Checking Boxes

Adam Stonecastle | August 14, 2014 | Venice Bites Updates

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Decision made to quit our careers and move halfway around the world to start a new one: big check. Research new career: check. Get certified in said career: check. Buy airline tickets committing us to our predetermined move date: check. Find an apartment: difficult, stressful, but finally, check. Smooth sailing from here on out? Not a chance.

We still have to figure out the best, most cost effective yet safest way to transport our pets, no easy task. Hiring the right movers, also more difficult, or at least more expensive, than we thought.

One of the countless blue collar jobs I’ve held in my life was being a professional mover. Not just any mover, mind you, but an “elite” mover. I can hear you snort at that one. There is a difference between your average “Starving Students” movers and the company I worked for. Most of our clients were rich and/or famous. Let me just say that when you’re tasked with moving things like priceless works of art that are several hundred years old and furniture worth millions, you better know what you’re doing. So, when it came to preparing and packing our stuff to be shipped overseas, I figured, piece of cake. That was, until we started getting quotes from moving companies. It turns out that if we pack our own stuff, saving a ton of money, we could face some difficulties getting through customs, whereas, if a moving company does all the packing, inventorying, labeling, and sealing each and every box, the responsibility falls on them, and we’ve been told that passing customs is infinitely easier. Of course, we were told that by the moving company’s salesperson. More research is needed.

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Nailing down a company to transport our four legged family members is even more nerve racking. Most of our stuff can be replaced, but Hambone, Cubby, and Cornbread are our kids. So, the interviews continue, the research is ongoing. “Door to port, or door to door?” “Any overnight boarding necessary?” “Make sure to start training them on their travel kennels as soon as possible, to get them use to being locked inside.”

These are some of the questions and pieces of advice we are receiving. When we started researching pet transport, at first I was interested in getting the most bang for our buck. Now, we both agree that the one we hire is the one who can offer the most service with the least amount of involvement from us, throughout this whole move. The more aspects of this ordeal they cover, the less stress we feel, constantly worried that we might do something wrong, or overlook an important factor altogether.

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As we count down the days, crossing off each day on our calendar with a bright red marker, I would swear that there are less hours each day with which to get things done, but get done they must. Even writing this blog has slowed down, though in Maya’s defense, this last stretch of time since our last entry has been my doing, or not doing, more accurately. If I write too much about the obstacles, the stress, or just the day to day frustrations we’re facing, it feels like whining. Not enough, and there isn’t much of a blog.

This is my first time, however, being a part of a blog, so there are and will continue to be times of writers block for me. That being said, as time ticks away, along with some obvious anxiety,comes the excitement of our future, fast becoming our present. It’s becoming palpable, almost as if I could reach through time and touch our new home, our new life. It never ceases to amaze me, not only the process, but the mere thought of what we are doing. I am fully aware that people do this very same thing all the time, and that in the scheme of things it’s no big deal.

Well, to us, it’s huge. Scary. Exhilarating. Confusing. Stressful. And absolutely fantastic. This experience continues to present challenges, testing both patience and resolve, however, much like our
relationship, brings with it the possibility of all the magic and wonderment of a life only imagined.

Until next time,
Adam