Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 10 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Moving Day

Hola! Buenas dias! Hope every had a wonderful Christmas.
We sure did.

We recently moved........a new old baby grand piano to our casa.
The move itself was eventful. 
We started out with our two guys and 2 of their sons and then, went to the Alameda with a call for help and ended up with 7 people, all of course, being bossed by Senor who had spent the previous day googling 'how to move a piano.'
 After he realized no one in Alamos was going to be able to supply him with a piano dollie, he calmed down and proceeded to just be the jeffe and let the guys do the best they could.
 Somehow we were able to get Marcelo's truck parked right outside the front door of the house we were moving the piano out of.
 Remarkable piece of luck especially since by that time we had about 10 guys hanging around, all excited and wanting to help and while Senor was trying to figure out how they were going to lift it up and onto the truck, I made the mistake of suggesting they just carry it all the way to the house. When that was repeated in Spanish to the workers I was dismissed very quickly. 
 Senor had promised me they would not turn the piano on its side.
 The tops of the legs are encased in brass and they insert inside a carved out area, which is also surrounded in brass, so there are no nails or screws and as a result, the legs kept falling off.
 At one point they attempted to just remove the legs, but the piano was so heavy they needed to set it down every few feet, so they needed the legs. 
Senor did the leg work, placing them back into their inserts whenever they fell out.

By now the crowd has thinned and we have lost some of the guys who either found the work too exciting, or strenuous, or not exciting enough. But the 5 guys say they have it under control.
 We took the lead and drove off. A little way up the street I asked Senor to pull in back of the truck so I could take pictures................. he said.................. NO................why not.....i want to take pictures of it going up the really don't, he said.................yes, i do, pull over.

He did as I asked and we were behind the truck just as Marcelo drove over a tope and the entire bed of the truck lurched to the left. I was watching through my camera lens and believe me, the photo does no justice to the lurch. I almost had a heart attack. The workers all scrambled to the left to support the piano and then back to the right after they cleared the bump.................I covered my eyes,................omg #+^*%$#@*!~^*_+............ is what I said to senor....................well i told you you would not want to be behind the truck, is what he said to me.
 Upright again and back in control we are almost to the house.

 And my first little concert on our new old baby grand piano.
Adios! Que tengas un buen dia!
Linda Lou


Ralph and Chris said...

Love it...enjoy!!

Linda Mcphee said...

You have the best adventures. I am delighted that you have a piano for the New Year. Hurrah for you , Senor and the five valiant guys!

Kathie said...

After reading this account, my blood pressure is as high as it will get today, but i'm laughing my head off. Once again Senior was right. You really didn't want to be behind the truck. :)))

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

hola Ralph and Chris! Buen dia, believe me, I will enjoy it!!!! Thank you! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Linda! so good to hear from you, yes, it is a wonderful gift and I am pretty thankful to have it! Your adventures also sound remarkable, enjoy them all! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hola Kathie, yes, dangit, he is always right and I should have known that by now, but I can be stubborn. My blood pressure was pretty high on moving day!!!LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

for those of you unused to southern slang, that is dang it, like darn it. I looked at that and thought what foreign word is that? love to you all.

marti and bernie said...

The most remarkable thing to me is the way these Men simply volunteered to help!!!...This is a wonderful place full of lovely people. I am going to live there some day. Thanks for the account Linda, I'll share this with Bernie when I visit him in hospital today. (He's not doing at all's not looking good.)

norm said...

The trick to moving heavy bulky items is to have a couple of saw horses to set the thing on while you get your breath. It stays at waist level so there is no bending down to lift it back to carrying hight. A few planks underneath to spread the load helps as well.

Dan said...

Years ago I helped a friend move an upright piano and we lost it over the side when we turned a corner. NOT a good day!!!

Anonymous said...

Will it have to be re tuned? A house is a home when you have a piano.

It is good that you are blogging again. Did you have a good time north of the border?

Can you play "La Marcha Zacatecas?"

Robert Gill
Phoenix, AZ

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Mr Gill,
It definitely needs tuning. FAOT, the music festival is coming up and the museum and palacio pianos will be tuned. I am hoping to get the tuner here as well. Nope, can't play that...yet. Yes, a good time north and I will blog that soon. LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Dan, ouch, that is really sad. A total loss?

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

hey Norm, nice to hear from you. As I mentioned Senor researched the heck out of this piano moving stuff, but he must have missed that idea. It sounds like a good one, too, but we are not moving any more pianos, I can tell you that for sure! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Marti, Senor paid them all very well for their work. I know you will be here one day and you and I can play some duets on the piano. I am really sad to hear about Bernie. Maybe the New Year will bring a change and he will get better. I have you both in my thoughts and wish the best for the New Year. Love you, LL

Herbert Clarke said...

It's at times like these I am glad that I play the violin! Seriously, though, I recently had to move a wardrobe and a bed to my new apartment and couldn't get it through the door of the bedroom of my mum's house. I just called up the professionals and went to the pub. I wouldn't do dentistry myself so why should I think I can be an expert removal man? A skill is a skill, is a skill.

Herbert Clarke @ Forte Heavy Removals

Vanessa Walters said...

I can't believe you moved a piano without a piano dolly. That was challenging! Those guys are great for helping. You really were fortunate that they were there. A concert was a great way to end the day. The new place is a lovely spot to make music. I love the columns and all the color in the garden.

Vanessa Walters @ Stellar Movers