I knew I had an issue when I looked out the back door of my new office to see my trailer house rolling down the highway.
The nice thing about moving a trailer house is that you really don’t have to pack much. In fact, I hadn’t even bothered to drain my water bed.
I had instructed the moving company to give me some advance notice before they hauled the house to the new place. I’d drain it then.
They’d promised they would.
And they didn’t.
I jumped in my car and raced after the trailer house, which was being backed into its new home by the time I arrived.
The crew hooked up all the lines and the foreman wandered over.
“I thought you were going to call me,” I said.
He shrugged. “I guess nobody did.”
“Yeah, well, there’s a full waterbed in the back of that trailer that I intended to drain.”
He studied the house for a long time. Then he shrugged again. “I guess that explains why it was so goosey in the back end while we were on the highway.”
Good news: the bed didn’t come out the back wall of the trailer. Bad news: it was pressed against the wall after sliding off the pedestal.
There is a moral to this story. When you’re 20-something and think you don’t have to drain your waterbed till the last minute, sleep on the couch a few nights instead.