Moving, and Other Adventures

Once upon a time there were two bears who wanted nothing more than a quiet, peaceful place to live. The bears tried a number of places, on both ends of the kingdom, but had never had much success in locating the ideal home. Then one day, after weeks of searching, a promising situation presented itself. The bears showed up at their new home, only to find someone sleeping in their bed.

Okay, that last part isn’t true. But so what? What is true is the fact that the Bear Team has spent years looking for an ideal place to live. We’ve spent the last six months living in an apartment complex. It isn’t a bad place I guess, if you don’t mind paying triple digit utility bills and crossing a parking lot the size of the Sahara desert to do your laundry.

Oh yeah, there’s one more drawback: the neighbors. While no one ever enjoys sharing a floor, ceiling, or wall with a stranger, I feel that the people who live above us are a bit worst than most. What is it about them that is so annoying? Nothing, except that given the sounds coming from upstairs, one of them is apparently the Frankenstein monster. I think the other is “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.

So yeah, our neighbors make a lot of noise. But there is good news: once again, the Bear Team is on the move. In a few days, we will be relocating to a house. A house! That means no one above us! Or below us! Nothing like a little privacy and peace in one’s own home.

Of course, before we can experience said tranquility, we must complete that most stressful of endeavors: the move. Those of you who are long-time followers of this blog will remember that for me, moving ranks just below root canal surgery on my list of favorite activities. But this time, things are going to be different. We have a full week to prepare for our move. In those seven days, we will clean, pack, and plan everything out down to the smallest detail. That way, when moving day comes, it will be easy and efficient.

I can hear some of you laghing right now. Easy! Ha ha! Efficient! What are you, delusional? The experienced movers among you know that no move is ever either of those things. Something always comes up. Well, actually, several somethings always come up. But at least we won’t be living below a heard of stampeding elephants anymore.

In other news, we recently watched the movie “The Purge,” in which all crime, including murder, is legal and government sanctioned for a twelve hour period once a year. Given the current state of American society, one wonders if such a policy would be a bad thing. Just kidding! Or am I?

Speaking of social change, I read a story in Rolling Stone magazine about an attempt to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Really? Is this even a debate? Who thinks that this isn’t a good idea? If anything, the wage should be even higher. I know, I know. Some people think that raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment. But the only ones benefitting from such low wages are big corporations (Walmart, we’re looking your way) who allow government programs like welfare and food stamps to take care of workers instead of paying a fair wage. I’m sure some of you disagree, but this is my blog! If you want to have your say, get your own!

Sorry. I got a little carried away there. Moving on to a less controversial topic, I recently finished reading “The Last Headbangers” by Kevin Cook. This book details the rise of the NFL in the 1970’s and early 80’s, and the rule changes that changed the league into what it is today. Fascinating reading for football fans who remember those old days.

As long as we’re talking about sports, I’d like to call attention to my beloved Georgia Bulldogs. The UGA basketball team recently completed a surprisingly good season with a 69-61 win over LSU. After being picked to finish 11th in the SEC in preseason polls, Georgia’s 12-6 conference record was good enough for 3rd place in the 14 team league. Not bad for a football school!

Now it’s time for one of our regular features: recipes from the bear cave! This week’s offering: Reuben sandwiches. This is a fairly simple recipe. As usual, the key is knowing how long, and at what temperature, to cook the food. To make the sandwiches, all you need is pastrami or corned beef (I prefer pastrami), rye bread (marble rye is best!), swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, and butter. Just butter the bread, slather the other side with the dressing, and top the bread with the meat, cheese, and kraut. Five minutes per side on medium heat will have you ready to chow down.

That about does it for this edition of “Bear Team.” I’ll be back soon to fill you in on all the craziness of our move. As always, thanks for reading. We always appreciate it. Until next time….




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