Nasty, uncomfortable things!
As my dedicated readers (all three or four of them) are probably aware,
Rainbow's End is being sold. It goes on the market, in fact, in a couple of
weeks. (BTW, if you want a superb 6-bedroom house in West Seattle,
complete with concert hall, ...) In order to present the place in the
best light, we have vacated the top two floors, replaced the carpets, and
removed the stair lifts. Colleen and I have been sleeping on our sofabed
in the Rainbow Room.
Saturday, we moved. Or, rather, went out to a terrific Japanese
restaurant in Port Townsend to celebrate the Younger Daughter's birthday,
while our moving crew hauled what turned out to be three truckloads of
stuff to the apartment. The plan was for us to drive home; pick up (cat)
Ticia, (guinea pig) Clea, and (guitar) Plink; come back to an apartment
full of boxes; and get settled in. Um..., not quite. In retrospect,
leaving Clea at home was the best decision I made all day.
Because the keys, with the all-important fob that gets one into the
building and then the elevator, slipped off a box and went through the
crack between the elevator and the floor.
Meanwhile, I was driving home. Attempting to follow slightly confusing
directions, on a phone that suddenly did not have a visible
display! It was particularly confusing because I had missed a turn,
and the phone was trying to direct me to turn around. But I didn't know
that, either. I pulled off at an intersection in Kitsap that had a
convenience store where I could use a bathroom, and switched to Colleen's
phone. Fighting, again, with Google Maps, that wanted to direct me to a
route it thought was faster, using a ferry. The last thing I needed was
to wait an hour or two if I missed the ferry. Of course, I spent nearly
that long in a traffic jam in Tacoma.
The traffic jam in Tacoma was where N called me to give me the bad news
about the keys. The backup plan was to get buzzed in using the building
manager's door code. Which worked fine until I used it too many times
figuring out how to keep the garage door open, and said building manager
started sending it to voice mail. (I'd thought that it was automated.
Nope.) Leaving me outside in the cold, Colleen and Ticia inside waiting
for an elevator, and both our phones, plus the litter box that
actually had litter in it (we'd sent an empty one ahead), in the van.
After some kind person finally let me in, we proceeded to the apartment.
Which is where we determined that we had no phones, no cat litter, and no
way of getting back into the elevator after getting them. After meltdown,
panic attack, or whatever it was, I proceeded to knock on doors until I
found someone who actually opened the door and said they would buzz me
in. I arrived downstairs just about the same time as the police, who were
investigating an apparent intruder who was knocking on peoples' doors.
This is apparently a standard MO for homeless people in the area.
Fortunately, at this point I was well beyond the panic and able to see the
humor in the situation, so I had a pleasant conversation with one cop
while another went upstairs to knock on my door to confirm with
Colleen that we actually lived there.
It wasn't until I got back to the apartment that I took a good look at the
phone and realized that the screen wasn't dying, it had just had its
brightness turned all the way down. I also figured out that setting up
my phone to let people in couldn't be done without having an account set
up on dwelo.com. And we had a nice visit from the young lady who had
called 911 to report me.
I've lost track of how many anxiety meltdowns I had; at some point I got
over the panic and had a nice bout of acute depression.
We have spent the rest of the weekend in the apartment, finding out what's
missing and what we have to send back to Rainbow's End to go into the
storage pod after all.
Today has been cozy and domestic, sorting through boxes and figuring out
which things we actually have room to keep in our apartment's tiny
cabinets. And eating veggie, because while I was able to find two cans of
crabmeat, the only can-opener we had was a battery-powered one that
Colleen had just purchased. Batteries not included.
Oh, and did I mention the scratches I got as I attempted to corner a
terrified Ticia and get her into her carrier? Those too.
Meanwhile, here we are.
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posted late because my emacs client is flaking out. Probably due to the HTTPS redirection.