things i have learned in the past week

February 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm 3 comments

this past week, i moved from philadelphia, PA to durham, NC. i start my new job on monday where i’m sure i’ll learn a lot but even the moving process itself has taught me a lot:

1) respect for truckers. i used to think that all they did was murder prostitutes and bully drivers of smaller vehicles. driving a long truck is tough; my 16 foot moving truck had serious issues making tight right turns in the city. on the highway, it had no acceleration,  no rear view mirror, and no comforts inside the cabin.

2) baltimore has no decent radio stations. NONE. washington d.c., on the other hand has a ton of radio stations, many of which are good. too bad d.c. traffic is a chaotic hive of crazy drivers, road-works, and confusing highway signs.

3) shredded paper  makes for good packing material. cheaper than bubble wrap but just as good. not a single thing broke on the 400 mile journey in the moon castle bounce truck.

4) i have great friends. thanks nancy, darrick, darleen, and tom who helped me move!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. UPSman  |  February 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Every year at peak season time, UPS rents out 16′ and 24′ vehicles from local rental companies. If you had fun in the “small” 16′, you should try out the 24′ sometime!! Amazing how you still don’t need a trucker’s CDL license to drive them too.

    It also gives you a whole new appreciation for the design/functionality of the regular UPS package “cars”, equipped with bulkhead doors and full-time rearview cameras. That’s right, a driver can see you when you’re riding up on his tailgate!

    Don’t do that, btw… package car >> passenger car in a collision EVERY time.

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  • 2. just us kids in Horsham..  |  February 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Shredded paper? That’s a going-out-of-business strategy. Nobody wants to use the packing material that they used in 2009. If you really want to pack things efficiently, you need to go paperless. Excel is the future–do it right once the first time!

    And on the topic of truck acceleration, well, if you improve quality, your speed will go up too (and cost will go down). Let’s go–rock and roll!

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  • 3. Jennifer Ho  |  April 29, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Baltimore has ONE good station (IMO). 95.1 WRBS. If you think Baltimore doesn’t have good radio stations… try Rochester 🙂

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