Archive for November, 2006

The Big Move

Well, the big move to PA is complete.  “Complete” meaning all of our stuff (or at least most of it) made the trip from our old house to the new one.  We’ve spent the last several days unpacking all the boxes that we so pain-stakingly packed only days before.  It’s like deja vu in reverse.

Speaking of boxes, I’m pretty sure that if there is a hell (Editor’s note: There isn’t, I checked.), it’s made of cardboard.  In this corrugated captivity, tortured souls are forced to cut and bundle cardboard with a dull utility knife for hours on end.  For a preview of what that looks like, feel free to stop by my new house and watch me break down all of the effing boxes that are cluttering the place.

Aside from the unpacking, I’ve also been pretty busy running all sorts of wiring in my walls.  Check out my nifty new patch panel in the Projects section!   (Note: there is no projects section anymore.  Sorry!)  Stay tuned for future projects as I plan to start finishing the basement soon.

In other news, our crazy little dogs are starting to adjust to the new house.  Poor Roxie was very nervous about the new place at first.  She spent the first 36 hours on Beagle Red Alert, which, according to the Department of Homeland Security, means there is a severe risk of unspecified, spooky shit in the near future, specifically targeting beagles.  At this threat level, the DHS recommends sniffing the hell out of all corners, doors, and closets.

Before I go, here are a few thumbs up / thumbs down ratings for various people involved in our move.

Thumbs up to Don Hutchison at RE/MAX of Reading.  Don was our real estate agent on the buying side, and he was terrific.  Not only did he find us the perfect house for us, he found it the day it went on the market, ensuring we were the first (and only) family to see it.  Look him up here.
Thumbs down to the Jennie Esposito of Choice Realty.  Jennie was our listing agent in NJ, and she did just about everything wrong.  She’s a terrible negotiator.  Also, she talks a lot without saying anything useful.  I could go on and on, but I would strongly recommend you do not engage Jennie’s services.  In fact, I’d stay away from Choice Realty altogether.  If you need further information, feel free to get in touch with me.
Thumbs up to Simonik Moving & Storage.  Simonik did a terrific job.  The driver, Alex, and his crew were courteous and professional.  I highly recommend them.
Thumbs up to Guaranteed Mortgage of Reading.  They helped us secure a mortgage at a reasonable rate.  The folks over there are very friendly and helpful.

That’s all for now.

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