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Old 02-10-2010, 06:35 PM   #31
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The second photo is a classic Russian apartment building that I spent many 7 day periods in 5 or 6 times each trip. - Mixture of 2 room and 3 room precast apartments built in matched pairs and alternated. Since they used different window types randomly, it is probably early 1990's construction. The patio enclosure is a personal addition for more space and growing things. that is why they are not exactly the same.

The "two room" units are a living room and a bedroom and suited for a family of up to four. The "three room" units have two bedrooms and will handle a family of six. The bathrooms in all are virtually identical two very small rooms (1 with a narrow 3' wide room with a toilet and a larger room with a tub/shower and a sink services by a swinging facet reaching both) that are really very functional, well designed and the exposed heat pipes are also the towel bars for drying. The kitchen is not counted as a "room" since every apartment has a kitchen equipped with a small gas stove, refrigerator and a hard wired radio with one station and no off button (many have been removed today).

The photo brought back many memories of the late 1990's. I have photos because I started my collection of toilet photos there since the only TV channel was in Russian and we read the entire 30 volume of the Russian medical encyclopedia in 30 munutes. - My traveling partner sais "Have you ever noticed that the toilets are different in every country?" - that started the photo study.

In the area around the apartments, sidewalks and some street are still kept clean by old women with shovels and brooms on pension since there is little assistance government assistance except for the prominent roads, monuments and near-by international hotels. Some how they eventually get rid of the snow in these areas in time. Drivers just leave the road and drive on the sidewalks.- It follows what I was told "If it does not make sense, it must be true". Things have improved since 2000, but not in all areas.

The photos could have been from Moscow suburbs, Misk or Ufa and Orenberg.

Somehow they survive without the pleas of begging newscasters.

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Old 02-10-2010, 08:16 PM   #33
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Just lit 2 candles & a few small oil lamps as the lights flickered
....just in case
We have a few larger lamps, spare bottle of oil...and lots of candles
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We have a few larger lamps, spare bottle of oil...and lots of candles
I do have to admit, we are very lucky here. When I first moved to IL I was told the power goes out if it even thinks of storming, but I only experienced a few outages. Where I live now, and have for the past 8 years, we have lost electric once, and that was after a micro-burst rain storm (mini-tornado).
The local electric company (ComEd) has spent a good deal of money improving the system, and clearing trees from the power lines. However, we do pay for it dearly with all of the rate increases. Plus, it doesn't hurt that I have a generator for back-up. More for piece of mind.

--OT-- ComEd has recently rolled out "smart meters" and the option of real-time pricing. What that means is instead of paying a flat rate per Kwh, you pay the real-time price. So, if you have a high demand task (laundry, dishwasher, etc) you can put it off until the rates are low, instead of when they are high. Typical savings of 25-40% of total bill per year. I have signed up, and waiting for new meter install. The smart meters also have the ability for them to track outages real-time, so they can roll repair crews more efficiently.
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Got to be able to wipe your arse after eating all of that French Toast.
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We had a 3rd power flicker & that was it
We have only lost power here maybe 3x in 6.5 years & not for long

My last house it was normal to lose it...but mayby only 5-15 minutes at a time
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We've only had one power outage in 3 years, when a transformer blew up in our neighborhood.
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The South is going to come to a standstill
4" of snow possible in Georgia & other southern states

wooops...inches not feet

dagnabbit....thought I edited it before
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4 feet or 4 inches?
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The South is going to come to a standstill
4' of snow possible in Georgia & other southern states

wooops...inches not feet
That's about 3.5" more than necessary to shut down the Deep South.

One of the biggest problems is Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l Airport in Atlanta. This kind of weather shuts down the airport, and nobody can get anywhere by plane! No action at the world's largest airport (and home of the world's largest airline), and the impact is definitely felt beyond Georgia and it's bordering states!

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Now, one place that needs the snow is Whistler...who'd ever thought anyone would ever say that, eh?

But it is nice seeing the athletes at the Winter Olympics representing their respective countries...even all 250 US athletes looked great. Not one overweight, Hollywoood-raised, $375-sneakered, bejewelled dope-pushing, Walmart-shopping, Big Mac-lover amongst them!


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