The Move – Day 1

The fun began yesterday, Day 0.  We had reserved the trailer for pickup at 9:00am on 5/25.  I arrived a few minutes prior and noticed that the trailer was there in the parking lot.  Once the office opened, I went inside along with one other customer.  The trailer was, in fact, the one reserved for us but there was a problem with one of the safety chains.  They were attempting either locate a nearby replacement or get someone to repair the chain.  Bottom line, I went back home to await the outcome not knowing when we might get a trailer.

Truck and U-Haul Trailer

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Moving On – 2021

Once again, we turn the page on a new chapter.  We are moving to Maryland.  In January of 2020, Valerie’s Mom, Mae moved to Maryland to live with one of Valerie’s sisters who lives in Germantown, MD.  Valerie’s other sister lives about 30 miles away in Arlington, VA.  Valerie and I stayed around to oversee the sale of Mae’s house in Torrance, CA.  The sale closed in late February.

At that point, our plan was to visit some friends and move around at a leisurely pace.  The pandemic forced us to change those plans and stay put and were allowed to spend the spring and summer at beautiful Lake Tahoe.  Wanting to get back closer to Southern California, in September 2020, we started a one year lease for a tiny home in Desert Hot Springs at the Caliente Springs Resort.  During the winter, we considered the possibility of buying a place at Caliente Springs and/or buying an RV as a way to resume some domestic travel.

Ultimately, we’ve decided to move to Maryland.  This will allow Valerie to be close to her sisters and help out her Mom.  We took a trip out there recently to visit and while there we rented a one bedroom apartment in Germantown.  We are now back in California and will be renting a U-Haul trailer to drag our belongings out to the east coast, departing on May 26.

Yes, this will be a big change, but we’ve become accustomed to change during the 10 years since we stopped working.  I lived in Northern Virginia for many years back in the 1980’s so I have some familiarity with the geography and the weather.  Also, this will put us closer to my family members in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Still a meaningful distance away but definitely closer.

Time to move on.

Vaccine Distribution Chaos

By now, we know that there are at least two potentially highly effective Covid-19 vaccines that may soon be available on an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.  Fantastic news.  When that happens, these vaccines will have to be distributed and administered.  How will that work?

OIP

Let’s look at these parameters:  Logistics, Priorities, Administration Process, Labor and Cost.  I’m only going to look at this from the perspective of the United States.  But we have to understand that this is a global concern. Continue reading