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The trip down to Texas this time came out of an offer to help my Sister and Bro-In-Law move from their apartment into their first house. Although they closed on the house a few weeks ago, waiting for me to visit didn’t really end up being too onerous of a wait. First, the previous homeowners ended up renting the house back from them for a few days while they finished their move out of the house. Then, the remainder of the time my Sister and Bro-In-Law spent painting many of the rooms, getting a fence installed for their dogs and doing other assorted chores best done before you need to move everything in and live in a home.
The flight on American actually went much better than I suspected. I was worried about taking a tiny little puddle jumper like the CRJ-700 but with the way it worked out it was a joy. Not only were we less than 50% full, which left me with an aisle and window seat all to myself, but the seats were roomy and the crew was fun and thoughtful.
My Sister and Bro-In-Law both came to pick me up and we were off to Chick-fil-a for lunch. They explained that they had spent all morning filling up the rental truck with the remainder of their worldly possessions (they had managed to move over many small items over the past few weeks while they had been here at the house painting and doing other prep work) and that we could relax since the truck didn’t need to be back until the next morning.
As it was, we completely unloaded the truck in less than 2 hours. Davin and I went to return the truck; my Sister drove back to their apartment for a few remaining delicate/fragile items. After she returned, we concentrated on getting the guest bedroom in order (bed up, curtains, etc) and then went out for a rewarding high-carb meal at Johnny Carino’s, then over to SuperTarget to pick up snacks and some items we needed for projects around the new house.
We finished the night watching ‘Allo ‘Allo, an old British comedy our family used to watch when my Sister and I were growing up. It was somewhat fitting to be watching it together again, sharing the fun and comedy with Davin.