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Disappearing acts...


Disappearing acts - they happen often in life, and right here on LJ. People, love, pain, grief, sadness, elation - they can exist at various points and then disappear instantly, or gradually fade from existence over time. I believe it is the cycle of life for most humans. And it has happened to my post from yesterday - now gone, I suspect as a result of some updates to LJ last evening where the system was entirely disabled, and I awoke to see the text vanished. I'm too lazy to recreate it, but if you want to discuss anything, or suggest topics for other posts, you can write to me in the comments. I will take into consideration, as the travel posts take a really long time to write, and we need something to feel the void in between. Or, I can just stay absent...life will go on either way. :)


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Dec. 22nd, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
Write something about Trump. Will he make America great again?
Dec. 22nd, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
Politics is not an area of interest for me, and rarely provides any interesting or insightful discussions. Rather, it invites trolls, and war game in comments. But, of course, I don't believe he will make America great again, nor do I agree with most of his policies. A vile human in my view, and I'm ashamed that a man of this character will now lead my country. Depressing overall...
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Dec. 22nd, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
Did you see "The Leftovers" show ?

There 5% of population randomly disappeared. The leftovers stayed stunned and wondering ...
Dec. 22nd, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't seen or even heard of it, but the premise sounds quite intriguing. :) Maybe I will watch over the long holiday break. I have HBO. :) Btw, I would not be so disappointed if certain segments of the population "randomly disappeared"...the world would be a better place thereafter.

Edited at 2016-12-22 02:31 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - onkel_hans - Dec. 22nd, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
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I am also disappointed very much. - onkel_hans - Dec. 23rd, 2016 01:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 22nd, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
What are your favorite Christmas movies? Are you gonna binge-watching them?
Dec. 22nd, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
For comedies, I like the old school film "A Christmas Story" and the more recent film "Elf." But my absolute favorite Christmas movie is "Love Actually." I watch it every year. :) Beautiful movie, with lots of laughs, believable romance (not the cheesy kind I hate), and overall feel good vibes. Warms the soul!
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Dec. 22nd, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with being absent for a while. (With my own journal, I add perhaps a couple entries in a year and call it an achievement... the next one is just about due, the annual backpacking trip -- this time in the N.Cascades, WA).
I assume you're celebrating X-mas with your family. What about the next long weekend? Unlike us Russians you're not so big on the New Year. May I suggest... one of these weekends, you could take a car trip over the Blue Ridge (or rather Skyline Drive) -- assuming the road is not closed, the winter views should be spectacular!
All the best in the coming year!
Dec. 22nd, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'll celebrate Christmas with my huge family. Our celebrations already started, as we had a big brunch with tons of relatives on Sunday, tomorrow my dad's family comes for a gift exchange, and I will open gifts and have a nice time and meal with my immediate family (parents, sister, nephew) on Christmas morning.

I would not say that Americans don't celebrate New Year's. Many people go to parties, have gatherings, etc., but I never really cared much about this event, or the transition to a new year. It is just another day for me. :)) Most of my family will be gone this year, so probably I will be asleep at midnight, as I don't like large crowds, or noisy/drunken parties that my friends have invited me too. A drive in the Blue Ridge mountains sounds good...will try to make it happen sometime soon. :)) Happy Holidays to you also!
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Dec. 22nd, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
My favorite Christmas movie is "Scrooged" with Bill Murray. I love Christmas and New Years. Don't like this new "happy holidays" political correct things. Call it Christmas, who cares :) It's about presents and getting together with your family more than religion anyway.
I like Russian way of giving presents for New Year and the tree is a Pine tree, not Christmas tree, so everybody can get a present from Father the Frost, no matter if you're Jewish or Muslim, or Buddhist.
Dec. 22nd, 2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
Bill Murray is awesome! I like his sarcastic style of humor, and he's written some good books also. I love this time of year, with so many warm emotions, magical lights, good food, fellowship... :)) Merry Christmas to you!
Dec. 22nd, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
"to feel the void" is just about how I feel these days.
Dec. 22nd, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
Everyone is sucked into voids at various times in life...hope you find your way back to some light. :)
Dec. 22nd, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
Nothing disappears iin and around us, simply changing forms and shapes... but still present, still exists :)))
Dec. 22nd, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
Optimist! :) I think I disagree, at least in the context of emotions such as love, hate, anger...but I can't articulate my counter- argument to a clever opponent like you at this precise moment. Simply too tired, brain dead and sick. Nice to see you here again...and good night to you from the other side of the globe. :)
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Dec. 23rd, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
So sad. I been on Christmas party for my wife's job yesterday.
Such a magnificent rich party with multiple shows and so poor pay rates.
Dec. 23rd, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
Agree. It would be better to give the employees a raise, or some holiday money bonus instead of such a "show." At my work, we simply have a nice holiday luncheon at a steakhouse. This is enough...
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Dec. 23rd, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
What was the post about?
Dec. 23rd, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
It was about women and logic. Are these terms incongruous? If a woman is logical and highly motivated, is she "masculine"? A reader sent me a sexist comment related to this topic. Made my brain explode...:)
Dec. 23rd, 2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
I've learned just today that LJ host moved to Moscow. And the same day were closed about 200 blogs and many entries. It means that LJ doesn't exist any more. I don't know whether it's any sense to stay here. I'll move to FB probably as many other my LJ friends. Read Anton Nosick (dolbojeb) post, there are some terrible facts about dozens blogers in Russia prosecuted and even jailed for innocent entry. That means only one - LJ is dead.
Any way, I wish you the best Christmas and happy New year, Sharon
Dec. 23rd, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, interesting development about the servers being moved. Traffic here on LJ will continue to fade away. Merry Christmas to you also!
Dec. 23rd, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)

- Seinfeld vs Friends?
- Rat race vs poor village life?
- Coca cola vs Pepsi Cola?
- Georgia vs Russia?
- Muscle man vs intelligent man?
- Airplane window seat vs aisle seat?
- Salsa vs Jazz?

and what happened 9/11?

Dec. 23rd, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
These are easy for me to answer, except for the last. :))
1. Seinfeld
2. Village life - if my family is nearby
3. I don't drink soda.
4. Georgia!
5. Intelligent. I really don't like muscle men so much. They feel like rocks, and aren't comfortable to hug or cuddle. :))
6. Window seat to take photos.
7. Jazz

About 9/11- I am not a conspiracy theorist.
Dec. 26th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
That`s a pity we won`t see "Women and logic" post - it would be interesting to read...
Dec. 27th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
The theme and topic of the post was quite simple and basic - that it is also possible for women to think logically and have ambition and motivation in life. These traits do not belong solely to men. This does not make such females "masculine." However, twice last week both a Russian man and Russian woman wrote to me that American women are not feminine because they are too motivated in life....such thinking is completely foreign to me.
Dec. 28th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
The question that is itching me: what happened in (or after) Georgia? There is a noticeable change - your writings became very romantic and beautiful after the travel.
Dec. 28th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
I already wrote about Georgia, and there are more stories to follow. Nothing in particular happened there - it is just a beautiful, simple country, with many good people. And, I am always a romantic at heart. :) I returned to writing poetry in recent months, maybe that's why the cadence of my writings has changed a bit. Not sure. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
> And it has happened to my post from yesterday - now gone, I suspect as a result of some updates to LJ last evening where the system was entirely disabled
As you already know it might have been because of LJ servers transfer to Russia...
So I have a couple of question connected to this topic.
First, do you have any backup of your journal? (because it is very sad to loose texts and photos you have created for so many years...) If no I can recommend you a program I use for having on my HD a local copy of my journal.
And second is what do you think about creating an account on dreamwidth, importing all your journal content there (yes, it's possible!) and continue to write in dreamwidth with automatically crossposting your posts in LJ? (A lot of LJ bloggers including me have account there as well.) Dreamwidth is rather similar to LJ though some things aren't very convenient there... But nevertheless, it's better to have something than nothing )))
Jan. 4th, 2017 01:38 pm (UTC)
I do not back up my old posts. :( I recently heard about Dreamwidth.org! I just wrote about it in today's post. Seems like a good option, because the interface is compatible with LJ, and there are both English and Russian blogs there. I'm aware the servers are now in Russia...
Jan. 20th, 2017 06:33 am (UTC)
Here you have it if you still want to restore it:

"This week I had some explosive discussions on the topic of women and logic. It was implied by both a male and female reader that these terms are incongruous - in other words, they do not go together. Yet at the same time, there was an accusation that American women in particular are too logical and motivated, resulting in a feeling that "you're having a conversation with a man."

I want to say that such comments really make my brain explode. Logic, ambition, intelligence - these are bad female traits? And what exactly are women supposed to discuss with their spouses or boyfriends? Nothing of substance, or are we supposed to just sit and be silent? One Russian woman who recently moved to San Francisco wrote to me that "American women are too motivated and logical, and sometimes I feel like they are missing out on being a woman." I don't know what "being a woman" means in her mind, but for me there is no set definition, and dumbing myself down to attract or please men has never even crossed my mind.

As a lawyer, I'm very much trained in logic and analytical thinking. Does it mean I'm "masculine"? We can agree that all over the globe men and women face communication issues, misunderstandings, sometimes conflicting interests...but, based on my experience, Russian culture is way more tied to gender stereotypes than American. Such narrow views on femininity and masculinity are disturbing for me personally...that is all I really want to say for the moment."
Jan. 20th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. You liked my text so much you saved a copy of it? :))
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