The Big Move

So people keep asking… “How did the move go?  What happened?  What’s going on?”

Instead of telling the same story 20 different times, we’ve decided to finally set up a central location where people can read about it themselves if they want to.  So here goes!

 

Leaving Paradise

“This sucks!”  “How come we have so much stuff?!?!?!”  “I’m never moving again!!!”

These were just some of the comments blurted out in frustration.  On the flip side, it was a good experience, and hopefully we won’t start accumulating more “stuff.”  We sold a lot of furniture and misc. items on craigslist and so were able to pocket some extra cash for the move.  The bigger stuff wasn’t worth shipping.

I was hoping we’d have just a few boxes of “irreplaceable” stuff.  Somehow it turned into 40 boxes of irreplaceable stuff.  Luckily, my good buddy Keith allowed us to ship our stuff to his house…

After the shipments, cleaning, preparing, and parties were done, it was time to hit L.A.

 

Black Beauty

Here I shall talk of my experiences with Black Beauty, my old old not so trusy but trusy Honda Accord.  We shipped my car to Long Beach where we picked it up.  I got a tint job since it was so HOT with the heat wave, got a new alarm system since my old one was flakey, had to replace my main fan motor, had to replace two of my rear tires after the drive to Vegas, and had to replace my speed sensor in Vegas as well.  Was it all worth it?  Well, she’s running fine now, and it’s cool to see her running free in the big country, so yeah, I guess it was…

 

City of Angels

Enter Jody’s old stomping ground.  We spent 7 days there.  It was fun.  We didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary, just hung out with friends and family.  Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t really like L.A. much.  The funny thing is that I’ve been finding out that even most of the people that live there don’t really like it much either.  I guess I don’t have to hide my true feelings about L.A. anymore.

Anyway, the whole time we were there, I couldn’t wait till we got to Las Vegas… Vegas Baby!

 

Lost Wages

Jody’s maid of honor, Cathy, journeyed with us the entire way.  The following adventure included the three of us…

We had a budget.  I’m pretty sure we stuck to it.  We originally planned to see a show of some sort, but instead opted to spend 15 minutes at the slot machines.  Craps was fun.  But then again, craps is always fun for DDB.

We stayed at Sam’s Town.  It’s a Sam Boyd property.  Nothing fancy, but a nice place nontheless.  Jody’s parents, aunty cousins joined us there.  Good times.  However, the highlight of the trip was eating sushi at Sushi Mon.  All you can eat sushi plus other items for 25 bucks!  Now I know what you’re thinking… “You get what you pay for.”  However, in Vegas, you usually get double what you pay for, or more.  Yes, the sushi was THAT good.  Who would have known…  But alas, we were only able to visit twice, and with a tear in my we left for the Grand Canyon…

 

Canyon Grande and the Big Hoover

By the time we left Vegas it was already afternoon, so we weren’t going to be able to see the Grand Canyon in all it’s glory.  Especially since we stopped at the Hoover Dam first.  We were able to enjoy the sunset there, which was a beautiful thing.

Instead, we opted to drive to Flagstaff and stay there for a night.  We stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn (used our points so it was free.)  Man, this place was a dump!  It smelled funny, the floor was sticky in the kitchen, and there was a razor blade cover in the shower!  Oh well, it was just for one night… then off to Grand Canyon! 

People tell you, “When you see it for the first time, it takes your breath away.”  “You mean like Kate Beckinsale?”  Not quite.  This thing is LARGE.  I couldn’t possibly have anticipated it, and I can’t even remember what it was exactly like, but you have to be standing at the edge of the cliff and you can only experience it in that one moment.

After the first few scenic spots, the excitement start wearing thin.  We did have a run-in with a HUGE wasp.  And I DID NOT scream and jump like a little girl.  I repeat, I DID NOT scream and jump like a little girl.

We skipped the last few scenic points and opted to drive the long trek to Colorado…

 

Big Country

We left the Grand Canyon and drove straight for Colorado.  We considered stopping in Grand Junction to break up the trip, but we were feeling adventurous and decided to nearly kill ourselves on a 14+ hour drive.  Luckily there were three of us to take shifts driving.  It saved us from one night of another crappy hotel…

As we drove through the desert, I started to realize just how big this country is.  Even though I’ve visited different places in the mainland before, I guess I looked at everything through different eyes, knowing that this is now my new home, and that I wouldn’t be going back to my little hole in the planet.  It was a good experience.

 

Home Sweet Home

Of course, I drove the last leg of the trip to our final destination, and of course the two ladies were fast asleep.  Well, mostly.  By now it was about 3 or so in the morning, my eyes were bleary, and my hands and feet were frozen from the drive over the Rockies.  We unloaded the car, went to the basement, and dropped like flies.

The next few days were spent scoping the place out.  It’s a really nice area.  Keith lives in Louisville (pronounced “Lewis-ville”), a small town somewhere directly between Denver and Boulder.  It’s a nice neighborhood with nice people.  The next door neighbors are always on their porch and wave “hi” when you walk or drive by.  Keith and Tammy have already made neighborhood friends at the local part (which is newly built).  Little girls sell lemonade on the side of the road, the grass seems as green as the grass in Hawaii, and the air is crisp and fresh.  There are all kinds of shops and restaurants nearby, including Sam’s Club, Costco, Super Wal-Marts, Super Targets, and a HUGE mall called the Flatirons Crossing Mall, which rivals or beats Ala Moana in size and scope.  Everything is pretty much between 5 and 15 minutes away.  This is a GREAT location.  No wonder real estate is on the rise here…  and no wonder it was named #5 best place to live in the US by CNN Money Magazine…

 

Home Sweet Home 2

We are still staying in Keith’s basement and will be staying here until the 5th of September.  We found a great aparment but it won’t be ready till then.  Here is a link to the property’s website so you can check it out:

The Horizons at Rock Creek

It’s a really nice place and the amenities are AMAZING.  It’s seriously like living in a resort.  But we’ll see…

It’s in a town called Superior, a neighboring town of Louisville.  We’re about 5 to 10 minutes away from Keith’s house, and walking distance from the Flatirons Mall (it’s right across the street!).  As much as we love spending time with Keith, Tammy, Kate, and Kurt… we can’t wait to move in!!!

 

What about money?

Ah yes, the money has been going out, and it has not been coming in… However, I do have a job prospect lined up.  In fact, on Wednesday (8/15/06) I will be meeting them in Las Vegas for a live sales demo!  They call it their “final interview.”  That’s fine, but it sounds like a good opportunity.  I’ll be able to leverage my experience and expertise with LANDesk software, a systems management tool I had been working with in Hawaii.  So not to worry.  If all goes well, Jody will not have to work if she doesn’t want to, and we can start the baby making factory!!!

 

Well, that is a super condensed version of the happenings here so far.  This page will remain static, but if we change anything we will let you know on the main blog page.  The daily details will go there.

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