Monday, January 22, 2007

Moving with U-Hell (was U-Haul)

I moved this last weekend. Probably the equivalent to 20 blocks away. Bigger house, less money and I don't have to do any of the landscaping. Plus, I have my pool table back in the house where it belongs (my old house only had room in the garage). But shit if it isn't a lot of frickin' work! Top top it off, I get to the U-haul and the truck they give me is practically looking like the one pictured above. In fact, I think I should have left it in the dump like the one above. First of all it has nearly 200,000 miles and is from the 70s. There is no gear schematic (that's right, it's a stick shift) so I had no idea where reverse was. They park in on one of these narrow side streets too so as soon as I make a corner I realize I cannot get through...too narrow. It's then that I figure out to my delight that I cannot find reverse. Much cursing and finally I figure it out. Then, as I'm headed on the freeway...bonus....both of the side mirrors are so loose that the wind pushes them so I cannot see. They do have one of those fish eye mirrors that you can see all angles but the one at the drivers side is dangling by one loose screw so it is moving too much to really see. Changing lanes was fun. I opted for the slow lane change and let size dictate the outcome. See...size does matter! Finally, to top it all off the ramp to get in and out of the truck is fused and will not come in or out. I call them and they say they'll send somebody out. Right. But one of my friends was able to get under the truck and push with his legs and get the whole thing back on its tracks. I was never so glad to be out of a frickin' vehicle in my life. They should have paid ME to drive that damn thing.

2 comments:

Kurt said...

Penske trucks is always your best choice.

House of Suz said...

Ah, the joys of moving.