Moving furniture

The last three days have been occupied with moving furniture. It was a complicated set of exchanges which resulted in me renting a U-Haul trailer Wednesday morning, heading to Minneapolis, pickup up a bedroom set as well as the furniture of a friend, bringing some of the furniture back to Fertile, putting the rest of it in a storage unit in Grand Forks and then dropping the U-Haul trailer off in Crookston tonight. Three days of driving with a trailer behind the pickup and three days of moving furniture. Not my favorite activity, but I made it through.

The most stressful part was driving through the Loring Park neighborhood in Minneapolis with a 12-foot trailer, plus a six-foot hitch, behind my extended-cab pickup. Ugh. I took it slow and let people swear at me. Actually, people were pretty polite. When you have a U-Haul, I think people sympathize.

On the way down to Minneapolis, the trees were covered in frost from the fog on Tuesday night. There were dozens of wonderful photographs to be had, but stopping alongside the freeway with a trailer only to get out and snap photos seemed a little bit wrong. Lance shot some photos through the window, but they tend not to turn out.

On the way home, more spectacular scenery, but we just gave up on taking pictures and enjoyed it.

Moving furniture is a melancholy chore, although I was happy to score a nice bedroom set for my guest bedroom.

Again, after I got back from another brush with the Twin Cities, I felt a bit depressed. I couldn't figure out why. It is such a different world. The people are more hurried, more brusque, more trendy, more with it, more on the ball, more career-oriented, better dressed and all of those things--yet I wanted nothing more than to run away and fast. It made me aware that it is too late to change my mind...I have cast my lot in the countryside and am not likely to become a city person ever.

Every such realization--the realization that you have given up something in order to attain something else--is sobering, until you realize anew that you wouldn't have it any other way.