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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This is a racket, people, I'm tellin' ya. I should go into the moving truck rental business, I would make a fortune renting trucks to unsuspecting idiots who are desperate to move.

W e're in full-fledge moving mode now.
Boxes line the walls, plastic tubs clutter bedrooms and paper plates and plastic cups litter the trash can.

We can't find ANY. THING.
And have I told you Murphy is sicking his law on us?
First it was the boys accidents on Monday...then today U-Haul tried to pull a fast one.
This afternoon I was busy doing whatever I could to avoid packing using up all the groceries in our house by baking chocolate chip cookies, when the phone rang.

'Yes, is Shad there?'
'Not right now, may I take a message?'
'Umm...yeeeeessss. Could you please tell him to call U-Haul as soon as possible?,'
'What's wrong,' I demanded.
'Ummm...there's a slight problem with his order. We have a 26 foot truck and a car trailer, but they aren't in Grab-Your-Lasso. You'll have to drive to another town to pick them up. If you want a 26 foot truck you'll have to go to Cheyenne - (50 miles away)...and then you'll have to go to Ft. Collins for the trailer (70 miles in the opposite direction.) Of course if you'd like to pick them both up in the same place you can drive to TORRINGTON (which is two and a half hours away!)

Are they insane?
Evidently this is all in the small print. They promise they'll have the truck for you...they just don't promise where it will be.
Soooooo....they want us to drive 2 1/2 hours each way to get a truck, which will then eat not only into the time we have available to rent the truck, but also the mileage they allot us.
Yea. Right.
So I called Penske...they said they could get both of them for us...tomorrow morning...for TWICE THE PRICE!
This is a racket, people, I'm tellin' ya. I should go into the moving truck rental business, I would make a fortune renting trucks to unsuspecting idiots who are desperate to move.
Thankfully, Shad is calm under pressure, and has a few more negotiation skills than I do. He called U-Haul back...got them to knock off $100 off the price, give us 300 more miles for free, three extra days for free, and a couple of dollies at no charge.
But we still have to drive an eternity to get our truck.
Yea. Take THAT U-Haul!

9 salty messages:

Bethany May 28, 2009 at 12:23 AM  

If you have AAA (or get it, it's only like $60) Penske should be cheaper. And, there's less chance of the truck breaking down before you reach your destination. Good luck with all of it!

Tina in CT May 28, 2009 at 6:00 AM  

Good luck. Keeping thinking to a few weeks from now when you are there and most of the unpacking is done.

Rachael May 28, 2009 at 7:09 AM  

Oh you poor dear. Moving is just sucky.

Melissa May 28, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

Yes it is all a big scam, with all of them moving companies. They will cheat you blind, if you do not stand up to them. When we moved from NY to Florida, it was not too bad, until they gave us the bill, and added all these fees they never told us about. It was a big mess, and I was in a fighting mood.

Signe May 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM  

What a pita!! I'm glad your hubby was able to get it worked out though. My parents live in Torrington, btw :)

MoonDog May 28, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

oh the joys of moving. hope it all comes together and you can look back at some point and LAUGH. I know our moves have been pretty stressful but we were proud to have gotten through them and can now look back and laugh at the things that got us so upset. hugs. hang in there it will all be over soon enough and you can get on with the business of livin!

Troy and Rachel May 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

Gees Louise!! That's crazy as if they don't understand things are crazy as it is. I'm glad negotiations went a little better.

Drew, Michelle, Luke and Tetyana May 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

Ok that really stinks!!! Have you tried buying boxes? That is a real rip off!!!

Travel safe!!

SLColman May 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

The pains of moving and packing continue :(

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