The Husband and I have owned three houses in less than ten years. And before that, we lived in three different apartments in three years. Growing up, my step-dad was in the military which necessitated about 50 gazillion moves, plus corresponding schools and endless taunts of being the “New Girl.” I transferred colleges twice, and I participated in study abroad in three different countries.I could pack a box. I could zip an overstuffed suitcase. I could weed through months and possibly years of accumulated possessions and make snap decisions about the worthiness of keeping specific items (“When in doubt, throw it out” became the mantra of my childhood). I knew the best way to protect an antique armoire (by wrapping it in moving blankets and securing it with Saran Wrap purchased in industrial rolls). I could Windex and Comet an apartment within an inch of its life to get my security deposit back.
There were times when I knew I should turn pro.
Most people did not know my secret. As a United Airlines flight attendant, it was easy to hide my extensive training regime of Moving from my 10,000 co-workers, for the simple reason that I would most likely never fly with them again, and if I did, they certainly would not remember my unique living situation. (Besides, most of them would not really be surprised to learn that I had been based in Denver, Newark, Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, and L.A. If there had been a base on the Moon, I would have applied for it.)My family did nothing to deter my Moving addiction. In fact, they fueled it. My dad started cutting out “Home for Sale by Owner” ads in his local newspaper and mailing them to me, along with not-so-subtle notes: “Have you considered buying property in Denver?” or “Do you like to ski?”
Well-meaning friends would send me innocent postcards: “Having a great time in Maui! Wish you were here!” The Husband began ripping these messages to shreds before I got to the mailbox. He knew it would only be a matter of time before I was pricing out shipping charges on, well, a ship.But there is one main reason I do not broadcast my God-given Olympic ability to Move. Once everyone knows you area a Moving expert, they have one question for you and one question only:
“Can I borrow your truck?”MOV