Moving Perks

Let’s face it: Life’s not easy. But the way I see it, everything is accompanied by perks of some sort.

Take a marriage, for instance. It’s hard work. But in the end, you get unconditional love and acceptance from the person who’s seen that weird way you chew your mashed potatoes after company leaves. Most people would be weirded out, but somehow you remain the apple of her eye… some things will forever remain a mystery.

A set of perks that I find truly amazing are those that come with moving. I’m blown away that something good could come of taking your daily life, parsing it up into 100 piles, putting those piles into boxes, and then trucking it all miles down the road to be unpacked and unparsed. And yet the perks exist. Let’s examine them…

Perk # 1: One man’s junk is…

…let’s just be real- it’s still junk regardless. That said, I stumbled upon quite a bit of my own junk that I thought had been disposed of years ago. I’m not sure how I’ve made it this long without you, headlamp that appears useful for spelunking, but I’m sure glad I found you again.

"Oh, what, do I not look like I'm loving life right now? Because I am! I TOTALLY am!"

 Perk # 2: Pretending to be a tractor trailer truck driver

During this move, I had the privilege of pretending to be the villain truck driver from the movie Joy Ride. I know that’s creepy, but it was hard not to make calls on my pretend CB radio as I cruised down the interstate in my 20-foot U-Haul. This perk also came along with a lot of beef jerky and a Mountain Dew bottle bathroom. Granted, it was only a 70-mile drive so I probably could have held it, but it completed the whole scenario.

Pretty sure my wheels were less intimidating than I imagined...

Perk # 3: One more excuse to throw a party

First there’s the moving party, where everyone abandons their low-carb South Beach diets to indulge in pizza, Doritos, and Little Debbies. Next is the house-warming party (more food), followed by the meet-the-neighbors party (even more food, hopefully bustin’ out the grill for this one). There’s a recurring theme here, namely that I will have gained 20 pounds when all is said and done.

Perk # 4: You find out who your friends are

Yes, you are correct, I just quoted a country song. And you loved it, so stop hatin’. I wish there was a good way to thank everyone who helped us out during our recent move without leaving someone out, so let me just say a huge thanks to everyone who made me and Brooke feel tremendously loved and thankful for our awesome family and friends! My parents, who let us stay with them (cats and all) while we waited on our new place to be ready. My Father-in-law, who drove all the way from Farm-vegas to pick up the stuff we couldn’t fit in the moving truck. Our crazy Pastor and new church family, who met us at 10pm to unload our moving truck at our storage unit. Our crazy church family again, who moved us once more the following week into our house.

So even though I wouldn’t recommend going out and renting a moving truck tomorrow just for the heck of it, I will say that in the midst of picking up and starting anew somewhere completely different, we have been incredibly blessed to be the recipients of an awesome amount of love and support. Words can’t describe how awesome that has been (though Tracy Lawrence’s song does come pretty close).

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being “I’m never moving again, even if it means I live on the street the rest of my life and eat orange Jello!” and 10 being “Moving is the best! My goal in life is to live in all 50 states + Puerto Rico!” how would you rate your feelings towards having to move?

  • Bill (cycleguy)

    Well, o beardless wonder (if that is a picture of you), I can answer that with 3 words-one I very rarely use: I hate moving. The word is not “I” or “moving.” :) I have moved way too many times to suit me, but of course all have been for ministry reasons. I will move at least one more time (If not here on earth), but least I won’t have to worry about a moving van or packing things. Glad it all went well for you. I know Rob is really glad you are there.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      :) I know how you feel, Bill! Moving totally throws off my daily equilibrium. Tomorrow marks a week, and I’m just now starting to get my rhythm back. That said, we did have a ton of help, and I’m glad to be here and all moved in!

  • Daniel Carman

    You only pee in a Mt. Dew bottle when you are driving a truck down the highway? I thought this was an every day thing. Am I taking this too far? Should I switch to peeing in a diet Mt. Dew bottle and save the high test bottle for special occasions?

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Short answer- yes. Longer answer- most definitely yes.
      I appreciate your adventurous spirit here. And remember, ALWAYS throw the Mt. Dew bottles away when done with them. You want no room for confusion…

      • Daniel Carman

        I have a friend who chews tobacco and often will spit into his empty soda can. At least twice that I know of, there was a mix up.

        • Stephen Haggerty

          NICE!! And by “nice”, I mean that sounds like a sure fire way to induce vomit.

  • Jason Vana

    I like moving inasmuch that it means I’m getting a new place and entering a new season of life. The actual act of moving? I’m not really a fan.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      That’s pretty much it, Jason! Next time if I could just zap to the latter and avoid the former, that’d be great :) But we are here, and once again we survived, so maybe we’re stronger like Kelly Clarkson.

  • Amber Amezcua

    I like moving. I think I would rate it a 9.5. If I could live in all 50 states that would be awesome, I just don’t want to live in Puerto Rico. Your question does remind me of our trip to SC, where you and Pastor Rob asked those questions for a good 2.5 hours. Glad you are all here, and it was a good experience. Hope it is the beginning of a wild adventure in the 757.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      I definitely think I subconsciously borrowed some language from our “Would You Rather?” game :)
      Thanks for proving your friendship so early on in our time here! We owe you and Ed big time.

  • Dona

    I have moved enough in my lifetime. But I’m figuring that there is one more move for me. Not looking forward to it. Should start purging now in anticipation.
    One thing that I hope you found is your box of Christmas ornaments. And I want to see them on a Christmas tree this year :)

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Well I’m sure with my now vast experience with moving, I’m bound to be of some sort of assistance when you do move! I’m pretty good at ordering the pizza ;) And I’m sure those ornaments will turn up somewhere, though they’re likely still buried in what remains of the sea of boxes.

  • Rob Shepherd

    I loathe moving. It seems like a never ending pile of hard work. I hope to only move one more time. Oh and when is this open house party. I could stand to gain a few more pounds.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Well I’m there whenever you do move- owe you one!
      I think I’ll call it the “Christen The Crib” party. We’ll christen it with good food and fun times.

  • Arny

    i work for a moving company…so my feelings will be biased…sorry…no comment…

    • Stephen Haggerty

      That is a noble occupation. Pretty sure the thought of being around moving all day long takes a very special skill set!

  • jasonS

    The moving is okay, it’s all the prep and unloading I don’t like. It’s exciting to go to a new place, but all those boxes… Makes me shudder just to think about it.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      :) I feel you, Jason. I’ve had nightmares about those boxes. For a couple days there it seemed like any time I needed something I had to play a game of “which box is the item in?” (a game I wouldn’t necessarily recommend).

  • Phil

    I guess my comment didn’t take. I’d be about a 4 on the scale. Don’t mind moving but don’t want to just jump on doing it right now. I do like uhual trailers, beef jerky and parties though

    • Stephen Haggerty

      Yes- it may not be the funnest experience, but you gotta love the perks :)

  • TMZ

    For now, moving remains an adventure for me. I’m sure as the years go by and I accumulate more stuff and/or relationships, however, that will change. Am already starting to feel that budding desire to settle down somewhere and quit roaming around so much.

    Definitely not in orange Jello territory yet though.

    • Stephen Haggerty

      It would appear your moves are straight up adventures. If we could all make moving a TMZ travel adventure, it would be a game-changer.

  • Dan Black

    The greatest move I have had was when my wife and I moved from Portland OR to San Diego CA about 2 1/2 years ago. I can’t get into the whole story about it was a big move. I drove the 18 hr. trip 4 different times within a year.

  • Larry Hehn

    My wife is an army brat, so she’s used to moving. Me, not so much. We moved 4 times in our first two years of marriage, then settled in. We’ve now been in the same house for 20 years. I like staying put, but also wouldn’t mind a move just to purge a lot of the junk we’ve accumulated over the years. I don’t know where half of it came from, or why we have it!

  • Loren Pinilis

    I’m glad that you like moving, because I can’t stand it. I’d probably rather get dental work done. It was cool when I was in college and basically packed all my stuff into a few GLAD garbage bags. But the older you get, the more stuff you get, and the less fun it becomes. Just wait until you have to move cribs and baby toys!

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