Friday, November 30, 2007

loading up the iron pig.

I picked up the U-Haul moving truck yesterday evening. 

It's a freaking pig.  Huge, scuffed, with 150,000 miles on the odometer, and the handling characteristics of a dead sperm whale on a pair of roller skates.  The cargo box is 24 feet long, but it looks bigger, like we could park Robin's Neon in there and still get all the furniture in behind it.  Right now, that monster is parked on our two-car slab in front of the house, with the trailer hitch about four feet from our front door, and the nose of the truck sticks out into the street a good three feet.  With all our junk in it, and Robin's car hitched to the back, I'll be shocked if we get more than eight miles to the gallon or go faster than 55 miles per hour.

Today, we'll be packing up the rest of the house, minus the bare essentials for the last night in our old abode.  I have to return the DSL equipment to the Frontiernet office, so at some point today I'll have to pull the plug on Munchkin Wrangler Central, and box up the computers.  We'll be offline for at least a week, since that's how long it'll take to have new service established at the new place. 

The good news is that I've been in touch with an ISP up there that does wireless Ethernet, and it looks like we'll be able to tap into their network.  All the bandwidth of DSL, and none of the latency or expense of satellite...that'd be the best of both worlds.

So, this thing is going offline for the big move as of today.  If all goes well, I'll be posting again from the new place within a week.

(Oh, and CrankyProf?  Damn you all to hell...I've had an endless loop of the Ballad of the Green Berets with your alternate "Flying Baby" lyrics playing in my head since yesterday.)

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