I started off the day flying Southwest with will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas. Surprisingly, this was on my flight out of Burbank to Oakland. Yup, he flew out of the Bur, and he flew coach. You know how at the end of the flight, the attendant says, “we know you have many options when you fly, thank you for choosing Southwest.” Well, will.i.am definitely has options. I think he knew that is what everyone on the plane was thinking. When we landed in Oakland, he even stopped at a “free flight” kiosk to talk to the sales rep and fill out a card. It was amusing and very funny.
I didn’t mean to stalk him. He had an entourage of seven or eight people including a bodyguard, but when I went to the CPK to pick up lunch, he was right in front of me. I was standing there holding a chartreuse, turtle pillow pet with no makeup and unkempt hair. I looked like a weirdo. I wanted to take a picture with him, but he was on a call. Nevertheless, I was a foot away from will.i.am! And, he looked right at me like, “aren’t you too old to be carrying a pillow pet?” I just bought a salad and watched as he left the area with a guy who was probably a member of the Far East Movement. Shyness does not pay off. This was better than eating breakfast next to Jake Gyllenhaal at Square One.
I purchased a few more boxes today. I have removed all of the hangers off my clothes, and I am putting them away in an open garment bag that I have installed inside the box (just as a precaution if the box gets wet). 2 boxes down, 6 to go. I am preparing to drop these off at Amtrak this Friday. Amtrak is the only way to go to ship bulk items across thousands of miles in the continental United States. I found out about this service through my friend, Kelly, a few weeks ago. Their rates beat conventional movers, USPS, UPS, and even Greyhound. Here’s are the details:
They can ship clothing, books, bikes, and other items so long as they are boxed up. The box must not contain breakable items, art or electronics. The box cannot be more than 3 feet on any given side (excludes bike boxes). Each box must not weigh more than 50 pounds. You are not allowed more than 500 pounds at a time. The best part? $49 for 100 pounds from Los Angeles Union Station to Chicago Union Station. It’s $0.46/lb after that, and they store your shipment for 2 days free if you cannot pick it up immediately at the destination. They charge you $3/box per day after that for storage.
As I box up my clothes, books, pots, pans and metal kitchen wares, I am really happy that I am not going to be spending thousands of dollars for this move. My mom bought me a pair of mitts a few days ago and as I put it away with the rest of my belongings, I get so elated to write my new Chicago address on the full cardboard containers. The smell from the permanent marker may be getting to me though.