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.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
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.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
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.