Well, as I write this, I am downloading 4,756 emails that have come in since I put my desktop offline now 22 days ago. As some of you may have read from my dad (greeney2), I did undergo a HUGE move at the beginning of this month.
Although most of you know I don't share much of my private life on here, and most of what is known about me in that regard comes from my dad. But I thought I'd share with you all that I am finally back online, in a new place, and a new office. The Black Vault, and its hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper came along with me. They were a beast to move, and quite honestly, one of the biggest feats I had ever conquered.
I have moved only twice in my life. Once when I moved in with my sister many years ago, and had only 1 room. A computer desk, futon, and my clothes. After about a year, I decided to get my own place, and moved in to a one bedroom apartment. My files came with me. I unloaded the cabinets into boxes, and was able to move the documents fairly easy. I was a bachelor back then, and had next to nothing. Picked up a few couches, love seat, coffee table and a small filing cabinet for $300. Was only bartending at the time, and felt it was a steal. And so my life began collecting more and more crap.
Well since that day, my now fiance Sabrena moved in with me for the most part, and we quickly outgrew the one bedroom apartment. Those document boxes I had emptied to move the filing cabinets in the first place, were now all entirely filled with new documents, and the filing cabinets themselves were completely full. I knew if I ever had to move... that was going to be a huge ordeal to move.
As time went on, whether it was fate, karma, or maybe even a bit of luck, we recieved an offer from one of Sabrena's fellow nurses to rent a home that he wanted taken care of. Needed some TLC, but we couldn't pass up the offer. So we moved in at the first of the month, and it has taken this long to finally get my office back online. Finally, I can officially say, that The Black Vault is back online... in a new HOME.
Moving was insane. I lived on a second story apartment, so coming down with all of my stuff that I had accumulated was quite a challenge. Dad was gracious to be there for me every step of the way when moving, and when the big stuff needed to go, which included my filing cabinets, fridge, china cabinet, entertainment center, and a huge TV, we rented a UHAUL. Everything, for the most part, wasn't too bad. Heavy, worked up quite a sweat, and even bled a bit from different cuts, scratches and gashes. But when I tackled those filing cabinets, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I did the 'light' one first. All of them are metal, 2 of which are fairly vintage, donated to The Black Vault many years ago. They used to be in a machine shop. Steel, heavy steel that is, full to the brim with documents. The 'light' one was one I purchased at Office depot. When I was not even out the front door, I knew I was in trouble. Luckily, they JUUUUUUST fit into the elevator, but even with that fact, and the fact I was using a refrigerator dolly, it was insane the weight of this thing.
We finally got them loaded onto the front of the UHAUL trailer, and it weighed down dad's truck so much, it made his bumper slide off the bolts holding it on. I felt so bad, but he says it is easily fixed, so I am on the hook to get down there and fix it for him.
I know it seems like I am focusing on the filing cabinets a lot, but you know what, there is a reason. It felt good to do it... it was a conquest. I symbolized moving 15 years of my life into a new home, and new direction. If you caught on to my fiance reference earlier, I got engaged last December. After 6 years of being with Sabrena, and with a few hardships and time apart along the way, we have tackled some huge challenges together, and I decided to take the next step in our lives. I got down on one knee while on the way to the Grand Cayman Islands on a Carnival cruise ship. We love taking cruises, and whenever we can vacation, that is what we always try to do. So I felt it fitting to propose on the ship.
Anyhow, I thought I'd give you all a glimpse into my private life, not that it's any big deal. And not really sure who might even care what's going on. But with that said, there will be many changes to The Black Vault, and I will be able to continue with many ventures I have started, but was limited on when I could work on them.
I hope that with the new place, and now having my own office, vs. having to type quietly while Sabrena slept in the same room (office/bedroom/workspace/....), I'll be able to get more time to bring changes and additions to the site.
I can't wait, and am incredibly excited for the changes afoot.
Thanks for reading 😉
April 9, 2009
You live in Southern California, you lucky basterd. (for that, alone)
Glad all is good with you and yours.
Thanks for this place, mister, and best of luck to you in all you do.
Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams
December 4, 2009
its nice to read through all of that, for the most part it
sounds like some great things have been happening! I'm happy for you!
Kind of chuckled about the whole fiasco with the filing cabinets tho..
“Living backwards!” Alice repeated in great
astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”
“—but there’s one great advantage in it, that one’s
memory works both ways.”
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
April 9, 2009
April 9, 2009
Just to clarify, my bumber didn't rip off, it shifted on the adjustable slots that allow the bumper to be adjusted. It was a bit too much tounge weight. John is still worried about it, but when he sees how the bumpers mount, and have a set of holes that allow it to slide and adjust for position, its an easy fix. Never the less, even I was surprized it shifted, because I hauled some loads in a trailer to his sisters, and never had a problem. I did jackknife the trailer backing it in, so that didn't help.
Funny part of the story was the sofas and chairs all had to be passed out the window, and dangled over the balcony, plus a tight turn to the stairs. Stagically loaded in the bed, all the cusions just right, we got it all to the new house. Only for Sabrena to take one look in the sunlight and said, "I'm not putting this old crap in on the new floors and painted room, got into the car with her girlfiends and bought a new living room set that was delivered that same day. All the old set, went right out in a special garbage pickup that week. He could have just thrown them off the balcony and put them out on that street for special trash pickup, we moved them for nothing.
April 9, 2009
"greeney2" wrote: All the old set, went right out in a special garbage pickup that week. He could have just thrown them off the balcony and put them out on that street for special trash pickup, we moved them for nothing.
Ok ok, they were bachelor couches. Anyone from the southwest would've loved up... minus the dust and cat scratches.
*AHEM* and dad... some things are best left off the board 😉
June 5, 2009
Congratulations on your engagement and your new house BV. :clap:
I'm glad everything worked out in the end and, having worked for a moving company for a few months, know some of the twitsts and turns involved with moving from a 2 story structure(sometimes even 3 stories) without an elevator so at least you guys had that and didn't have to haul everything down the stairs. It's quite a chore and it seems nobody knows how much they have until they go to move it all. Understandable is the sense of accomplishment after it was done and I think a little blood, sweat, and tears/(usually me cussing like a heathen) only heightens and makes more tangible this feeling so I'm glad for your fresh start and impending nuptials. :thumbup:
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison
April 9, 2009
Good luck in your future John. I am going to fly to Barcelona this Sept and take the Norwegian Epic on a sever day cruise to Italy. Ten of my friends are going, so come go with us. $1800 per person and that includes the airfare. That is a great rate, and will probably be my only chance to SEE another country.
"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll
April 9, 2009
Great story John, thanks for sharing.
Greeney... I used to pound my head against the wall every time I ran up against someone, or some situation, where a customer had exceeded his/her tongue weight and wanted us to pay for the repair.
I once had to have a redneck removed from the property. A class three reese will take care of any and all issues when it comes to towing. Ya bolt them to the frame...
The only thing that comes close to that are people who demand a hitch on a front wheel drive vehicle. I actually had a Doctor demand one once, he wouldn't listen to anything anyone suggested about WHY that was a bad idea..
Billy..............Don't you see a different country every time you step outside?
It's good to see John share a bit of normalcy. I would have Loved to have seen you wrestle those cumbersome objects while Greeney barked orders.........
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