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In response to: What a cutie!

Lesley [Visitor]
Wait a minute, Don. I thought I was the cutest girl on the planet???

Don responds: But you're already taken!
PermalinkPermalink 08/24/12 @ 21:13

In response to: Last minutes in Kazan

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Fun tune. link didn't work for me here is alt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_194686&feature=iv&src_vid=qxfQXvQ5MrE&v=3P06kyFpIQU

Don responds: I just checked the link. Still seems to be working.
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/12 @ 15:38

In response to: Funniest line of the summer

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
That is great! :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/12 @ 15:35

In response to: Heading back home

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Gross, but we've missed you in the Mother Land. :) Hot Dry breezes await!
PermalinkPermalink 08/18/12 @ 08:46

In response to: Amanda, institute, exams, families, family, fat back

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Summer vacation is over, time to come back to the heat and friends. Oh, and that other job :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/18/12 @ 01:48

In response to: Amanda, institute, exams, families, family, fat back

K. Jackson [Visitor]
I was attending a borsch "master class" with a neighbor, Natasha. She introduced me to сало... referring to it as the "Ukrainian narcotic." After trying it, I completely understand!
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/12 @ 01:26

In response to: Medicated tootsie rolls

Ivan [Visitor]
I liked it when I was a kid, but when i learned what it is made of, i could not eat it ever again
PermalinkPermalink 08/16/12 @ 21:10

In response to: Soccer match

Anne Livingston [Visitor]
Good for you. To my surprise, I just watched the Russia/Brazil Volleyball final. Russia was incredible!
PermalinkPermalink 08/13/12 @ 02:00

In response to: Sviyazhsk, angels

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
PS, SUNSCREEN!
PermalinkPermalink 08/13/12 @ 01:30

In response to: Observatory

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Last night was the peek of the Perseid shower. Since it always reminds me of you I'm sorry you didn't go later for a late dinner and late night picnic.
PermalinkPermalink 08/13/12 @ 01:29

In response to: Soccer match

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
I'm on the DL about sports, but I love football and can tolerate Baseball, but soccer is one step above Golf in my view :) I'm so American it's tragic, but the good news is people under 30 in the US esp. in the PNW love soccer, play soccer at a much higher rate than Football and away higher rate then Basketball. So, in another 50 years I think the US will catch up with the rest of the world, and we'll have at last, a true world sport. Good thing I won't be around for it :) Sadly I love sports, as long as other people are playing them. Much like art every activity needs its viewers!
PermalinkPermalink 08/13/12 @ 01:27

In response to: Tatar/Russian cooking class

Carl [Visitor]
I just have to comment about the modernizations in the former Soviet Union. (Even "the former Soviet Union" phrase itself seems out dated) I just can't get over how modern things have become with consumer goods and services; things that I couldn't dream of in 1988 would ever arrive. To see a Russian professional kitchen tricked out like Bobby Flay, to see the Russian TV's version of "America's Got Talent" to click into a Russian radio talk show stream and hear the casual talk you'd never hear back in Soviet days (the hosts jocularly ripping on the French stereotypes, for example). I wonder what are the reflections on the Soviet days? The 30 and younger crowd probably are greatly separated from the 40 and up. But, that's just speculation. I don't know.

Don responds: You are precisely correct. The under-30s have a great lack of knowledge about the Soviet period. Very soon the younger people (under-20s) won't have a clear memory of the economic crises of the 90s. They also have an almost complete lack of fear as well, which of course is an excellent development.
PermalinkPermalink 08/11/12 @ 19:27

In response to: Flashback

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Is that snow painted on like Santa's Castle? I know they do that at the North Pole in Alaska. it's not very attractive in summer :)

And my, how you've ... Filled out :)

Don responds: Nah, those are just white roofs.

Yup, I'm now a standard fat American. Time to get back on the stair master.
PermalinkPermalink 08/10/12 @ 22:56

In response to: Tatar/Russian cooking class

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
More Salad, is that a seasonal thing?

Don responds: Green salads are not a major item in Russia. "Salad" often means a bunch of chopped boiled meat bound together with mayo.
PermalinkPermalink 08/10/12 @ 22:53

In response to: Okay, okay, I admit it

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Oh La La, and china? WHAT? Do you get a "Big Breakfast" or do they serve something more local. I figure with WFI those places would be packed with Americans.

Don responds: Nope, I just had coffee.

The menu is quite American at McDonald's, with a few quirks, like the shrimp wrap.
PermalinkPermalink 08/10/12 @ 22:51

In response to: Shoes

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Oh no, they are now all the rage, in leather and in shiny plastic. mostly Black but, colors are arrving. Eveyrone wants to be tall.
PermalinkPermalink 08/10/12 @ 22:49

In response to: Old new

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
Glad to see Hyundai is spending my money well :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/10/12 @ 22:48

In response to: Musical memories

K. Jackson [Visitor]
And if I remember correctly.. last summer was loaded with music from P!nk :) I make very short playlists that I just play on repeat whenever I'm walking/riding around.. which I'm sure is setting me up for a similar effect.
PermalinkPermalink 08/10/12 @ 00:32

In response to: Flashback

Carl [Visitor]
Now I'm scratching my head. My trip was with Del Phillips the summer of 1988. Leningrad, Novgorod, Moscow. I swear you were my roommate, but then I can't remember... Wait, that guy from Tucson who when by the nick name Shalom was also on the trip as well. You introduced me to him. Or am I just dreaming things?

Don responds: My error: you are right. I was part of the trip with Del in 1988. And it would make sense that we were roommates; you would have been one of the few people whose judgment I would have trusted enough to room with.
PermalinkPermalink 08/08/12 @ 04:14

In response to: Folk art

Paul Bailey [Visitor]
As a child I would have very much enjoyed Andrew's work. As would Wednesday Addams.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wednesday_Addams
PermalinkPermalink 08/08/12 @ 02:20