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Grey, Dull Moscow - USA!

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I planned on boarding a plane to France on Wednesday, but unfortunately the trip will have to be postponed for health reasons. I'm suffering with a severe form of sciatica and a slipped disc, which makes it almost impossible to walk. :( Because I'm in a bit of a depressive mood, it seems like a good day to tell you about Moscow. Not Moscow, Russia but a small town with the same name in rural Tennessee. I visited this remote village last December, and in some ways it would fit in perfectly with the overall landscape of Central Russia. A lot of abandoned buildings, small houses in disrepair and the overall feeling of a ghost town. Despite all of this, we encountered some friendly Americans who somehow manage to survive just fine in the gloomy little town.

1. Moscow, Tennessee was founded in 1829. The main business in the village appeared to be this taxidermy/meat processing shop. We came across the location after seeing photos of dead deer hanging on the outside of the shop on the Internet. It seemed a bit grotesque based on the Internet photos, but in fact the store was quite cozy. For meat lovers, the perfect place to shop!

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2. The owner - a man of many trades! He has two tasks - processing the dead animals and turning them into wall decorations or gutting them and turning them into meals. I traveled here with Alex, macos, and he informed the owner in a joking manner that he also lives in Moscow. After a few minutes, the shop owner got the joke and then an immediate discussion ensued about Ukraine and gun rights in Russia. Notice he wears a gun right on his belt? Normal thing to see in rural America. Warning - next set of photos should not be viewed by vegetarians or animal rights activists! Photo credit for the shop pictures goes to macos.

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3. A man with a gun may appear intimidating to some, but this guy was just a big teddy bear. He offered to give us a quick tour of the shop. I must admit it's a bit disgusting to walk into a room and see dead deer hanging, decapitated and dripping blood! But this is where they are tied up until the skinning and fileting begins. I can't imagine handling one of these animals, but for hunters it's just second nature. I would not even know where to begin.

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4. Later, the cute little deer look like this - dead flesh and meat ready to be devoured. I've never tasted venison, but many Americans eat it. Remember my cousin's boyfriend, Ben, who is an avid hunter? I told you about him in my Thanksgiving post. He just killed two deer this weekend and will feed the family with the meat. Prime hunting season is happening now in Virginia, but there is a two deer maximum per person/per day. So, Ben shot two and his teenage son shot two. Both used a bow and arrow rather than a gun. Supposedly this is a more humane way to kill the animal. I'm not a huntress, so I wouldn't know.

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5. The owner's wife creates venison sausages, which line the shelves of the store. She was very shy and didn't want to photographed. Have you ever tasted venison? I haven't. Not sure if it's tasty, but mentally it seems sad to eat a cute little animal like a deer. Thoughts of Bambi immediately enter my mind. :)

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6. Locals come and buy the sausages and venison filets for cooking. This is a popular meat for hearty, winter stews and soups.

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7. I'm not sure what this building is, but it's nice to see some bright colors in an otherwise grey town. Somehow brightens the mood. I remember in Russia seeing so many dark buildings, however it appears newer apartment complexes and buildings are finally incorporating bright colors into the landscape. I think it's a very welcome sight, especially to brighten the winter season, which is depressing for many people. But not me.

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8.  Local police car. So many foreigners have told me they were amazed by our emergency personnel equipment - from the bright, shiny red fire trucks to decorative police cars. This is such a small village, with less than 600 residents. A very small police station, with only a few cars. We tried to visit the station and talk with a police officer, but none of them were there. There was only one policeman on duty at the time, the rest of the crew were celebrating the police station's annual holiday party at a local restaurant.

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9. Absolutely the worst house in the village! Completely unkempt and the yard is covered with all kinds of junk and trash.

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10. Other residents of Moscow live in modest homes, but they are well kept and in general order.

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11. My favorite house in the neighborhood. Very quaint and charming with the front porch and hanging clock. Typical American style home.

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12.  Why do people leave appliances on the front porch? I have no idea what people in Moscow do for work. They must travel to nearby, larger towns because there is absolutely no commerce in the tiny village with the exception of the meat shop and a few restaurants.

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13. Another old building, with America's national symbol - Coca-Cola painted on the side. It looks like some businesses may still operate here, but there were no workers or cars when we visited.

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14. A reminder that we're in Moscow, USA not Moscow, Russia. I've never seen one of these Jeeps on the streets of your country. During university, this was my dream car. :)  But I never owned one. Great for road trips and adventures on American highways.

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Moscow is located about 65km from Memphis, Tennessee. The whole village can be explored in about an hour, as it only encompasses a total area of 3km. Sleepy place, where the average income is only about $30,000 USD, average rent about $700 USD and probably a lot of boredom on most days. There's no desire to return here, but it was interesting to see. What do you think? Does it look like Russia? :) I still do not know how or why the village acquired the name Moscow.

Overall, Tennessee is a beautiful State! We drove from Paris to Moscow in one day. Sounds cool, huh?  In the next post, I'll tell you about Paris, Tennessee. A much nicer and cozier small town. :)

Other reports from Tennessee:

Bristol, Tennessee
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Walking in Memphis
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God's Tree House: Crossville, Tennessee
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g_kar
Dec. 1st, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
Heh, looks like a nice little town. I wonder how is it to live there? (Considering I've lived all my life in big, proper Moscow )

>Does it look like Russia?
Nope. No 2m fences around houses = not Russia :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
No fences! It's a great thing. I can't understand all these barriers in Russia. Even the Russian Embassy here in Washington, DC is completely walled in, like a fortress. :)) Almost all of the other Embassies are wide-open, sitting on streets and decorated nicely. I love small American towns, but this one was a bit depressing. Paris, TN, which I'll show in the next post, was great! Esp. at Christmas time.
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jenden_bm
Dec. 1st, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
I lived in Nashville for almost 5 years and I have to say - Tennessee is my favorite state. Great people (maybe not so much around Memphis) and beautiful nature - love Smoky Mountains. I can only hope that my job takes me back to Tennessee at some point.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
I love Memphis! Yes, it's a wonderful State. Very beautiful, with nice folks and lots of Southern hospitality. My family used to rent a cabin up in the Smoky Mountains each winter, near Gatlinburg, TN. There are many small, quaint towns also, which I like much more than big cities. Did you become a fan of country music while you lived in Nashville? :)
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sineglazzka2301
Dec. 1st, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear that you are ill:( Get well soon!
A funny town:) How many Moscows are there in the USA? Maybe there's even a Ekaterinburg?
The shop is impressive. By the way, venison is tasty - it's leaner than beef, and has specific flavor. But I prefer any game in the pre-cut and packed form:)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
According to Google, 27 States have towns named Moscow. :) Sure, I'll get better soon. I just need to go to physical therapy for my hip/butt. :( I agree, somehow meat doesn't look so appetizing when we see it in the most raw form, or directly removed from the flesh. This town is unusual. So small, so boring!
pin_gwin
Dec. 1st, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I would imagine what it would sound like if the events like in Ferguson would unfold in US city named Moscow :) As I remember. there are 4 or five of them around.
I tried processed buck meat. They add there the same amount of sweetness as in the sausages from food stores. It kills the natural meat taste... Too much corn starch in everything. It should be rather healthier to use it for more ethanol fuel, not for food.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
They're not adding processed ingredients to these venison sausages. Isn't that the point of killing your own prey? :) To eat it in the most pure form? It's possible I will visit Ferguson in a few weeks. If I go, I'll be sure to share my impressions here.
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kazantsev_av
Dec. 1st, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
I was sure this post is about Moscow in Idaho :) In Russia there is only one Moscow (at least I heard of), in USA - at least two already.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Idaho, but supposedly there are 27 cities named "Moscow" in America. A lot! There are many cities named Paris also, including one in my home State of Virginia. :) Are you new to my blog? I don't recognize your avatar or name.
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old_perduccio
Dec. 1st, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)

There's something charming about these houses. It could be a suitable and maybe an inspiring place for, say, a novel writer.

peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
These houses can be seen all over America. :) I guess a sleepy little town like this is good for a writer. Forces them to work and gets the creative juices flowing. I grew up in a house like this but it's two levels. You can see it here in the post about my hometown. http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/20517.html
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qi_tronic
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yes Jeep Wrangler is not common here :)
Instead we have our "газик" and "уазик" which are of the same type.

BTW our qigong master has an established method to cure hernia.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
What is the master's method? I'm desperate! :(
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Пьер Безухоff
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Это не Москва, а пригород Челябинска!
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peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Точно! :)
kremlin_curant
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
There are lot of Moscows in the USA.
Moscow Idaho where Sarah Palin got education in the local University
peacetraveler22
Dec. 1st, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't know she went to university in Moscow! :) However, I can't stand this woman. I find her so irritating, and we will be seeing a lot of her as the commentary/media coverage of the next Presidential election starts.
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liver22
Dec. 2nd, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)
Above you wrote about Paris, its actually a lot, that's one of them.



The bears stayed behind the scenes a little more to the left, they are building the Louvre)).

peacetraveler22
Dec. 2nd, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
This is in Russia? I'm writing about Paris, Tennessee now. :) Will publish the post tomorrow.
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andrey_kaminsky
Dec. 2nd, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
Америка стоновится ближе и понятней:)
Two sheaf of dry grass in front of the house in paragraph 12 are meaningful symbol. They precisely make it clear that the householder doesn't shave own armpits. As i see, this symbolism is very common in the United States. I saw the same symbols in one of your posts on the pizzeria's signboard. It would be interesting to see a more general picture of this household to understand the attitude of the owner to the other body hair.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 2nd, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Америка стоновится ближе и понятней:)
Speaking of armpits, I recently read this post where the author said most Russian men shave their armpits!?! Is this true? Very, very uncommon for American men to do this. http://mumuka.livejournal.com/758262.html
seadevil001
Dec. 2nd, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Get well soon! Interesting insight into small town, thank you.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 2nd, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love small town America. This is where the heart and soul of the country is, not in the chaos of big, crowded cities. At least for me.
k_netalie
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
how are you feeling now?
here in Russian villages it is still very common to have livestock. and we did as well. and i always helped my mom to slaughter hens, ducks and geese. so, we raise and then kill livestock to eat, it seems to be natural. but as for wild animals, i can't take it. strange?
peacetraveler22
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
My leg/hip is still messed up and it's difficult to walk. :( But hopefully I will improve with the physical therapy and stretching exercises. I'm trying to avoid surgery. How do you kill the hens, duck and geese? Break their necks? My mom did this as a child when she lived on a farm.
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 2nd, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Why do some americans carry a gun? what're they afraid of?

about the village - living there would definitely be the death of me, it's saturated with boredom. How many people did you see?
peacetraveler22
Dec. 2nd, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
I assume the shop owner carries it for protection, in the event of a robbery or intrusion. My family owns guns also, but none of us carry them on a regular basis. Only when we're going to the shooting range. In the village, we saw almost no people. It's a very, very small town.
krino2
Dec. 4th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
It looks like russian :)
I think, it's a great example for proverb "Как вы яхту назовёте, так она и поплывёт".
peacetraveler22
Dec. 4th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Interesting proverb. :) And relevant to this small town!
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