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Russia, April 6, 1998

Spring is Here Finally

After eight months of winter, Spring is fantastic!

The street my office was on
Blue skies and new leaves!
Pollute the air to clean the streets
Time to clean the streets!
The first snow fall was the first day of September. The snow never left after the first day of November. It was -17 C in December and -25 C in January. February I had to fly half way around the world to find warmth. Now, with the arrival of April, spring is finally here!

Last weekend it was beautiful! With highs of 10 C, and bright sunlight, Moscow rejoiced in the streets, laughing and giggling in the euphoria that the fist day of spring, after seven months of winter will bring. Last weekend also revealed what spring will be like here.

There is a large field between my house and my work. In winter this field was covered with snow, making the walk difficult but pretty. Now the snow is gone, and the raw, trash sewn field reveals its true self. I sure hope there is grass, or at least weeds that sprout soon to give the brown mud some color. Now I also realize why people start random fires here. I want to start one myself to burn off all the paper trash in the field. Not all is ugly though.

While I was strolling down Old Arbat last weekend, the walking street in the center of Moscow, I saw the first mini-skirt of spring. Well she thought of it as a mini-skirt, but I'm sure her mother and I are of the same opinion, that was more a wide belt than a short skirt! Now the fun begins. The dev's here compete in skirt shortness, and Wow! do they have nice legs!

I am also getting into the swing of spring, with a cleaning of the apartment and shaving of the beard. I prodded, whipped, and beat my housemates into a spring cleaning of the apartment Saturday, much to their dismay. We scrubbed all the goo from the winter and the last residents, trying to find the original surfaces. Luckily they have Comet here, so the job went well.

In a bid to hasten spring along, I got out the razor and took off the thick beard I've been sporting since September. Every year I grow a beard for winter, and shave in the spring. Hopefully people will still recognize me!

Now that all the domestic chores are done, its time to focus on the real activity of spring, romance!

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