Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leaving Easy (street)

I promised myself that i will not write any of the "leaving Bay area" posts until i am back in India. So here i am - sitting nicely at Diamond district apartment at 6 am.

At some point in Nov, on the Wednesday before thanksgiving my manager walked up to me and said - why are you not back in India. This came as a shock as i was waiting for people above me to tell that i can leave now. I was going to India on vacation about 10 days from now and i was like can i move back right now? Can i weap everything and move back for good in 10 days. Good thought exercise. I had already made my thanksgiving weekend plans to Redwood so i went there and as blogged before, that was an awesome trip. I came back on Sat night, so now i had 6 days before i leave for India. And i had decided that if not move back, i am not going to pay my Jan rent, so i will clear up my apartment.

Sunday morning came and it begins with something that is very much needed in order to take a plunge this big - Philz coffee.  Just to paint a picture, in 6 days, i have to ship the stuff that i want to India and ofcourse, before i ship, i also have to pack them, discard all the stuff that i do not want and discard mostly meant give it up for free as i was not looking to sell it, figure out what i should do with Ponyo, sell my car and get the apartment cleaned. And ofcourse, i had to attend office and prepare for my India trip as well.

The whole week can be summarized as that it was messy, it was hectic and lots of fun.

Ponyo was given to Deepti didi on thursday and she is not happy in her new home. While moving Ponyo to her new home, i took her in car and at a sharp brake, the small aquarium toppled and those were the moments where my heart just raced. Ponyo was on the floor under the seat and i was not able to see her. Then, after some random poking, i felt her body and quickly moved her back in aquarium. Thankfully, i had water bottle in my car, so i quickly filled the aquarium. The rest of the drive was one of the smoothest drive that i had ever done in my life.

From Leaving Easy (street)

Shipping includes box buying, packing (and throwing) and more box buying and more packing and more throwing. I shipped my tv and bike, had to pay extra 200$ for my tv just for packing.  Picking up the right shipper was a key decision and i did in like i always do - the first guy who said that he can come and pick it up on a day's notice. It is yet to be seen how good or bad was that decision.

From Leaving Easy (street)

Discarding stuff.
I had lots of stuff to give up - sofa, recliner, lamps, old clothes, etc etc. I had scheduled a salvation army pickup for all of it and then somebody told me that salvation army are very choosy people, they will not take things which they dont like. Ankur gave me the idea of posting a free stuff ad on craigslist and he said that everything will go in 2 hrs. I didnt believe him and i was wrong. It was Friday and at 6 am, i posted my ad. By 8 i had already got dozen calls and by 10 everything was gone. I asked people to come after Salvation army guys had gone so that the best stuff is used well.

From Leaving Easy (street)

I called Heavenly maids to clean the place. They did a good job and even took my recliner and side table.  They were sad that i didnt tell them earlier that all the stuff was for free to be taken away.

From Leaving Easy (street)

Stuff was gone, house was clean and all that was left was car. I had planned to give my car to a dealer and had scheduled an afternoon appointment with him. But when the time came, i got cold feet. Selling car was like the last nail in the coffin, it meant sealing the deal and i was not ready for it. So, i cancelled selling the car and it became my excuse to come back and do it.

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