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As Scene ByBY FREDERICK (RICK) DERUITER“You never know how tidy you are until you’re not.” That line has been my go-to answer for the past couple weeks whenever somebody asks me how I like my new house.I’ve lived the last 18 years in one place. Always finding a box for old stuff, then finding an unclaimed corner to fit it in. All the picture frames hung in a pleasant composition. All the furniture was displayed expertly in just the right place.Yeah, after 18 years of moving things around – well, eventually you’re gonna get something (or everything) right.I moved out of my parent’s home when I was 19. It would have been sooner, but my Mom made me promise to wait until I turned 19. I keep promises.So, from 1980 to 1984 my living status was – for the lack of a better word – flexible. My places of residents, that included multiple uses of “Battle Creek,” went like this... Battle Creek, Kalama- zoo, Battle Creek twice, Las Vegas, andDisposablefour more “Battle Creek’s.” Yep, nine moves in four years. I was darn near an expert at moving.The secret to such madness is cap- tured in one word... disposable. I had three constants in those days... my bed, my chest of belongings, and my toolbox. After that, setting up a home came cour- tesy of discarded furniture (to be dis- posed of on moving day), and anything FREE to hang on the walls (also to be disposed of before the next move).After each move, I’d take a day or two to set up house. A hammer, a drill, some nails, and screws always managed to make a cold, unclaimed space warm and friendly. I remember fondly invit- ing friends to my new apartment in Las Vegas... “It looks like you’ve lived here forever,” they said. Told ya I was good at moving!The last “Battle Creek” move was my first house. A modest home for sure. I had a wife (Terri), a one-year-old child – and the second child would be coming soon. We only stayed three years before moving to a bigger home. All our belongings fit into one moving truck, and it only took a weekend to accomplish. My “disposable” version for moving still worked out.Life never slows down, but lifestyles do. It took about nine years before Terri and I decided it was time to find our “forever” home. Well, after nine years of living in one place, my “secret” to mov- ing (disposable) was even a secret to me! It would take a whole week, and FOUR trips with the moving van. “We will NEVER move again!” I declared.I’m sitting here in my newest home- office by the warm light of a second- hand lamp – and thinking about my old “forever” home. 18 years. Well, that seems like “forever,” right? I’m back in modest surroundings again and looking at the shadows cast by a mountain of unopened boxes. After two garage sales, two trips to the Salvation Army, more cardboard boxes than I can count, and a month’s worth of moving... the word “disposable,” makes me laugh.My last trip to the old house was not nearly as nostalgic as I had imagined. I mowed the lawn one last time, I gave every room a final look, and I found what I considered to be the center of the house. The heart if you will. I leaned up against the wall and rested my head on it softly. “I’ll miss you house.” Then added... “Gotta go. The new place is a MESS!”DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!Be a super sleuth... join the ongoing hunt for Rick DeRuiterPour through the pages of Scene this month and find theelusive DeRuiter. Warn your friends. Warn your neighbors. He’s in there somewhere, waiting for the one lucky detective to find him!LAST MONTH... Page 29 LAST MONTH’S WINNER... SHARON POWELLLOOK! - Now you can e-mail your detective work too! Include your name, daytime phone and what page you found him.OR on-line at... www.scenepub.comWHERECOULD HE BE?Have you found him in this issue?If yes, call Scene at 979-1410 ext. 307 to have your name entered in the drawing to receive A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO A LOCAL EATERY. You must make your discovery by September 8, 2017 and the winner will be announced in the next issue of Scene!WIN A VALUABLE PRIZE!4 SCENE 4208 I BACK-TO-SCHOOL!

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