Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
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Return of the PODS People!

Last night I called PODS and asked when the pickup of my container was scheduled and whether I needed to be present at the time.  They said it would be between 11 am and 2 pm, and that as long as it was locked and the area around it cleared, I didn't need to be there.

I had to work OT yesterday, and I'd arranged to burn off that extra time by taking time off today to handle the PODS pickup (at the time, I didn't know I didn't need to be there, nor did I know the pickup time).  So I decided to sleep in a bit this morning.

At 7:45 this morning, I was awakened by my cellphone.   It  was the PODS driver, telling me he was here to pick up the container, but there was a car in the way (I was parked at the end of the driveway).  I quickly threw my clothes on and ran out to move my car, then I watched as Podzilla went to work.

The container lifter device, dubbed "Podzilla", is quite facinating to watch.   It's a kind of spider like device that unfolds and lifts itself off the truck, then crawls over and lifts itself over the container.  Then it settles down around it and the driver attaches the hooks to the lift points.  Then Podzilla lifts the container, keeping it level, then crawls back to the truck, and sets the container down on the flatbed.  Finally it sets itself back down onto the truck and folds up.  The driver locks down the container, then drives off.  The whole thing took about 10 minutes.

I backed my car into the now-empty driveway, and loaded it up with books, which I drove over to the Carlsbad Library for donation.   About half of the books were my grandfather's genealogy research materials, to be donated to the Cole Library Genealogy & Local History Collection.

EDIT:   I keep forgetting I have a camera in my cellphone, so I could have taken pictures!   Anyway, here's someone else's photo of Podzilla in action!

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