Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ezzie's Blog Roundup, 8/22: The Horror

Our camera is broken. I think it's just a fluke - seems to me like an inner lens cracked or something when zooming in and out. Whatever it is, I can't see it. What's especially annoying about it (excluding for the moment that we can't take pics or video of Elianna!!!) we wanted to take before pics for our upcoming move...! Looks like I'll have to somehow convince SIL and OD to lend me theirs (ahem!) for a bit... or at least for tomorrow, when we start packing boxes. Come on guys, I even have my own memory card and batteries...

The next few weeks are going to be nice and busy. Forgetting that we still have a few weddings [aufruf in Far Rockaway/Lawrence this week included], and that I'm starting work in mid-September, we have to pack and unpack all our stuff, which somehow is a heck of a lot more than the suitcase or two I wheeled over from Lander a little over two years ago. On top of that, Serach's sister who made aliyah this year after a year of testing the waters is giving us a nice load of items from their house in Toronto. That's the good part. The bad part is... I have to go and get it, which likely means driving a car to Buffalo, attaching a hitch, clamping on a UHaul trailer, driving to Toronto, putting all the stuff into the UHaul, driving back to Queens, unloading it in our current apartment, then moving it along with everything else. A bit of an extra cost at the end there, but we don't really have a choice, timing-wise.

So... assuming that this plan does happen and I can convince a couple friends that they have nothing better to do than go on a 2-3 day road trip in Toronto... I'll be crossing the border once again. Maybe I'll bring my passport this time.

Speaking of aliyah...
MOChassid's son [who, if I'm not mistaken, I know] writes about choosing to go vs. living the "easy life" in the US. A really clear, well-written and well-thought out post. I can't say I had much to do with him, but that fits my impression of him perfectly.

Meanwhile, Robbie is there and spent the obligatory Friday night at the kotel. It's quite an interesting perspective on something I remember pretty well from my years there. (I actually have cousins who live in the Old City, which is pretty clutch.)

And Me-Ander has pics from the most recent Nefesh B'Nefesh flight.
Some quick Mazel Tovs:
FrumDoc has a job!! Really!! FFW is ecstatic.

Steven I. Weiss is married! Now he wants your marriage advice.

Jameel's wife is treated to an exciting anniversary dinner, with cocktails and everything! Now that's a Muqata-style celebration.
And some content:
LoR has a new anti-terror video that is getting out there... it's a simulation of a suicide bombing. Pretty effective.

EditCopy notes that the US must choose what to do about troop depolyment in Iraq. Much to say about this (short version: Either send more to finish this right or force the Iraqis to shape up quick.), but no time to do so...

CWY says married friends need to learn what not to say to singles.

ThanBook writes about the KOE issue, and notices a glaring pair of issues.


  1. wow... good luck with everthing!

    nice slideshow :)

  2. i didn't know your moving... where are you moving to? I still have you inspired videos to return.. good luck

  3. Sarah - thanks ;)

    Anon - No rush on the videos. We're only moving a few blocks away... other side of Main closer to Jewel. Not all of us can move 50 feet and get a 2-bedroom! :)

  4. Yes, it is! Thanks, I'll have to look into it.

  5. Okay, Ezzie. Elianna is adorable. BUT, it's kind of scary when she's coming at me like that -- her head getting bigger and bigger until I think a giant baby's going to get me. :-)

  6. SL - :)

    JA - LOL! Well, you'll just have to get used to it for now... :P

  7. Thanks for the link. It would be a shame to see a 2006 election that avoids meaningful debate on the deployment plan. Both parties seem to shy away from the discussion.

  8. Yes, they do. My guess is it will be one of the big issues in '08.

  9. Tell your friends that you are going on a fun trip and only tell them they are helping you move stuff after you are already on the road. :)
    If they ask what the UHaul is for, tell them... hmmm, you'll figure that part out.
    I didn't know that you had a sister-in-law who used to live here.
    Can I ask what the name is (or is that private)?

  10. Avrom - You can e-mail me privately. I'm not anonymous, but... well, there's no reason I have to make everyone else not. :)

  11. VERY good guess. 2008 selects POTUS, of course. Staying/Going will be the central issue.

    I don't know how many more years of this I can stomach though.

  12. Good luck with getting through all that stuff! : )

  13. Thanks for the link, great round-up, makes my hh even more of a challenge, hint, hint. Send in your links, fellow bloggers!

    And that zooming slideshow is mesmerizing; makes it hard to concentrate on what I'm writing.

  14. CE - I think that will be the major debate: "We can't do this any longer" vs. "You have to be able to follow through." I'm of the latter, we'll see what the US thinks.

    Irina - Thanks!

    Rebecca - I'm curious how long it really takes...

    Muse - I'll send in, don't worry. And that's the best part :)

  15. I think the latter is a better plan for the safety of the country and the world. But, the latter is more expensive than I can imagine.

    I have a follow up today. Would love to hear your thoughts when you have time.

  16. Who wouldn't want to take a roadtrip?!? Hope the move is an easy one...

  17. That last post was interesting - I honestly don't know enough about the politics of the different affiliations to competently comment on the situation. But thanks for the tip! Hope all goes well in the next few weeks!

  18. CE - Not doing it has much greater costs in the long run.

    McA - Exactly! Thanks :)

    Shoshana - Me neither, honestly. You're welcome, and thanks!