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Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

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Dee Dum, Dee Dum, Delightful, Redux

[From my blog: http://thebeetgoeson.blogspot.com]



When I opened the curtains this morning, the sky was overcast. Our streak of nice-ish weather seemed over.



A while later, after The Spouse and children left, I looked out the window and saw people on the street carrying umbrellas.



That's not good.



Just a moment ago, I thought it suddenly seemed quite dark in here. I looked up.



It's snowing.



The kids went to school today in… Continue

Added by Amanda Surbey on April 16, 2009 at 1:37am — No Comments

New Entries and Lots of Photos

I find I can't just block and copy my blog entries when they contain photos and then lazily paste them here. So I shall redirect you with a link. Here is a link. You can read about our day out in Moscow yesterday.

Added by Amanda Surbey on April 13, 2009 at 12:02am — No Comments

Just So #@!&%ing FRUSTRATED!!

These are my house keys.





See that thing on the far left? That looks like a thin metal rod? It's not metal. And yesterday it broke off IN the front door.



This is how it works. The system is called a "Dom-O-Fon." (Dom means house in Russian.) If you are visiting me, you turn the dials to match the code for my apartment (see . . . it says in Russian "number apartment"). The numbers are supposed to appear in the little round… Continue

Added by Amanda Surbey on April 8, 2009 at 1:55am — No Comments

Hat Trick of Horror

[I posted this on my blog on Friday, February 13, 2009. I am an American expat in Moscow.]



Okay, not really. But I was on the Metro today, musing about how I lead such a boring, uneventful life . . . how Friday the 13th means nothing to me . . . and then the following three things happened.



1. There is always a potential for a scrum of people at the bottom of any Metro escalator. I don't… Continue

Added by Amanda Surbey on April 6, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

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