MOVING!

Beginning this weekend, my wife Cat and I are moving to a new apartment.

Moving. As in boxes. And tape. And … excessive, American-style ownership.

And, eventually, me in a corner, crying.

We’ll be in our new place Wednesday, May 28.

Yay.

We are very, very, very glad to be leaving the place in which it very much feels as if we’ve been trapped for the last two years. We’re only moving about ten blocks away, but it’s like ten blocks between Yucksville and Yaysville.

Still. Moving. Moving means work — lots and lots of work. Those of you who’ve been reading me a while know that work and me go together like ice cream and a sandstorm. But what can I do? I’m stuck packing. In my office, from whence I am now a’writin’ this, I have four, double-door, 7-foot tall bookcases jammed with so many books my bookworms are suing me for inadequate living space. The tops of those cases are piled with books. And I’ve got at least five more cases worth of books lying in piles all over this room.

What I like best about my library is that having it makes me look smart. What I like least about it is that whenever I have to move it, I end up looking like a “Before” ad for a chiropractor.

Okay, I have to go pick up Cat from work now. We’ve got rolls of tape, half the world’s cardboard supply in boxes, packing paper, dish packs, felt pins, rope, pulleys, dollies, loading ramps, backhoes, dumpsters, teams of Teamsters standing by, wrecking crews out on the street ….

You know, I used to actually be a card-carrying member of the Teamster’s union. I used to load 150-200,000 pounds of food onto trucks throughout the night out of a  warehouse in Long Beach, CA. I was 22, 23 then, and built like … well, like a 22-year-old who spends 12-hours a night throwing around half a million pounds.

I’m not that guy anymore.

Right around this time tomorrow I’ll be wishing like heck that I was, though.

Well. Or not.

Anyway! Wish us luck!!! Love!

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • http://transmorfosis.wordpress.com transmorfosis

    “What I like best about my library is that having it makes me look smart”. i like what u say

  • http://iconographies.wordpress.com Michael

    Don’t bring up the memories of moving books, yikes. We toured a home a couple of weeks ago. The library held 20,000 volumes (I coveted). The folks who owned the home have been dead awhile. The books are still there. Probably always will be. Who’d want to move all of those.

  • http://iconographies.wordpress.com Michael

    Don’t bring up the memories of moving books, yikes. We toured a home a couple of weeks ago. The library held 20,000 volumes (I coveted). The folks who owned the home have been dead awhile. The books are still there. Probably always will be. Who’d want to move all of those.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Trans: THANKS!

    Michael: Wow. 20,000 is a LOT of books. The most I’ve ever owned at one time (this collection I have now is my third “library”; I had to sell my last two) is about 3,500–and that was just about squeezing me out of my place. I can’t even imagine 20,000. That’s some serious business.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Trans: THANKS!

    Michael: Wow. 20,000 is a LOT of books. The most I’ve ever owned at one time (this collection I have now is my third “library”; I had to sell my last two) is about 3,500–and that was just about squeezing me out of my place. I can’t even imagine 20,000. That’s some serious business.

  • Judy

    I feel your pain, really. I know about packing and moving, being a Marine Corps brat then an Army wife for 20 years. Oh, and books! I love books. I don’t have enough bookcases for all my books. Many are stacked on tables, the floor, in the closet…..and when will I get around to reading them all?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I’m actually not much of a reader, really. I just love HAVING books, for some stupid reason. I think I think they make me smarter through … osmosis, or something.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I’m actually not much of a reader, really. I just love HAVING books, for some stupid reason. I think I think they make me smarter through … osmosis, or something.

  • Judy

    Yes, just HAVING books makes your smarter! I’m practically a genius. ;) Happy moving day.

  • Judy

    Yes, just HAVING books makes your smarter! I’m practically a genius. ;) Happy moving day.

  • http://www.sheppardministries.com Greta

    John, are your books ‘dog-eared’?…..you know, like when you turn the corner of the page down so you know where you left off and where to begin again? Have you read every page of every book?Most intellectuals have ‘dog-eared’ books …only thing is, they start another book before going back to the last dog-eared one.

    Oh, well, what the heck…dog-ears or no dog-ears…. enjoy your move….a change is as good as a rest, they say……know how exasperating it is….clearing out the clutter…..been there, done that…parsonage to manse to vicarage!

  • http://www.sheppardministries.com Greta

    John, are your books ‘dog-eared’?…..you know, like when you turn the corner of the page down so you know where you left off and where to begin again? Have you read every page of every book?Most intellectuals have ‘dog-eared’ books …only thing is, they start another book before going back to the last dog-eared one.

    Oh, well, what the heck…dog-ears or no dog-ears…. enjoy your move….a change is as good as a rest, they say……know how exasperating it is….clearing out the clutter…..been there, done that…parsonage to manse to vicarage!

  • http://www.sisterfriends-together.org anita

    Oh man, I do NOT envy you! I'd go through 6 root canals and a televised colonoscopy over packing and moving any day. Okay, fine. That was an exaggeration. 5 root canals.

    Enjoy and remember old man, lift from the legs. Use the core not the spine.

  • http://www.sisterfriends-together.org anita

    Oh man, I do NOT envy you! I'd go through 6 root canals and a televised colonoscopy over packing and moving any day. Okay, fine. That was an exaggeration. 5 root canals.

    Enjoy and remember old man, lift from the legs. Use the core not the spine.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I gotcher core right here…

  • arlywn

    Moving is scary… you should just sell the palce with everything else and buy new stuff. or… pay people to move for you. *nodds* thats what I will do…. no more of this moving stuff. did it twice, wonts do it again…. no. just no.

  • Lynn

    Lord God, keep John and his wife Cat safe from physical harm as they move. Help them make this transition smoothly. Keep them at perfect peace with you and each other and bring about times of laughter and joy as they pack and move. Help them to rest sufficiently once the work is done and help them to adjust to their new home and neighborhood with ease. Lord, use them where you are placing them. For we know You always have a higher purpose when transitions occur. Thank you Lord, in Your name, amen.

    Peace to you and your wife.

  • Lynn

    Lord God, keep John and his wife Cat safe from physical harm as they move. Help them make this transition smoothly. Keep them at perfect peace with you and each other and bring about times of laughter and joy as they pack and move. Help them to rest sufficiently once the work is done and help them to adjust to their new home and neighborhood with ease. Lord, use them where you are placing them. For we know You always have a higher purpose when transitions occur. Thank you Lord, in Your name, amen.

    Peace to you and your wife.

  • Doug

    Hey John, long time reader…first time commenter…I have moved probably 20 times in my adult life…so I identify with the drudgery involved…however, there is only one thing worse than moving….and that is helping somebody else move…:) So sorry that I am in Virgina and unable to help;)

  • Doug

    Hey John, long time reader…first time commenter…I have moved probably 20 times in my adult life…so I identify with the drudgery involved…however, there is only one thing worse than moving….and that is helping somebody else move…:) So sorry that I am in Virgina and unable to help;)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Don’t say you couldn’t help, Doug. You could always send me money.

    Ark, ark. I’m kidding, of course. It doesn’t have to be cash. A check or money order would be fine.

    I’m sitting in my office now, with 30 cases of books stacked behind me. Our house looks like a tornado went through it. But it’s like we’ve barely started packing. I can’t even imagine where I’m supposed to start next. It’s 6 a.m., and I already feel like I’m ready for a nap.

    It’s kind of fun, though. It’s weird, that we have so much stuff. We’ve never really had a lot of stuff before, but we’ve been BUYING stuff for two years now, since I came into money, and so … now here we are, having to DEAL with all that great stuff that for so long now has been sitting on this shelf, or jammed into that closet.

    You’ve moved 20 times as an adult? That’s almost exactly our number: this’ll be our 19th move, I think. And, hopefull, our last for awhile: from here, we’re hoping to wait until the market hits bottom, and buy our first Actual Home ever. At 50.

    It’s so … sad, really. But whaddaya gonna do?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Don’t say you couldn’t help, Doug. You could always send me money.

    Ark, ark. I’m kidding, of course. It doesn’t have to be cash. A check or money order would be fine.

    I’m sitting in my office now, with 30 cases of books stacked behind me. Our house looks like a tornado went through it. But it’s like we’ve barely started packing. I can’t even imagine where I’m supposed to start next. It’s 6 a.m., and I already feel like I’m ready for a nap.

    It’s kind of fun, though. It’s weird, that we have so much stuff. We’ve never really had a lot of stuff before, but we’ve been BUYING stuff for two years now, since I came into money, and so … now here we are, having to DEAL with all that great stuff that for so long now has been sitting on this shelf, or jammed into that closet.

    You’ve moved 20 times as an adult? That’s almost exactly our number: this’ll be our 19th move, I think. And, hopefull, our last for awhile: from here, we’re hoping to wait until the market hits bottom, and buy our first Actual Home ever. At 50.

    It’s so … sad, really. But whaddaya gonna do?


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