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Wordless Wednesdays: I know I complain every time I have to move, but do we really have it that bad?

I know I complain every time I have to move, packing up the beds, tv, record collection (Yes, I still have one of those) and pack them in a moving van along with six of my buddies and we drive across town and then unload the moving van. All this costs me is about 4 pizzas and some Sprite.

Wagon train from the 1800s along the Oregon Trail

Now, even though we felt like we were going to die the next morning with aching muscles, no one is ever seriously hurt. But, let’s go back 150 years where families when they moved took months to go the same distance we can in a day. Sometimes family members didn’t even finish the journey and lost their lives to start anew.

So, from now on when I move, I’ll be happy with buying pizza and know that I sure had it a lot easier than my ancestors did.


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Comment balloon 19 commentsRespect Realty LLC • December 29 2010 08:39PM


Sprite? Either you move early in the morning or your friends have a sweet tooth.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 8 years ago

Good attitude. You could always not move at all. And I'm with Eric. SPRITE? You got off easy.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Thinking of the past helps to ease some physical discomfort Todd and being thankful for modern methods cut the time-line down as well! I hope the family gets settled quickly and with comfort!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) about 8 years ago

Todd, that sounds like quite a deal to me!  My guess is that most of our clients don't have it quite this easy!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Todd - Our lives are easier that our ancestors in so many ways yet we often don't take the time to appreciate how good we have it.  Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Ah yes, the forerunner to today's camper. I'm glad you captured it Todd...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 8 years ago

Hi Todd - Glad you survived moving day. Comparing today's move to the covered wagons is an eye-opener.  My great grandmother and her sister traveled across country in a covered wagon.  Her sister's fiance was killed by Indians en route, and she mourned him for the rest of her 90 years - never marrying.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 8 years ago

Hi Todd... did they even have pizza back in the old days?  I won't even ask about Sprite!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 8 years ago

wow.. way to keep it in perspective!! my goodness... I never even thought about that type of move!! I will never complain again about moving! lol

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 8 years ago

Imagine:  a moving van that has to be fed a watered every night....with a ride so bad the driver usually walked along side.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 8 years ago

A new home and a baby on the way. Life is GREAT! Even if it did cost you a pizza and a Sprite! :O)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 8 years ago

Modern technology is a wonderful thing in dead :)  What ever did we do before cell phones, fax machines and scanners... yikes!

Posted by Sandra Pearce (Republic Mortgage Home Loans in Olympia Washington) about 8 years ago

Congratulations, Todd!

Enjoy your new home.

Hope you are moving because you bought a home you really wanted, instead of moving because you lost your home to foreclosure like so many realtors across the country!!


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 8 years ago

Phil certainly buying because we want to, it has been a long time coming. We have been working on this home for almost a year and still really can't move in completely, but close. It is the house that I grew up in as a child and now my children will grow up in. We are really excited despite all the work that was needed on the home. 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Pizza and Sprite? If only our ancestors had it that easy... Times surely have changed.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 8 years ago

Todd: I was thinking of your post since yesterday and came back to comment. About 10 years ago my late mother gave me a book called "Trail of Hope, the Story of the Mormon Trail" because my father's family has a Mormon branch. Apparently my grandfather's grandfather pushed a handcart from Ohio to what is now Utah. Maybe handing out this book to some of our more dissatisfied and grumpy clients would put their troubles into perspective.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) about 8 years ago


Nice tie in with the Conestoga. Good luck with the new location - perfect timing for the new year. Much success to you and your family! :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 8 years ago

Todd - This certainly puts everything in a new perspective, and yet I still don't like moving.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 8 years ago

We all need to stop and realize what we do have.  Neat picture for making your point.

Posted by Diane Williams about 8 years ago

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