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February 25, 2009

Trayton White '08

It has been a little over 8 months since my last post, and since then I found and started a new job (hooray!), moved, celebrated July Fourth, moved again, received notification that I could start my original job (from my first blog post), decided to pursue original job, and moved a third time. For those keeping score at home, I have moved approximately eight times since graduating from Wabash College in May.  I say approximately because it could be more or less depending on your definition of the word “move.”  For two of the moves, a professional company moved everything for us, the other four to eight times we packed all our stuff without professional help and loaded it in a truck. Since you are likely to move at least once in your life, I thought I would spend a portion of this post providing some hints and warnings about the mobile lifestyle.

First, no matter what you do, you always have more stuff than you originally thought.  Every time I have moved, I had at least one in-depth discussion with my wife about a random item with a mysterious origin. I don’t know where this other stuff comes from. I think things that aren’t used regularly somehow asexually reproduce when you aren’t keeping a watchful eye. This could be while you sleep, when you are at work, or for those brief five minutes that it takes you to step outside to get the mail.  Bottom line: the multiplication of your personal belongings is unavoidable no matter what you do. Best to accept this fact now and bring extra boxes when it’s time to pack up and move out.

Second, always use your phone-a-friend lifeline. The more people you have helping you pack the boxes and load/unload the truck, the faster it goes. There is also the added bonus of getting to spend more time with your friends. Be sure to show your gratitude by providing plenty of food and drinks during the moving, and it never hurts to take them out to eat afterwards.  Bottom line: the better you treat them the first time, the more likely they are to help the second (or fifth) time as well.

Third, have lightweight furniture. This one should be self-explanatory. Visit www.ikea.com if you need help. 

I figured I’d wrap up this blog by recommending you check out some of these on-line sources for some wit and humor. www.dilbert.com - Updated daily, Scott Adams’ long-running strip helps put anything going on in your office in perspective. www.fourhourworkweek.com - From the author of the book that goes by the same name, The 4-Hour Workweek provides stories about ways that thinking outside the box can improve effectiveness. I’d advise reading about how to build an upside-down fire.

The arrival of 2009 has me excited and looking forward to all the possibilities a new year can bring. The past year has been quite eventful, and I am certain this year won’t disappoint.