To quote The Lion King Video Game, "It starts." To quote LCD Soundsystem, "This is happening." Well! This is Take One for the trip, the trial run, the first leg: 45 hours on a train from here to Chicago. I'm sitting in the station now, the train's been delayed an hour and a half, I'm a little thirsty and pretty sweaty, and I feel a few emotions that average out to great!
First, there's the catharsis of moving out. I finished packing up my apartment today. Weird how, even when you don't like stuff, you accumulate a lot of stuff.
Second, there's the slight sadness. I'd expected it to be sadder; I'm either quite adept at dealing with the sadness or quite awful in that I'm just holding it in. I guess I've had a foot out the door for about a year and a half. (N.B. I don't recommend this.) So the sadness is there, but it'll kick in more later.
So third, finally, and primarily, now I'm left with the start-of-trip jitters/excitement. And not even jitters, because this part is easy: I get on a train, I see friends, I get on another train, I see family. I kick back in Westlake OH for a couple weeks surrounded by people I love. Life is easy, life is good, thank you for everything, I have no complaints whatsoever.
Practical Shipping Tips: USPS parcel post tends to be about N + 5 dollars, where N is the number of pounds. Shape/size doesn't matter unless it's huge (length + girth > 108 inches; even the burrito there is only 78). You can ship stuff in duffel bags; just make sure the address is securely affixed. I shipped the burrito, grandpa's classy suitcase, the toolbox, and the office stuff (in another duffel), for about $90. Finally, shipping books is hella cheap via media mail; about half the price of parcel post.