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I am the biggest Akvarium fan!  In fact, they're playing on my iTunes as I write (in the line-up after Bob Dillon).

I am by no means means a Russian expert, at least anymore.  So much has changed.  But my bachelors degree from Uni Michigan was in Russian and Eastern European Studies and I spent three semesters at the now-defucnt Moscow Institute of Social and Political Studies in 94-95.

There I had the pleasure of lectures by Yavlinski, Zhirinovsky, Yuganov, Gaidar, and others.  I met my ex-wife there, to whom I was married for eight years, and though I divorced her, I regret my mistake as she truly loved me but time goes on.

My ex-mother-in-law was a die-hard Stalinist and loved FDR and Reagan as her favorite US presidents.  At that time, the time of the first Chechen War when Russian paratroopers guarded the metros, we were in favor of Putin as a leader.  Knowing the particular Russian history and in discussion, not always in agreement with my ex-Mother-in-law, we uneasily agreed on Putin as at that time I tended to agree that perhaps Russia needed a benevolent dictator for a full democratic transition.  So many conflicting factors in that opinion, not in the least that they never experienced the Enlightenment.

14 years later, I was wrong, of course.  But so much has changed since that time and I have not kept up.  Including my language - I scored as just under native speaker on my Navy language proficiency exam, but since I started German, I search for words though I understand what I hear in Russian.  That is degrading too, unfortunately.

But I do know the importance of International Woman's Day!

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 09:51:50 AM EST
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No.  I am the biggest Akvarium/BG fan.  :)

Sorry to hear about your doomed Russian romance.  But it makes me feel better about my own.  lol.

I bet that Zhirinovsky lecture was a riot...  

Are you going to send me some flowers on Saturday?  Do you need my address? ;)  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 11:42:32 AM EST
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sorry, Saturday is filled with cleaning the bathroom and massaging feet, no free time for male slaves!

It was only doomed because I deemed it so, after going through therapy for PTSD, I see the failures that I made.

Yea Zhirinovsky was a riot, all about pepsie and snickers as our downfall.  But he was kind enough to autograph a bottle of Zhirinovsky vodka that I bought at a kiosk for me - then declare to his staff that every student should have one.

Funny, his office in the Duma had a Bose speaker system and luxurious leather chairs, exactly the opposite what I saw in Zioganov's office.

And "Укравший Дождь" is playing as I write.  Ah, fair queens and white fleets!  A wonderful love story!

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 12:08:46 PM EST
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"Укравший Дождь"

Oh, man, that seriously takes me back.  Brilliant!   Are these things available on iTunes or something?  Almost everything I have is on -gasp- tape.  And copied tapes at that!

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 03:32:37 PM EST
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I bought CDs while I was there.  Kino and Alicia as well.

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"
by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Tue Mar 4th, 2008 at 09:17:25 PM EST
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