dilemmas thrown up by moving house (absurd division)

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buried in a pile of unrelated stuff i just found my last extant LOVEFILM CD (dr who: web of fear), and with it it the pre-paid envelope

shd i send it back as duty-bound to the address on the envelope or will this kick off a veritable avalanche of demands and corrections that buries
a: me (bad)
b: amazon (good)
b: the global economy (combination bad and good)

mark s, Sunday, 8 January 2023 13:00 (two months ago) link

The exact same thing happened to me when we moved in 2019 (it was a Kon Ichikawa movie) end even though this was still a couple of years after the LF postal service ceased, I kept it and I feel bad about it.

MaresNest, Sunday, 8 January 2023 14:12 (two months ago) link

The stuff of nightmares.

Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 January 2023 14:32 (two months ago) link

how many SLIDE RULES will i need in my new home?

current total available = 4 inc.the super-fancy british thornton i bought (was given?) for my maths degree and used possibly zero (0) times bcz that's not really what goes on in a maths degree

mark s, Wednesday, 11 January 2023 14:29 (two months ago) link

Don’t know what a slide rule is for

Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 January 2023 18:45 (two months ago) link

Getting proved by slide exceptions

pilk/pall revolting odors (wins), Wednesday, 11 January 2023 18:47 (two months ago) link


Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 January 2023 12:15 (two months ago) link

My memory is that when they finished the LoveFilm service we were 'allowed' to keep our last disc (mine was a blu-ray of Farhadi's The Salesman, so not as cool as Dr Who or Ichikawa), so I think you're all gd.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 12 January 2023 12:25 (two months ago) link

WIRE HANGERS: do i need
i: 64 (inc.8 old-school wooden from family and childhood)
ii: half that
iii: a quarter
iv: an eighth

given that i roll up my T-shirts marie kondo style and as for formal suits and shirts i have like 3 and 3 in toto (i am no jordan peterson-style dandy)

mark s, Thursday, 12 January 2023 14:27 (two months ago) link

take two wire hangers with you and leave them in a closed wardrobe. you will have 64 again within a few months.

fetter, Thursday, 12 January 2023 15:00 (two months ago) link

the fancy picnic hampermy grandad was given as a retirement gift when he left ICI plastics division in the mid-1960s

it is wickerwork, the crockery is all china and the cutlery is all stainless steel -- even the plastic is weighty and belongs to a vanished age i.e. i can't tell if it's a faded dingy yellow or a discoloured white

i: on one hand while not especially bulky it is INSANELY heavy and only makes sense if yr idea of a picnic is driving to a lay-by and lifting it directly out of the car-boot, you can't walk more than a few yards with it (the one time i actually took it to a hampstead picnic -- half as a gag -- the ppl i knew failed to turn up so i was there w/a bunch of foax i did NOT know eyeing me w/suspicion as clearly gravely insane
ii: on the other it is a fascinating near-antique-item, included a yellowed plastic combination salt-and-pepper shaker which is butt-ugly but does solve one very minor weight problem
iii: on the third hand it's hardly in pristine condition: back when my grandparents had a car (this is when they were still alive) they did take it to LOTS of lay-by-style picnics w/my little sister and me, my grandma made just the best chicken baps (saltless butter but then you super-salt the actual chicken) to sit and eat as u watched the traffic hurtle past

mark s, Friday, 13 January 2023 13:17 (two months ago) link

i will not be chucking this out but i was momentarily baffled to find a decimal halfpenny hiding among a bunch of still active currency: i had forgotten abt their very existence (not legal tender since 1984, viz six years before i even moved into this flat)

they were and some few of them remain very small lol

mark s, Saturday, 14 January 2023 14:04 (two months ago) link

Picnic hamper - sell the thing! You don't need it, and it's too big to keep. Get whatever you can for it on Ebay/other online retail site of your choice/wherever, and say goodbye with a little Kondo-esque prayer to make you feel better about it.

Ditto 50%+ of everything else you're uncovering. I just humped boxes-worth of stuff up 8 flights of stairs during a recent move, only to decide I should get shot of about a quarter of it after all. Should've done that first really. Don't be me!

the billy sherwood of trad jazz (Matt #2), Saturday, 14 January 2023 14:10 (two months ago) link

How funny, I also have two mid-century picnic hampers that weight a fucking TON and have all the pieces--plaid thermoses, cutlery, bright yellow melamine dishes. One is a wicker basket and the other is packaged in a PLAID BOWLING BAG. I had just pretty much decided to sell both.

Now I'm definitely gonna.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Saturday, 14 January 2023 15:48 (two months ago) link

i should take a photo and we can compare!!

of course i have had MONTHS since i decided to move to put all this nonsense up for sale but actually now left it until probably too late to spare the brainspace

also i need to quiz my sister JUST IN CASE she always had her eye on it (she will say "lol ffs get rid u utter clown")

mark s, Saturday, 14 January 2023 16:04 (two months ago) link

battling with that ever-pushy bit of myself that -- when faced with a battered london A-Z with many lost pages -- thinks "but surely there's a cultural ESSAY in this" (instead of "throw it in the bin u luny")

mark s, Thursday, 19 January 2023 14:57 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

i am about to enter the "chuck it in whatever box it'll fit in" stage of packing so au revoir all kinds of useful and beloved items for many long months that's for sure

(move is on monday)

mark s, Thursday, 2 March 2023 16:09 (four weeks ago) link

good luck mark!

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Thursday, 2 March 2023 16:12 (four weeks ago) link

i find the image of a moving house throwing up dilemmas very evocative! ;)

best of luck with the chaotic last stages of the move; you're in the home stretch now

z_tbd, Thursday, 2 March 2023 16:53 (four weeks ago) link

Moving on 3/15 and like 80% of my shit is already boxed up. Turns out I have a lot of books (28 of about 60 boxes so far are books).

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 2 March 2023 16:55 (four weeks ago) link

good luck housemovers

I just unpacked a few hundred books that had been sitting in our garage since we moved here 15 years ago

Brad C., Thursday, 2 March 2023 17:27 (four weeks ago) link

I love London & if I was millionaire I’d probably live there!

But one of best things for me in recent years was moving to a very different city, Portsmouth. Your twitter timeline & friendship circle isn’t the country. It often isn’t even the community they think they represent.

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) March 2, 2023

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 2 March 2023 17:43 (four weeks ago) link

a couple of hours after frying the bacon for today's bacon sandwich -- the last in this flat -- my ancient griddle pan decisively gave up the ghost (wobbly handle just broke off)

thank you and well done my good and faithful servant 😪🙏🏼

mark s, Sunday, 5 March 2023 14:08 (three weeks ago) link

like the cosmos marking the occasion

satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 March 2023 14:25 (three weeks ago) link

just spent 30 mins hunting for a shoe increasingly convinced i had somehow packed it randomly and singly who knows where or else loaded it (again singly) into the washing machine

of course it was kicked under a chair as usual but

mark s, Sunday, 5 March 2023 16:34 (three weeks ago) link

shoe elves

koogs, Sunday, 5 March 2023 18:26 (three weeks ago) link

The move is in progress! I have left NJ, where I lived pretty much the whole first 50 years of my life, and am now in Montana. Our possessions are en route, and our car will be here tomorrow. Picking up the keys to the new apartment this afternoon, but I'm in a hotel for a week just to make the transition smooth and easy.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 16 March 2023 19:04 (two weeks ago) link

hey we're almost neighbors, by West Coast standards! (I'm in Western Oregon)

obsidian crocogolem (sleeve), Thursday, 16 March 2023 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

good luck with the move! my current absurd status is being surrounded by 349857139847 ill-labeled boxes wondering which one item x is in and how long it will be before i find it

it was almost certainly into a box semi-full of something quite different at the last minute so the label will be no help at all

("books" thx you lazy fvck)

but i am in my new home and hometown and hugely enjoying it

mark s, Thursday, 16 March 2023 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

Almost all of our boxes are unpacked in Savannah. Garage is a wreck though. Hanging art, which is fun.

Cow_Art, Thursday, 16 March 2023 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

The move is in progress! I have left NJ, where I lived pretty much the whole first 50 years of my life, and am now in Montana. Our possessions are en route, and our car will be here tomorrow. Picking up the keys to the new apartment this afternoon, but I'm in a hotel for a week just to make the transition smooth and easy.

How will you see jazz shows in Montana?

"The pudding incident?" (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 17 March 2023 01:00 (one week ago) link

update: i found the things i was hunting for (the various leads and additional appliances that make my TV work): they were in a big semi-see-thru container with all my plugs and plugboards which i had put on one side bcz it was full of plugs and plugboards and doesn't need unpacking (= good place to store plugs and plugboards)

mark s, Friday, 17 March 2023 11:45 (one week ago) link

How will you see jazz shows in Montana?

By booking them! (Not 100% joking; the state has a pretty robust program of arts grants, and Burning Ambulance is a fully legal LLC, so I'm gonna have a friend with a lot of grant-writing experience help me put a proposal together.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 17 March 2023 13:42 (one week ago) link

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