Greetings, my people, it’s been a while.
It’s also been quite a year for upheaval.
I’m sure I don’t need to spend much time explaining myself. The past few years have showcased our human ability to uproot any sort of stability and let Disney control both Marvel and Star Wars. Despite the fact that so far they’ve made films of passable quality, how long can we continue to let that mouse-eared giant produce our popular culture?
But hey, I’m not here to make grand sweeping statements about the way of things. I’m just here to write about board games…or pretty much anything I want, but that particular Venn Diagram is pretty narrow.
So for those of you who don’t know, we’ve actually moved locations.
Now, don’t worry too much. A healthy amount of worry is what ultimately led to the development of civilization. But back to me writing about whatever I want. In this case, it’s a list of scattered thoughts organized into an easily-digestible listicle. Ugh, I take that back. That’s an awful word. Let’s just call it a list.
1. Introducing Our New Spot
I guess I can’t write a listicle (gross) about our move without including some basic information.
The new address is 774 Starkweather. We’re located in beautiful Old Town Plymouth, about equidistant between Station 885 and Hermann’s Olde Towne Grille. With that many gratuitous extra letters we couldn’t spell out the 3 on our new signs.
2. Driving a Giant Yellow Dinosaur
“Which of you wants to drive the Penske?” Let me tell you, I didn’t cause a single scratch. Now, I was raised in Ohio and Michigan possessed a reputation for drivers of a certain persuasion.
Now that I’m closing out my fourth year in the state I feel pretty confident in saying that reputation holds up.
For those of you who haven’t experienced the fun of driving a 16 foot Penske truck, imagine you’re behind the wheel of your car, except it’s three times the size and takes turns like a toddler who hasn’t had a nap yet.
Plymouth is a beautiful, historic town and I’m always very surprised at the amount of people enjoying the outdoors…but the issue which arises from that is the roads were probably originally built for horse-and-buggy. I’m not a history nut, but I’m pretty confident the original city planners hadn’t taken moving trucks into consideration.
3. Moving a Business is Far Easier Than Moving a House.
Take this one with a grain of salt, because I’m sure there are plenty of you who read that and scoffed.
But let me explain myself. At the risk of this becoming my own personal blog, this summer has especially been one full of large moves. In the past month I’ve helped three separate groups of people move; two of those groups were simple cross-town moves, and the other was a peril-fraught trek through Ohio and Kentucky marked by a broken tire and near-detonation of the moving van.
Long story. Anyway, the point is that when you’re primarily moving lots of smaller, individual boxes it really cuts back on the stress of trying to fit a whole dining room table in the back of a trailer.
4. It’s Not the Place, It’s the People
And now it’s time for the saccharine ending where I outline how it’s not the establishment or the store-front that makes 3 & Up what it is, but you, the people.
Because we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you, dear readers. Those of you who live nearby, who come out from Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor or Canton, or California (you know who you are, you beautiful madfolk). It’s been a few weeks since the end of the physical move, and despite our grand re-opening proceeding with full steam ahead, we’ve already had a consistent stream of people, both old and new express how happy they are that we’re open.
Because for real, refer to #4 up there. In the end we’re here for you, and we’re glad you’re here for us.
Dylan Terry is a professional starving artist and part-time board game geek, and consistently surprised at just how much everyone else puts up with him.