Moving to a place that doesn't really exist
Editor Paul Morris is feeling the strain as a big move approaches and the old surroundings begin to fade already.
It’s a strange sensation as we start packing up our old home to move to a new house, to a place which will have all the mod cons, all those things we never had before but we need now because progress says so. The old surroundings - dark blue and white - will be replace with clean white spaces and an altogether brighter, cleaner look.
It’s only when the first things have been transferred that you start to imagine life without a place you have lived with for so long, having become used to its little idiosyncrasies, the little technical glitches, the creaks and groans of old age.
The date had been fixed long ago and now it’s suddenly upon us, this very weekend, all things being equal. Stress levels are naturally very high, everyone’s running around like the proverbial chicken, directionless but eager to help, its head left some way behind. Way before Santa gets his chance our list has to be checked twice and who cares who’s naughty and who’s nice; the job just has to get done.
Already waiting there are all manner of new facilities, and it’s altogether more practical as an abode and interactive, too. That’s progress for you. Nowadays everyone has to have their say, put in their ten cent’s worth so we needed much more room.
In this case there will be no-one moving into the old place, it will become obsolete and some people will wonder if it ever existed at all and struggle to remember its face, perhaps argue over details, dispute blurred memories. But it will only be four walls since every single thing that made that place work will be cosily installed in the new environment, more accessible to visitors, some 575,000 a month from all over the world. And the new sitemap - the plumbing if you like - will be more user friendly.
Yes, Expatica is moving to a new location in cyberspace. If you spot a leak in the eaves, a lick of paint required on a sill or a tile loose on the roof, let us know so we can call in the maintenance folk - and you know how busy they are. Einstein said that if he hadn’t been a nuclear physicist he would have been a plumber since they must be extremely busy as he had been trying to get one for two weeks. Let’s hope we don’t need one.
(copyright expatica 2007)