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Moving is a time to count blessings, as well as pennies !

Did I mention how stressful moving is? It does though have its moments of quiet reflection.

Consider the shopping cart. My Regina home for the past six years has been on the 9th floor of an apartment building.

A shopping cart is a valuable tool for moving stuff up and down the elevator.

I must have done almost a dozen trips to the dumpster in the back lane.

Very often the bin is locked to discourage dumpster diving.

The dear old shopping cart is a convenient tool for most of us.

For dumpster divers and those who are homeless, the cart is their whole world.

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I have never even been remotely close to that state of affairs.

I’ve never missed a rent payment, and I’ve obviously never missed a meal.

I’m not even a particularly careful shopper.

I have never been without a car except when it’s in the shop for a day or two.

I think nothing of driving 50 miles to have lunch with someone.

I have always had access to indoor plumbing and electricity.

I can’t imagine not having cable TV, even if I didn’t work for the cable company.

I have many wonderful friends who have lovely comfortable homes where I’m welcome anytime.

As I cleaned out drawers and closets though, I couldn’t help hoping I might find a forgotten lottery ticket.

I’m not greedy, a $50,000 jackpot would quite fine.

Help me please who is that lady named Judy whose phone number I found on the back of a bar tab?

Chances are she hung up when I called.

Wow! Where did I get all those socks and T-shirts, and why didn’t they scrap the penny years ago?

 

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A lot of clothing, kitchenware and books I was able to donate to Carmichael Outreach in Regina.

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They distribute such things to some of those people whose lives are carried in a shopping cart.

They who grab a few hours sleep when they can on someone’s couch. I greatly admire the dedication of people like Shawn Fraser and his staff at Carmichael.

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Cleaning out the kitchen is next. The Regina Food Bank will get plenty, and bless them for all they do.

Some new tenants in my building are taking some of the furniture that I choose not to move, including a perfectly good 33 inch TV.

It’s not a flat screen though, and I’m glad I found it a home, at least for a while.

I shall miss looking north towards the Hotel Saskatchewan as I write thoughts like these.

And I’ll miss lots and lots of people, including the ones who push those carts.

How I wish I had more time to hear their stories, and maybe take them to Tim’s for a nice bowl of soup.

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Roger Currie is a writer, broadcaster and blogger.

 

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For the past seven months he has been hosting Talk of the Town on Access channel 7.

He is relocating to Winnipeg.

He can be reached at rogerc@mymts.net

The joy of moving

So, what are life’s most stressful events? The careers of many brilliant minds have been dedicated to that subject, and the lists they come up with are what you might expect. Death of a spouse, divorce or separation, getting married, going to jail, etc ..

What surprised me was what I did NOT find on the top ten list … moving! That is my challenge at the moment. As most of you may already know, in a couple of weeks I’ll be heading east to Winnipeg. I’ll be back to visit often, I promise. And I will cheer for the green team at least as much as I cheer for the blue team, if I survive the stress of moving. Six years have gone by very quickly but boy do we acquire a lot of stuff !

I’m not a hoarder but I am a procrastinator. Rather than make a decision about what to do with something, I tend to put it behind a closet door. “I’ll deal with it if I ever move.” I’m beginning to think that’s why a lot of us do NOT move because the mountain just becomes too high.

Moving from one province to another in Canada brings in a whole different set of challenges. And if you want really ratchet up the stress level, try buying a new vehicle at the same time as you move across a provincial boundary.

It’s a lesson I should have learned because would you believe I did exactly the same thing 12 years ago? The human psyche must automatically protect itself by shedding stressful memories.

Over the past week I must have spent more than a full day doing the purchase and trade, figuring out insurance, transferring plates and on it goes. I can tell you that two things are absolutely certain. Safety checks are a pain the neck and probably a ripoff, and where there’s a tax to be collected, governments will figure out a way to collect it.

Oh and by the way, you know how politicians are fond of promising to eliminate red tape and paperwork and make our lives simpler. I can testify that, like the promise to ‘consult’ with stakeholders before bringing down a budget that blindsides someone, the promise about red tape and paperwork? It’s a lie.

Excuse me but it’s time to go pack more boxes.

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Roger Currie is a Regina writer, broadcaster and blogger.

He currently hosts Talk of the Town every weekday at Noon, 4pm and 10pm on Access channel 7.

He will be relocating to Winnipeg at the end of April.

He can be reached at rogerc@mymts.net

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