Scary Tales of DIY Moving

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

When you're 16 years old and in high school, each happening can be a grand adventure. It's something to tell your buddies about, because it marks you as bold, someone to whom things “happen”. When they're humorous things, it makes the happening even better. Involve parents, rain, a muddy Tennessee day and a moving truck, and the tale becomes worth repeating. Subsequently, you should have the proper props, but it's kind of hard to carry around a wide piece of wood to illustrate your story. Therefore, your audience will just need to use their imaginations.


A Bit of Background

Before we begin our account, you should know that just outside Nashville, Tennessee is a small concern named Mount Juliet. It's the home of Charlie Daniels (yes, I know where his house is). Mount Juliet sits atop a rise in the ground, making snowy twisting roads lots of fun on which to drive sometimes. It makes things miserable, though, when your house sits off the road where the landscape slopes downward some. The rain puddles, the mud can be impenetrable, and just getting up the driveway to make it to the school bus is quite an undertaking.

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 most days to better facilitate a quick exit every workday. They both work in offices on opposite sides of the city. One would drop the other off at work and then head to their workplace. Meanwhile 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 thing to remember in this scary tale of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) moving.

What Happened

My parents had bought a house closer to Nashville, making it easier and quicker for them to get to their jobs. Therefore, 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 tail end as close to the side door steps as he could maneuver it. A long, wide piece of plywood was used as a loading ramp. So far, the loading of the truck was going as expected. The rain made things a bit damp and unpleasant, but we were moving right along.

The Hard Part

At this point, the truck was 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 follow it to the new house. We observed Dad having problems moving out of the drive, and so we walked back up the driveway a safe distance away to observe the show. He attempted 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 underneath the back tires of the moving truck.

The Scary Part

You need to 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 projectile right through our living room window. Pieces of glass were all over the place, the truck took off out of the driveway, Mom was surprised and almost didn't make the turn onto the street, and Dad stood silently in shock. My brother and I found all this excessively funny and were laughing our teenage heads off. Needless to say, we all got out of there as briskly 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!