I thought it was going to be an easy packing day for me, I thought I had packed everything and the only thing I had left was to pack my clothes. I stood up all night putting thing after thing in a box. Things would not stop appearing out of nowhere! Being surrounded by things all over the floor with literally no space to walk is no fun, especially when you’re looking at your girlfriend having what looks to be the best sleep of her life. I won’t lie I wanted to be her so bad.
The time was passing by and it seemed things just kept appearing. It was around 6 in the morning when I realized the reason I was moving to L.A was to become an artist, but had no demos to show. I recently purchased some cd cases and labels to make my own demos. So it took a while to actually make the labels, print them and have them done. By this time I was so damn tired. I decided to cuddle next to my girlfirend for 5 minutes but it turned to 4 hours or so. By the time I woke up I was freaking the hell out. I still had so much to do. I hadn’t finished packing my clothes, all of my studio stuff, or my TV. I had to make a box for all of my stands and my computer since stupid u-haul doesn’t sell boxes those sizes. I was able to build a box to fit all my stands but building a box to house my computer and moniters turned out to be little more difficult than I thought.
Eventually we gave up and my gf and I headed to u-haul around 5pm. I had to be at the bus station by 10 and I still had to drive about 45 minutes away to drop off all 20 boxes. We rushed to the u-haul store only to pick up a closet size box. We got the box, got the tape and waited. Waited for what you ask? For someone to decide they had the time to come see what the 4 customers in the store wanted while the u-haul employees dicked around in the back. No joke, 20-30 minutes later someone finally came to start ringing people up and to my luck the guy in front of me was renting a truck and he had no idea what the hell he was doing.
We finally got out of the store and rushed back home. I started putting everything in the box and by this point I realized I wasn’t going to make it to drop of the boxes. And per google, I had to drop off the boxes by 6. It was definitely passed 6. I was freaking out and while I kept packing my crap my gf was on the phone with the worst customer service person in the world. This person didn’t know how to spell, could hardly be understood, and had no idea what she was doing. She finally told my gf that ALL greyhound stations in Illinois where open 24 hours and we can drop off the boxes anytime, even though the location’s answering machine said it closed at 6. It was around 8 when I finally started bringing down the boxes from my room which is on the second floor. These weren’t small or light boxes, each box weighed over 70 pounds some up to 90. Both my dad and uncle were home but no one would help. My family saw me struggling, sweating, tired, in panic mode, and still no one would help. I was on like the 16th box when I was struggling to come down my stairs only to see my dad and uncle watching the stupid fucking soccer game! I was so pissed I literally wanted to punch them in the face. My mom finally told my dad to help and he reacted like he didn’t know I was moving to another state or even just struggling to do something.
My dad and uncle finally got up to help take the boxes to the van. The boxes had to be taken in 3 different cars. After getting all of the boxes in a car we all realized I couldn’t go to drop off the bpxes since it was at a different, further, greyhound location. So I went inside to shower and change, my gf and mom were still packing my carryon bags. As soon as I got out of the shower it started to rain so bad. I got the things in the car and drove to the bus station. I couldn’t see very well and when I was on the ramp into the highway I almost crashed because I care suddenly stopped. I was mad at first because I didn’t know why the hell he was stopping in the middle of the ramp. The car was moving towards the side when I was attempting to stop and then noticed he stopped because a light pole fell and was covering the ramp. I came inched from colliding with the pole. Luckily I didn’t, I reversed and went along to the side.
We reached the location my phone was telling us but we saw no buses or anything. My inexperience had me thinking the greyhound station would have tons of buses awaiting to depart. Instead I was confronted with a sigal greyhound sign at a public bus station. I went in and out of the parking lot twice since it was just a big parking lot and saw one or two public buses going to park. Apparently I had to go in through the sign that says DO NOT ENTER BUSES ONLY. Even then I saw no sign of greyhound office or busses. I asked a couple who seemed they visited the station a lot and I was pointed in the direction of the greyhound office. Once I finally got to the office it was closed. This was a problem because I didn’t have enough time to go pickup my tickets earlier in the day but didn’t think it would be a problem since I was told earlier all Illinois greyhound offices were open 24 hours. Lies. While waiting on hold for customer service my mom received a call from my sister that they couldn’t find the other station and had to pull over because they couldn’t see the road. A customer rep finally got on the line and assured me I can just pick the tickets up tomorrow and leave on the next available bus. After finishing the conversation my mom received another phone call saying the other station was closed as well so there was no way to drop off the boxes. Without a choice I had to out everything on hold till the next day and hope for the best.
My mom, gf, and I got home and I finally got to eat something for the first time all day. Once my sister, dad, and uncle returned I had to unload all the boxes and put them in the garage. During this time my uncle offered to pay to rent a truck so it could be easier for me to take them to the station the next morning. This was very unexpected and even though pride was about to get in the way and say no, I said yes.