Please refer to Moving the Household Step 1 for volumes (the 1st 2 paragraphs) of background information, posted on March 27, 2014.
It needs to be understood at this point my wife had already departed Alexandria VA for Tampa because her new job required her to be in town and available for in processing for new teachers. In addition new teachers were required to participate in at least 8 or 10 days of pre-school year instruction. I had been left to attend to the closing of the sale of our home, the managing of the move from this end, and the final cleaning of the house before we turned over the keys at closing.
Step 2: The moving truck and crew would show up at the allotted time and begin loading. The truck and crew consisting of the driver who was an older guy not skinny but not fit, with cigarette stains on his fingers and bright yellow teeth, and his crew, who were, his cousin and nephew (Darrell and his other brother Darrell), both big burly ex-football lineman kinda guys who were quite capable of lifting and carrying a small 3 bedroom house belonging and all, had driven an empty truck 600 miles to pick up this load and take it to Florida. They showed up two days before the scheduled pack date, which was not scheduled for 2 more days (in essence 4 days early), calling me at the office demanding I allow them into my home to start loading the truck. I explained to them that the packers hadn’t even got there yet so they would have to wait.
Apparently the truck driver called the parent company to complain that the customer wasn’t ready. The parent company then explained to the driver he was there over 2 days early and would have to park his ass somewhere while the packers got the house ready. The only reason I know any of this is because the truck driver explained to me in quite graphic terms that he and his crew had been parked at a local motel for 2 days waiting to load the furniture and boxes into the truck.
The driver must have been in direct contact with Josey because not 15 minutes after Josey and her crew departed he and his crew showed up. The driver demanded that he be able to start loading the truck, to which I said, “Why are you in such a hurry, you can’t deliver the load at the Florida address until July 18, and it was only the 10th of July.” He responded “Well shit! I will have this stuff in Florida in two days.” To which I replied, “The contract I signed mandated that delivery would take place 5 days after scheduled pickup, you’re trying to pick the load up two days early, take it up with your company”. Grumbling he got back on his cell phone with the company office and again was told to cool his jets. I allowed him to start packing the truck on July 11th, and he completed the packing that afternoon. I told him I would see him on the morning of July 18th in Florida. He said okay, and they took off.
I will admit that they seemed to know how to pack a truck, and they didn’t destroy any of our stuff. After they were done clearing the house of all the boxes and furniture, I cleaned the house from top to bottom. Having been in the Navy I had a lot of experience cleaning, that house was spotless when I was done. Next on my agenda was closing the sale of the house. Then I went to closing and completed that task. I then took off for Florida on the 14th of July. I arrived early on the 16th of July, and that evening while having dinner with my wife my cell phone rings, it’s the driver from the moving company, he said he was parked in front of the house and needed access so he could unload the truck. I told him that it wasn’t going to happen, that we hadn’t even closed on the house yet, and we didn’t have keys. I also reminded him that he wasn’t even supposed to be here until the am of the 18th. This redneck truck driver finally lost his patience with me, started cussing and telling me how time is money and how he and his crew were losing money on this deal, and on and on and on. I told to take it up with his company, and that I would see him am on the 18th, and hung up and turned off my phone. At 5pm on the evening of July 17th, again the driver called and asked if they could come and start, the driver’s tone was different and I said sorry but no, not until the 18th. He asked what time could they start, I told them I would be there no later than 7 am, they were parked in front of my new home at 630 am when I arrived with 4 cups of coffee and a dozen donuts. After the coffee and donuts, the 3 man crew began the unloading process. So ends Step 2 of Moving a Household.
As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask. If you have any comments I would enjoy hearing them. Step 3 (the final step) will be short and sweet compared to steps 1 and 2. Please take care, Bill