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Friday, August 13, 2010

Take the Money and Run

After more than half a year on the market, it looks like my parents' house will be sold.  It's about time.  The house needs a young family.  Also, considering the American economy, waiting for a better price may be a futile waiting for Godot.  My parents need the money now to fund their "final years" in a senior citizen facility in Arizona.  When you're as old as they are, today is more important than tomorrow.

I mentioned it to a friend who went through a similar house-selling after his parents died.  Like me, he told his siblings to just take it.  Don't wait.
From our vantage point in Israel, things in the United States don't look all that rosy.  Manufacturing is down. 
"Maybe it's our Israeli mentality.  They kept insisting that things were bound to get better."

The US Government sneakily subsidizes its military industry by handing out "shopping coupons" to countries like Israel, calling them "foreign aid."  Properly defined, it's foreign countries aiding American industry by weakening their own local industry in the process.  That's what happens to Israel.  There are products we can no longer produce, because we're caught in a self-destructive economic relationship with the United States, yes, to our detriment.  And of course, any product we manufacture with an American component can't be marketed and sold without American approval.  That's bad business for us Israelis.

There are always strings to deals which seem too good to be true, like "foreign aid" from the United States.

Back to the real news here.  A very long chapter, forty-eight 48 years, is closing on my family.  When someone asks me:

"Where did you used to live?"
I won't be able to give my old unclear answer:
"My parents live in Great Neck."

I'll have to say something else, accurate, of course, but...

I guess I'll answer either "New York" or "Long Island"  and hope that they don't ask for details.  Most people don't really want to know.  Does it really matter where I lived one third of my life?  We're celebrating forty 40 years in Israel, almost exactly two-thirds of my life, and of those forty years, almost three-quarters, twenty-nine 29 years have been in Shiloh.  That's what's most important!


Anonymous said...

I don't understand what the commotion is about.

When someone asks me where am I from, I answer "Jerusalem".

And then when they ask for where I'm originally from, I tell them.

Unless you were born in the maternity ward at Alcatraz, I don't see a problem here.

Batya said...

Shy, the truth is that I always hated being from Great Neck. It's not my kind of place.

Unknown said...

Take a look at what Caroline Glick says about the U.S. having destroying Israeli defense industries by getting it dependent on U.S. equipment at http://jewishworldreview.com/0810/glick081310.php3

She said "Obama's behavior is a clear indication that Israel was wrong to allow itself to become militarily dependent on US military platforms. Former defense minister Moshe Arens wrote recently that Israel should strongly consider abandoning plans to purchase the F-35 and restore the scrapped Lavi jetfighter to active development. Arens suggested that in doing so, Israel may find willing collaborators in the Indians, the French and even the Russians."

Anonymous said...

you know, if the us didnt have quality goods, israel wouldnt buy from them.

Batya said...

Sabba Hillel, true, not the first time Caroline Glick agrees with me!

a, you don't understand marketing and myths; there's no connection to quality.

Yosef Shomron said...

My wife always had a great (zionist) answer to "where are you from". Answer: as Jews we were from the Land of Israel. Due to our exile, I was born and raised in Wisconsin. With God's help, we were able to return to our homeland, Israel.

Batya said...

Yossi, your wife is a very clever lady, but I'm sure you know that already!