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Wow, this has been a week. Or several. I’ve been quiet for a while because I’ve been buried by our house move. So anyway, movers were booked for last weekend. Sunday, to be specific. They showed up, tutted a lot, initially tried to refuse to take anything, then got told by their boss over the phone to get on with it. They didn’t have a big enough truck and complained that we didn’t have everything quite lined up just perfect tied up with ribbons and bows for them.

Light at the end of the tunnelI have never dealt with such a huge bunch of wusses as regards movers. They were capable enough, actually very fast, once they got going, but oh my doG the whining. They moved a whole truck load, but it just amounted to 2/3rds of our stuff, practically speaking.

Anyway, cut to the present day. Three days later after many hours of sorting out and chucking of stuff, we are now at a point where we are more or less ready for the Wuss Crew to come over and move the rest of the stuff. Gina and I have done many car loads ourselves, moving things that they refused to move last time, like tripods, light stands, kitchen stuff. You know, anything not tied up neatly in a cardboard box with a freaking bow on it.

Gaah. My back hurts (old injury from excessive ATV driving in the Arctic, most likely), my shoulder hurts (this is its hobby, I think, nothing unusual). Oh and we found woodworm in some stuff that was stored in the rafters, so I’m chucking/abandoning anything made of wood that had been stored in there, including a few benches as well as a fairly substantial load of timber. I was going to move this, but I think I’ll gift it to the house owners toward their remodel — they can check it for beetles themselves if they want it.

Speaking of woodworm, if the little nasties are in things stored in the garage, they must be pretty much everywhere in the infrastructure of the house. Not to mention the vast colony of termites under the floor that have reduced the posts holding the house up to the diameter of a human thumb. The place really needs to be torn down and rebuilt, or it will be a death trap in a reasonable sized quake. We were pretty lucky in the last one, I think.

So much for my machine shop and lab. I’ll have to start over from scratch setting everything up, which will be a little frustrating, but I am kind of looking forward to doing some for-real woodworking. I’m intending making shelving for the shop, lab and house, benches for the lab and shop and probably a few pieces of random custom furniture. Any excuse for woodworking is good with me, however!

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We just put down a rental deposit on a house in south San Jose, CA, and will be moving in on October 25th. This is a huge relief.

Strippers & Dikes! The new place is quite a bit smaller than our existing place, but probably costs about the same per square foot per year. This will save us quite a bit compared with our existing place. It’s very close to VTA Light Rail and 85, so I have both car and non-car commute options for work. People coming to visit will be able to get Caltrain to Mountain View then VTA Light Rail to very close to the house. We’ll also be walking distance to quite a few shops and restaurants, so it should be pretty convenient. The move date is also pretty much ideal, in that it will give us a 1 week crossover with the end of the month on our old place.

We will have to get rid of quite a bit of furniture, and possibly acquire a few things that will fit in the new space. The lower rent will be much more sustainable, however, so that’s handy. I also bought a nearly new fridge and AC unit from the outgoing tenant’s garage sale. We’ll need to pick up a washer and a dryer, but that’s it for major appliances.

The landlord seems to be the hands-off type, which is fine with me. I’d rather have to fix the occasional thing myself than have a helicopter landlord freak out about the weird science going on in the garage. ;-)

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