Friday, March 30, 2007

Logistics

We are struggling with logistics. Those in France and those here in the U.S. Some of the tasks include: getting the place here in Moab in order so that we can be away for several months; taking some time off work to go to San Francisco to get our long-stay visas from the French Consulate; arranging the shipping of the truck to Rotterdam; arranging to get to Rotterdam and back to Leran; figuring out what to take in the truck; arranging for a rental car for use while waiting for the truck to arrive in Rotterdam; and so forth. And in the back of our minds, we are thinking of getting services arranged for the house, i.e. insurance, internet, electricity and I'm thinking about the task of remodeling the third floor with walls and a bathroom, getting my hands on some inexpensive tools, blah blah blah..... (Kids, don't try this at home.)

And that's the tip of the iceberg. Each task is more involved than it sounds, of course, because each task has some pieces and parts, some in a language we don't really understand. Then all the pieces have to fit together into a jigsaw puzzle that we can't see very well. Don't know what we'd do without the internet.

Nancy has taken on the bulk of these tasks, because she is Nancy. So, she needs some positive mojo to come her way via some kind of cosmic pipeline (or the internet). Give up some of that mojo, folks.

There are all kinds of books at the Carcassone airport and a bunch of them tend to be written by British and a few Canadians and Americans about packing it all in and moving to France. I suspect they gloss over some of these less glamourous details.

3 comments:

Anna said...

Well, I don't know how much mojo I have to send, but I will try to think good thoughts. To me it seems like the wading through the logistical details is the difference between the do-ers in life and the dreamers. The dreamers may think about moving to France, even read about it or take a trip, but it takes a certain sort of person to truly dive in and get down to the tricky stuff, like opening a bank account in a foreign country and buying property. I think that it will all work out, though you probably will never be able to plan for everything or get every base completely covered in the next few months. Don't sweat the small stuff! (I'm sure this sounds a tad lame coming from a mere 27 year old who has never left the strictly organized confines of higher education, but hey, take the mojo where you can get it!) :)

Anonymous said...

I think about your "adventurous selves" frequently and particularly when I read your newest blogs every few days. I send you all the "good vibes" I can spare because I'm enjoying your pictures and stories so much and it makes me feel vicariously involved in your lives! My "mojo" isn't always as effective as I would like...but I gladly share it with you! Luke agrees with your friend, Anna, "don't sweat the small stuff". Stick with the absolute "essentials" first and then give attention the the next layer of needs that are slightly less essential...and on down the line to accomplish as much as your time and circumstance allow. Just remember..."don't let the bastards (bureaucrats) get you down"! Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

One more thought from Luke...perhaps some of those people who wrote the books at the Carcassone airport (and other places in France)talking about the joy of "relaxing and getting away from it all" had the financial means to get others to navigate some of the more "aggravating" problems for them! It's probably easier when someone else can "wade through some of the s--t" on your behalf! I think you need to write a book about your adventures...accentuating the humourous (albeit frustrating) moments...and then you could afford to hire people to be aggravated for you...HA!