Friday, August 12, 2005

dispatch from philadelphia

I have finally made it to my hotel in Philly. I have gotten something like 7 hours of sleep in the last 72 hours, and I am desperately underprepared for the presentation I am giving tomorrow. However, the grant proposal I've been collaborating on was successfully completed and movers did show up today to start hauling my stuff to Cambridge. Granted, they did show up 2 hours late, worked at such a imperceptible pace that it seemed whenever you were looking at them that they weren't actually working at all, and weren't done by the time I had to go to the airport. Never in my life have I had so little confidence in people I was entrusting with so much. My furniture is probably ablaze in a ditch somewhere in northern Indiana as I type this.

Incidentally, Nina and Dorotha were both a huge help with the move today and deserve dozens of newly minted karma points, making it all the more a pity that karma doesn't actually exist. Meanwhile, the non-existence of karma continues to work out pretty well for me, as it enables me to have all these friends who are far better than what I deserve.

Update: Okay, okay. "Incidentally" was not the right word. When I'm sleep-deprived, the first thing that goes is my diction.

18 comments:

nina said...

Why do you assume that your movers are in Northern Indiana? You left them in your RV with several unopened bottles of wine, a pack of chips, and a desk that was too big in its assembled state to remove from your study. I'm sure they're sitting there still, deliberating what to do next and charging you by the hour.

jeremy said...

Nina's is the sort of comment that would be more amusing if it did not have a substantial probability of being true.

Anonymous said...

"Incidently...." ?

Anonymous said...

he really DOES mean incidentally...

Anonymous said...

Wine! If you're walking on Mass. Ave. near your neighborhood, two stores: one near Evergood. BUT the one across the street, just past the gas station and Irish store is better for wines, etc.
Or you can take the bus or T to Fresh Pond Mall. Next to Whole Foods is a fine place to buy wines _ and you WILL see lots of discounts and a huge choice.
Trader Joe's by the river has $2.99 wine much favored by 'old money' and reverse-snob types for their parties and everyday guzzling (it won't kill you). They have other stuff that's reasonable and quite decent.
Broadway Market has wines etc. (tend to charge 'convenience store' prices but it's a good place).
BTW If you're heading on foot to TJ's, there's a place on Putnam Ave. where you can buy good lobster etc. (between Western Ave. and River St.). Not fancy, but they have fresh seafood a lot cheaper than Whole Foods etc. (ask for lobsters without broken antennae). Ceci & John

Anonymous said...

He could jog to Fresh Pond (if he doesn't mind shaking up the wine). Or bike. You can buy 'abandoned' bikes. Check Harvard or Cambridge PD re special sales (if they still have them).
Wine Cask on Cambridge/Somerville line's another place to keep in mind....

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

The only thing that stopped me from buying a giant glass punch bowl with six or eight cups at St. Vinny's today was the thought of having to move it. I mean, there's no way that I would ever use such a thing unless I could convince someone else to have the kind of party where you drink large quantities of Koolaid mixed with everclear and then I could bring the punch bowl as my contribution to the event (such a party would definitely not fit in my apartment), not to mention that I have nowhere to store such a thing, but it was really only the thought of having to move it someday that stopped me.

At any rate, I'm still kind of awed at the thought of paying people to take care of it for one, regardless of how terrifyingly incompetent they might be.

Anonymous said...

... all part of the learning experience. Rex

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth: Starbucks isn't in the Square. Along with other fast food chains, they're 'outposted' elsewhere in Cambridge and sort of tired-looking places at that.
There's a Peet's. But I like the many places owned by locals. Check 'em out. They're the best.

Friend of Ceci and John

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth: Starbucks isn't in the Square. Along with other fast food chains, they're 'outposted' elsewhere in Cambridge and sort of tired-looking places at that.
There's a Peet's. But I like the many places owned by locals. Check 'em out. They're the best.

Friend of Ceci and John

dorotha said...

since i was there for the majority of what i would hestitantly call a move - most of it involved very little moving - i would like to say two things.

1. the two men hired to actually move the furniture out were extremely nice and friendly. one was in his 50's. had to be. he was dead tired by noon (and they were still moving things out at three). by one, he was moving like the walking dead, but drenched in sweat, which is unusual in your zombie types. the other guy worked two jobs. working this move was something he was doing for extra money. he was 40 and his girlfriend wished she had more time to see him. these two men did a lot to remind me of my privelege. and yet, i sat there reading a magazine while they moved shit.

2. the truly incompetent one of the bunch was the guy in charge of the whole thing (a guy a couple of years younger than me). he was the one actually employed by the moving company (the other two guys got the job through a labor market intermediary). it was his job to get jeremy's stuff from the lawn into the truck. when i left, jeremy's belongings were sitting outside of the RV while this kid walked around each box twelve times while holding a clipboard. he was none to pleased that the move was to boston. i wouldn't want to drive that behemoth truck through boston, so it is hard to blame him. i wouldn't be suprised if the closest he is willing to get is pennsylvania.

Anonymous said...

Driving into Boston from mid-west is a snap. They don't need to ENTER Boston. Little, sweet Cambridge has its own turn-offs from Mass Pike. Right into Harvard Sq. The boss-boy you describe probably knows this (and if he doesn't? well, that's the company's problem for hiring him, and JF should complain). John

Anonymous said...

John is right. Harvard Sq. area's like a neat Vatican State (only simpler). If that truck's going into Boston, it's to deliver other loads. But the big influx starts at end of August and first of September when students flock back en masse and clog Back Bay streets (Boston) where all the 'other' colleges and universities are.
Shouldn't be a problem. Ceci

dorotha said...

i don't think that the guy had looked at the address yet. he just said, "where's he moving?" and i said, "boston." seemed simpler. so the kid might be able to navigate cambridge.

one of the other guys asked me what jeremy did. i said he was a professor. the guy said he thought jeremy was smart because of one of the boxes marked "books on evolution." i didn't do anything to dissuade the mover of his opinion of jeremy, and i was very proud of myself.

also, i wanted to add that nina really gets the gold stars for this move. she's the one who helped him pack. i just sat around his house so he could go to campus. oh, and i dropped off his dry-cleaning.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

Re: the mover's opinion of Jeremy's intelligence: I think this is what separates Wisconsin from Missouri, where boxes marked "books on evolution" only identify you as "damned."

Anonymous said...

Re: Rhymes with Scrabble:

You haven't spent much time in St. Louis have you?

A+ said...

So Jeremy, did you finally gonna catch some z's or what?

jeremy said...

No, not much sleep yet. But I'm having a great time!