In a city like New York, where people hire everything to do everything for them — everything from food and tampon delivery to laundry to shoe repairs to even sofa doctoring (yes, this exists), it’s very odd that with a task like moving that anyone you know will ever offer to help you. That sounds like a thing people do in other smaller, more homely cities, where you can actually rely on neighbors and trust them. In New York, surprisingly this time around for moving, two different friends have willingly offered to help, as one had a car and said it would be useful for us, and the other had, well, his physical size and power to help us. We declined both, but it’s so unusual to have even the offer. Even when I’ve heard of friends moving, it’s never even come into my head to offer to help pack or move. It’s one of the worst and most tedious tasks ever.

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