So, much thanks to yagathai - I found a shipper
that will do the job for $398.00. Even if I missed my estimate of the
total weight by a factor of 100% (which we have to allow is possible)
the cost would only be $650.00. Which is still WAY less than I planned
on spending. It will mean leaving the furniture and MonsterTV in PA,
sadly. But the round trip ticket will also only be about $250.00. So,
assuming that I'm actually shipping 1,000 pounds rather than 500, the
whole ordeal will still be less than $1,000.00, with a trip to visit
friends and family included. Woohoo.
Assuming all goes well and I get paid for the project I'm working on,
I'm looking at early May! I'm bummed about that TV though. It would be
prodigiously nice to have out here...
And in other news - I just threw my hat in the ring to be a writer on The animated series of "Clone Wars" .
Everything bad that has ever happened to me will be rendered
meaningless if I get a gig there, and everything good will dwarf in
comparison. It's the longest long shot that was ever shot - I'm not
even sure the guy I know is really involved in that project, though
it's fairly likely - but the point is, it's a shot, and long or not, I
can only get it if I try.