Going to Seattle

2016-Dec-01, Thursday 19:25
cos: (gchat-zalice)
[personal profile] cos
I'm transferring to a team at Google Seattle, much to my surprise (well, to the surprise of me a month ago or anytime in the past few decades, more accurately). Planning to move there, along with Alice, around early February, but keeping the house in Cambridge with intent to return in a few years...

Oh, we also have to figure out how to move a cat.

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 01:17 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] points.livejournal.com
Erk! Well, luck with the move! :)

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 02:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mzrowan.livejournal.com
Wow! That's quite the news!

If you want, you can fly with the cat under your seat.

Date: 2016-Dec-05, Monday 18:04 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mzrowan.livejournal.com
No, when I moved from Toronto to Cambridge a friend drove them down a few weeks after I got here. I was planning on flying them out with me (and a friend, because you can only take one cat per person) for the move to SF, but then I fell in love with Cambridge instead. ;-)

I totally forgot about the Egg Noodle Incident!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 03:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rednikki.livejournal.com

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 03:30 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyfer.livejournal.com
Wow! Have a fun adventure.

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 03:49 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] cheshyre
will you be driving or flying there?

when my family moved from Wisconsin to Florida, we owned a passenger minivan, and drove down with the cat.
Clyde was allowed to roam loose, with food, water & litterbox set out for him.
We also got some sedatives from the vet. He was kept heavily sedated the first day, and we tapered it off over the trip.
The only problem I remember involved my father having to slam on the breaks just as Clyde was stepping into the litterbox - partly tipping it over.

iff you're driving, so long as the car isn't totally jam-packed with stuff, you should be able to do something similar in the back seat area.

good luck!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 03:56 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missionista.livejournal.com
Seattle!? Shock! I have such a hard time imagining Boston without you. But Seattle is a great place to live, and I have very happy memories of my time there. I hope you also enjoy it!

As far as the cat, when we moved to SF, we found a company that would pick the cat up from one's house, fly it out, and bring it to your new house. Very convenient!

Date: 2016-Dec-03, Saturday 13:06 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missionista.livejournal.com
1989-1991. Long, long ago!

Date: 2016-Dec-03, Saturday 18:49 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr-memory.livejournal.com
The service we used was recommended to us by Google, who was underwriting the trip. It was www.petmove.com (for real) which seems to be 404 at the moment, but I bet if you ask Google HR they will have a list of current companies that do the same thing.

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 04:13 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ron_newman
Wow! Best of luck on the opposite coast. We'll miss you here.

(Should we recruit a replacement moderator for [livejournal.com profile] davis_square ?)

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 08:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rightkindofme.livejournal.com
Congratulations. I hope the left coast treats you well. :)

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 12:21 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetmmeblue.livejournal.com
Mazel Tov on the job front? Hope this is a good and fun adventure for you.

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 12:40 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notadoor.livejournal.com
Wow! Congrats!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 14:50 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eirias.livejournal.com
Holy cats! A big shocker. Good luck with the logistics. I love Seattle and hope you enjoy your years there.

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 14:50 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chanaleh.livejournal.com

Sounds like a fun sojourn. But I'm glad you have it in mind to return to Boston or my world would be too rocked. :-) (says the virtual expat)

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 19:18 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chanaleh.livejournal.com
"Ever" is a long time, so... I would hope maybe someday? But there are certainly many possible futures in which I don't. (Move back altogether, that is. I certainly intend to visit again.)

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 15:38 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 42itous.livejournal.com
Yay for you, boo for us in Greater Camberville. I'll miss you!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 15:43 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hammercock.livejournal.com
Dude. :-} Enjoy it. I'm sure you'll find ways to be just as involved there as you have been here!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 15:45 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eccentrific.livejournal.com
Have fun in Seattle!

If you want, we have a spare cat carrier of the kind that is airline approved for carry-on. You need to tell them in advance that you're bringing a cat, they'll charge you something like $100 extra and you have to bring a vet certificate showing that the cat is in good health and up to date on rabies shots.

I'm curious, why Seattle?

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 16:16 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vvalkyri.livejournal.com
What? Wow. Congrats? Eep, will miss you from Bostonish

Date: 2016-Dec-03, Saturday 19:08 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beaq.livejournal.com
Fewer people, hoho, we'll see about that.

(Congrats, cos - do you know many people here?)

Date: 2016-Dec-04, Sunday 16:27 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vvalkyri.livejournal.com
Trying to remember who else I know in Seattle. I think I have folks in Portland and [livejournal.com profile] jazzfishAnd [livejournal.com profile] uilosAre in Vancouver. Been forever since I've been to sanfran, too.

Date: 2016-Dec-08, Thursday 06:17 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] broken-gizmo.livejournal.com

When G and I moved out here -- with our FOUR cats -- we rented an RV and drove cross country. It was... an adventure. :)

We live pretty much on the Redmond / Bellevue border, so not actually in Seattle, though G does the commute daily. (Trying to find a rental in the city that would allow for more than a single cat was quickly identified as a non-starter.)

Though I'm not exactly awash in spare energy, if there's something I can help with that would be easier to manage if you had someone local to lend a hand, feel free to ping me.

Safe travels!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 16:17 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vvalkyri.livejournal.com
For driving we would keep the litterbox in the footwell of the back seat, with the cat(s) roaming

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 18:04 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rawrin.livejournal.com
Wow! Hope the move goes smoothly, and you enjoy your time there.

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 20:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mackelzinzie.livejournal.com

Just take her on the plane or in the car with you! I'm excited you will be on this coast!!

Date: 2016-Dec-02, Friday 22:30 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dphilli1.livejournal.com
moving a cat is easy.

convincing it to stay moved is hard

Date: 2016-Dec-03, Saturday 14:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wombatbanana.livejournal.com
We flew with two cats PETC BOS-SEA. At least in 2013, you had to take the cat out of the carrier to go through security. (Carrier must go through x-ray without the cat in it.)

If your cat is freaked out by the travel experience, you can request a private screening room. I'm not sure exactly how it works since we were told about this option by a TSA agent on the *far* side of security, but I imagine this would look something like:

1. Take cat out of carrier in enclosed, relatively quiet room.
2. One of you takes carrier through x-ray.
3. **Maybe** the person from #2 can now take the carrier back to the room, put the cat back in inside the room, and take cat+carrier through the metal detector (now that the carrier has been x-rayed)??? Not sure.

Contrast with our experience:
0. Get in security line. Be told by TSA agent that you'll need to departure cats. Swear. Look around at your two cats and baby and shitton of crap that you're traveling with. Rub back that's sore from carrying previous plus being rear-ended on the way to the airport. Ask TSA agent if there's a way to make this easier. Sigh resignedly when he says no.
1. Open carrier in middle of noisy, crowded, hectic security line.
2. Grab onto super stressed ball of fur and hold on for dear life because if the cat escapes in the airport you're missing your flight trying to get it back and probably never seeing the cat again anyway.
3. Try not to scream in ways that will alarm the TSA as the cat scratches you and you bleed all over.
4. Try not to step in the poop the cat has shat on the floor from stress.
5. Go through magnetometer.
6. Try to get the ball of stress and claws back into the carrier in the middle of the hectic et al security line.
7. Bleed more.
8. Since your travel partner is managing INFT and thus is not capable of doing 1-7, go back to start of security line where she and the INFT and the other PETC are waiting and repeat with second cat.
9. Encounter a nice TSA agent who helps you with #6 and cleaning up various human and feline fluids. Be asked by her why on earth you didn't just request a private screening room.
10. Curse the TSA agent from #0 who assured you that there was no way to make this easier, along with his descendants unto the tenth generation.
11. Buy a new shirt for travel companion who has suffered the wrath of a leaky INFT diaper sometime during #0-10.

Date: 2016-Dec-04, Sunday 06:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wombatbanana.livejournal.com
I think this was pre-precheck. At least pre-us-having-it. (We enrolled in NEXUS after we moved here; highly recommended, by the way, it means we always get precheck plus expedited entry into Canada and the US.)

We did get the cats Thundershirts, which I think helped. We didn't try any hormones or medications.

Date: 2016-Dec-10, Saturday 19:35 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I know that some airlines had a limit to the total number of cats that could be on a flight, maybe one, maybe two. So make your cat-reservations early, before your flight's cat-spaces fill up.

Date: 2016-Dec-05, Monday 03:38 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geoffroi.livejournal.com
Congrats and best of luck!

Date: 2016-Dec-06, Tuesday 21:47 (UTC)
drwex: (Troll)
From: [personal profile] drwex
Congratulations. That is quite the surprise. I hope it's a good move.

Date: 2016-Dec-19, Monday 18:42 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreams-of-wings.livejournal.com
ACK! I'm just catching up on not reading LJ for...a really long time and saw this. I'm kind of in shock, even though I've been a terribly absent friend since I had Mo, and selfishly relieved you're not planning to live there forever and always.

I hope it's a grand adventure. I'll work on scheduling some time with you before you do the big move.

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