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Big Sister and I went to NEWHOUSE! this afternoon, to meet with the handyman who is hopefully going to get a whole lot of handystuff done this week.

And hopefully we'll get to an evil hardware store tomorrow for supplies.

I watered the plants that are already there (Eldest Brother and I took a bunch out last Wednesday - all the large pots from the driveway here, as they would impede the removalists). It's all starting to feel very real now.

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But why is it removalists? Why not just "movalists"? I agree that some point, things got moved to a place and so therefore they are being removed, but does that mean at some point things were not removed. At some point, an object was movaled (or "moved") from it's place of creation for the very first time. Anyone engaged in that task would not be acting as a removalist, but a movalist.

Maybe it's a speciality field that I have yet to know about because I have never created something that neccesitated the hire of a movalist because mostly I just knit beanies.

But I wonder if this division between removalists and movalists is not just pointless pedantry as I presume the same skills are involved. It also priveleges the concept of birthplace, which I question.

So I think they should call themselves movalists and stop being wankers about it.

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For reasons best known to herself, the cat is refusing to leave the shed.

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dragonsally
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:22 am (UTC)
The cat knows things are afoot (or apaw)

Yeah, why are they Removalists...they deliver things at the other end after all.

*ponders*
splodgenoodles
Feb. 9th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
They could be deliveralists.
splodgenoodles
Feb. 9th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
And for that matter, must they deliver? Maybe they can just liver.

I think I might go hang out with the cat for a while.

Edited at 2013-02-09 08:48 am (UTC)
pickleboot
Feb. 9th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
here, in 'merica, they are movers. you hire them, along with a moving truck( a lorry/semi truck) and as my mom said, they pack everything, even the dirty dishes. when we moved from new york to illinois she had not realized that the movers had packed the dirty dishes and they had dried together. it took her a few days of soaking in hot, soapy water with a bit of something else to finally even start cleaning them. she swears she is never moving again.

i am so excited for you! can you pm me your new address so i can send something? i would really appreciate it!
hometime
Feb. 9th, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
We had removalists who carefully wrapped everything so it wouldn't get broken, including a wine cork which was sitting on the bench, which was wrapped in packing paper and put into a box.
pickleboot
Feb. 9th, 2013 09:19 am (UTC)
ok, that takes the cake. i know that my mom said the oddest things were wrapped(toilet paper? spare diapers?[my dad worked for union carbide who developed the stuff that keeps the wetness in a diaper away from the skin and expands in the diaper] i was a test baby and we had enough diapers to last until dooms day). she said while she was unpacking that she was in disbelief over it all.

at least it was better than my aunt. they packed vases of fresh flowers. you can imagine how that turned out.
splodgenoodles
Feb. 9th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
What - still with water in the vases?
pickleboot
Feb. 9th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
yep. water in the vases. cards still attached, all of that. and they were in a box(luckily the flowers were mostly wrapped in bubble wrap, but...) with important papers(she is not even sure how they got there as she had that folder marked don not pack) like their birth certificates, wedding thingy, passports, bank papers, all of those important things you have to keep in one place when you move. of course the vases of flowers dribbled on them. they got a fairly large chunk of their cost refunded to them. i think the diaper pail with a big post-it note saying do not pack until empty kind of was the last straw on the camel's back. the diaper pail was from the 80's(when it happened) and it got hot in the truck, and well, you imagine. everything had to be cleaned, and it was on the movers dime.

i hate moving, i know there is a huge chance we are doing it soon, but i am still hiring a company to move us. i might even have them pack boxes in the kitchen. that would be amazing.
hometime
Feb. 10th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
Sounds like the movers couldn't read the notes?
splodgenoodles
Feb. 10th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Or they have a misanthropic sense of humour.
pickleboot
Feb. 10th, 2013 07:31 am (UTC)
or were very efficient. not quite sure what to think.

i do know that i will be packing all of my china and other collectible pottery on my own. we collect early 20th c pottery and poole pottery as well as things from some favorite etsy artists. no way will that be packed by anyone but me.
bubs
Feb. 9th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
I reckon its 'cos you can move into your new house any time but you need them to remove your stuff from your old house toot suite.
pondhopper
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
It's just "movers" for us from the USA.
Simple and straightforward.
;)

Which date will be the first night you sleep in the new house?

Edited at 2013-02-09 03:35 pm (UTC)
splodgenoodles
Feb. 10th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
So what is it in Spanish?

Thursday night is when I get to find out if I live under the airport flight path.

Or near a bikie establishment, or next door to a stripclub.

I have a feeling this list of possibilities could get long... ;)
pondhopper
Feb. 10th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
In Spanish the verb for moving house is "mudar" which also means "to change clothes". Interesting concept.
:)
The vans all have "mudanzas" on them ("moves") but there is no name for the movers, interestingly. They're quite literally "The men who do the moving".
braunie
Feb. 9th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yep, just "movers" here---as others have said. We've had company moves, where everything goes, including bags of potting soil, in large trucks across country. Then, there are self moves, where you have to pack, haul and drive yourself across country at your own expense. The potting soil gets left behind.

How exciting!! Hope everything gets removed, moved, and re-moved well.
splodgenoodles
Feb. 10th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
The people I'm using will pack, but for substantially more money - so I guess that option is only for people whose moves are funded by employers.

'tis indeed exciting!
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