“The best laid plans of mice and men.”

The son  of a Tijuana donkey show who said phrase can go FUCK themselves…repeatedly…with a rusty farm implement…in the ass.

Long story short…A 2002 4WD Blazer LS CANNOT haul a 6’x12’ trailer loaded with 30 boxes of hardback books.  Nope.  Nada.  No way.  Not unless you want the engine to melt like the reactor at Chernobyl.

So I’m having to rethink the whole plan.  My conversations with Nicki over this have cordial, polite and informative.  Conversations with my 6 year, four combat tour USAF veteran C-130J Crew Chief son:

Son:  “Dad, I’d call you a fucking dumbass but that would be insulting all fucking dumbasses in the world.”

Yeah, he’s my kid.

So, plan B.  The first thing I did was call the property manager in SD and explained the situation to her and she was more than helpful and gracious.  I just need to pay the Sep rent and she’ll hold off on the rest of the security deposit until I get there.  Again, another reason to move back.  People are decent, understanding and will WORK with you.

Second, like the kid said, get some tape and tape out a 4′x8′ space and practice loading it with NOTHING but clothes, kitchen stuff, mementos (i.e. pictures) and nothing else.  If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it.  And no beds:

Me:  “Where will I sleep?”

Son:  “Cots are $30 bucks at the A/N surplus store.”

And nothing made with wood.

Third, get the Blazer checked to make sure the water pump and the temperature regulator are working so it doesn’t overheat again.

So another month in this dump but at least I’ll be able to think through the whole thing and plan it the way it should have been and not be rushed.  The books will go into a self-storage unit until I can get the money together to have them shipped.  As for the rest of the stuff…fuck it.  I started over once, I can do it again.

And yes I did get a refund on the trailer.

Again, many thanks to all of you.

11 comments

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    He forgot to mention “bring any extra shit to Nicki’s house, so her boys can forage through it” as part of Plan B.

    BTW, dude. I’m wearing one of your tweed jackets to work today!
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    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Light, where you moving from? I know where the “to” is.

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    The Mulatto Maker growls and barks:

    Wow… this is eerily like my move to Fargo. Only differences were a) different Dakota, b) my Blazer was an ’05, and c) nobody was around to call me a fucking dumbass and straighten me out. :em05:

    Family, friends, and a heapin’ helpin’ of the grace of God got me the last hundred miles, after I drove all night and had my engine crap out as the sun was finally coming up. But I got here… :em01:

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    LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole growls and barks:

    LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ #:

    I have more….

    Terrapod @ #:

    Arlington VA

    The Mulatto Maker @ #:

    Your not giving me any warm and fuzzy feelings here Dude

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    ROFL!!!! Yeah, hand over the tweed dude.

    Hey I generally told you the same thing as your kid, but I was nicer about it. :em07:

    At least we get a few more days to hang out!
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    LC Ohio Right Wing Nut growls and barks:

    While you are at it make sure the intake gaskets are not leaking, 4.3l are notorious for bad gaskets, the O.E.M. are plastic with a rubber sealing gasket embedded in them, and since nobody ever checks the Ph level of antifreeze or changes it regularly, it rots the plastic out, the rubber is still there, just no support anymore, usually happens on the passenger side rear of engine.

    Just a little tip from your friendly neighborhood ( former) engine machinist.

    hope everything works out for you.

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    LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole growls and barks:

    LC Ohio Right Wing Nut @ #:

    the engine only has 53k on it. the gaskets shouldn’t fail that soon, right?

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    LC Ohio Right Wing Nut growls and barks:

    I replaced the ones in my wifes 2000 Blazer a few years back, and her truck only has 80 k on it now, short trip driving is worse on a vehicle the if you put 20-30k miles on a year ( providing you still maintain it). A simply pressure test on the coolant system will give you a little peace of mind, if the shop does it, add some coolant UV dye and check for small leaks.

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    As a measure of levels – an interstate move like yours ranks several levels lower than the 7th level of Hell. The only thing worse is international…. :em06:

    Best laid plans indeed…and then there’s Mr. Fucking Murphy who is always going to show his ugly puss right after you think – “Gee this is all going nicely according to the plan”….See… I’ve become a believer in “Slap the dash mash the gas and haul my ass”….Because it IS the plan that lets the chaos rein.

    The Plan; It attracts Demons like Mr Fucking Murphy.. Va Beach to Providence RI 1991 – Providence RI to Va. Beach 1994 Moyock NC to Tampa FL 1995 Tampa FL to Kwajalien 1998 Atoll Kwajalien Atoll to Tampa FL2003 Tampa Fl to Knoxville TN……I know of what I speak. :em05:

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    LC Light29ID - The Imperial Asshole growls and barks:

    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent @ #:

    Had a girlfriend who worked for Army Space and Missile Defense Command who was offered a position on Kwajalien and she wanted me to go with her. Glad I didn’t. She was nuts.

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    LC Light29ID – The Imperial Asshole says:

    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent @ #:

    Had a girlfriend who worked for Army Space and Missile Defense Command who was offered a position on Kwajalien and she wanted me to go with her. Glad I didn’t. She was nuts.

    That place attracts nutters and mad hatters – Spent 4 Years out there on the island of misfit toys…. all in all it’s not bad if you can deal with the characters and island fever. Like anything in life, it is what you make of it. I learned to scuba-dive and cut my teeth in the IT world which opened a lot of doors so it was a good 4 years for me.