The move has been made. Actually, it was largely finished by about 2 PM. And it would have been earlier, but when my techie friend Bill who came over after everything was in place to help set up my computer system and deal with a couple of the TVs, I figured we should have lunch first.
(His being there relieved a LOT of stress, and he got it all done a whole lot faster and better than if it had all be left to me.)
The move basically went well. (For those who missed the tale behind the move, after decades in the same place, you can read it here.) Still lots of things to put away -- which is why I didn't jump on the computer right away -- but most things are in reasonable order since I’ve been putting them away daily each time I’ve brought something over. Above all, the TVs and my computer are all working, and that might be the most important thing…
(As it happens, the one piece of equipment that got damaged in the move was a tiny, thumbnail-sized transmitter for my wireless keyboard and mouse. I'd forgotten it was still in a computer USB port, and it got bent. So, after the computer was all set up...the mouse and didn't work. Fortunately, I'd had the good sense to save my old keyboard and mouse as a spare. Plugged them in and all was well -- in fact, that's what I'm using now. I've ordered a new one, and this Old Faithful will go back to spare status. Highly recommended...)
The oddest thing is that my office is NOT in my bedroom – that’s something I’ve never had. Ever. First my home bedroom with my bed and desk in the same room, of course, then my college dorm room, then my two-bedroom apartment after college with a friend, and then my one bedroom place ever since. So, now, for the first time, an actual, standalone office. Very weird.
Honestly, the bedroom-office was a sort of all-in-one comfort. It was great being able to move between each so seamlessly -- flop on the bed from the desk, and jump to the computer from the bed. And it will be an adjustment separating them. But a nice adjustment to make. (For one thing, I leave my computer and printer on all the time, and it’s going to be nice not having to cover up all the lights!) Other adjustments, too, but I look forward to discovering them. Some will be great, others I’ll miss. Life isn’t perfect, but steps forward are always good…
Here's one nice "adjustment." I have had idiot neighbors in the apartment below me for the past 10 years. And among their many faults, they'd go ballistic if I made even the slightest noise after about 10 o'clock -- which means watching television at that oh-so-late hour. (One night, one of the guys pounded on my door and berated me for about an hour. The next day I asked one of my next door neighbors if I was too noisy for her. She said, "What?? You're the quietest neighbor I've ever had. I also asked the neighbor on the other side, and he said "I never hear you.") The point being that for years I either have turned the sound waaaaaay down low and strained to listen to TV after 10 PM, or I bought an earphone jack. And yes, it was as annoying as it sounds. More so. But now... now I can watch TV after 10 in the evening!!! Like the rest of the world. Huzzah! It's 10:30 as I type this. And I have the television on at the very same time. Watching television after 10, what a concept. (I know the place has good sound-proofing because we tested it beforehand.) Most people get excited about a new place for any number of valid reasons. "Being able to watch TV after 10 at night" is generally not one of them.
And not just a separate room for an office, but also a den/guest room on top of it. Yes, I went from a one-bedroom apartment to a three bedroom condo.
No, I do not remotely need three bedrooms. But that's what the place came with, and I really liked the place. And better to have one too many bedrooms than one too few. One can always find something for it, even if it's just for storage. Most people initially said, "Oh, you can have a guest room." But I realized that I'm not a Holiday Inn and don't get all that many guests, so a dedicated guest room would be a wasted room rarely used. Instead, I've made it a sort of den/music room, and it can accommodate any guests who do pop up, since I'll get one of those air mattresses that compress to an easy compact size when not needed. I checked first with my interior designer friend Martha, and she said that that's even what she has. So, I'm fine with it.
And now we dive back in.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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