I'm in the process of trying to rent my condo in Seattle, and am heavily relying on my friend/current renter to help me out. He's offered to do showings while he's still living there, and even just yesterday helped me get the Craigslist ad posted (I'll spare the gory details. suffice it to say, I'm not a fan of Craigslist any longer....), and as I was leaning on him, it dawned on me just how much I've leaned on my friends the past two years while I've been here.
Sometimes it's the small stuff like, "Mind if I buy something online and have it shipped to your address for me to pick up when I'm in town?", sometimes, it's a bit more like, "Mind if I buy something online, have it shipped to your address, and you bring it to me at some arbitrary location when we're both in this location at the same time?"-this is happening right now. I just bought a laptop online, am having it delivered to a friend in Seattle, and she's bringing it to Minneapolis in May-where we'll both be for a friend's wedding.
Other times, it's "Mind if I stay at your place for a day or two so that I don't have to rent a hotel?" And even, "Here's a list of a few things I'd love to have. Would you mind bringing them when you come over for a visit?"
I've really leaned on my friends a lot the past two years. And I *hate* having to do this. I'm the person that struggled to let friends take my trash out when I had knee surgery and couldn't walk-nevermind taking out trash. And yet, here I am. Probably once a quarter, I reach out to friends to do this very thing that I don't like having to do. But, as long as I'm living outside of the US, this is likely to be the reality. I don't know how I'll ever return the favor (well, if they move out of the US, that will be a pretty easy pay-back...), but I'll figure out something.