[FoRK] Items you own (was Re: FoRK Digest, Vol 17, Issue 31)

Meltsner, Kenneth Kenneth.Meltsner at ca.com
Tue Aug 31 13:39:10 PDT 2004

600 pounds of books is enough to be moved professionally (small lots can
be squeezed into big cross-country vans.  It may even be possible to get
the whole pile shrink-wrapped onto a pallet to discourage "evaporation."

I also believe UPS offers a "hundredweight" service with discounts for
big loads to single addresses.

Finally, media mail (former "book rate") is relatively cheap, but I'm
not sure how dependable it is.

-----Original Message-----
From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com] On Behalf Of
Dan Gould
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 3:20 PM
To: fork at xent.com
Subject: RE: [FoRK] Items you own (was Re: FoRK Digest, Vol 17, Issue

On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 fork-request at xent.com wrote:

> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 11:11:39 -0400
> From: "Meltsner, Kenneth" <Kenneth.Meltsner at ca.com>
> Subject: RE: [FoRK] Items you own
> To: "Russell Turpin" <deafbox at hotmail.com>, <fork at xent.com>
> Yep, it's been a long time since all of my possessions would fit in 
> the back of my VW Golf.
> My current plan is to die before I have to move again.  Books can be 
> moved easily (we have them sorted by binding/size, so they're easy to 
> box).  Last move, about 8 years ago, took 100 boxes for books, but 
> that's only a four layer, 5 x 5 box stack.  Total volume was 150 cubic

> feet, and weight was probably 1.5 - 2 tons.  Which sounds like a lot, 
> but we moved two cars and all of our household possessions in a single

> moving van.  If we sold the cars, I'm sure we'd still fit in a single 
> trailer.
> Personally, I'd prefer to get rid of the fancy china set and crystal 
> that my wife wanted when we got married, but I'm doomed if I ever 
> suggest that.  And books these days, especially SF paperbacks, tend to

> self-destruct from acid paper, so I'm sure we won't leave much to our 
> heirs.  My old tools, on the other hand, have already lasted ~100 or 
> more years, so they're going to last another 40-60 without much

I'm actually in the middle of preparing my books to move from
Providence, RI to San Francisco.  I'm putting most stuff in to storage,
but do you have any advice on shipping the ~1/3 ton of books that I am
going to bring?  Media Mail looks like the cheapest option (I'm rather
low on cash), but I suspect some of you have experience.


[And, BTW, while I'm primarily a lurker on FoRK, I do look forward to
running in to some of you in real life once I'm out there.]
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