The state of the move
Posted by keithosaunders on July 18, 2010
We’re three weeks away from our departure to the Bay Area and we have settled on a route. We’re going to leave from our Upstate house (Ulster county), drive to Niagara Falls, stay over on the Canada side, and continue west, re-entering the U.S. at the Motor City where I’ll be wanting to go to a Tigers game. After the inevitable veto we’ll continue west into Chicago where we’ll spend a day or two with my brother, providing he agrees to allow the dog to enter his house. We’ll pick up interstate 90, which will take us through Minnesota and South Dakota. We plan on driving through the Badlands, but eschewing Mount Rushmore in favor of the Gand Tetons in Wyoming.
If all goes according to plan we should arrive in the Albany, California sometime around the 19th of August, just in time to begin preparing for my 50th birthday bash. I’ll have six days in which to meet west coast buddies to invite to the party. I’ll have to get right to work and hit the bars immediately. Isn’t there an iphone app? — Insta-friends?
In the meantime we’re working on buying a larger vehicle for the trip west. It looks like we’ll buy a minivan — a Mazda 5. I have long resisted this final foray into middle-aged life but it is now impossible. Even I have to admit that with three kids and a dog it is needed. We’re leaving my beloved Honda wagon back east. Not only does it have nearly 200,000 miles, but it would not pass Cali emissions tests. Anyway, its radio has stopped working. I think that one your car radio has given out, it is akin to the fat lady singing. It’s over.
Our New York apartment is still not sublet, which is a source of stress we could do without. So now I am calling on the blogosphere: There is a great three bedroom with East River and Manhattan views available in Long Island City! You will not be disappointed.
There you have it. The state of the move. T – 22 days.
What an apartment!