So Reid and I (mainly I as Reid's parents are here) have been rental house hunting this week via the internet and telephone. I have now realized why people are not supposed to move 1800 miles across the country unless they are amazingly wealthy and can fly back and forth several times.
The biggest problem is that we have pets which narrows down the list of possible properties to about three... I have requested more pictures and information about all three as they all seem to have pros and cons. The good news is that it does sound like we're going to find a place. We may have to pay an extra month's rent, but it sounds like we are going to find someplace!
In other news, Reid, his parents and I went to Petersburg yesterday. We saw the Siege Museum (which is a really small museum dedicated to the longest siege on an American city in history, Petersburg from June 1864 to April 1865). We then walked around the city a little and then drove out to the Petersburg National Battlefield. We stopped at several of the batteries to take a look and accidentally took a wrong turn at one of them, making what should have been a half mile walk through the woods into a mile and a half (oops!).
We also saw the Crater, which is probably the best known part of the Petersburg battlefield. It is amazing. The two trenches were really close together at this particular point in the line (we are talking easily yellable, probably even tossing a football level). The Union forces dug a 511 foot tunnel under no man's land and under a Confederate magazine. Then at 3:30 in the morning, they lit the fuse. Over 2,000 men were killed in the Crater. You can see a fictionalized version at the beginning of the movie Cold Mountain. But to see the Crater in person was pretty powerful.
And finally, I taught my last first day of class at VCU on Tuesday evening. I am teaching an 8 week T-Th evening Effective Speech class. So far the students seem nice. In fact, I need to log off of here and go work on my lesson plan for this evening.
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