28 May, 2007

Boxes, boxes, and more boxes

There are now just a few things left to pack - the microwave, the Shower-Massage, finding enough other stuff to fill a partial box, cutting down a wardrobe box to fit our two acoustic guitars, and my printer. That's it!

We're a bit over 2000 pounds now (got to remember to pack the scale too) and we have 84 boxes. We'll probably gain a one or two more boxes before the day is out, but we're essentially done. The heaviest box is 65.5 lbs - containing workshop tools and garden tools, and the lightest is 7.5 lbs - containing a wooden curio stand.

We've gone through four rolls of packaging tape, one of which I got at Office Max (their brand too) and it really sucked. Stuck ok, but it was just really hard to work with - didn't roll easily off the tape gun.

Quality of boxes is something too. We bought most of our boxes from CorrPac, a local wholesale packaging vendor out on Black Lake Boulevard. Their boxes were single wall and were sufficient for the job, although their in-house selection wasn't the greatest. We had to special order several bundles of various sized boxes.

I finally made it over to the Olympia U-Haul center yesterday. I went there to try to find some last minute odd-sized boxes and to upgrade our reservation for Tuesday from a 14' to a 17' van. Let me tell you, U-Haul has a great selection of heavy double-wall boxes in a very wide variety of sizes. Not the cheapest, but their quality for moving is super. They were also extremely busy when I went there - the day before Memorial Day. People were lined up out the door waiting to pick up trucks. I got there, selected the boxes I wanted, then got in line and waited a good 30 minutes to get to the counter. It was amazing. And, the counter staff were working hard too!

I'm going to try to pick up the van tomorrow morning at between 8 and 9 AM. Owen will be over a bit after 9 AM and will be bringing two dollies with him. Not those kind - furniture dollies! I also need to call the City's Parking Nazis and let them know, there will be a "foreign" truck parked in front of our duplex for the day.

Wednesday morning, bright and early, Owen and I will depart for the City of Angles. We should get in early afternoon on Friday and will drop off the stuff Saturday morning, drop off the van at a U-Haul joint down there, take a cab to LAX, and fly back to Seatac on Alaska Airlines. Not sure yet how we'll get back down to Olympia, might just go with the Capital Aeroporter again. I think Dianna and Sandy will be pre-occupied with the garage sale activities here.

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