I use the term “Moving Day” probably as much as I make references to the Emperor’s New Clothes (see my last post) to reference that tipping point when whatever the result is will come true that day. For work purposes, it most likely will be a Wednesday of a week long audit – the day when you either make or break the result. Since today is a Wednesday, you could think I am writing exactly about that … but I am writing about something far more cynical.
In Boston, today is actually Moving Day in a very literal sense.
By that, I mean, today is the day that a very large percentage of Boston is moving from one residence to another.
This is not an exaggeration!
The City of Boston estimates that 70% of residential leases begin on September 1st, 2016. That means nearly 3 of 4 people who rent their residence will have a new lease tomorrow. For many, this means a new place to live, or leaving their old place to live. The start of something new, or the end of something old.
For the rest of us, that just means there is a hell of a lot of moving trucks and new cars parked in our spots. Below is a heat map created by the City of Boston showing ONLY the moving truck permit requests — not just those who rented moving trucks, or went full on Jed Clampet to strap their mattresses, couches, and grannies to someone’s truck.
My street barely shows up as a color on this map, and we have at least three residents that asked for a moving truck permit … and at least three more moving trucks stuffing up the street.
It’s actually quite a popular time as well for the tow trucks. Because there is no place ot park in Boston … like literally no place to park … the above mentioned mover permits are a means for moving companies to block off parts of the street where it is ‘temporarily’ illegal to park so they can get in to do the moving. This means, tow trucks make a fortune off of all the people who try to cut those zones a little too close. I woke up twice last night to the sound of trucks pulling in to haul off a car, at times JUST past midnight. I haven’t seen that level of tow jackassary since the first day of ‘snow parking’ up in Houghton, MI where they hauled 150 cars off of a campus that only had 350 registered car parkers.
Just on that, you would think that I am not a fan of moving day … well, that’s no the half of it. We are in the phase that can be considered the period where Douchery Rules. When you move to a new place (if you have ever) there are things you have to get used to logistically — like where to park, where to best get out of your neighborhood, how to get to work, where to let your dog poop … you know, the usual. In those situations, there are two types of people — those who are careful knowing that things may not be how they expect so they take things calmly are carefully figuring it all out. Then there is the minority that assume everything will be perfect and overcome any issues by becoming a complete douche bag. You stomp on the gas to get through an intersection, you honk the horn because someone is following local traffic laws, you park in the middle of the street and block people in, you dump your garbage on the curb anywhere, you become genuinely obnoxious. There maybe only 1 of you in 10, but that 1 rules … you are the one that screws things up for the rest of us. You are the one that continues to be a douche bag until you figure out being an idiot doesn’t make things any better. And the rest of us suffer.
Honestly … that’s why I hate moving day. And this is only the second one I have seen.
Now you maybe still confused by this whole concept. Thinking there is no way that one city has 70% of their leases start on the same day. Well, Boston is a college town – not just Harvard, MIT, Boston College, & Boston University which you probably expected … but also UMass-Boston, Tuffs, Wesley, Berklee, offshoots of other major New England Schools, and so many close in surrounding communities that the area boasts 54 (that’s a fifty-four) institutes of higher education in the area with over 235,000 students enrolled — which is 35% of the city’s population. So no wonder the start of the school year begins with a new place. Just think what it is like to have 1 out of 3 people surrounding you is an college idiot … and you will get what these days are like.
Soon enough it will all calm down. Those who are moving to be students will have their classes to start failing, and the rest of the douche bags will get their stuff worked out at the local gym.
The rest of us, it’s just moving day, and it will go sooner or later.