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Twenty-five years ago, I was in the middle of basic training, listening to world events on my 'illegal' radio (small AM/FM transistor!). Even then, I was a news junkie. I tracked the Nicaragua news. I tried really hard to contain my reaction when I heard the Gates had opened, and held back tears as I heard The Wall was coming down, uncontested.  I remember being aware of the Berlin Wall even as a smallish child,  as we lived in Europe in the 70s. We would hear stories of people getting shot as they tried to leave East Germany, by any means possible.

Even after The Wall came down, Eastern Europe was still living under Soviet rule. My first duty assignment was in Bavaria, so I saw quite close-up and personal the dissolution of the Soviet Regime. Artificially formed countries like Yugoslavia and the Caucasus regions crumbled into anarchy and revolution. Many of the borders the Stalin so diligently tried to blur and form to his whims reverted to their former political, pre-Soviet state. Some, like Armenia & Azerbaijan, may never fully recover. (Nogorna-Karabakh ring any bells?)

The countries of Central Asia are still littered with the evidence of Soviet occupation, some of which will take centuries to repair. Read the highlights here, starting on page 33 : http://books.google.com/books?id=7RJEAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=soviet+debris+in+central+asia&source=bl&ots=HsyB9srgR7&sig=xEKvrXb3b4RPO3AvQMdDyxNQ_cs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=k0RfVPCZB5f6oQSPkIGYAw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=soviet%20debris%20in%20central%20asia&f=false

All in all, that one commander of the guard in Berlin changed the shape of Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Danke schon, Herr Harald Jager. Even though your opening of the gate, allowing unhindered crossings was called a 'mistake', your move was a bold one. Families were reunited. Freedom rang.

Costume College

Pictures onmy facebook. Lots, so far.



That is the name of our new adoptee. He's a year & a half old smooth coat border collie of more normal proportions (45 pounds as opposed to Malcolm's ginormous 60 pounds). We adopted him through the Pacific Northwest BC Rescue group. He is ridiculously cute and quite the snuggle-bunny. Pictures later, I promise.



Happy Birthday, tudorlady ! May you get the chance to indulge in some frivolity :)

12th Night prep: MANIC mode

Why, oh why do I do this to myself? I, like so many others, am making something new for 12th Night. Stepping a tiny bit out side of my comfort zone and making something I have never before attempted. So far, I seem to have most of my wits left. Also making a doublet for The Biscuit...

I have to be done in a week...



culinary questionables...

from gwen_the_potter. An interesting opportunity for introspection. :)

Take the following list, and: Bold items you have, and use at least once a year. Italicize the ones you have, but don't use. Strike through the ones you had, but have gotten rid of. I am supposing plain type means 'don't have now or ever'.

pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers (mine is manual), blenders, deep fat fryers (sorta one with the crock-pot), egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels (canning funnel?), meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets



will post CoCo pics on facebook. Later. Have Red Carpet shots and garment district frivolity.


Greyhounds in Texas

Boosting the signal - it's all about puppy love!

Originally posted by kass_rants at Greyhounds in Texas
If you've been looking for a wonderfully sweet, loving animal companion and you live near Austin, Texas, here's your chance:

Zoe is a chocolate female greyhound
Easy is a fawn male greyhound
Shiner is a tan and white male greyhound (like our Preston!)
Gomer is a tuxedo greyhound (like our Fred and the late Leopold!)

These four lovely hounds are neutered/spayed and their $75 adoption fee includes vaccinations, a pet license, a microchip, a collar and tags.

They're currently at:
Town Lake Animal Center
1156 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 972-0500

Please repost to your own LJ, Facebook, Twitter wherever else and spread the word. You can save a life and bring home a wonderful new furry friend.



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