However, I did want to briefly recall moving from Cambridge to NJ. I moved in two stages. In the first stage, I rented a U-Haul van, loaded most of my (few) possessions into it, and drove off. (I did require the assistance of a friend who lived one floor below me in the house I lived in to bring my new mattress and boxspring down to the van.)
The place I was moving to was in Edison NJ, not far from the I-287/NJ 440 NJ Turnpike interchange, but I had only been to the place once, so I was a little unsure of how to get to the place from the Garden State Parkway, which is how I got there the first time. (Unusual for me not to know how to get somewhere I'd previously been, something I should have paid a bit more attention to.) But I did get there without incident, unloaded all my stuff, and quickly picked up some items from a "Quik Stop" (a 7-11 kind of store) before going to bed. I got up early the next day and drove back up to Cambridge. My father wanted me to come to Queens so he could see the van, but I didn't want to drive it in the heavy traffic of the Belt/Cross Island, etc. parkways, especially since I had to rely on side view mirrors only, so I just headed back.
The second stage of the move came towards the weekend, I think. I picked up whatever was left in the place that was mine (it was rented and partially furnished), met my friend Wes, and we drove down together. (He was going to visit his gf who was staying on Rutgers' campus as part of a Bell Labs summer program.) This time, we rode down I-95 all the way into NJ, then took the NJ Turnpike to the I-287/NJ 440 interchange. We unpacked the rest of my stuff, then I drove him over to Rutgers.
I went back to Cambridge by plane one last time, toward the end of the month. While I was there, I met up with andybeals, sierra_nevada and a few others for some hacking around campus. After that, I went back to see some of my other friends from the house, turned in my keys, and flew home.