The move was not as complete as I would have liked. I had asked everyone I knewto show up and help me load the truck, but this time the help ‘overbooking’ didn’thappen. The people I had asked or arranged to help me load the truck never showed. Iwas on a tight schedule and as a result I had to load the truck myself. I just ran out of time, truck, and energy. A lot of my tools and other stuff had to be left behind because I just couldn’t load them. That hurt. As a rule, plan on loosing something in every move.I heard a man who should know say a person should be prepared to move at leasttwice in his life. That could be true, and if so, really runs a chance to chop up your life.What few items I had left were stored at a friend’s house, but they would need thespace soon, so I knew those item would have to be shipped to me, or be totally lost. That hurt.
The journey and the destination
I was living in New York State and well, things happened. For brevity that part willbe mostly skipped. If you really need details, see www.lulu.com and look for DavidSmith and the book “Falling below the line”.No real need for those events to be stressed, it’s in the past, any changes are notpossible, beyond acknowling the events happened.So I traveled, arriving at a small town in Tennessee on New Year’s day, 2005, atime zone and two days driving away from my prior location. No job, no transportationfor getting another job, and it was the middle of winter. I had no money at that point, nocar, no local friends, and didn’t know what places to go to. It snowed in a place thatseldom sees snow in winter. Unloading was, well, fun if you don’t count all the lifting,carrying, unpacking, finding of misplaced items, and the like. Plus a shortage of surfacesto put things on, and… The prior tenant had
treated the building well. As a matter of fact, he hadremoved the kitchen stove, clothes washer, dryer, and refrigerator. Also gone were anyfurniture items such as tables and chairs, and most of the small items normally found ina kitchen.On top of all this, the house had some problems –for example, there was no centralheating in the building, and no non-central heating, either - and middle of the winter,can we say cold? Fortunately I had received word of the shortages and had made somepreparations, but I had no money to buy a washing machine or dryer.And the weather? It was cold and snowing. What else do you expect, this may befurther south, but after all, it was the middle of winter. I had brought with me arefrigerator, and shortly after that a local appliance store provided a stove.No central heat in the house? Well, there was a heating source not directly usable,not right away, that’s for sure. There was a good quality wood-burning heater (a Fisher,a good company making a good stove) in fair shape on the premises, but that wouldn’tprovide much useful heat, as it wasn’t really in the house, or hooked up to a chimney.For some reason it had been moved out to the garage years ago, and there was nowaiting pile of wood to burn. It could have been moved back into the house and woodcould be gotten, but the inside brick chimney it had been connected to had not been