Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Who's making Aliyah with us

Scott Adams is not. Bill Watterson is. All those text books, taken faithfully from house to house, never opened since finals, are not. Robert Frost and Mark Twain are.

We began the process of simplifying our lives tonight, going through bookcases and playing Keep or Toss. People Magazine Seinfeld Edition, Toss. Final program from Tiger Stadiums last game, Keep.

Shmuley Boteach and Dr Judy are not making the trip. Ayn Rand and JD Salinger are approved for Aliyah.

And so it went. Judith Krantz, out. Jeffrey Archer, in. But not all of Archer. Only a few selected titles.

Coffee table books are not making the trip to sit unopened in a basement box somewhere. Innovative Psychotherapy Techniques in Child and Adolescent Therapy, with a chapter onbibliotherapy authored by me, will make the trip and quite possibly never be opened again.

The Long Season, the first book ever written by an athlete, is making the trip. Tim Allen and Paul Reiser are staying stateside.

And when the smoke had cleared, and we had purged more than half of the books we had collected over the years, not a single Chicken Soup for the Soul was left standing, unless you count Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul.

Yes, grammar books and dictionaries and theasauruses are coming with. Pregnancy books and raising toddler books are staying here.

15 Comments:

Blogger Emah S said...

ahhhhh......I know the game all too well!!! We've already played the same game with the furniture in each room, and the clothes in the closets. Wait till you have to tackle the garage! aargh.

OH, and you've still got time to list those textbooks and coffee table books on half.com to sell them. I had $200 sitting on my shelves for years!!!

Good Luck!

ps. when are you aiming for? We're hoping for mid-July. Anxiously awaiting word from Nefesh b'nefesh. and you?

March 02, 2006 12:11 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

AirTime: I think you should reconsider taking some of the books.

Books that I bought when I was in college (or younger) and shlepped them to Israel are now being read by my kids...who appreciate them

(and I'm happy they are reading in English for a change!)

March 02, 2006 3:15 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Emah - We are hoping to go in July, but we are also waiting on NBN to find out when their flights are going.

Jameel - We are still taking a lot of books, but we had books double lined on the bookcase and needed to get rid of them.

March 02, 2006 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you might want to consider keeping scott adams etc. company.

really.
this one is definitely *not* worth the trip.

March 02, 2006 8:45 AM  
Blogger Mrs. AP said...

Bill Watterson?! Isn't that Calvin and Hobbes?!

March 02, 2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

Wait! You got rid of Couplehood?? I wanted that.

March 02, 2006 10:35 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

veev- you should have paid attention when you were on the phone.

Adina - Yes, Calvin and Hobbes is coming with us.

March 02, 2006 10:41 AM  
Blogger Veev said...

Meanie. You know I wanted Seinlanguage. But Couplehood I could live without?

March 02, 2006 10:47 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

so take it out of the box. I didn't know you wanted it.

March 02, 2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger Mrs. AP said...

oh, i just went back and saw that bill watterson is going. whew.

March 02, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger swiftthinker said...

Jen and Rob Airley are making the trip. Great family from here. Maybe you'll meet on the plane. I'll take the people magazine off you're hands.

March 02, 2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger DonutsMom said...

Ooh, we'll take the toddler raising books if you still have them!! We certainly have a busy toddler to raise.
:)

March 02, 2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

AirTime: Well, if Calvina nd Hobbes are coming, you should be OK.

March 04, 2006 3:42 PM  
Blogger DodahR said...

Veev, I think I have a copy of Couplehood. Will read it again and then bring it to you when we visit Modiin. Love ya!

March 04, 2006 7:04 PM  
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