The past week-end was all about the move.
It was hellacious and only involved a small group of people. One thing you really learn about moving is who your true friends really are.
Pauline was the first to arrive, and stayed for about four hours. Corb's brother Scott was a workhorse, and along with Corb, did most of the heavy lifting. Josie helped out a lot, too. Chad and Annie cut their camping vacation short, and Annie was a complete angel. Living with two cats that have a bad habit of vomitting everywhere makes it tough to keep an apartment pristine, but she focused on cleaning the place we were leaving and had it looking almost as good as the day we moved in.
By Saturday night, we had all of the heavy stuff moved out. Think heavy tables and couches, being moved from a third floor down a huge flight of stairs and then moved up to another third floor. I swear, at around five in the afternoon, we almost gave up and left everything outside.
By Sunday night, our last day at the old apartment, everything was moved out. Except for one item, that is.
During Fiddler, my friend Hunchback Mike had discovered a painting of Elvis he created for me many years ago, a prop for a play I was directing. It's a hideous painting, all shades of pink and green, and I honestly had no idea what to do with it. I just hid it in one of the closets, to scare the cats.
As we were leaving, it was one of the last things left in the apartment. And as I looked at it, after most everything else had been removed, I thought to myself, "Well, why not?"
So, I left it there, in one of the corners. Think of it as my little gift for the new renters.
For the past few days, every muscle in my body has been aching. That, coupled with days of rain and boxes everywhere, has made things pretty gloomy in the new place.
Last night, as I slept on the couch, I kept hearing rain, torrential rain. And I thought to myself, is this ever going to end? I honestly felt like I was living inside Noah's ark. Then I woke up at five in the morning and realized it was just the waterfall screen saver on Corb's computer.
Actually, today's a beautiful sunny day. And slowly, but surely, the place is coming together.
Here's to new beginnings.