side of the building: 14568.

I take the truck back across the street and deliver the bad news. The garage is closing, so there's no time to come back for the trailer. Instead we hook up the car and trailer, then return to Jon's house and spend a couple hours unloading two tons of books and comics that will have to go down to Jon's parents in Burlington for storage.

SEPTEMBER 27 - La Crosse, Wisconsin (161 miles)

We made a quick stop at a gas station and a Taco Bell in Tomah, but it's here that we decide to stop for the night. It's 11:30, and there's no point in burning ourselves out on the first leg of the trip. The AAA guidebook lists a Hampton Inn that offers a discount, so that's where we crash. Uh, sleep.

We're up by 8:30, pack up, partake of the free breakfast, stop by a nearby Woodman's grocery store so I can mail off a birthday card to my mom, and then we hit the road.


Four freakin' years. Wow.

More tomorrow!


At September 27, 2005 11:30 AM, Blogger Glenn said...

Maybe you could rewrite it every year from memory without referring back to the older versions? Sort of like playing a game of telphone with time.

At September 28, 2005 7:11 AM, Anonymous Dr John K said...

Or maybe you could "remaster" the account, by adding in new details and taking away old ones. And by "adding in new details" I mean "making shit up".

Of course, four years ago we were settling into our second Stockholm apartment, which mostly involved cleaning the damn thing thoroughly.

At October 11, 2005 7:20 AM, Anonymous Becca said...

Okay, I LOVE this tradition - very cool to repost (although "repositing" as a very sounds awfully icky). I think John K. is onto something vaguely Lucas-oid with the "remastering" via "making shit up" I love that, too. I think the remaster should be digitally remastered, colorized, exfoliating and age-defying.


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