I realize it’s been about 2 and a half months since my last post. I haven’t forgot, I’ve just been extremely busy. So first off, I’d like to apologize to all 6 of my fans, I know you’ve been waiting anxiously for my next adventure. Needless to say, this has been quite a tumultuous couple of months.
Since I left the Kansas City area back in 2007, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back. I had pretty much given up, making the joke that Topeka was as close as I was able to get. However, opportunity smiled upon us when my wife’s District Manager informed her that he wanted her to apply for a position in Olathe. Since I was no longer tied to Topeka employment wise, I told her to jump on it. Needless to say, my seven year journey has brought me back full circle and we are now living about a mile from the duplex I first lived in when I moved here back in 1988.
Of course the move wasn’t without incident. Keep in mind that my wife is a Palestinian gypsy and likes to move often. In the 5 years we were in Topeka, we moved 4 times. One would think we would be experts at this point; Murphy said otherwise.
In the interest of time, I’m going to compress this story. While we did manage to get everything packed in time, the adventure began when the movers informed us two hours after they were supposed to be there, that they weren’t going to make it until the next day. That next morning as I’m waiting for the movers, I see our cat limping around. Something was obviously wrong with her, but it was Sunday and I couldn’t deal with it at that point. The movers show up and about halfway through filling up the truck, they inform us we need to rent a second truck. Luckily UHaul had another one available. I thought I had purged a large amount of our old stuff, apparently not enough to get it on one truck.
Eight hours later, we get everything off and into our new place in Overland Park. At this point, my wife gets a call from the woman she pre-paid $100 to clean our old house. She informs my wife that the place is disgusting (which it wasn’t) and that she needed $300 more to clean it. My wife tells her not to clean it and give us the $100 back. The lady says, “that’s no how this works” and steals our money (there was no contract signed on this). We’re in KC now, so really nothing we can do about it. One of the movers says they can clean it, my wife pays them another $150.
It’s now Monday and I need to deal with my limping cat. (if I’ve switched to present tense, just deal with it mom) Luckily there’s a vet right around the corner. A couple of x-rays and somehow she’s broken her two middle paws (see photo). Ouch! So $400 later, I have a pathetic cat in a cast for the next 6 to 8 weeks. At this point, my wife messages me. Apparently the new tenants in our old place say it’s still a mess. Another $150 down the drain.
Luckily my wife knows some very exceptional people. One of her customers from Topeka drove all the way to Olathe to see her that day. Noticing she was visibly upset asked what was going on. My wife told her of the cleaning fiasco. This woman, without saying a word, went back to Topeka and cleaned the house properly.
In the end, we are moved in, the unpacking has begun and I’m happy to be back home.
In the midst of all the drama, I did manage to get another concept photo done. I was fortunate enough to get a hold of the Iron Brothers of Topeka and they were enthusiastic about doing a photo with us. I’m hoping we can get the ball rolling on some more shoots in the very near future now that these guys have opened the door for us. If you haven’t visited our website, take a look at us at http://www.theinitiativepg.com
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Until next time!