Let's face it, moving is always a hassle. Particularly so in Paris, where buildings often don't have elevators, where staircases are always curved and narrow, and where streets are usually so tiny that a moving van will block them completely. Ah, good times.
So yesterday I helped Tiny Dancer and her boyfriend move. Partly out of the goodness of my heart (yes, my frozen black heart does occasionally contain some goodness) and partly because I am fully aware that I will need help with my upcoming move and I am storing up goodwill and favours like a squirrel storing up for winter. What? At least I admit it...
Anyway, I turn up at 11am to help with the packing and, as I've mentioned before, Tiny Dancer lives on a street frequented by ladies who are in a very particular line of work (if you know what I mean, and I think you do) and I must say, I was rather surprised to see the ladies out in force at 11am on a Sunday morning; perhaps it's due to my upbringing as a country hick, but I wasn't expecting that. So exactly how does this work? A guy goes to church, gets himself all absolved of this week's sinning, and then gets a quick blowjob on the way home in order to get a start on next week's sinning? Or perhaps he pays for sex on his way to church? It all seems a bit odd to me, but then again, I'm not a religious person, so what do I know?
Back to the move - we finish the packing and then, around 5pm, the muscle shows up to do the heavy lifting. All of that goes well until it's time to move the sofa. So picture this: three big strong men trying to move one very large sofa down four flights of one very narrow spiral staircase. Well, you don't need to picture it because I took photos:
|The sofa is so big you can't even see the guys|
|Half an hour later, it was halfway down|
|Four stories down, it finally got into the van|
|At the new place - stairs slightly wider but still curved...|
And in the grand tradition of helping friends move, they treated us to large amounts of food and alcohol afterward, hence my completely lame post yesterday. Everyone else was drinking beer, so I had to drink all the wine - yes, a whole bottle on my own. What? I'd had a long day...