[FoRK] Items you own

Meltsner, Kenneth Kenneth.Meltsner at ca.com
Tue Aug 31 08:11:39 PDT 2004

Yep, it's been a long time since all of my possessions would fit in the
back of my VW Golf.

My current plan is to die before I have to move again.  Books can be
moved easily (we have them sorted by binding/size, so they're easy to
box).  Last move, about 8 years ago, took 100 boxes for books, but
that's only a four layer, 5 x 5 box stack.  Total volume was 150 cubic
feet, and weight was probably 1.5 - 2 tons.  Which sounds like a lot,
but we moved two cars and all of our household possessions in a single
moving van.  If we sold the cars, I'm sure we'd still fit in a single

Personally, I'd prefer to get rid of the fancy china set and crystal
that my wife wanted when we got married, but I'm doomed if I ever
suggest that.  And books these days, especially SF paperbacks, tend to
self-destruct from acid paper, so I'm sure we won't leave much to our
heirs.  My old tools, on the other hand, have already lasted ~100 or
more years, so they're going to last another 40-60 without much effort.


-----Original Message-----
From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com] On Behalf Of
Russell Turpin
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 11:42 PM
To: fork at xent.com
Subject: RE: [FoRK] Items you own

Kenneth Meltsner:
>We have about 7,000 (or more) books. ..

Be careful. Books are heavy, in both
the physical and kharmic sense. When
you later attempt to lighten your possessions, they require that you
find them the right abode. Of course, the recipient(s) of your
benefaction might later wonder whether to thank or curse you. ;-)

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