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Stranded in Vermont!

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On Friday afternoon I decided to take a quick weekend trip to the farmland of Vermont. But now I'm stuck! I think I previously mentioned I used to work for the airlines before I became a lawyer. I still have a close friend who works at United Airlines and she lists me as a flight beneficiary. So I'm able to fly to lots of places almost free, but always standby. Today I tried to make a 5:30 a.m. flight back to DC but it was full. So I'll try again at 2 p.m. and hopefully make my way back to DC sometime today.

Vermont - pure beauty! It's one of my favorite States. Yesterday I visited an amazing place called Shelburne Farms where I met some interesting animals and people, like this cow named Rose. Maybe I'll write a report about it. Not sure? I suppose it could be boring to look at animals and cute kids petting them. But I love these farm animals. Sometimes more than humans. :)

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And speaking of kids, in the U.S. today we celebrate Father's Day. Is this day recognized in Russia? When I visited in February there was a "man" holiday, but I didn't really understand what it was about. Being a good dad - one of the most important jobs on the planet! In honor of the special day here's an old photo from my childhood days. Dad and me on our family boat. He was probably fixing something or looking for a tool. :) A wonderful, compassionate and amazing father! One of the most patient people I've ever met.

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So today I send special greetings to all of my readers who are fathers. If you want, please share a favorite memory about your father, photos of kids or dads, or anything related in the comments.

I'll probably take a break from the blog for a week or two, but I promise to return.

Good day to all!

Comments

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fesma94
Jun. 16th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
1) "she lists me as a flight beneficiary" (c)
Can you explain,please, how does it work ?
2) "When I was in Russia in February there was a "man" holiday, but I didn't really understand what it was about"
23 February- Red Army foundation day.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 16th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
If you work for the airlines, you can pick people to share your flight benefits. Most employees pick their parents, spouse and children. But my friend is not married and her parents are deceased. So, she picked me. You register for whatever flight you want to take and if there's an empty seat, you get on. This includes first and business class. So, when I traveled to Russia in the winter I flew to Frankfurt first class. :)) And then purchased a ticket from Frankfurt to Moscow on Lufthansa because United Airlines no longer flies to Moscow.

It's a wonderful thing, but you always take the chance of not getting on a flight if it's full. This is especially true in summer time, the height of vacation season. So it's almost impossible to fly standby anywhere in Europe during this time because the flights are full.
onkel_hans
Jun. 16th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
These are beautiful days, this weekend.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 16th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
I live Vermont winters - freezing and snowy!
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mybathroom
Jun. 16th, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
>>So I'm able to fly to lots of places almost free
It's a luck for you and all reads of your blog! :)
peacetraveler22
Jun. 16th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Denis, hi! And Happy Father's Day! I know you're a dad. :) What do you think? Will a story on the farm be boring?
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onkel_hans
Jun. 16th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
The "man" holiday is a fest of the male pig chauvinism. When the "women's day", 8th of March was made an off-work day, the Politbureau felt that it should grant the same status to the males. Anyway, in both of these days nobody worked, there took place a kind of drunk strikes in all factories and kolkozes.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 16th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
You confuse me with your Bill Murray avatar. I'm used to the ones with the silly poses. "Fest of the male pig chauvinism." :)) In the States we don't officially recognize Intl Women's Day.
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dubai100
Jun. 16th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
cute daughter)
peacetraveler22
Jun. 16th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
notabler
Jun. 16th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
"Man day" in USSR was a celebration of militarization of the country, this way communists put into people heads the idea to sacrifice all normality of life for sake of military power. So, soviet people have never seen toilet roll or sanitary pad, but country always had ballistic missiles. When Lithuania regained independence, they immediately replaced 8 March and 23 February by Mother and Father days, all other Baltic states too
qi_tronic
Jun. 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
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So, soviet people have never seen toilet roll or sanitary pad,
"
Sure, sure, we always used our hand for it.
Oh, shit...

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nar_row
Jun. 17th, 2013 04:52 am (UTC)
"Good day to all!"

Good day to you too, Shannon. :)
peacetraveler22
Jun. 17th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I finally made it back to Virginia last night at 11:30 p.m. :)
llueve
Jun. 18th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
Dear Shannon, we haven't special Father's Day because many fathers leave their children. When man leave his wife he often leave his child too. It is sad and scary "tradition" :((
Many many children are growing up without fathers. It began to change. May be sometimes Russian fathers will not leave theirs children when they leave wives.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 18th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it's the same situation in the States. Many fathers are not active in their child's life. Btw, I mailed my book on the same day. It cost 14 USD, what was the cost to ship to U.S.? The race is on! :))
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