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"Ascending by the narrow path to the Elizaveta spring, I overtook a crowd of officials and military men, who, as I subsequently learned, compose a class apart amongst those who place their hopes in the medicinal waters. They drink - but not water - take but few walks, indulge in only mild flirtations, gamble, and complain of boredom." This is from Lermontov. Notice it's the army but maybe they're Prussians. (November 24, 2022)

You still have all of me.

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These are the British people I really like, I would like to give them some kind of an award. From the American people, thank you for what you have done for the American people:

Colin Farrell
Clive Owen
Dave Matthews
Matthew McConaughey
Ricky Hatton
Cillian Murphy

Matthew McConaughey obviously is from Texas, but he is from West Texas and he spends half the year in New York City.

This is a true story. In Los Angeles, I went to the same mental hospital as Colin Farrell. We would have to ask him to confirm this, but he is a foreigner, I believe I am right that both he and me went to the same hospital in Los Angeles.

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In Texas. If there are two friends. Everyone else. Is some kind of burden. Or there are some people who are always nice and you always like them.
Eliot has been texting me complaining about his dad. I know what he means. Eliot's dad I am sure has retired, but for a living he worked as a researcher at the UT-Austin business school.
Everything Eliot says about his dad, I know what he means. He's right. I don't like that about him either.

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Meditations about English law:
Just.
In the world.
If I feel fat.
I can type that other people are fat.

Queen Letizia has these man arms and these big boobies. I went to Russian schools. I know to only eat soup and for dinner a plate with potatoes or maybe meat.

It's minimalistic. A Russian plate has one, maybe two items.
A Russian will only eat potatoes or meat and potatoes.
It's a one at a time.
The meal is the plate and one, or two items.
But it's better one item.
Ideally, it's only potatoes and soup maybe.
In New York City they get so they have twenty side dishes for every meal and that's why they gain weight.
The assumption is also that Russian people are slender.

Maybe other people don't know this. In Russia there is a peculiar to Russia diet. When I go back to Texas I see my dad eat in this crazy way. I think to myself that he sent me to Russian schools and I eat differently than him.
There exists a specific to Russia way of eating.

The point is that there isn't magic. Your gut digests what you eat.

If I have Russian colleagues. It's not believable this comes up. In Russia this doesn't come up.
We are all, we eat and we are stuck with what we eat.
If I eat this, then my gut has to digest that.
In Russia everyone eats soup, vodka, and potatoes. It doesn't come up about everyone's diet.
In the mornings we eat this.
In the evenings we eat this.
Russians, if people don't know this, eat in a specific way.
They eat this for breakfast, this for lunch, and this for dinner.
It's European about if they eat this weird thing then their gut has to digest that.

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Can't Dimitri Orlov live with Varvara and his little kid, in Russia?

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OK. These are excerpts from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first one of from the Naval Treaty. Miss Harrison is like yelling at Sherlock but it's her own brother that stole the document.
Abe Slaney is a character from 'The Dancing Men'. He is from Chicago. He is an Irish criminal from Chicago.

In Kentucky, in the old large nice houses, there are bugs in the house.
My mom is like, we live in Texas. It's alright if there are bugs in the house. I am having an autistic fit that I saw a bug in the house.

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My mother spends hours every day in the yard with the plants making our yard nice. And then I freak out to the roof if I see a big in my apartment.

When I was little I had my own horse. My mother was from Indiana, but her dad was in the army.
I was little, and I had my own horse, and my sister had her own horse.
We sold the horses and then my mother started sending me to soccer camp.
I joke that Novak Djokovic, his mom didn't send him to high quality tennis camps.
Wayne Rooney and I really did go to the same soccer tournament in Dallas when we were little.
I played soccer every day for about fifteen years.

When I first moved to Washington, DC I worked for the United States Department of Commerce. Bryan Erwin was my supervisor. Bryan is an Irish American from Long Island, New York. He went to Cornell. He is married with two daughters.
Wayne Rooney is on Twitter. He has sent out a Tweet about the off season. Austin, Texas is my home town. I played soccer when I was little. Wayne said once that he went to the tournament in Dallas. I have been to that tournament so many times. I am a few years older than Wayne. I was born in 1983. I think Wayne was born in 1985. It's possible Wayne Rooney and I were at the same tournament in Dallas...at the same time.
Tell me love isn't true it's just something that we do.
Yeah but they have women's tennis though.

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This is from 'A Hero of Our Time' by Mikhail Lermontov. It's about a man wearing a military coat. I guess a man with a military coat was living in Georgia during the time of the novel.

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This is another one from Pushkin. It's about walking around Saint Petersburg during the day.

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Today the Bulgarian news is reporting on a job club in London. Kind of, we report what earned that week and how many hours we worked. And then they figure if we're entitled to some kind of weekly subsidy based on the information we entered. Also, we have to attest that we were in fact available for work that week and we did not turn down work. We enter in the information because we have to apply to two jobs every week.

"The UK unemployment rate surprisingly fell in the three months to the end of August to 3.5% from 3.6% in the previous three months to the end of July, figures from Britain's official statistics office, the ONS, showed. This is the lowest British unemployment rate since 1974." The Bulgarian news is reporting on London. (October 11, 2022)

German trade unions have peculiar characteristics. They have long term labor strikes. Sometimes they are hard to diagnose. I have heard if they asked to do something specific, they won't. If they are asked to stop doing something, they'll keep doing it.

"Vucic welcomed the UAE President Muhammad bin Zayed, a sincere friend of Serbia" "President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, will host the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan." The Serbian news is reporting on President Vucic. (October 11, 2022)

"WASHINGTON, October 11. /TASS/. Washington's recently announced statements about the readiness to provide Ukraine with 'additional supplies of military products, including the latest models' prove that the United States is a part to the conflict, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov stated." The Russian news is reporting on the State Department. (October 11, 2022)

This is from Pushkin. It's talking about a fictional character named Eugene Onegin and how he spends his days in Saint Petersburg. Maybe he will go to this party or that ball.

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[Vucic: "The most Bosniaks in the Government ever; We knew Russians would retaliate" Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that there will be the most Bosniaks in the executive branch in the history of Serbia.] The Serbian news is reporting on President Vucic. (October 10, 2022)

This is from 'The Second Stain' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I joke that if I worked in the London office maybe I would hide the memos from Belgrade because I would be competing for leadership in South Slavs.

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This is from 'Eugene Onegin' by Alexander Pushkin. I lived in Saint Petersburg. It's describing Eugene as though he has been told he has a special destiny. 'Eugene, you have a unique destiny. Everyone looks to you for leadership. You are the most handsome man in Saint Petersburg.' It's kind of a joke that the men in Saint Petersburg are Dutchmen and they are maniacal and funny.

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Here is another one from Pushkin's 'Eugene Onegin'. He goes around Saint Petersburg telling amusing stories.

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"MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. The number of Polish mercenaries amassed at the engagement line in the Zaporozhye Region amounts to 5,000 militants, Vladimir Rogov, chairman of the We Are Together with Russia movement, said in a live broadcast on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station on Sunday." The Russian news is reporting on Warsaw. (October 10, 2022)