Actually it was a small U-Haul truck. They used the “shuttle” because the big moving van couldn’t make it into the confines of where Ry used to live. They called at 9:00 this morning to gain access to Ry’s old home. I had the key as Ry now lives in the Seattle area working for Microsoft.
On Saturday I helped Ry prepare for the move by taking my Astrovan over and hauling things to the dump. Ry’s main objective was to get out of town before Barb could see all the stuff I set aside to bring home, then find and kill him. But since she and Xenia were at yard sales all morning I figured Ry was safe. And besides, a lot of that stuff is going to friends and relatives of mine that I’m certain will be pleased to get it. Ry, his kids, and I worked all day Saturday to get things ready for the move. It was a small place but there was a lot of stuff to do. I left before it was quite all done. Then later Ry stopped by pick up a few rounds of linked .50 BMG ammo and to say good-bye before his drive back to the Seattle area.
Yesterday Xenia and I went over to do some cleaning. More cleaning needs to be done now that the stuff is moved out and we’ll get it done before the end of the month so Ry doesn’t have to pay another months rent on the place.
The movers arrived, called me for access and I was over there in 15 minutes. It would have been only 10 but one of the dogs “marked” one of my shoes I was going to put on. I pointed out the stuff to be moved and the room to stay out of because it contained my garbage can, vacuum cleaner, and a few cleaning supplies. There wasn’t much there and it was all packed and the small truck was rolling into town to the moving van by about 11:45. I followed the truck into town from Ry’s place. A sadness washed over me as I watched the truck drive away with the last of Ry’s belongings. At Mountain View Road I turned south and they turned north. I went on to UltiMAK to dump off the stuff Ry was giving to them and they headed towards the other side of town and the moving van that would deliver Ry’s belongs to him–340 miles away. I’m chatting on-line with him right now as I write this but I’ll miss the talks until the early morning light in my living room and the impromptu trips to the range with my chemistry set to try out a new Boomershoot mix.
Heavy sigh… closure.