Friday, June 22, 2007

It's Really Happening!

Yes, folks, it's true. All of our talk over the last few years about us leaving this miracle of unsustainable wonderfulness in July 2007 is true. I mean, it's always been true. But a week ago I actually got in touch with a couple of removals companies, and two days ago I awarded one of them the job. Within two hours they dropped off a load of cartons, which BetterArf is dutifully filling with books (I would help but a) I don't think we should take all of these books, and b) I'm busy writing my own book). We have thousands of books and CDs and DVDs, and that is mostly what we are taking with us.

We plan to sell most of our furniture. I think it's a shame that IKEA has not introduced a library service whereby you deposit the furniture that you bought from them at your local store, and they give you a voucher. And when you get to where you're going you present the voucher and can withdraw more or less the same furniture that you had deposited in Dubai. IKEA is being slammed a bit for its apparent lack of greenness - I think this would be a really good thing for them to do. But hey.

We actually put some unwanted, unsellable stuff outside our building this morning: 4 steel-framed rattan chairs whose rattan has gone to ratshit, a sofa-bed and two cushions. When we headed out the door for a luncheon engagement, the chairs were gone, and when we returned from our extremely long lunch, the cushions were gone, but the sofa-bed remained.

A bit like Tony Blair, we are now engaged on a succession of farewell do's. We had one this afternoon. An extended South African Christmas Lunch, hosted by the biscuit-dropper John. Marvellous, it was. We had roast lamb that he got from a farmer/butcher friend in SA. Two days ago this lamb had been trotting around a field where the grass was interspersed with rosemary and other herbs. Dee-licious! The concluding biscuits were served on a high-lipped tray.

I have to say, I am really looking forward to a complete change of lifestyle. It's already starting to happen. I have virtually finished all of the work that I have to do for my lovely clients. I am not taking on any new work until I get settled in Spain. But really, I plan to focus on Web 2.0 projects (or as the Spanish would say 'red dos punto cero') of my own, and writing outrageous novels. The current novel is storming along - 45,000 words so far, all of them good.

Moving house is supposed to be one of the most stressful of life's little events, but I'm not feeling it yet. Quite the opposite, in fact, this feels like a release!

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Blogger Harsha said...

Wow! congrats to you!

Sometimes stress like this is welcomed.. at time you just NEED that change.

Talk about throwing away stuff.. we left an old pc last year near the garbage bin.. I sent my brother back down in 5 mins to leave a keyboard there as well.. it was GONE!! In FIVE minutes!!

2:05 am  
Blogger BuJ said...

leaving? so soon?

4:01 am  
Blogger nzm said...

We found that leaving Dubai was the easy part - it was on the Melbourne side that we've run into difficulties. The biggest stumbling block was trying to find a suitable apartment. But we did do that yesterday, our application has been approved and we move in on Thursday! Can't wait to have a home again after 9 months of being on the move. We've forgotten what half of our stuff even looks like, or what we even have!

6:28 am  
Blogger Macthomson said...

"Red dos punto cero" sounds good. I sincerely hope the blog will continue, albeit re-named.

The 'exit strategy' becomes a pressing issue after a certain number of years, does it not? I was flown to Germany for a series on interviews a few weeks back. But either my Web 2.0 notions scared the c*** out of them or they reckoned that at my age I should be just gardening!

Que sera, sera!

11:19 am  
Blogger marwan said...

So you are essentially proposing a hawala system for IKEA?

11:46 am  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Could it be, Keefieboy, that you're not feeling the stress because BetterArf is doing all the work?

12:04 pm  
Blogger i*maginate said...

"luncheon engagement" = classic! Haven't heard that one neither written down nor spoken in a long time! I'm seriously impressed, and you get away (no pun intended) with it pretty well too!

Now, on a more serious note, as for you leaving,'ve managed not to slag off Dubai too much in the fashion that others on blogworld do, so I like you =) Shame that you're leaving. Will you still blog from Espagna?

Good luck with the move, and all the best.

8:32 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Harsha: thanks!
Buj: so soon - 13 years already!
NZM: mabrook for the new apartment - we have no idea what we'll end up with.
Mac T: gurn, you're just a babby!
Marwan: LOL - IKEA hawala!
Cyn: Cheek! While the boss has been packing things I've been chucking stuff away.
I*maginate: And what's wrong with 'luncheon engagement'? Yes, we'll still be blogging fron Spain, and probably keeping a watchful eye on developments in Dubai.

9:39 pm  
Blogger Bur Dubai Brenda said...

Will really miss the Dubai-isms that you have added to our daily vocab. My favs have to be haraminal and Itsalot!
Looking forward to hearing about life in Viva Espagna - una cervesa por favor!

6:12 pm  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

I believe Itisalot was coined by Prometheus. Personally, I like imbeSalik, which was one of Keefieboy's. Or is this comment just a load of disingenuous tosh?

9:27 am  

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