Everyone is so nice in Texas. With two exceptions:
Anyone driving a vehicle.
Seriously, It’s observable and repeatable! I’ve met ONE nice barista, the rest have all been surly. I think early 2000’s snobby coffee culture maybe just arrived here or something? Either that or Starbucks is piloting the mandatory lunchbreak electro-shock therapy here.
On the issue of cars, I think they’re second only to California on my list of places where people are actively trying to kill you while driving, it’s actually pretty insane. Doing 15mph over the limit keeping pace with absolutely solid traffic ahead of you? People will tailgate you until you merge out of their chosen lane or they decide to go around you. I was held up in traffic yesterday for 3 full changes of a single stoplight because people just park in the middle of the intersection, preventing anyone from going anywhere when the light changes.
In california it made sense, they were all terrible people either in their cars or not. But everyone here (barring baristas) is super friendly. Until we go all destruction-derby on each other apparently. Very weird.
I still can’t share images because something has gone wrong either with WordPress, or with Android, and suddenly my phone is taking images that WordPress won’t upload. Yay, more things to solve.
Imagine though, a mattress on a floor, with a pile of shoes and blankets next to it.
Yes, that’s right, we are re-homed! All but a few boxes are unpacked and inspected, (although FAR from put away…) we no longer have a hotel room or a rental car, and everything we own is inside these four walls. And now we’re so tired we’re going to pass out.
It’s pretty exciting. First night actually sleeping here, now that we’ve got, you know, stuff to sleep on.
And so much kitchen stuff. Oy.
Tomorrow, hopefully, pictures of the last few days of adventure, and the wreckage of unpacking.
Stuff was delivered today. I’m a bit backlogged on Blog posts because I’m having trouble uploading images. There will be some posts about our last few days of adventures soon as I get a chance to fix that.
In the meantime:
Car is here, nice and clean and undamaged.
Stuff has arrived. Minimal damage to some fairly trivial stuff, nothing serious so far. (only one thing missing)
OMG we have too much kitchen stuff.
We’re having a pretty decent lightning storm. I’m gonna need some UPS’ and surge protectors!
We just grabbed some Dominos to munch on while we keep on unpacking and checking for damage! Busy evening ahead…
Heard some rumbling outside, it must be that time!
That looks promising! Yep, there’s Filbert hanging out on the tail there! You can also see the tiny American flag I bought for a dollar at home depot. Probably best to be patriotic in these parts, but really I bought it to make it look a bit more like our house was occupied and not potentially for sale still.
There’s our Filbert, hanging out on the tail there. Looks good so far, pretty dang dirty though so will need a good cleaning to be sure.
Sadly arrival was just 10 minutes too late to make it to the car spa. So Filbert gets cleaned tomorrow and then we’ll be extra certain there are no issues from transit.
The guy who drove the truck with Filbert onboard makes the trip twice a month, Portland to Dallas/Austin/Houston and then back home. Lots of miles on the road, but he really likes the company and has been doing it for 7 years. Nice to know the relo company found good companies for us, I have no complaints about that, so far, even if dealing with the relocation company itself is a bit laborious sometimes.
Grabbing some sushi for dinner.
Was not expecting to find soy sauce in this packaging. Very amused.
Back at home the refrigerator has completed it’s 24 Hour chill-down cycle. Tomorrow: grocery shopping?
No, we haven’t suddenly taken a trip to Disney for the Grim Grinning Ghosts, but we have our very own hautnig now, a Casper!
Inside the big stripey box is our new mattress! Exciting!
The little box is networking gear. Also exciting, but probably only to me. (and maybe Brian)
All our utilities are finally set up, so nothing will get disconnected on Friday, good news there. Going about contacting the ISP we’ll be using temporarily until Spectrum wins their battle with the Union Pacific railway and drags a fiber cable over to our development, probably in September.
They have these big radio towers here, lacking any sort of, you know, mountains….
Fortunately we have a great view of one from our backyard, so that’s where internet will come from for a few months.
Unfortunately the router got packed in the truck by accident rather than in my suitcase with the AP, so no internet until Saturday at least either way.