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Stranded in Vermont!


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. :)


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.

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!


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
Jun. 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
So, soviet people have never seen toilet roll or sanitary pad,
Sure, sure, we always used our hand for it.
Oh, shit...

Jun. 16th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
We always used old newspaper for toilet needs and women used cotton wool or torn old clothes. The very first time I have seen toilet roll was about 1975.
Jun. 16th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry I do not know where you lived but we in Moscow always used toilet paper.
I'm 42.
Sometimes there was some deficit of this product but not to the point that it was nothing to use :)
People just learned to make bigger stocks.

BTW, we needed rockets and bombs anyway.

Maybe you know that from 1945 to 1949 while the US were the only owner of nuclear bombs they seriously discussed a plan to make a first strike and bomb 50 (or 100?) major Soviet cities.

We objectively needed bombs and rockets for our defense so all possible resourses in a poor post-war country were put to their development.
Jun. 16th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
I am 63 and not from Moscow. Some difference. When in 1956 I firs time visited my German relatives (just couple years as returned from Stalin Labor Army) in Chelyabinsk region village, no one girl in this village had knickers and no one house had a flooring, only earth.
Jun. 17th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
Some of Russians can't understand, that communists were one of them.
And they will never understand it.
Jun. 16th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
I knew it was a military related holiday, but didn't understand how it transformed into a broader celebration over the years. "No sanitary pads." Horror! Yes, we're very much spoiled by the conveniences of the modern world.
Jun. 16th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. You just have a normal life with normal things around. USSR used to be an incarnation of abnormality on all levels. I think only purpose for this country is to teach the world how not to live.


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