Fri. June 18, 2021: The Saga Continues

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Waxing Moon

Pluto Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Sunny and pleasant

We’ve been really lucky these past few days, with driving and the weather. The trips to and from the Berkshires were relatively smooth. Some road construction delays, but, in general, not bad.

We are, however, exhausted. 1200 miles total, 24 hours in the car total. Even spread over three days, it’s a lot. With the packing and hauling and all the rest.

The past couple of days, the maintenance guys have come along to chat as we unloaded. Nice guys. We thanked the guy who cleaned the apartment and got it ready for us. He was delighted to see us moving lots of plants in. The painter is going to make sure there’s room for the moving truck on Tuesday. My new landlord owns a lot of properties in the neighborhood and keeps them working. So it’s all good.

And I like getting to know them. These are my new neighbors and colleagues. Yes, they’ll get cookies at holiday time!

We got the last carload of stuff up the stairs and tucked away, until the movers bring the big stuff. It was a motley assortment, and as I unpacked, sometimes I wondered what I’d been thinking when I packed.

So many of the books I wanted to bring up on the truck won’t make it. The separation anxiety from being disconnected to the books I regularly use is enormous, but I have to push that away and deal with it sometime in July.

The constant sense of failure that I’m doing a bad job on this move is eating at me, too. Again, I have to push it away to deal with what’s directly in front of me, and then handle it once we’re up there.

July will be about dealing with a lot of psychological fallout. Right now, I have to focus, push through the exhaustion, and get it done.

I’m so grateful to the people who donated to the GoFundMe. We’ve exceeded the goal. I’m going to take it down soon. The fact we’ve exceeded the goal gives us a bit of a cushion. The generosity and support from people (some of who’ve known me for years, others who never met me) humbles me.

I will find a way to pay it forward.

My only concern with the GoFundMe is the delay in receiving the funds. Even though I’m set up for daily withdrawals starting immediately, it can take up to a week for the funds to actually arrive.

And I’m still waiting to be paid for the script coverage job, which concerns me.

One thing I noticed – all the donors are women. Which makes me want to research whether there are funding organizations created by women who primarily fund women. There must be, somewhere. I’d like to do an article on them. If not, there’s a definite need.  The misogyny I faced in the loan process – for a little, bitty loan – was astonishing. If I faced that for a small loan, what kind of misogyny are other women facing for larger loans, home loans, medical loans, etc.? Especially with the way the pandemic forced so many women out of the workforce.

There’s also material for an article in the gap between what people actually NEED and what organizations who claim to help actually offer. And how organizations would rather just pass one along to another organization than actually DO anything.

I’m also tired of the pandemic excuse. Plenty of workers were forced to work through the pandemic, and the rest of us were forced back to work (here in MA) May 2020, when the stay-at-home was lifted (we were never quarantined, no matter how people moan). The mask mandate was lifted as of May 29 this year, and the state of emergency was lifted June 15.  Either these restrictions have been lifted and we proceed with caution, or we’re still at a standstill for ALL of us. These businesses and organizations playing both sides against the middle to force workers into unsafe conditions for a profit, while not delivering that for which they’re paid – no.

The pandemic is NOT over. The Delta variant is getting stronger. We’re still masking whenever we go inside a bank or a store. Yesterday, in line at CVS, I turned to the unmasked guy behind me who was hitting me in the back as he texted as told him to back up.

I’m nervous that the movers will screw me next week. I don’t trust them. Especially since I have to pay t hem in cash.

I trusted my other guys, the ones who moved me up here, because I’d used them before and because they gave me a binding quote.

Also, I don’t want them dicking around. If I could fill a 12-foot truck by myself in 3 hours, and, with the help of two other WOMEN get the big pieces in over 30 minutes, and the 3 of us unloaded in 40 minutes – I don’t want any of this 6- or 7-hour loading crap. We don’t have much furniture. The only heavy piece is the sofa bed. I want that truck packed FAST.

I’m glad Juneteenth is a holiday, but the feds celebrate today and the state on Monday, and I’m worried that will screw up the move and the banking and all the rest, too.

This weekend, we’re packing and prioritizing what goes on the truck, and doing more runs to storage. The only things left in the main portion of the house are what’s going on the truck.

Stuff for the dump run/dumpster will be in the garage. There will still be a lot o do in the basement and the storage area. But what goes up immediately will be sorted and organized and ready to load.

There will be long days, and it will be difficult to pack at night, because we took most of the lamps up and there are few overhead lights here.

But we will get it done because we have to.

Monday, the movers come up and load. We clean as we can.

Tuesday, they unload up at the new place. We are leaving between 4 and 5 in the morning, and should be able to meet them in time.

Later next week, we have to come back here and finish. Trust me, no one will want to break in and steal what’s left. Most of it is headed for the dumpster.

I have posts scheduled for next week, some of which might change as the situation changes. But this will be the last substantial post until sometime at the end of next week.

I have to finish a script coverage writeup this morning, and then, I don’t see how I can do any more until the end of the month. Which is a hit to my earnings. But I’m at my limits.

Thank you for all your support. I’m sure I’ll be posting on Twitter throughout.

Peace, friends, and see you on the other side.

Published in: on June 18, 2021 at 4:11 am  Comments (2)  


  1. Best of Luck.

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