Scary Tales of DIY Moving

Scary Tales of Do-It-Yourself Moving: Us - 0, Mud - 1

When you're a teenager and in high school, every experience is usually a grand adventure. It's something to tell your buddies about, because it marks you as interesting, someone to whom things “happen”. When they're absurd things, it makes the tale even better. Throw in parents, rain, a muddy Tennessee day and a moving truck, and the tale becomes worth repeating. Subsequently, you must have the proper props, but it's kind of hard to drag around a wide piece of wood to illustrate your story. Therefore, your audience will just need to use their imaginations.

 
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A Bit of Background

Before we begin our story, you should know that just outside Nashville, Tennessee is a small town named Mount Juliet. It's the home of Charlie Daniels (yes, I can point out where his house is). Mount Juliet is situated atop a rise in the ground, making snowy twisting roads a challenge on which to drive sometimes. It makes things miserable, though, when your house sits off the road where the landscape drops some. The rain pools, the mud can be impenetrable, and just walking up the driveway to get to the school bus is quite difficult.

Next, imagine a couple who happen to be my parents and who both go into Nashville to work. Their vehicle is parked on the street in front of the house on weekdays to better facilitate a quick exit every morning. They both work in office buildings on opposite sides of the city. One would drop the other off at work and then proceed to their job. Back at the house, as the downpour continues, the water pools deeper and deeper in the driveway until it reaches the side door steps of the house. This is an important point to remember in this scary tale of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) moving.

What Happened

My parents had found a house closer to the city, making it easier and quicker for them to drive to their jobs. Ergo, they rented a moving truck, and we were loading it. It had been raining for weeks, it seemed, and the yard was one heaving mass of mud. My Dad had backed the truck down the driveway, with the back as close to the side door steps as he could get it. A huge piece of wood was used as a loading ramp. So far, the loading of the truck was going without a hitch. The rain made things a bit wet and unpleasant, but we were moving right along.

The Hard Part

At this point, the truck was fully loaded. My brother and I got in one of the cars with me driving. I was standing by for the truck to pull out of the drive, so I could get behind it on the way to the new house. We noticed Dad having trouble getting out of the drive, and so we walked back up the driveway a safe distance away to observe the show. He tried to rock the truck. No luck. He tried having Mom get in the driver's seat and jacking the tail end of the truck out of the mud. That didn't work, either. As a last-ditch effort, Dad put the large piece of wood beneath the back tires of the moving truck.

The Scary Part

You must be aware that if you're going to use a piece of wood to get your tires out of the mud, you need to be mindful of which direction the wood will go when your truck exits the scene. In this case, it shot like a missile right through our living room window. Pieces of glass were covering the area, the truck shot out of the driveway, Mom was surprised and almost didn't make the turn onto the street, and Dad stood without saying a word. My brother and I found all this excessively funny and were laughing our teenage heads off. Consequently, we all got out of there as fast as we could and never went back.

Moving is no fun sometimes, but there are days it can be very comical and other days it can be downright scary. What's your horror story involving DIY moving? We'd love to hear it!