One thing I've learned about moving companies; you pays your money, you takes your chances.
After a massive undertaking, one that has entirely exhausted my physical, mental and spiritual faculties, I have arrived in Pittsburgh, PA with my material possessions. Except for my car, which I will tell you about in a moment.
But first, it is official; Paul and I are living together. Roomies. Buddies. Pals even. Our office setup is enviable, and we'll post some photos once we have it in proper working fashion. There are too many boxes strewn about to pass as something we want you looking at.
Now, about my car.
When I moved from Vermont to Kentucky, I hired a "full-service moving company," whose supposed line of work involves pickup up all your packed boxes and transferring them to where you are going to be living. I can't really tell you how badly these people screwed me, but my occipital nerve went fucking haywire when I thought I might have to deal with this breed of vagabonds again.
This time around, I decided to do most of it myself; pack the boxes (with an alcohol-fueled friend, which actually made it a pleasant experience), have them loaded into a rental truck (with some well-paid movers, and if they were alcohol-fueled I don't think it was mine), then drive it up here with my car in tow (all on my lonesome. Little or no alcohol was involved in this step).
A simple set of tasks, to be sure. I won't bore you with the details, but the long and short of it is my car is still in Kentucky and I have to fly back to get it and drive it up here. Also, several cars ahead of me on the interstate caught on fire, on fire, during the heaviest traffic day that I'm certain Ohio has ever seen, causing my drive to take about 2 extra hours.
The towing unit being unavailable was entirely the fault of the Budget, the rental company I went with. I don't believe the words "great inconvenience" quite begin to describe the ass-ache they've caused, but I'm told they will try to make it right.
I'll let you know how that turns out.
In less bitchy news, I've completed my latest WordPress plugin. It's for easily maintaining and displaying weekly schedules, ideally for broadcasters. It's called Showtime, and if you have a use for it please try it out and tell me how it can be better.