365 Challenge: Day 69 – Mover

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Mover: a person or thing in motion, especially an animal; a person who makes a formal proposal at a meeting or in an assembly

Mover: someone who likes to re-locate a lot, who enjoys the process of packing, unpacking and putting a residence back together

As you can see, I was not a fan of the Interwebs proposed definition of my word for the day: mover. So… it got slashed and I created my own version. Some people love moving from place to place. Others absolutely hate it. I find people are usually in one column or the other, never on middle ground with this one. Curious where I am? You’ll find out soon enough…

When I sat down on the infamous couch (get it: pivot the conversation… and Ross is carrying a couch — I am hilarious!), cup of coffee in hand (albeit too weak because I crashed at 10pm last evening, asking the significant other to make the coffee for the morning, as I meandered down the hall to the bedroom… and he just makes very weak coffee — my fault, I shouldn’t have been lazy), I pondered my disrupted overnight sleep. “Why disrupted?” I hope you asked. Ah, well… a little mood setting first…

We live in NYC in a 3 building complex on East 52nd street between 1st Avenue and the East River, right in between Turtle Bay and Sutton Place. The average age, from what you see when looking around outside or within the building, is at least 65+. I happen to love a very quiet home, and this area usually provides such a comfort. Plus it was less expensive (shockingly!) than the same size place on the West Side, where we previously lived. We are on the top floor of one of the buildings, the 12th, to be precise. We have a huge terrace where Ryder can roam free and enjoy a bit of nature. There are only 3 apartments on the floor, and both our neighbors fly the coop on Thursday evenings, returning on Monday evenings… leaving the entire floor empty — except for us. And access to the rooftop, for the rest of the building, that is…

Around 1am, Ryder began a low growl, growing more and more huffy by the minute. He jumped off the bed, nervously tapping across the wooden floor. I put him back in the bed, slightly annoyed, but then I realized I’d also heard the noise. The other half got up… griping… and then we realized some teenagers had sneaked onto the roof with pizza and beer. {Aside, Ryder’s a better watch or guard dog than I realized!} To cut the story short and get to the part about moving… I have a love / hate relationship with NYC and New York in general. And I seem to want to move in and out of it all the time.

I was born in Florida (parents were on a 2-year hiatus from NY where the family’s been for almost 200 years) but I grew up from the age of 2 until 18 on Long Island in NY. I temporarily lived in Pennsylvania during my college years, until 22, then I was back in my hometown for a year. I basically lived in 1 place for the first 20 years of my life. And since then, I’ve moved every 2 to 3 years, constantly switching back and forth from wanting to live in an urban or city environment (Brooklyn, Manhattan, San Francisco) or the true suburbs (Pennsylvania, Long Island). I’ve bought and sold several houses and city apartments, always searching for the opposite of what I have — roughly every couple of years.

Through it all, I love the art of moving. To pull everything off the wall, out of the closets or down from storage… To decide what to keep, donate or trash… To re-pack… You may think this a little crazy, but in all… ten times (I counted it)… I’ve moved… I had the new place setup within 2 days — usually over the course of a weekend. Of course, not absolutely everything. Sometimes you need new furniture or more stuff for the walls. But all the clothes, bathroom items, kitchen stuff, living room / den areas… all the stuff you need to be comfortable while you sort out how to turn it into your new home.

I love that process. Organizing the boxes. Choosing where to set up the staging areas. Deciding what order to follow. Cleaning the room before starting any work in it. It must be an illness… as from what I can tell, less than 10% of us are like this, when it comes to moving. Most people I know are vehemently against it; they won’t move unless forced to move. Not me… except for the expense of the moving supplies and transportation, and the costs for closing on real estate or deposits, I’d do it every single year.

We’ve been in this apartment for 2.5 years. Guess what’s going on in my mind right now, as I sit on the couch with my third cup of coffee… still not awake… yup, it’s time to move. But at least I’m not the only one thinking it, meaning I may not have an uphill climb to consider the next place to call home. And that sounds like a good topic for a 365 post next week: where do I move to next!

How about you?  Any other movers out there? Or am I alone in this weird addiction?

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


11 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 69 – Mover

    susandyer1962 said:
    May 20, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    We move a lot too……seems we get bored and we have moved so much that we are moving experts!! I hate all the stress that comes with moving but once we are there, I’m usually happy. Since I met my husband we have lived in Virginia Beach, Wisconsin, Arizona, Washington state, and back to Arizona…..we have only been married for 12 years!! 😁😁 Crazy right?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 20, 2017 at 9:33 AM

      You have definitely moved far apart too. Some folks just move within a region. You’ve got both coasts covered and the in between. Nice!

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    susandyer1962 said:
    May 20, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Yeah seems we go from one extreme to the other…….I personally would like to get out of the desert but the family loves it here…….

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    Felicia Denise said:
    May 20, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Moving… ugh, hate it! Just when I have things organized and in their place… it’s time to go. 😩

    I’ve moved a lot because… LIFE, but doesn’t mean I enjoyed it. Our last move was 2500 miles to Arizona five years ago – my third cross-country move.

    As much as I hate to think about it, we’ll probably move ONE more time… back to my husband’s home – California. Definitely hiring movers for that! 😉

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    Kevin Baum said:
    May 20, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Well written! I too enjoy the assessment; the keeping and tossing. Unlike you I’ll move once every 10 – 20 years though, thanks 😀

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    Rae Longest said:
    May 22, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    I’ve lived in a house, our first house and our last house, for 40 years this August. We have lived in the same small town (albeit close to Houston and Galveston, so we have the amenities of a large town and the recreational areas of a beach town) all that time, until we are an “institution” here. We have to watch what we say and behave ourselves every where we go because everyone is related in town, and everyone knows us or knows someone who does. This comes in handy when a former student/cop comes up to see if you’re having a problem when someone hits you in a fender bender, but it’s not so good if you’re pulled over for slightly speeding by a cop who was a former student you failed. LOL It keeps us on the straight and narrow and out of trouble. If anything happened to My Better Half, however, I’d have no problem downsizing (give everything away except personal treasures) and starting over in a different location.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 22, 2017 at 8:01 PM

      You are probably a treasure in your town. I can only imagine what it was like to see those students again. Was it you or your other half who was pulled over?


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