Campbell gets to come out and play with the guys sometimes. Today he was frustrated to discover that neither his drill nor his wrench would be very useful in our particular task.
This is unfortunately the last day that I will be able to work with my buddy Igor. Tomorrow I will be taking him with me to Simferopol when I pick up Sarah's and my dads. He is moving back there to take an HVAC job and be closer to his girlfriend. He was given the nickname Hercules by work team members due to his truly amazing physical strength and he's not a bad shot with a pellet gun either! I'll miss you, мои друг.
- They play energetic, coordinated defense with a lot of strong back-line players that make an impact up front on set pieces. These defenders are also terrific passers with a soft touch in controlling the ball.
- Their midfield has many take-aways due to pure guile and hustle. In both games they gave their opponents fits trying to get across the mid-line.
- They are fierce on the counter-attack. Frequently after an opponent's attack is stifled, the central defenders kick the ball the the wide backs who either redirect up the sidelines to their wingers or send a well-placed lob to the central midfielders or strikers.
- The offensive component of their team is almost entirely comprised of young Brazilians. They pass through the midfield fluidly with nifty, one-touches and once they are in the box, they are unselfish and heads-up for available teammates...A thing of beauty!
I only mention this because it is possible to "fix" a poll. Any opinion poll's results can be skewed by which, how and even the order in which questions are asked. In this case it can be double fixed because both the candidate and the perspective voter are answering potentially skewed questions.
I am not saying that this is the case here or that John McCain isn't the closest candidate to my position but we disagree on quite a few important issues. What I do know is that I am pretty darn conservative and I don't see McCain that way at all. I would rank Romney's current positions as more conservative, but it depends on which source you use to determine where a candidate stands.
I may do a full post on this issue later today....
As a total non-sequitur, I have been trying to ascertain what topics draw people to our blog lately and using a semi-popular song title as the headline for a post seems as good a method as any (thus far my main successes have been the use of a Mexican flag and the Barclays Premier League logo).
On to the main topic....
Sunday the weather finally broke here in Kerch and the mercury hit a balmy +12 C which is mid-40s F. After an extended stretch of highs in the teens, this seemed like paradise. We decided to take a walk down by the sea, which we knew was still frozen. It seemed that we weren't the only ones with this thought and for the first time since we arrived, we heard people laughing and joking in public! We got a chance to walk on frozen salt water (not that common in Colorado) and get a few pictures as the sun set behind the hills. Strangely, the ships still navigate the strait (I don't yet know if it remains clear in the middle or they must break through the ice) and the growl of their diesels could be heard reverberating across the miles of ice. Here's a few shots of our short-lived day at the beach.
Sarah just loved how the sea water froze with such unique patterns.
"Do the math: the 121 alleged instances of homicide identified by the Times, out of a population of 700,000, works out to a rate of 17 per 100,000--quite a bit lower than the overall national rate of around 27.
But wait! The national rate of 27 homicides per 100,000 is an annual rate, whereas the Times' 121 alleged crimes were committed over a period of six years. Which means that, as far as the Times' research shows, the rate of homicides committed by military personnel who have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan is only a fraction of the homicide rate for other Americans aged 18 to 24. Somehow, the Times managed to publish nine pages of anecdotes about the violence wreaked by returning servicemen without ever mentioning this salient fact."
I must say that it was comforting to see that the turf battles that are so tempting between US Christian agencies were nowhere to be found, despite there being 2 different ministries involved in this.
- We are still alive, thought tenuously, in the Champions League
- Fernando Torres (pictured) is proving to be worth the small fortune we paid for him
- The teams that were picked to challenge for "top 4" status in the EPL have mostly been unimpressive, thereby giving the Reds a little breathing room at the top.
This is looking up the hill from the main tower area. We were later told that Tanya, one of our summer counselors, was born in the house that is just out of view to the right (actually within the fort's walls) - presumably built from stones scavenged from the crumbling fortress.
We should be back up Thursday morning (the middle of the night in the US) and back in communication with you. God bless!
What I used to think
- ► 2009 (151)
- The Dad's Have Arrived!
- Happy Birthday Mimi!
- Why I Went to College... (and Big Igor)
- Like "Rudy" but better
- I have rediscovered football
- Election 2008: Is McCain the man?
- Election 2008: McCain Video
- Compassion Won!
- Out of order Fact of the Day: Crimean Tartars
- Congrats Timmy and Suzy!
- Vote for Compassion!
- More Shoeboxes!
- Sad News From Kerch
- An American Ex-Pat's Plea for Information
- Ukraine's Gun Control and Hunting
- Our son's personality quirks
- Walk on the Ocean
- Defamation of War Veterans...Again
- Happy Birthday Dad!
- Liverpool Drops More Points
- I still love my Dickies belt
- I like to share my shortcomings
- Operation Christmas Child Distributions
- Liverpool Results
- Mad Marsh's gone big time and world wide!
- Russian bath anyone?
- Sightseeing in Kerch
- Happy Birthday Grandma!
- We're OK!
- ▼ January (29)