I don’t have much time. Every day, that fact is becoming clearer. Last night, I made an important decision: I am going to get rid of everything that I can’t fit in my Bronco. That means furniture, rugs, and about a thousand giant plastic containers worth of junk that I never use. It just doesn’t make sense renting a storage unit, and paying upwards of $500 next year, to store things that I never use. As my dad pointed out last we spoke, the furniture and kitchen supplies are easily replaceable when I return to the states.
Unfortunately, my solution (getting rid of extra stuff) is also a problem. How the hell do I get rid of all this stuff? By February 17, I should be in South Korea, so the clock is ticking. My last day of work at the PD is January 19, so I can’t do a whole lot until then. The first step is photographing all of the valuable stuff so that I can send photos to all of my friends and coworkers, some of whom will hopefully want to buy it. I may have to donate what’s left, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
As I read more about living in Korea, I learn about an increasing number of things that I will have to pack in bulk. Apparently Koreans don’t use much deodorant and antiperspirant, which means that I will have to pack a year’s supply of deodorant in order to avoid outrageous prices in western import stores. Most Korean toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride, so I’ll also have to pack a lot of toothpaste. I can already see the suspicious customs agent nosing through my bag full of deodorant and toothpaste. He’ll probably assume that I’m either a smuggler or the smelliest guy in the world.
Along with packing, I have to make a few appearances around the east coast. I am meeting a few college friends at ECU next weekend, which should be a blast. Then I have to head north to Maryland to see my aunt and uncle. I also have to see some friends in Charlotte and Virginia. Way too much to do.
Finally, I have to transfer my law enforcement certification to another department. Because the rules pertaining to certification are more lenient for sheriffs’ offices in NC than those for police departments, I had to ask my local sheriff’s office to hold my certification while I’m gone. Otherwise, I would lose my certification and have to attend the academy all over again if I decide to return to NC. This means physicals, forms, endless paperwork, and notarizations. So, before I leave, I will be a member of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
I think you get the point – I’m busy. So, I’ll get to it.
Until next time.