Category Archives: vladivostok

Putin on the Ritz

A favored Internet meme of Russophiles has forver colored the way I will think of Irving Berlin’s classic song “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” You see, when you have a stoic figurehead named Putin and such a deliciously tasty snack like Ritz crackers, … Continue reading

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Ice Water Swimming

My first experience in icy water occurred in Minnesota in March 2007, when I participated in a Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota, jumping into a frozen lake. Five years, five more dips and 5,800 miles later, I’ve swam … Continue reading

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True Life: I live next to a chocolate factory

Sadly, I have not yet seen Comrade Wonka walking out of the building, but I have had the pleasure of smelling its delicious confections as I pass by. And believe me, when you have “feels like” -15 degree F, 20 … Continue reading

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If I could have live tweeted the first 48 hours of my trip…

Because I was feeling way off-kilter without any access to the interwebs, I wrote this. It should be noted that I was quite sleep deprived/jet lagged at the time. There are no time stamps because that would be way too … Continue reading

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