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Monday, Mar 3, 2014

Leave Cali day 6

The move to Florida, Harley parts, oddball junk, and plans. pdf version
My numbered days to leave California are not consecutive. The sixth day I worked on the move was March 3rd 2014. It was time to deal with the mountain of Harley parts I have collected over the years. All these fenders I bought at the swap meets I just gave to a friend, who just wanted them for trailers or other projects, he does not even own a motorcycle. I moved the fire extinguishers. The exhaust pipes and handlebars are nothing special and bulky, so I just put those on the curb and the metal scavengers whisked it away by the next day. The stainless steel sink and the white metal frame I moved to Florida. I got the sink from a neighbor when Litton Aerospace lost a big contract. The frame came from Applied Materials I think, its meant for a wet bench but the sink fits nicely.
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I was selling Sportster parts on eBay the whole time, even before deciding to move. Looking at the stuff with a more critical eye, there was stuff like this that went into the dumpster..
My pal Dave Tamura invented a great phrase, The chain of dependencies. In order to do something you have to do 20 other things. Here I planned the move. I did not sell any motorcycles but I did give my 96 Sportster away to a good buddy who needed a scooter.
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Some pistons and a Sportster swing arm to put on the curb for the metal scavengers.
On this page I sketched out what I was going to move to Florida. I did not move the fire safe, it was a 4-drawer file cabinet style and weighed hundreds of pounds. I took two of us to slide it down a plywood ramp and put it on the curb. I have no idea how a metal scavenger took it away. The 20 boxes I refer to was all the paper that I spent 6 months scanning.
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Here are some Harley parts I did move to Florida. There is some early model Sportster fenders, as well as two K-model front wheels with the brake. There is also several front fork setups. The Styrofoam insulation I gave away.
Despite owning the house I inherited in Florida, I was looking at different houses to live in there. This is a rough floor plan of a house I saw on Zillow. I am glad I kept the house I had.
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More junk to toss. A bunch of lamps with reflectors and bulb boxes plus a handlebar.
The profane title shows the attitude I was getting about my stuff, more of a pain than something to keep. I did keep the motorcycles. The truck I got 1000 bucks to scrap as a gross polluter (thanks California). Most of the other stuff went, although the steel desks I just put on the curb for the scavengers.
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Another view of that box of junk I tossed.
This is a floor plan of my California house. I used the word "empty" to mean all that was left was stuff I was going to move. The list is a mystery, it makes no sense to me after a couple of years. You can see I was interesting in ordering PODs to move, but they could not get them in the side yard, and I felt it was easier to just pay professional movers to pack and ship.
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There were several handlebars that were too much trouble to sell on eBay. They have pretty much zero value so they went to garbage bin.
This is another floor plan of the house, engineers love to draw. This shows how I intended to get rid of the desks that filled the house. I had 3 in the lab, 3 in the music room, 2 in the living room besides wood desk I was going to keep. Turns out I did not sell them, I just put them on the curb for scavengers.
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