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We set out for Bend, Oregon, from El Cerrito, CA, in a Budget rental truck with a load of our stuff. Lots of books this time.

Rolling away from our old house at 8:30 with a slight sprinkle. We were worried about the weather and had checked and rechecked every weather site possible. The problem was the Klamath Falls to Bend predictions were for snow and rain, but we had already not taken a load last week and we were getting anxious to make a haul.

As it turned out the weather was just fine up to Klamath Falls and beyond for a while, but about La Pine we hit an unquestioned blizzard and were forced to slow down because of visibility problems. I tucked in behind a semi truck, which I hoped had better visibility than I did from my Budget rental, and stayed in the tracks he made in the snow. He was functioning as my eyes and snow-plow. The blizzard was intermittent, and the accumulation on the pavement never got beyond three inches, but sometime the wind was really rocking the truck and the snowfall was heavy. Visibility dropped to forty yards at times.

Ultimately, we made it just fine, having lost no more than an hour due to the weather. I discovered that I could back the truck right up to our front door by driving on the grass, which enabled us to run the truck’s built-in ramp right to the door. That made it very easy to unload as there was very little height difference, and I could run the hand truck very effectively. I discovered that moving stuff really is rocket science, but what I mean by that term is rocking science. If you can rock things just right, by using some pre-planning of the movement and estimating exactly how much energy to exert, plus a little extra to make sure of doing the deed, it is relatively easy to move things into a balance position over the hand truck. Once there, with the object on the truck, it takes very little energy to move the item over a horizontal hardwood floor, and down hallways to their final destination. There it is a slightly different rocking science, which with a little premeditation permits the item to be put directly on target with almost no effort. It was fun to spend a few seconds with each move to determine the best way to act. Various tricks, like rotating things about their center of gravity with a simultaneous hard push and pull to get the rotation going and then have it stopped by hitting the floor in just the right way.

I weighed some of the boxes on my balance beam bathroom scale and found that some apple boxes filled with books came in at fifty-seven pounds. So, a stack three high on my hand truck would come in at about one hundred and fifty pounds, with one of them being noticeably lighter.

Of course we will never read all of these books. Who would read the entire 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica? even if it is the best encyclopedia ever. We have lots of books! We are constantly reminded of a cartoon of books laughing at some harried bookworms – Ha, Ha, You’ll never read us all.

After a pleasant morning in Bend, we headed back in a new Ford Focus. It was a beautiful trip. Much of the snow of the previous day had melted, leaving a patchy dappled look to the hundreds of miles of forest. The mountains, and especially Mt. Shasta in an afternoon raking light, were a delight to my tired eyes and body. My take home message, with which I have been concluding these blog posts is:

Even moving furniture can be fun if you are conscious of your moves.

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