Sunday, October 29, 2006

Uhaul and me dead

This was the final move from my old apt. to my new one and it has finally led me to realize that it's not worth doing it by yourself. From the very onset, it seemed the day was just going to get from bad to worse. The line at the Uhaul center was not too long but the wait was. When my cousin brother finally got the keys to the truck and we made our way to the apt. for loading, it was a little well past noon. And we had a little over 4 hrs left to return the truck!
Once there, we were joined by a friend - who had agreed very nicely to come at the last minute in spite of his hangover - and the poor thing did not hold the sofa properly and hurt his back. both the sofa and the friend had to be abandoned.. he was in pain. but no love lost for the sofa. but by the time I huffed and puffed my way to help out, someone had lost control of the dresser and as it went rolling down the loading dock, i had become completely hysterical. i was in splits actually. then my cousin and i got in to a spat. so the two of us moved stuff silently for the next half hour. when it came time to go to my new apt., the truck refused to start. sputter sputter sputter for 15-20 mins. Uhaul hotline to the rescue - mechanic would be on the way in 45 mins., oh but after 45 mins., they said they might as well send a tow truck. great!
So while i went to grab a sandwich, I conferred with some friends and decided on movers to unload the stuff at my new place next day. there was no question about it. Finally, the tow truck (which was stuck in traffic as usual) arrived around 8 pm. did i mention we called the hotline around 4ish?? it was a big-ass thing and stalled traffic on Connecticut Ave. for a while to get the truck on the truck basically. while i was watching this unfold, one of my friend's parents were in one of the minivans stuck behind the tow truck and waved to me. they were like hey, Shilpa is that your Uhaul? you look fabulous with it. haha.
Anyway, the next plan was to drive to Capitol Hill with the tow truck driver as my cousin followed behind in his car. As you know, in life there's a first time for everything. I can say this was the second time I got a ride inside a tow truck but as far as tow drivers hitting on me, this was a first. Rodney was his name. When he said i looked 25, I was happy as a fiddle. Of course, questions about India and could he come "knockin' on my crib for Indian food" followed. "Where do you hang out with the girls?" U St. sometimes, I said. "You go to U St.?? Girl, you like to drop it like it's hot!" Then a rather strange qs: "Do you go to male strip clubs?" Umm, no i must confess. I've never been to one. Considering the kind of crrrazy day I had, this line of questioning was pretty hilarious!! But everything is fine now.. the movers came the next day and Rodney went back to his next gig. Maybe moonlighting at one of those strip clubs?


mommyof2 said...

:-) men are pigs;-)

dianne said...

it sounds like quite a day, sorry to hear that! but it's nice to see you taking it with a good dose of humor. there is no point in stressing over in these situations.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear everything worked out...and my mom could partake in the interesting events! :-)

Twisted DNA said...

Damn, that's a pretty bad day :(

LOL@truck driver hitting on you. I didn't even know there are male strip clubs! You gotta check them out and tell us what happens there!

shilpa said...

mommyof2: hmm, looks like someone had a bad day, too! lol
dianne: thks, but the tears happened along with the laughs. don't handle stress all that well :(
anonymous: yeah sorry i couldn't recognize DC's Madhuri Dixit ;)
tdna: err, yeah that's gonna happen. real soon. will keep u posted!

kanika said...

tsk, tsk... going to a strip club... I thought you were a bholi-bhali desi Delhi-ite!! Hahahaha

Alpana said...

arre,you dont look a day over 18 I tell you!

Payal said...

Wow... fun times were had by all! ;-)

It's been a long time since I visited here. What's up?! Sorry... silly question - I know what's up because I just read your blog. But I'm lousy at making conversation, as you well know!

Shilpa said...

K: and i thought you were a bholi bhali desi mommee! :D
A: u are being too kind i tell u! P: fun times indeed - u can say that again. welcome back and hows the book coming along??

Mosilager said...

any pics of the lhasa/pom ?

I had a uhaul experience recently too, driving one the size of a lorry with manual gears from one end of town to the other multiple times. not to mention all the lifting. but definitely not as eventful as your experience.