Saturday, April 11, 2009


Or..Why I am moving (again)

As you may or may not know, my husband works for the Rail Road industry. Before, he worked for one of the major carries. His job was eliminated and he was forced to leave his cushy desk job and try something else with the company he had been with for over 30 years. And it happened, but we had to relocate to Ft. Wayne while he trained for the position as an Assistant. We were there for two years. At first I hated FW, mainly because it was not home and I missed my family. It grew on me after awhile and I have very fond memories of our brief time there. There was a job opening in Louisville and Joe applied. Holy Moly!! He got the job! We were going home!

Unfortunately, he hated the job. He was working 60 - 72 hours a week. He was being forced to preform his job and also cover for the Yardmaster and he absolutely hated that!! He hated his supervisor and he just hated everything.

Not one to sit around and wait for something to happen, Joe jumped companies! He left the class A carrier and joined a regional Rail Road and immediately (I mean immediately) began to run the line in Memphis.

It was so fast that my head could not take it in. Sell our house? Move? Again?? In less than one year. So we decided to take six months and see what happens.

Six months came and went and I stalled around not really wanting to move to Memphis. Memphis is .... really far away. Six hours. Joe was flying home, I was driving down, we made it work for the past year, but things were being to fall apart. I could not find a job up here, so it made sense to just rent out our house and for me to move down there.

Well, great plans sometime go astray. Life has a way of not cooperating.

Joe was asked to take over the yard in an area much closer to Kentucky. As a matter of fact, a lot of the line is in Kentucky.

So, tomorrow I go with him to Clarksville Tennessee and scope things out, find a house/apartment and move...all in 21 days.

Not only move from here, not I have to move from Memphis too. Since we have two residences (God Help Me!!)

So, that's where it is. It is what it is.


Chris said...

My dad worked for Seaboard (now CSX) his entire life. Maybe that explains my love of trains, train tracks, etc.

Nelle said...

Holy crap! Good luck with all that. It's actually good that you don't have a job right now....maybe the new town will have something for you. I think it should be in the line of books. :)

sunflowerkat321 said...

I can imagine how overwhelmed you are, both with all there is to do and the emotion that goes with it. As you know, I have not weathered my move all that well. I hope that you find TN to your liking and that you have a smooth transition. I'll be following your journey.

gigi said...

Good grief Mary! I can hardly keep track reading about it; I can't imagine what it must be like to live it. Your head must be spinning!

(BTW, Turk is a railway guy too ~ he started on the freight docks in Chicago, and retired as manager of rail traffic for a food service company in CA. Still loves the rails...)

Good luck with...everything!

lulu labonne said...

I can't bear moving - and two places to displace!! I feel your pain, I hope you find get settled in TN.

Cynthia said...

Good Lord, two moves at the same time. My sympathies...and prayers. However, I'll be not quite two hours from you. That's day tripping distance.

cw2smom said...

I have a condo (vacation home) in Clarksville, Tn...right on the river! We'll have to get together one day when I am there! I love that area! I hope you will too! Blessings, Lisa

Lori said...

At least it's a bit closer to Kentucky than Memphis. I hope the move goes well and the job too!