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.