Great Scott moverFour moves ago in DC, I hired the help of a Scottish-owned and operated moving company for some help. It’s a luxury for one with a bad back. During the move one of the Scottish guys looked at a piece of furniture I had planned to move and stated abruptly in a thick brogue, “Yuir furniture is crap! Are ye shore yew wont me to move this?!” Admittedly, it was crap, but move the goddamn furniture cuz I hired you to do so. On that particular piece of rotten particle board I relented. But still – STFU and move my crap!

CarrotMany years later as I pack again for another move, I realize the Scotsman was right. Most of my shit is crap. You realize this when you live with someone else for nine months and don’t really need most of it. Granted I’m living in a furnished situation, but most of it is still crap. Three large boxes are kitchen stuff that will come in handy once I settle, but most of my furniture is indeed crap. I guess I was counting on the likelihood that I would meet a guy with better crap. It’s 90% probable that a guy I move in with will have better crap than me. The hitch is I haven’t met a guy I want to move in with yet. So I settle with my crap and move my crap from place to place and will spend money to store my crap too.

Still haven’t heard back from the design firm in Hood River after my second interview last week, so I’m planning on moving in with two friends outside of Portland by the end of this week. Most of their furnishings are not crap, so I will bring very little of my crap into their home. All I really need for the short term is my clothes, outdoor equipment, computer, bike and Dungeons and Dragons books.

Picture of me was taken last week while I was showing a friend the neighborhoods of Portland. I look skinny, but have been in excellent health during my time in Portland. This is fortunate since I haven’t had health insurance. The bike rides to and from my volunteer gig have kept me trim and I’ve had plenty of time to work out at the gym as well. I’m at a weight I haven’t been in a long time. I hope wherever I land I’ll be able to continue to bike to work. It’s a lot nicer than driving or taking a bus and is good for my mood.


  1. Blobby says:

    you need your D&D books?

  2. Art says:

    He certainly does! If there had been D&D back then, Erasmus would have said, “When I have a little money, I buy D&D books; and if I have any left, I buy other books, and maybe food and clothes.”

  3. Mari says:

    Glad you’re biking and finding other ways to keep your health.

  4. Mike says:

    Looking very trim, and still exceedingly woofy! Keep on keepin’ that furry chin up.

  5. TED says:

    Hey, if you get a trailer to pull behind your bike, you can ride your stuff cross country, and by the time you get back to DC, maybe the economy will be lots better. Also, you’ll be exceedingly fit. Or dead, but no plan is perfect.

  6. RMcD says:

    Hoping you get good news with the job search.

  7. brettcajun says:

    You should have made the Scottish guy something with beets. He’d be like – “Argh! I hate beets. Tastes like crap!” LOL

  8. Nancy says:

    Have fun in my homeland. Remember, those who were born there are Oregonians. The rest of you are tourists :).