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Lesley

In response to: What a cutie!

Lesley

Wait a minute, Don. I thought I was the cutest girl on the planet???

Don responds: But you’re already taken!

 Permalink 08/24/12 @ 21:13
Paul Bailey

In response to: Last minutes in Kazan

Paul Bailey

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.

 Permalink 08/20/12 @ 15:38
Paul Bailey

In response to: Funniest line of the summer

Paul Bailey

That is great! :)

 Permalink 08/20/12 @ 15:35
Paul Bailey

In response to: Heading back home

Paul Bailey

Gross, but we’ve missed you in the Mother Land. :) Hot Dry breezes await!

 Permalink 08/18/12 @ 08:46
Paul Bailey

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

Paul Bailey

Summer vacation is over, time to come back to the heat and friends. Oh, and that other job :)

 Permalink 08/18/12 @ 01:48
K. Jackson

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

K. Jackson

I was attending a borsch “master class” with a neighbor, Natasha. She introduced me to ????… referring to it as the “Ukrainian narcotic.” After trying it, I completely understand!

 Permalink 08/17/12 @ 01:26
Ivan

In response to: Medicated tootsie rolls

Ivan

I liked it when I was a kid, but when i learned what it is made of, i could not eat it ever again

 Permalink 08/16/12 @ 21:10
Anne Livingston

In response to: Soccer match

Anne Livingston

Good for you. To my surprise, I just watched the Russia/Brazil Volleyball final. Russia was incredible!

 Permalink 08/13/12 @ 02:00
Paul Bailey

In response to: Sviyazhsk, angels

Paul Bailey

PS, SUNSCREEN!

 Permalink 08/13/12 @ 01:30
Paul Bailey

In response to: Observatory

Paul Bailey

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.

 Permalink 08/13/12 @ 01:29
Paul Bailey

In response to: Soccer match

Paul Bailey

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!

 Permalink 08/13/12 @ 01:27
Carl

In response to: Tatar/Russian cooking class

Carl

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.

 Permalink 08/11/12 @ 19:27
Paul Bailey

In response to: Flashback

Paul Bailey

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.

 Permalink 08/10/12 @ 22:56
Paul Bailey

In response to: Tatar/Russian cooking class

Paul Bailey

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.

 Permalink 08/10/12 @ 22:53
Paul Bailey

In response to: Okay, okay, I admit it

Paul Bailey

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.

 Permalink 08/10/12 @ 22:51
Paul Bailey

In response to: Shoes

Paul Bailey

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.

 Permalink 08/10/12 @ 22:49
Paul Bailey

In response to: Old new

Paul Bailey

Glad to see Hyundai is spending my money well :)

 Permalink 08/10/12 @ 22:48
K. Jackson

In response to: Musical memories

K. Jackson

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.

 Permalink 08/10/12 @ 00:32
Carl

In response to: Flashback

Carl

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.

 Permalink 08/08/12 @ 04:14
Paul Bailey

In response to: Folk art

Paul Bailey

As a child I would have very much enjoyed Andrew’s work. As would Wednesday Addams.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wednesday_Addams

 Permalink 08/08/12 @ 02:20
Paul Bailey

In response to: Folk art

Paul Bailey

Lovely, had I been there I would have done “The Scream” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_scream

 Permalink 08/08/12 @ 02:16
Carl

In response to: Flashback

Carl

Yep, there is a face I remember. Was that the 1988 trip? Come to think of it, weren’t we room mates at ??????????????? ????????? that summer?

Don responds: No, this was 1986, my first trip. I don’t think we were ever on the same trip in Russia at the same time, but perhaps my memory misleads me.

 Permalink 08/07/12 @ 14:02
Paul Bailey

In response to: Iron (part two)

Paul Bailey

So what is the follow up on this? are you using it, does it work well, OR did you just go get another one? WC wan’ts to know :)

Don responds: Cleaning was successful. Iron is working great; I’m using it most ever day. I’m even ironing my t-shirts here, which I would never do at home.

 Permalink 08/07/12 @ 09:42
Paul Bailey

In response to: Food attitudes

Paul Bailey

My kinda folks :)

 Permalink 08/07/12 @ 09:37
Paul Bailey

In response to: Paratroopers day

Paul Bailey

Oh I bet. I’m watching Project Runway, and it’s the 2nd season they have had two Russians on. I’m not sure if I think the “upfront” nature is great or tragic….I’m leaning toward Great though :)

 Permalink 08/07/12 @ 09:36
Paul Bailey

In response to: Flashback

Paul Bailey

I can’t imagine knowing you then. I suppose I would not have given our vast differences.

Don responds: Yeah, truth to tell, we would have hated each other back then.

 Permalink 08/07/12 @ 09:32
K. Jackson

In response to: I like it here

K. Jackson

Live there?! For a year or two?! That’s a huge development! In Kazan, I assume?

Don responds: Yes, preferably Kazan. But Moscow or Petersburg would probably do as well.

 Permalink 08/06/12 @ 00:58
Paul Bailey

In response to: Hot water has returned

Paul Bailey

So what does 1 or 4 liters of bottled water cost you, to drink? And God, no cold does sound like a nightmare.

Don responds: I boil tap water instead of buying bottled, but I’ll check the prices.

 Permalink 08/04/12 @ 07:23
Paul Bailey

In response to: Paratroopers day

Paul Bailey

Doesn’t telling them not to go rather encourage attendance? :)

Don responds: No, actually it doesn’t. I’m aware of that particular psychological dysfunction, but it doesn’t seem to be much of a player among our students.

 Permalink 08/03/12 @ 20:53
Paul Bailey

In response to: Feedback from Kiev

Paul Bailey

The wasting food thing is mean and would get a culturally inappropriate response from this insensitive brat.

Don responds: And in Russia they would immediately let you know what they thought of that comment. None of that New England politeness here.

 Permalink 08/03/12 @ 04:09
Paul Bailey

In response to: Grades

Paul Bailey

85 is an A and 60 is D? hmmmm.

 Permalink 08/01/12 @ 22:51
Paul Bailey

In response to: Bolgary

Paul Bailey

Don’t you find most of the world is racist? We only strive in the US better than most?

Don responds: Yeah, I do think that. More specifically I think that racism is the default value in all ethnic groups. It takes a special kind of raising/education to overcome it.

 Permalink 07/30/12 @ 21:55
Paul Bailey

In response to: Food attitudes

Paul Bailey

Like I said ….163 on the chart.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2102rank.html

Don responds: That of course is esentially irrelevant to the diet argument. In addition to meat and fat, they have massive carbohydrate consumption, alcohol consumption, and cigarette use.

 Permalink 07/28/12 @ 19:18
Paul Bailey

In response to: Horror

Paul Bailey

And it seems you are correct they are neither Russians or Tartars. Smarty Pants. :)

 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:37
Paul Bailey

In response to: Horror

Paul Bailey
 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:35
Paul Bailey

In response to: Quiet day, Turandot

Paul Bailey

Sounds intersting, stared review is?

Don responds: Oh, I’m not a big opera fan. All I can say is that I enjoyed it.

 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:33
Paul Bailey

In response to: Chipotle squash again

Paul Bailey

I can’t wait till you step on the scale next :)

 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:32
Paul Bailey

In response to: Quiet, students, mayonnaise

Paul Bailey

Yes, Bulgaria was all over the news, In fact I was watching RT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network) from Moscow and they had quite a piece blaming Isreal for the hoopla.

 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:29
Paul Bailey

In response to: Careful!

Paul Bailey

:)

 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:26
Paul Bailey

In response to: All is well

Paul Bailey

Google shows nothing…:)

 Permalink 07/24/12 @ 02:24
Don

In response to: Cold showers

deljr

Today’s the 19th… still no hot water. Am I disappointed? Not particularly. This I expected.

 Permalink 07/19/12 @ 08:13
Paul Bailey

In response to: The trials of getting a Russian visa

Paul Bailey

And this my friend, is why you pay to use professionals :)

Don responds: Alas, some of the professionals dealing with Russia are not particularly better.

 Permalink 07/18/12 @ 09:00
Paul Bailey

In response to: The trials of getting a Russian visa

Paul Bailey

Your Mirror isn’t working stateside.

Don responds: It’s just a link to a png. Should work fine.

 Permalink 07/18/12 @ 08:50
Paul Bailey

In response to: Swimming in the Volga

Paul Bailey

Thanks for definitions. Now, I didn’t see waterproof sunscreen and KINDA you should wash and watch out for swimmers itch and parasites there Pops. You don’t have the Constitution of those young folks at your age :) I’m very jealous of your vacation.

Don responds: Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the sunscreen. Bought two types.

 Permalink 07/18/12 @ 08:50
Paul Bailey

In response to: The Bachelor's Retreat

Paul Bailey

Sounds Grand, it’s a great thing to do for yourself every now and again.

 Permalink 07/18/12 @ 08:46
Paul Bailey

In response to: Rain

Paul Bailey

Florida is like that, hate it :)

 Permalink 07/18/12 @ 08:45
Paul Bailey

In response to: Swimming in the mouth of the Kama

Paul Bailey

My own personal nightmare :) Though a fun one, I suppose :) xxooxx Uptight American :)

Don responds: I actually remember to wear sunscreen this time. No burns.

Don responds:

 Permalink 07/18/12 @ 08:45
KyleS

In response to: Cold showers

KyleS

Just started checking out the blog. The squash looks amazing! I haven’t “enjoyed” squash since early childhood when it was forced down my unwilling throat, but I’ll definitely try this recipe out!

Happy hot shower day!

 Permalink 07/15/12 @ 22:56
Mom

In response to: Happy

Mom

Yep, miniscule amounts of mayo for me. I would love your squash just before the mixing in the mayo. I’ll have to show you how I just bash the garlic.

 Permalink 07/15/12 @ 08:21
Paul Bailey

In response to: Iron (part one)

Paul Bailey

Dry Cleaning ?

 Permalink 07/12/12 @ 02:28