Taskrabbit delivered an awesome guy to help me move heavy crap

I was not looking forward to moving two monstrously heavy pieces of furniture from my house to my sister-in-law's house. They probably weighed about 200 lbs each, but we had to get them out to make room for some new heavy furniture we bought. So I used Taskrabbit to post a notice that I needed someone with a truck to help me. Later that day, a fellow name Brett said he'd do it. I ok'd the offer on the spot.

Today Brett came over with a huge white cargo van. It was hard work but we got the job done and Brett was awesome. We had fun talking in between grunting and lifting. He's the bass player for Falling Still, and I've been listening to the band's excellent hard rocking tunes this afternoon. Check out Falling Still's "I am the Dr" below:

Thanks, Brett!



  1. Very cool. I like the music and their video, too. Nice editing work there. How about that for some easy publicity, eh, Brett?

    1. They are AWESOMESAUCE.  Too bad all these great bands persist in such obscurity, even with tools like YouTube, websites, iTunes, etc. etc.  There has to be a way to sift them fast, get people listening and get their music KNOWN.

  2. Q: What’s the best way to get publicity for your band?

    A: Help Mark move furniture.

    lol.  Cool story, good music.

    1. That wasn’t the real drummer.  It was a stand-in model they brought in from L.A. for the video shoot.  Here’s the real guy:

      1. I’d luv to know how that conversation went. “Hey buddy, you’re a great drummer and all, but you don’t have the right vibe for the vid. You see, you look like how to put it… uh square”.  Yep, that would go over well with most people.

    1.  Yea, and going by the video they offer dog walking, wood chopping, security services, musical entertainment, prisoner transport and anti-protest style  law enforcement. 
      Or at least that was the impression I got watching the video muted, before reading .  Am almost disappointed that it wasn’t a fantastic ad. 

  3. …so I used Taskrabbit and found myself in Portland!
    One thing missing from the story, though:  microbrews.

    1. I’m like, getting some heavy vibes here.  Why can’t you guys just… you know, grok along?  I’m gonna take you both to the medical tent and give you some B-12 and orange slices, everything’s gonna be fine in a few hours.

    1. We once hired a company called Big Ed & The Gorillas to move a piano. Turned out to be Pickwickian Syndrome Ed & The Four Guys Who Complain A Lot. They couldn’t move it, so we called another company. Two guys, who were about 5′-5″ and weighed about 100 lbs, showed up and had the thing downstairs in five minutes.

      Lift with your brain, not with your back.

          1. In this case, it was an old, dead piano abandoned by the landlord. It’s only specialness was that it was heavy.

        1. “Right,” said Fred, “Both of us together
          One on each end and steady as we go.”
          Tried to shift it, couldn’t even lift it
          We was getting nowhere
          And so we had a cuppa tea and

          “Right,” said Fred, “Give a shout for Charlie.”
          Up comes Charlie from the floor below.
          After strainin’, heavin’ and complainin’
          We was getting nowhere
          And so we had a cuppa tea.

          And Charlie had a think, and he thought we ought to take off all the handles
          And the things wot held the candles.
          But it did no good, well I never thought it would
          “All right,” said Fred, “Have to take the feet off
          To get them feet off wouldn’t take a mo.”

          Took its feet off, even took the seat off
          Should have got us somewhere but no!
          So Fred said, “Let’s have a cuppa tea.”
          And we said, “right-o.”

          “Right,” said Fred, “Have to take the door off
          Need more space to shift the so-and-so.”
          Had bad twinges taking off the hinges
          And it got us nowhere
          And so we had a cuppa tea and

          “Right,” said Fred, ” Have to take the wall down,
          That there wall is gonna have to go.”
          Took the wall down, even with it all down
          We was getting nowhere
          And so we had a cuppa tea.

          And Charlie had a think, and he said, “Look, Fred,
          I get a sort of feelin’
          If we remove the ceilin’
          With a rope or two we could drop the blighter through.”

          “All right,” said Fred, climbing up a ladder
          With his crowbar gave a mighty blow.
          Was he in trouble, half a ton of rubble landed on the top of his dome.
          So Charlie and me had another cuppa tea
          And then we went home.

      1. That’s why I always call Uri Geller and tell him there’s a six pack and a pizza buried somewhere under all the stuff I need moved.

  4. hard rocking? Tony Iommi’s lymphoma could out-rock these guys any day.

    with the dystopian/mad max-esque characters in the video..I was expecting just a little more…evil…in the mix.

    Cool story though..Thanks for sharing.

  5. In one of those guerilla marketing type books they used removal firms in the yellow pages as a case study for naming your company – as the most called company was called “grunt and shunt”.

  6. Judging by the look of the awesome mover guy, Mark either lives near San Francisco or Brooklyn.

  7. Ok. So apparently there are TWO reasons someone who looks homeless and wears a t-shirt advocating cannibalism would have an unmarked white van.

  8. This post goes well with Cory’s astroturf story that appears just before this one.  Although I’m sure it’s just a coincidence they appear next to each other.  “I will call you awesome and post info about your band on my wildly popular blog.  Cost: Use of white van and a bout or two of hard labor.”

    1. I dunno. If you are concerned you could probably hire a lawyer to evaluate the risk.

      1. I’m not a lawyer, but it seems like a risky proposition to hire someone for manual labor without some sort of insurance coverage or waiver of liability.

        1. I have renter’s insurance (~ $200 annually) for the condo that I live in. It covers casual employees, like handymen, as well as casual clients in case I decide to turn a few tricks.

  9. You know, honestly, you people who write for BoingBoing could probably get most of your work done for free by various artists and musicians who would do labor for publicity.

    I know I’d do it at least. 

  10. Taskrabbit?  I love companies that incorporate animals into their names.  I would trust ActionBear Moving Company over ActionHoss any day.

    1. I used to use One Big Man & One Big Truck. Funnily enough, I got two big bears and one big truck. I was not disappointed.

  11. talk about a race to the bottom for slave wages… any poor soul submits the LOWEST bid WINS the privilege of getting the menial – no benefits – temp job. it’s only a matter of time before all jobs are competed for in this demeaning this way. win for the 1% for sure.

    1. it’s actually quite beneficial. i’m able to make more than enough to support myself as i pursue my creative endeavors, i’m not locked into a dead-end job, and i get a chance to meet a lot of great people (like mark) along the way. i believe systems like this should be the future of financial gain. people working for people. it’s a lovely thing.

      1.  Is this really how you make most of your income, and it’s enough to support you living in LA? Presumably you already had the van?

        If you’re really making that much I’m going to try it myself… I too had figured you don’t make nearly enough for it to be worth it by doing this sort of thing and if I’m wrong that’s fantastic!

  12. i never could have imagined that such a random sequence of events could bring so much attention to our band. i helped mark frauenfelder move some heavy shit one day, and the next day i’m displayed brilliantly at the top of boing boing. myself and falling still cannot thank mark enough for mentioning us in his post. he is a tremendous gentleman and a hell of an innovator.. both in journalism and armoire-moving.

    we also cannot thank the kind people of our glorious internets enough. we have been so honored by your presence at our various websites and social networking engines. making music is really hard right now, and even with all of our resources, the avenues for young artists are becoming dark and seedy and unfit for travel. it’s refreshing to encounter a beautiful reminder of why the future of d.i.y. entertainment can be a bright one indeed.

    and of course, none of this would have occurred without the magnificent invention of taskrabbit. it allows me to stay free from soul-sucking dead-end jobs so i can focus on being creative. people working for people is the way of the future. the last couple days has been a humbling example of that..

    falling still thanks you all. please stay in touch.


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