Thursday, February 18, 2010

'Blinkers indicate weakness'

There's a lot we've learned from this two week move to Dallas, namely- take more than 2 weeks to move.

We decided to get a POD to put everything that we'd move into our house, and got a uhaul trailer for everything in our apartment. We learned that when the wife says "That's not going to be enough space" She's right, because she knows exactly how much stuff you own.

On the bright side, we did the calculation of what it would cost to get an additional unit, so we made sure that the cost to replace all items given away would be less than that cost, so we felt like we came out a head- but it was still hard to give away our trashcan. Brent loved that can.

Also learned that if you happen to snap off the passenger mirror of the vehicle that will be towing the a fore mentioned U-Haul, 4 days prior to the move, you should take the vehicle to the dealership service department and not a body shop. Long story short, this will force you to tow a u-haul through a snow and windstorm for 20 hours staying entirely in the right lane due to your temporary mirror not having warmers and being rendered completely useless.

We decided to get an apartment close to work, then figure out where we want to buy.

We thought this was smart, this was stupid.

We SHOULD have looked for an apartment close to CHILD CARE. Kory silly Kory assumed she'd be able to find decent childcare anywhere, not so. Decent Childcare has a waiting list- especially if your child is under 18 months. Luckily we had some friends in town that knew of some EXCELLENT childcare. Draw back of EXCELLENT childcare- Holly Mackerel it's expensive! Bonus of excellent childcare, expensive means that there's an opening. Luckily there was space available in one that is located 7 miles in the opposite direction of our commute, in a nicer part of town, with better apartments.

Texas drivers are insane. INFREAKINSANE. LA drivers have NOTHING on Dallas. When talking to someone about how no one here uses their blinkers they smiled and said, "In Dallas, using your blinker indicates weakness"

I have a feeling we have a lot more learning coming our way.


nrthshore said...

"Holly Crap"

This is from my highly educated daughter who prized herself in know all of the college vocabulary words for the SAT tests. What has Texas done to you already?

Salt H2O said...

sorry mom...'Holy Crap' is actually a Utah phrase. I'll evict it from my vocabulary immediately.

Eddie said...

Glad the move is going so smooth. Hope you are prepared for fruther learning.

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Emmy said...

Good luck.. and at least you will have some time living there before you buy so you will really know the town and where the good child care is :)

Amy said...

I've always wondered why I use my blinker so infrequently. Guess it is not just a Dallas thing maybe more of a regional thing since I grew up in OK.

Kim said...
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Kim said...

Driving here is insane BUT I can tell you have never driven in Wichita least the driver's here are somewhat courteous. I still like it here and we are moving :( was I who deleted the previous comment. I HATE TYPOS!!

Jess said...

We are east of Dallas in Rockwall and LOVE it here. We moved from New York about 18 months ago. It has all the conveniences you need but still has a small-town feel. And the commute into Dallas is MUCH better than from the northwest suburbs (Plano/Frisco/Flower Mound, etc).

Salt H2O said...

Kim, True- I guess knowing that 50% of the state packs heat cuts down on the road rage.

Jess- would love to live in Rockwall, but the preschool we love is in Allen! That would make for an ugly commute.