Missed opportunity for logisticians

My dear mother has arrived to spend a week or so with me to avoid the heat of the desert. It took me an hour to unload her Jeep. Not an hour to unload and unpack and stow, just to unload. How that woman can fit so much stuff in one vehicle is a mystery for the ages.

Most of the load was foodstuffs. I’ve been eating out of the frigde and freezer for two weeks to try to make room. It wasn’t enough. I’ve good more food on hand now than most small countries.

When I moved to Indiana from Colorado, I went via my childhood home in Washington. Mom loaded my Dodge Daytona with everything I needed to set up a complete household. It was a year before I finished finding things in that car to unload- when I got a flat tire I found gravy packets in the well for the spare tire.

If the Army had hired my mom to load trucks for them, they could have saved a ton of money, because they’d only need half as many trucks.

On a slightly more serious note, most units have a standard load plan for their vehicles. Most Bradleys will carry pretty much the same things, so it makes sense to store them in the same places on each vehicle. If I need to find the spare radio batteries on your vehicle, I’d look in the same place they were stored on mine.

Here’s an example, borrowed by the folks at Army Study Guide:

PDF- example-load-plans

4 thoughts on “Missed opportunity for logisticians”

  1. I can do ya one better…spent the latter part of last week helping one of my roommates move out of his old apartment. It took us EIGHT F**KING HOURS to move his stuff out. One apartment. Four people. Two 10′ trailers, one F-150, and two compact pickups full of stuff. Eight hours.

    Moving in *only* took a few hours. Of course, now more than half of our three bedroom apartment is full of his stuff.

  2. Mike, we didn’t move any furniture. I had shipped my few pieces of furniture earlier. I’m talking stuff like towels and a microwave and pots/pans. Stuff that guys just generally don’t think about but women collect over the years.

    My first time in my own place, I owned one plate. Why would I need any more than that? I only ate one meal at a time.

  3. Haha, well, a lot of this wasn’t furniture. A fair amount of it was (mattress/box springs, small couch, recliner, a dinner table and chairs, and few end tables and things of that nature) but it also included stuff like a “chocolate treat maker.” What guy in his right mind, much less a guy in college, needs a chocolate treat maker?

    I’m with you on the plate thing. In fact, at the moment, the amount of implements I possess for the drinking of alcohol (tumblers for whisk(e)y and pint glasses for beer) more than doubles the amount of of implements I possess for all other types of food and drink consumption. Which is the way it should be.

  4. When I divorced and had to move out in a hurry. My wife got 2/3 of the stuff. I threw out/sold 2/3 of the remaining junk. The remainder still filled a truck. I still have boxes under the bed I never unpacked and possibly never will.

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