The biggest moving weekend of the year coincided with heavy rains and winds as Tropical Storm Irene hit Massachusetts. By the time she got here, she still had lots of blow and rain. The storm tracked somewhat west of Boston. Massachusetts and Connecticut had enough wind damage to cause power outages for over a million people. In New York City and on Long Island, there were large-scale evacuations, which went pretty peacefully. The neighborhood I grew up in was underwater. (Thanks to Mr516Rockstar for the virtual tour.)
Bad timing. This was the weekend when colleges opened their dorms. Students and academic-based staff were scheduled to move, en masse, that Saturday and Sunday. Chaos ensued. Some colleges had early move-ins; some had late. The same thing happened with apartment dwellers.
Remember my nephew Dan? He had some drama on Thursday. The early move-in that had been arranged by the landlord fell through, last minute. But good will prevailed. Dan moved in, as planned. He squatted in an empty room that is not the one he’ll have for the year. He came into Boston with my brother and sister-in-law and moved in during the downpour on Saturday afternoon. He began his Ph.D. program on Monday, as scheduled.
Across town, my niece had a job as an orientation leader for freshmen at her college. She and my other brother arrived on Friday. My brother was home well before the storm. However, Freshman Orientation was a bust, since the Sunday move-in was cancelled because of the storm. The early move-ins and the leaders had food during the storm, so all was well enough.
Where you ferrying students to college this week? Did you need a boat to do it? Or did you move them later in the week?
In my neighborhood, there was a huge van full going out and a truck coming in on Sunday. As Mr. T said, “I pity the fool…” The majority of moves on my street happened on Wednesday. We now have a friendly crop of new tenants on the block.
How did movers cope around you?
I hope you all fared well. Do you have any last-licks regarding rentals. Otherwise, this is the end of the rental series for the year.
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