Friday, August 31, 2007

Sold the Truck

Selling the truck at Carmax took a day longer than we expected.

We went to the Carmax in Louisville on Tuesday while we were visiting Cale's mom. We knew we were going to owe more money than they were going to pay us for it, but we figured once we knew the amount we would just run over to our bank and get the cash.

Obviously, that was too simple.

Of course they don't have any Regions banks in Louisville.
Of course the nearest Regions is 30 minutes away in Indiana.
Of course our clock are all wrong because they are still on Alabama time and it is really 4:40 and not 3:40, like we thought.

Cale called the two Regions branches nearest to us in Indiana and asked what options he had to get the money that day. The answer was none. One of the branch managers offered to stay until 5:20 for us, unfortunately, that was at the branch over 40 minutes away.

So, after a false start we finally sold the truck on Wednesday.

I would like to take a moment to compliment our Carmax sales rep, B.J. He had just returned from his second tour in Iraq and seemed impressed with our Peace Corps thing. I am pretty sure that he put in a good word for us and helped us get a better price for the truck than they originally would have given us. About a $1,000 difference. And, even if he didn't, he did an excellent job of making me feel like he was helping me out. So either way, he is damn good at his job.

Next time you need to sell a car, see B.J. in Louisville. Tell him I sent you.

— Sara

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Boys and their toys

When Cale and his dad get together, they always talk tools and toys and they always end up building something.

Tuscaloosa: Librarians Gone Wild

These librarians are a rowdy crowd. After some engrossing 2 am conversations about metadata, Cale and Joel toured the wobbly campus.


This is the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Prattville, Ala. We went there twice in three days.

It is huge.

As you can see the exterior is tastefully decorated in deer antlers and NASCAR flags. Inside it is a little like the weirdest nature center you have ever seen. Taxidermy is the underlying interior theme.

In addition to the restaurant, the giant fish tank containing one of every kind of fish you can find in the great waterways of Alabama, ye olde fudge shoppe and the camouflage-clad lay-z-boys, there was also an indoor laser shooting gallery and apparently an archery range (we missed that one).

It is a little like the Disney World for the hunting set.

— Sara

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sara, basking in the glow of the internet.

Pit Stop: Cale's mom

We are in Ramsey, Ind. now. I promise to provide more detail and to post more pictures soon, but we are in the land of dial-up internet right now.

— Sara

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

First Stop: Cale's Dad

Monday morning was almost entirely a failure. We got up at 6 am to see Brad and Jenny off to work and then planned on completing a long list of errands. Only problem? The rest of the world isn't up that early. So after driving around and accomplishing nothing, we went back to Brad's and napped until a more reasonable hour.

By 10 am we were at Melissa's house loading all of our belongings into the truck and by 11 am we were on the road.

Smack started the trip off on a bad note (immediately pooping on his blanket), but by the time we made it to Cale's dad's house in Alabama he had resigned himself to sleeping in the back. We discovered that Smack hates toll roads and loves the screaming guitar from classic and progressive rock from the late 70s and early to mid 80s.

Next Stop: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

And Unemployed

Cale's last day at work was July 3.
I finally had my last day on the 17th.

We are now homeless and unemployed. All we need to complete the look is a shopping cart to push all our worldly possessions around in.

— Sara

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Sunday we moved in with Brad and Jenny.
Tuesday we cleaned the house for the final time.
Wednesday Cale turned over the keys to Rick.
So now we are homeless.

— Sara

Monday, August 6, 2007

Test Pack

Is it possible to fit everything you own in the bed of a pickup truck?
The answer is yes.

We downsized our belongings and then did a test fit in the truck to see if it would all fit. The empty space you see is where a large duffle bag will go. There will also be a box of art, a large duffle of clothes and a cat in the back of the cab with us.

There is now a truck-sized pile in our living room. If it isn't in that pile and isn't our clothes, it is not coming with us.

One or two massive Goodwill runs are still to come. We also have to get rid of the bed, a table and chairs, a coffe table and Cale's impromtu couch.

— Sara

Everything-but-the-Garage Sale & Party

We made about $120 selling things at the garage sale and spent about $140 on food for the party. So just about even.

Cale created a helpful locator for our friends who may not know where Samoa is.

See pictures from the party here.

— Sara