I know it’s been awhile.
I came back from Italy, had jet lag and with my sister Marcia immediately focused on helping Julie move.
Yesterday was moving day.
Julie’s new place is about 15 blocks from her old apartment.
In one way it was easier than we thought ( I say this because I did very little of the packing) and in some ways harder (not for me that much but there were a million oys coming from my loved ones).
The easy part was that she had the greatest movers who kept rearranging her furniture for her until she was happy ( Go Shleppers!)
Also Julie was smart enough to make sure that the cable /internet guy was there on moving day because as she told me yesterday since the internet was turned off the day before they left their old apartment, Violet was living like a pilgrim. She actually played with a puppet.
Well the movers left, lots of stuff was put away and I suggested that it was time to toast the new apartment.
Since the cable guy was still there I assumed it would be rude not to include him.
Obviously not everyone agreed because Julie came out of the bedroom with a look of disbelief on her face asking “Did I just hear you invite the cable guy for cocktails?”
“Guilty as charged”
After a frenzied search for a corkscrew only solved by our friend Claudia going down to buy a new one and by the way picking up a bottle of red to go with the white we already had, it was time to celebrate.
“What’ll ya have?” I asked the cable guy “Red or white?”
“I’m kind of a wine virgin, either one.”
“Okay, red it is”
We all toasted the move, the internet and just life in general.
A few minutes passed and the wine virgin said “Maybe I’ll give that white a chance now”
Me still in a party mood asked “Which do you like better?”
He seemed to mull it over and after swilling down the remainder of the wine in his glass gave us a thoughtful “Red”
We all pretty much ignored his holding up his glass, I suppose to see how the mixture of the two would go down, and thanked him and started putting the wine away.
Everything went well until about ten minutes after he left, the downstairs buzzer rang and it was WV coming back up.
I will say that Julie, my sister and Claudia all looked at me with accusatory glares blaming my gracious invitation for the possibility that we may have a stalker.
It turned out he just forgot to have Julie sign the paper that said he had done what he was supposed to, in internet terms that is.
They had to feel bad for maligning me without reason.
To you out of towners, here’s something you may not know.
In Iowa, if you move 15 blocks away you’ll meet pretty much the same kind of people. Here in New York, not so much.
That really hit home to me on the new bus route I took back to my neighborhood.
This is how they wear sweaters where Julie lives now.