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October 23rd, 2006

(no subject) @ 08:01 pm


And, we're back on the air....

A whirlwind tour from Atlanta to Chicago and back. It started at 5:30 AM on Saturday morning, when my friend Bernard (a man from Nigeria who owns his own limousine service, and has done and is doing very well...capitalism is great) picked us up and brought us to the airport. We took an 8 AM flight to Midway in Chicago, took a taxi to the U-Haul truck rental place, and drove over to the building. By 2:30 PM, we had everything we wanted to take from the building packed into said truck, and were on our way to our hotel for the evening. The new owners (my mother's cousin and her son-in-law) had already begun renovations on the place, and plan on having one or more of the apartments rented out by the time we have completed the sale of the property. (As I've already mentioned, capitalism is great.)

Driving the truck was much easier than I expected it to be. It was a little difficult navigating the narrow city streets, and the first couple of times I parked it were adventuresome, but we made it to Clarksville, TN yesterday evening, and back to beautiful Marietta, GA by 5:30 this evening without too much incident. Driving down through the mountains of Tennessee was a bit hair-raising...on several occasions I felt that I was losing control of the truck, but when we made it to the bottom, all was well, and we breathed a heavy sigh of relief. If there is ever a next time with a truck, I will take I-65 to Birmingham and come across I-20 to Atlanta.

So, Mary and I have made our last trip to the People's Republic of Illinois for a while. I wouldn't mind if it was the last trip for me until the day that they inter me at St. Casimir's Cemetery. (Thanks to my mother-in-law, I have not only a grave site beside Mary, I have a marker.)

So, I have the rest of the week off. A crew is coming tomorrow morning to help us unpack this truck, then we're done with this little adventure. I'll probably get back to work by the end of the week. The beauty of working for yourself is that if you don't work, you don't get paid. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Capitalism is great.
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Date:October 24th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you made it all right. Enjoy your time off.
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Date:October 24th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're back. I once reserved a U-Haul truck for Saturday morning and they didn't have it when I got there. Turns out it was scheduled back that day so they promised it to me that day, never mind that it might get back at midnight! But they were helpful, they gave me directions to another U-Haul dealer. Another time I drove a U-Haul back from West Virginia. We had to patch a hole in the roof, and then it broke down on the interstate. We had to wait for a mechanic to come out. He got us going, but we were without air conditioning - in August. I decided not to tell you those tales until you got back home.

So do you plan to buy an Atlanta high rise with the proceeds of the Chicago deal? Is a partnership with The Donald in the works?
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Date:October 24th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Capitalism is indeed fabulous. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to attain my riches yet...

You remind me of the first time I drove a big vehicle, I think it was a Bronco or something, not that big. I was scared to death and ended up stuck on a tiny street with a woman sitting in front of me ticked off and expecting me to back up. I couldn't move! I was a-sceered to death! I'm glad you survived the hair-raising experience!

Congrats on the sale and finishing up this big adventure!

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...