Day 2: The Delivery
Day 2 and this is the day that our furniture and all our belongings are delivered by the moving company.
At around 7:15 I get a call from the movers that they will be arriving around 8:30 or so. The lady on the other end of the line tells me that because the utility lines hang so low in our area that they will have to ‘shuttle’ our furniture from the truck – meaning that they will have to park the actual container somewhere else and use a second, smaller, truck to transfer the items to our house. There is a $500 charge for this because they are essentially loading/unloading twice. Not happy but we expect glitches like this may happen.
Barbara has her job interview at 10 but leaves the house around 8 to make sure that she will be able to get out of our street before the truck comes. If it is a big truck it could block our street because we have a small street (see the picture in yesterday’s post). At right around 8:30 the guys arrive – Derrick, Jason snd David. They think they can get the container in under the utility lines by using a pole to push them up as the truck slowly passes under. Good news – it works and I just saved $500! Sweet!
The bad news is that the contents of the container had shifted during transit. It appears that the guys who loaded the container didn’t secure the plywood that held everything together as well as they might have. A lot of stuff was falling over when they opened the doors to the container. At this point I’m pretty nervous about the condition of our things. But then again, they are just things and can be replaced (not that I want to do that!).
The guys wade into the stuff and start unloading everything into the carport. I help by checking off each item from the inventory as they bring them out. Their system is to unload a bunch of items, strip the packing material off of them and package up the used packing material. Things that go into the house are brought in.
I won’t bore you by going through every little detail but by 1:30 all of our things were unloaded. About half of our things are still in the carport but the rest are in the house. We finally got to sleep in a real bed for the first time in month!
The ugly: Because of the shifting/bad packing there were quite a few things damaged – nothing of great value though and my guitars all made it unscathed (woo-hoo!). We found a nice gouge (not just a scratch) in our 52″ LCD TV screen so now we have a bright white spot on the upper right side of the screen that is about 3/8 to 1/2 inch in size. Not happy about that but I’ll live with it for a while. We are still unpacking the rest of our things so we’ll see if anything else got beat up. It’s inevitable that some stuff didn’t travel well but I guess we will find out soon.
This morning it poured rain again but again we are expecting it to clear by the time the sun gets going so maybe we will get some beach time in… in between emptying boxes. 🙂
It still seems a bit surreal that we are here with all of our things in Hawaii. For the last year it was just a dream and now we are living in it.
Upcoming events… Sunday I meet the members of the band here on Kauai (The Bootleggers) and we will try and get some practice in. We have a gig scheduled already for May 2nd and hopefully we can have enough songs down to do well. It will be good to be playing again. I miss my old bandmates but am looking forward to meeting new people and getting into the island music scene.
Aloha for now – I gotta go unpack.