DOWNSHIFTERS' DIARY: Packing the House

One of the most stressful activities I can imagine is packing up and preparing to move.
It's physically difficult, even if you and your buddies aren't the ones lifting the couch into the truck, and it's emotionally draining, especially if you liked the place you lived.

So, rather than add to the stress by sleeping amid myriad boxes, my wife and I opted for a room at a nearby hotel at which my prior company had hosted gatherings. Because it's right in our neighborhood, we'd never actually stayed there, so it was a chance to experience the DoubleTree Guest Suites/Indianapolis North for ourselves.

In fact, as I'm writing this entry from the back room that serves as the hotel's "business center", I have no idea when someone might pop in and start looking over my shoulder, so I'll have the down-and-dirty in a later post. Stay tuned.

On the brightest of all sides, the house closing went smoothly and the packing of the truck went quickly. The wine is chilling and we're about to celebrate the fact that we are no longer homeowners and free to start heading for the Pacific Northwest.

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