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I have no idea WHY anyone but me might find this amusing, but here it is.  Because it amuses me.  See what six years in the legal department will do to your sense of humor?  Load Mom's Jeep in eight easy steps.  Ignore the time-lapse effect.  It took several tries to get all the steps.

Look - it's empty!

There's lots of stuff wedged under/around the chairs - boots, seagrass seat pads, the fire extinguisher.  Really - it's much more impressive than it looks.

Tent bits!  Four tubs all told, which really need to go in first because I want the weight sitting between the Jeep's axles.  Someday it's going to rain during the process, and I'm going to be in trouble...

More stuff.  Notice that the Kleenex box makes an appearance in all of the photos.  Unintentional.

Yet more stuff - including the box of mead that I Can't Drop.  Bob needs to drop it.  The box underneath has all my camera gear, which is my job to drop.  Something for everyone.

The clothes that won't fit in the rooftop carrier, the last bag of laundry (yum!), and everything that has to be on top so it won't get crushed.

All the other stuff that was still sitting on the grass when I gave up and just stuffed everything left into the back.

Side view.

So there it is.  Most of the laundry was in the car top carrier, and the poles were strapped to the roof.  I've made a concerted effort over the years to make sure that my parents never see how I load their Jeep.  I also honestly can't believe anyone is still reading this.


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Aug. 15th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
How to put eight quarts in a five quart container
This could be subtitled "why some cars don't make it all the way to Pennsic" !

Some year I'm going to help Tonessa unpack her van just so I can take pictures like this. It was truly astounding to see, they unpacked onto a tarp before starting to set up the tents and the mound was obviously larger than the van.
Aug. 15th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: How to put eight quarts in a five quart container
This is why we decided to get storage out there. It's not the volume that worried me, it's the weight. When we were in Sheep Camp, people used to pull up lawn chairs to watch me unload the car. They could never figure out how a pile of stuff that was the size of the entire car (including engine compartment) came out of the back seat and hatch. The year I almost came to a sad end was when Lady Deirdre was admiring the packing job and I said "Look!" and showed her that the car top carrier came out empty. I just kept fitting things into the Jetta and I ran out of stuff before I ran out of nooks and crannies. That's the year we were able to bring home a five gallon carboy.
Aug. 15th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
You don't happen to have a picture of the OUTSIDE of the vehicle after you strap on the tent bits do you? That would be the piece de resistance...
Aug. 15th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Kinda sorta. I'll check.
Aug. 15th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
This would have amazed me if I hadn't already seen the amount of stuff that you managed to keep in a relaitvely small and narrow apartment. You are the goddess of packing, and I bow to your superior capabilities.
Aug. 15th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Kirsten claims that my packing abilities come from the ongoing effort of putting things away and stored in that apartment. She kept bringing people over to see how much stuff I could put in an apartment and still have it be livable. I must say that I prefer the current state of affairs.
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