When did you realize that you were actually moving?

Obviously, a lot of us have moved far, far away from home for the first time.. and I know some other readers have in the past.  When did it hit you that you had actually moved?

For me, I think it was when I got my new driver’s license.  You have to ritually hand over your old one, get a new picture and your ID will never look the same again.   It hit me again this morning (i’m getting black and blue!) as I was driving to work.  I was stopped behind someone that had a “Bush/Cheney 04” bumper sticker in his rear view window and I thought (as i usually do when seeing something conservative), “gee, he’s not for Kerry! how strange!” immediately followed by “I guess i’m not in boulder anymore (Toto)”

how bout the rest of you? are you still in denial?

10 Responses to “When did you realize that you were actually moving?”

For me, it was getting rid of my Colorado-local cell phone number and getting my new California-local number. The process was over the phone, and fairly automated, so it just zoomed on by, and I had no real time to dwell on it.

So, a few minutes after I had my new number, and i’m sitting on my futon when it really hit me: I’m here for the long haul. Anyone who had my old number is out of luck, and I’ll be giving out this new, foreign number for quite a while. (p.s. if you didn’t get my e-mail with my new number– e-mail me, I was probably just being a space-case and accidently left you off my mass e-mail)

Paradoxdruid - August 20th, 2004 at 10:57 am

Bastard you didn’t send it to me.

Gilvoro - August 20th, 2004 at 6:21 pm

I did too, you big liar. 😉 Unless you don’t use your colorado state email any more.

How about you and ShortSpeedFreak— do you feel any of this moving angst, now that you’ve had a place to yourself, you’re entering “the real world”, and some of your friends have moved away?

Paradoxdruid - August 20th, 2004 at 7:17 pm

I don’t really feel any of it. I guess my parents raised me so that I would grow up and leave and be independent. I still love them and love seeing them . . . but that it was always a given that I would leave. Now that Gilvoro and I are thinking about moving to go to law school and/or graduate school, it’s a little daunting. I mean, seeing all of you crazy guys move has left me with the feeling that the logistics sort of suck . . . I’m sure we’ll manage, but it’ll be a pain. What I really find scary is not knowing the city. My first afternoon in Boulder, when I did the SURE program, I went to Target and got turned away on my way back to campus. It really sucked and freaked me out. So, until I know some street names and can drive around without a map or directions, I don’t really feel at home.

ShortSpeedFreak - August 20th, 2004 at 11:10 pm

Funny I didn’t get it until after I posted

Gilvoro - August 20th, 2004 at 11:36 pm

The moving-from-Orlando-to-North Carolina process was so arduous and time consuming that I pretty much felt, by the time everything was unloaded into the apartment, that I had better be staying there. (Jenny: When Owen’s dad left (He’d helped us move up) and went back to Orlando, leaving us here, like permanent summer camp. Jenny also says that the most “jarring” thing was when she got her new social security card with her new name on it, though that’s not necessarily moving). At some point I think I looked on Mapquest to see how long of a drive to Orlando it was (600 miles, 10 hours) and that was pretty jarring, too. No longer could say “Well, I’ll just go home for the weekend” (though I did just go to Orlando for the weekend two weekends ago).

Owen - August 21st, 2004 at 3:03 pm

I guess I won’t be getting the “jarring” social security card thing ever. But today my mom informed me that she and my dad are thinking about moving to Montana when they retire. Because they don’t like people much. That was a little strange for me. It hit me then that only us young ones move about. I guess I’m not as rooted as some others are.

ShortSpeedFreak - August 21st, 2004 at 11:59 pm

My parents (well, my mom, really) have mentioned New Mexico to me a few times. I really think a move (even if only to a different house around Denver) would be good for them. Something different, somewhere with less maintainance, I dunno.

Paradoxdruid - August 22nd, 2004 at 12:21 am

My parents discuss abstractly the possibility of moving, but I don’t think they’ve got any real decisions.

Owen - August 22nd, 2004 at 3:36 pm

hey! i didn’t get the phone # either!

mallorn - August 23rd, 2004 at 11:00 am

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