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Thursday, August 03, 2006

I Hate Moving!

Everyone knows that moving is a stressful event. Our move sucked. I'm sorry to use the vernacular, but it totally sucked!

Things that went WRONG:
  • When the movers showed up, they had a totally different contract than the one we had previously agreed upon. I had to fight tooth and nail to get the original agreement. Both the manager of the company and the driver are mad at me.
  • We cleaned the apartment from top to bottom like we were "required" to do. Apparently, no one cleans their apartment when they vacate, so we did all of that work for nothing. Terrace Towers has a cleaning lady to do that.
  • Our car overheated badly. (So there, Mark.) We had to spend the night in Kamloops and leave the car at the repair shop there. We had to rent a car to get to Vancouver with all of our stuff.
  • Shaw hooked up our phone, but they weren't able to actually get it working. We have to make all of our long-distance calls on our cell phones instead of having unlimited long distance on our land line.
  • Movers should be here today, but I think it's unlikely that they will be on time. They have had 21 complaints through the Better Business Bureau in the past 36 months.

Things that were good:
  • Axel (Kamloops VW repair shop) is quite the character. He really cheered us up. He was very helpful and he's going to fix our car using used parts to keep the cost down. We need a new engine and catalytic converter (expensive!).
  • We got a deal on the car rental, so it cost us less than two Greyhound bus tickets.
  • Our building manager is sympathetic and helpful. She reminds me of my Auntie Bev, so I like her a lot.
  • We watched fireworks over English Bay last night. The Czech Republic's fireworks display was choreographed to jazz. (Nice.) Mexico will have their show on Saturday. It's an international fireworks competition right in our new backyard!
I would have liked to post a picture of the sun setting on the beach, but, like most of our stuff, the memory stick adapter is packed away in some box in the mover's truck. Jason took some beautiful pictures.

I guess our building manager summed it up best when she said, "It's terrible that happened, but you're moving to paradise."


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