Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Bonus Trip to Yuba City

This morning, Lisa decided she was (barely) up to us making an extra trip to Yuba City to take advantage of the long weekend and try to maybe finalize the storage locker.

So about 9:30 we set off back over the mountains, and got to the locker in Yuba City around 1 PM. The first goal was to identify those boxes that were empty or full of nothing but packing material. Second was to identify things we no longer wanted to keep. We were able to break down boxes and condense this into a minivan-load of discards, which we then carted over to the landfill in Marysville and dumped for $13.20. Returning to the locker, we then filled it up again with as much as we could, in a couple of cases consolidating some half-filled boxes with each other to make full boxes.

When we finished, all that was left of significant value to use was a nice Japanese screen that we've had since our days in the Folsom apartment. Amazingly, the rice-paper screen has never been damaged, and while it's dusty, Lisa thinks it's cleanable. It's too long to fit into the back of the van as long as the middle seat is it in place, though.

Also in the locker is a large sheet of plywood — I have no idea how it got there; indeed, it might have been there when we moved in, more than twenty years ago now — and smaller bits and pieces like the broom and brushes we've been using to try and dust things off as we went along. We're now certain that we can move out with one more minivan load as long as we pull the middle seat from the Astro to make enough room for that sheet of plywood (we can put it in the bottom of the wood-box) and the Japanese screen.

We gave the storage locker place the required 30 days' notice, so we plan to come back one more time in late September with the minivan's seat pulled to do the final load. I anticipate forfeiting any deposit I might have put down twenty years ago in lieu of us cleaning the accumulated decades of dust and cobwebs from the locker. It's given me good service, but I'm happy to almost be shut of it.

After a very hot, tiring day in the sun, we stumbled into a restaurant in Yuba City for dinner (which we ate slowly to maximize time in the air conditioning), then drove home to Fernley. That's a pretty full day. Tomorrow is a holiday that I usually spend at Worldcon. I'm thinking of spending it sleeping this year.
Tags: lisa, locker
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