I have worked at my agency for 20 years. The agency has been in the current building for 50 years. We are moving to a new building next month. It will be quite a project.
Our current building is a six story college dorm on the campus of Dickinson State University. The college is evicting us to make room for the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Presidential Library. We are moving to a very new building that housed a civil engineering firm. Our offices, which hardly anyone has seen, are said to be much smaller than our current offices, which are rather large, and which have windows. Storage and windows in the new building will be minimal, if they even exist. We have been told to throw out everything we aren’t going to move. Dumpsters and receptacles for shredding are being delivered on a regular basis.
For 50 years, people at my agency have been able to throw things in large cupboards and closets and forget about them. Today I discovered that we have seven sets of Rorschach Inkblot Cards. We used to have five psychologists. Today I am the only one, and believe me, I don’t need seven sets of inkblots. The first Head of Psychology used to spend any extra money in the budget by purchasing tests, and Husband, when he was the Head of Psychology, did the same thing. Today I threw out hundreds of out-of-date test forms. I always knew they were there, but I chose to ignore them since we had the space to store them. We also have a Christmas tree problem, since every floor had a waiting room that was decorated for the season, and now we are going to have only two waiting rooms. We don’t need six Christmas trees. Decisions will need to be made. Since we can’t just put the extra inkblots in the garbage for test security reasons, I think I will be having a Rorschach bonfire in our back yard to dispose of the oldest and grubbiest of the sets. You can’t have dirty or marked up Rorschach cards, you know.
Tell about some of your moving experiences.