While they didn’t contain everything I wanted to bring, my bags were finally packed. A last load of laundry was in the dryer and I unloaded the dishwasher. Ken arrived this morning at about 6:25 and started loading the three larger suitcases into his truck as I brushed my teeth, packed the toothpaste in the trolley bag, and did the last thing on my checklist (courtesy of my father): turn the thermostat down to 55 degrees.
Checking in at the airport, I learned that United has instituted a rather reasonable policy: they now charge $25 for bags that are between 50 and 70 pounds. Over 70 pounds either has to go as freight or has a higher surcharge – I’m not sure which is the case. All three of my bags were between 54 and 58 pounds, despite my best efforts to mix the dense items like compact discs and coffee with lighter items like clothes and bed sheets.
Thankfully, I get a stop in New York before I depart on Sunday morning. Many thanks to Holly Stern for letting me stay on her hide-a-bed with her cat. Her lovely Upper East Side apartment will be packed with my suitcases for two nights.
Here’s a picture of Holly and her adopted-eight-weeks-ago Lab/Hound mix, Ally.