20 May, 2010

Where's My Gun?!

Warning: This post contains anger, frustration and confusion.

There, you've been warned. Don't say I didn't tell you.
After what feels like a half a bazillion phone calls, I feel like I need to go shoot something or someone. Though, I'm not sure who I'd shoot. Maybe the people who are "in charge" and are supposed to coordinate things. I'm new at this Army wife thing, but I'd always assumed {and yes, I know what that means...} that the military was - wait for it - organized! You'd think that an organization that has the ability to deploy X number of troops overseas at the same time would have the brains to be able to coordinate a simple, smooth OCONUS PCS. Alas, I am mistaken. Why? Because apparently, the military like to contract civilians for PCS-related things. And this is where my problems are.

Two completely different moving/storage companies are responsible for my HHG and Unaccompanied Baggage. And Lord knows how many different companies were responsible for them on their trek out here. I called transportation to ask about our unaccompanied baggage being delivered. Wanna know what I got? "Ok ma'am, let me give you the number to the moving company who is in charge of your goods. While I'm here, I'll give you the number for the other company that has your HHG." Um, what? What she should have said was "Ok, I have no idea where your goods are even though that's supposedly my job, so I'm going to give you the number for people that can actually help you." Grrrr. So, I called. Our unaccompanied baggage has been here for 2 weeks. 2 weeks. When can they deliver it? A week from today. WHAT?! So, I asked if there was any way we could get them delivered sooner because not only was his brother coming to visit, but I have no sheets, no towels, no pots and pans - nothing. And what's the best she can come up with? "Well, I can put you down for owner pick up..." *sigh* That's all fine and dandy, but I don't freakin' know if my car is going to be here or if it's going to be a rental!!!

Now for the car story. I called the VPC (Vehicle Processing Center) to see if they could tell me when our car will be here. I keep checking it online, and all it says is that the car is in the Honolulu Port. Well, that's awesome but that doesn't tell me much. When I called today, I got the same. dang. answer. "Well, your car is in the port but it hasn't been released to us from the carrier yet." Any idea when it will be released? "No. You should call back tomorrow."  Thanks for nothing!!!! So, I have a rental booked for tomorrow, but I don't know if we're actually going to need it! I certainly don't want to rent the car in the morning only to get a call later that our car has finally been released. Ugh.

I'm so irritated. I just want some definitive answers so I can make a decision or at least know what to expect. I suppose that, if nothing else, I will be in my own home tomorrow, free from the wacko housekeeping ladies and loud traffic. We are borrowing furniture from the Lending Closet until our HHG gets here [who knows when that will be]. I'm just ready for everything to be here so I can get situated.

I may not be posting for a few days because the cable guy isn't coming to set up the internet at our house until Tuesday. I'm hoping one of our neighbors has unprotected internet that we can "borrow" until we get our own, but if not don't worry about me, I'll just be busy getting situated!

Say some prayers for me! ♥ you guys!!! Thanks for letting me vent. =)

Happy Thursday! 
Anyone else freaking out about Grey's Anatomy's finale?!


Chantal said...

We had the same issue with our car. It was there but they wouldn't let us have it! It's frustrating, the whole process, but it'll be over before you know it!

fancypants said...

Here is your prescription to alleviate PCS related anger: lots of deep breathing and some wine (a bottle or two??) I would be angry too. In fact our PSC last summer STILL makes me angry. I am not sure why they even hire the civilians to handle the moving details. The guy at our last duty station di NOTHING but tell me what website to go to. He probably gets paid better than most service members and he does NOTHING. grrrr Ok- lost of deep breathing... Where did I put the corkscrew?

The LT's Wifey said...

Saturday wine tasting at the Bonzer Front in North Shore... Trust me--it will help!!

JessRaquel said...

Sounds super frustrating, I would be ripping peoples heads off by now. You are far more patient then I am. Hope everything works out!

Amber said...

I'm so sorry things aren't going as smoothly as you had hoped. I would want to go shoot something too. One way or another everything will get done and arrive and be put in it's correct place - it just may take some time. At least you are in beautiful HI - that's a plus, right?? :)

Anonymous said...

Aww, I'm so sorry! You're right, you'd THINK the Army could be more organized, but when it comes down to it, they're really, REALLY not. Big hugs...and hopefully you'll get your car back soon!!

Kathryn said...

Yes, someone who agrees with me about the military not being organized at all!! The Air Force is the same way! You think with all the important things they have to do they would be, but they aren't, how annoying! Hope you get your stuff soon, sorry for all the trouble, I am pretty sure all PCS are like this, but maybe I am wrong! Good luck!

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

First off, yes priorities, I am freaking about Grey's but I already FB'ed that to you. Second, I am sorry! I am dreading any 'Overseas PCS' because of the headaches involved. I'd have already shot someone so you've got patience to have waited this long! I hope something GOOD happens soon.

Lisa said...

Wow that's crazy! I hope things get straightened out quickly!

When P got back, they said it should only be 2-3 days to deliver everything and then when he got into the office they decided it was going to be a week. *cue eye roll*

Valerie Ruth said...

Our car is at the Honolulu VPC too, but because we are leaving!! I just found you today via "A Little Pink in a World of Camo". It's fun that we're both on island, though you're coming in and we're going out. Enjoy your stay on the island! We've loved it here!!