Monday, February 24, 2020

Moving Day(s) for Our Neighbor

This actually goes back a couple of weeks ago. We noticed the Pouder Fire Authority truck across the street, and wonder what was going on. 15 minutes or so later, the Paramedics pull up in an Ambulance, and disappear inside. Some time after that, they open the garage door, move a car out of the garage, and back the ambulance up to the garage door. Sometime after that we see them loading a gurney, closing up the ambulance, and motoring away no lights, no siren.

In my limited experience, any time the medical personnel just gently motor away, it's not usually a Good Thing, so we feared the worst, that dear old guy who lived there with his wife had passed away.

Fast forward a few days, and I saw my other "Old Guy" neighbor and flagged him down. Turns out the elderly (he's in his late 80's) guy had fallen, and his wife, and my neighbor, couldn't get him up, so they called 911, The responding firefighters couldn't get him on his feet either, so they called the Paramedics.

Since he wasn't otherwise injured, it wound up being a "transport" run, so no lights and siren, or if they lit up, it was out of our sleepy little area.

Well, the family gathered and decided it wasn't the best thing for them to be living in a three-story house, so they're moving into a "Over 65" retirement community with all one-level facilities.

The house will be going up for sale soon, and the family is getting it cleaned out.


The really sad thing is that they're just dumping the entire contents of the house! The full red "big" dumpster is the third they filled and emptied, and the smaller green one is the second one that size they filled and emptied. The stake-bed was filled up three times, and the contents taken elsewhere. The week before the filled and emptied the front porch three times, and in this pic it's filled up again.

They were like ants on a candy bar, streaming in and out of the house with items, tossing them in the dumpster, and streaming back into the house.

My SLW was greatly saddened by all this, saying "They're getting rid of their whole lives", which brought sadness to me, too.

This house, and the neighbor's houses on each side of us, are still occupied by their original owners, having been purchased new in 1977 when this subdivision was built.

The house immediately to the left of this is is also empty, the absentee landlord deciding he didn't want to renew the lease with his renters. The people who were in it bought a house about a block and a half away, so we still see them, and we don't know if the house will be sold, or rented again. I think the tenants said he wanted to sell, but wasn't open to offers from them.

Spring is still a couple of months away, and I think it will bring some changes here to our little corner of town.

18 comments:

  1. Very sad. Very very sad. They could have at least let the local Hospice Haven glean through the house.

    I wonder what treasures are being trashed. Tools? Gun collection? Cooking gear? Overall neat stuff?

    Grew up living in a house of ooooold antiques. We used them. Used them every day. Stuff should be used, not hoarded or thrown away.

    Hope you get good neighbors.

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    1. And they just took away the full red and green dumpsters, and replaced them with two more empties.

      I don't understand it, either.....

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  2. DRJIM, I'm sure that's what will happen when I either die or am carried off to wait to die in a rest home/death camp. It will all be landfill. The kids might cherry pick a few things, but it will all be landfill, just like me.

    Depressing.

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

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    1. My son will get my tools and the Supra, unless I dispose of it before I reach The Singularity.

      Not sure what will happen with the radio/electronics gear. I've been thinning the radio herd quite a bit, and still have things to get rid of.

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  3. Every boomer I know has a house FULL of crap. This will be happening a lot in the coming years. No one wants your crap.

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    1. Well, there's different levels of "crap". Some of mine is pretty neat stuff.

      I don't collect NASCAR plates, action figures, or any kitchy stuff, so I have that in my favor.

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  4. My mother turned into a hoarder. Dementia and Alzheimer's. When she went to the care facility, I filled three 20' dumpsters out of a two bedroom plus parlor house and detached two car shop/garage. The good stuff my sister and I put into a couple of consignment stores. A lot more went to Arc. The amount of stuff people can accumulate is amazing.

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    1. In the 2-1/2 years we've lived here we've taken about a dozen "Large Moving Boxes" full of clothing, shoes, jackets, socks, and other stuff, along with some appliances they accepted.

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  5. Wonder why they didn't donate usable stuff, and/or have an estate sale? That's what I did when the Cowman died, and same when Dad died.
    I don't have much, so I'm not worried about the kids finding homes for it. One of the pluses of moving so much, and traveling light. The important things in my life are in my heart.

    Hope you get good neighbors!

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    1. No idea, Brig. I'll have to talk with my neighbor that knows them.

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  6. Much truth to what Mountain Rat said. I heard it described as "Nobody wants your heavy dark furniture."

    I'm hoping that our tools find a good home, and I hope I have the sense to begin finding homes for them when I can no longer make much use of them.

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    1. The sad thing is that some of that furniture is very well made compared to the chinesium or IKEA junk nowadays.

      Tools always seem to find good homes. If my son doesn't want them I'm sure there are family members willing to take them.

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  7. Yep, people that don't move regularly DO accumulate 'stuff'... And agree with Brig. Sigh.

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    1. I had "1-800-Got-Junk" take three big loads away before we moved here, along with the three times I rented a small trailer, and the trailer full of stuff I donated to the Iowa.

      And still we had stuff that wound up getting tossed after we completed the move.

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    2. How did the Got Junk folks work out? We have convinced elderly family that their entry level hoarding needs to be dealt with. (and that was far from easy)

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    3. As a service, they were very good. They can be a little pricey, depending on how much stuff you're getting rid of. The nice thing was they'd take ANYTHING, including "hazardous waste" like paint, motor oil, batteries, etc.

      They always showed up on-time, loaded the stuff up, and made it go away, which is exactly what I was looking for.

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