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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #875 on: June 01, 2019, 01:22:26 PM »
I have not met the brunette, but if she is anything like her sister and Ma... Lovely family

You are a lucky chap, Maxx


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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #876 on: June 01, 2019, 02:24:05 PM »
Best wishes to you Maxx on your 39th birthday.

Only folks our age will understand this.
Winston Churchill.  “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #877 on: June 02, 2019, 12:12:38 AM »
Best wishes to you Maxx on your 39th birthday.

Only folks our age will understand this.


Ah the great JB and I don't mean Bragg or jb. "Well!"  >:(

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #878 on: June 13, 2019, 01:21:01 AM »



My utilizes for the month of May.



$4.44 electricity
$2.96 gas
$3.70 internet
$7.40 cell phone

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #879 on: June 13, 2019, 01:32:39 AM »
You need to take control of your spending, Maxx .. it is TOTALLY out of control ;)

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #880 on: June 13, 2019, 01:37:36 AM »
You need to take control of your spending, Maxx .. it is TOTALLY out of control ;)


I know  :-[

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #881 on: June 17, 2019, 11:58:10 PM »

Eventually the men here are going to want to see what Georgian women look like.
































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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #882 on: June 18, 2019, 07:32:09 AM »
Apparently, all Georgian girls are in the Police force. An arresting situation :D.
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #883 on: June 18, 2019, 09:05:54 AM »
Maxx,

Fine looking women!

How did Georgia fare under Soviet rule?  I would assume their native son Stalin was their friend.

What was the attitude of the Georgian people towards the CCCP?

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #884 on: June 18, 2019, 09:22:41 AM »
OMG  I never suspected the Georgian alphabet was anything other than Roman or Cyrillic.
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #885 on: June 18, 2019, 10:37:57 AM »
Maxx,

Fine looking women!

How did Georgia fare under Soviet rule?  I would assume their native son Stalin was their friend.

What was the attitude of the Georgian people towards the CCCP?


Stalin I was told, did them no favors. He did though have his favorite Georgian wine and Barjomi water was served at the Kremlin. I heard during Soviet times Georgia had an advantage of over much of the rest of the USSR in that they could grow food year long, especially along the coastal area. I was told Georgians could make some extra money with wine, cognac, "cha cha", citrus, figs and pomegranates. The place I live at is quite rich in food. No chickens but I do hear the neighbor's rooster in the morning. Most homes in the suburbs have gardens of vegetables and fruit trees. I see orange and lemon trees with fruit on them in December and January. My place the owner makes his own wine and distills his own 'cha cha' which is Georgian moonshine. Lots and lots of people make wine and cha cha here. I drove by a road side stand that was selling stills. Must have had twenty of them.





Early May's Grape vines





Photo taken a few weeks ago.





Small but really tasty. Tastes like apricots. Maybe they are?





My well under a fig tree for when the water goes out. Rarely it does.







There is still a Communist Party Georgia but it is really, really small. The vice president of CP Georgia runs a tour of Stalin's underground print shop in Tbilisi. Stalin before the 1917 Revolution used to rob banks and print propaganda literature. He did this in an underground room accessed by scaling down a well and into a side tunnel. It is all there. The White army blew it up but Stalin had it rebuilt after he came into power. The CP VP speaks highly of Stalin calling him the greatest man that ever lived. Most Georgians are indifferent to Stalin. I have never noticed any of them take any pride that he was a Georgian.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #886 on: June 18, 2019, 10:46:31 AM »







There are many, many thousands of Georgian men proud of their stills and there means to ferment wine. It is everywhere.








10 minute drive south of me near the Turkish border. Where Apostle Andrew, brother of Jesus landed to preach Christianity in a land that was called Iberia. The city beyond is Sarpi that is on the Georgian Turkish border. 




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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #887 on: June 18, 2019, 10:49:24 AM »
The propane stove was given to me by the landlord when the city was repairing the gas line. Georgians are prepared for this kind of thing.

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« Last Edit: June 18, 2019, 01:01:45 PM by ML »
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #889 on: June 18, 2019, 11:12:29 AM »





In the garage with the still and barrel





Outside a house in Poti





"Our comrade Stalin loves children!"

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #890 on: June 18, 2019, 11:17:14 AM »







Stalin museum in Gori


Other than there and a tourist attraction in Tbilisi that doesn't get much tourists the only things I've seen of Stalin is some novelty wine and cognac bottles of his image. The one in his white military suit is the best in my opinion.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #891 on: June 18, 2019, 04:40:19 PM »

Photo taken a few weeks ago.

Small but really tasty. Tastes like apricots. Maybe they are?

Loquats (Eriobotrya japonica)?


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Eriobotrya japonica is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, with a rounded crown, short trunk and woolly new twigs. The tree can grow to 5–10 metres (16–33 ft) tall, but is often smaller, about 3–4 metres (10–13 ft). The fruit begins to ripen during Spring to Summer depending on the temperature in the area. The leaves are alternate, simple, 10–25 centimetres (4–10 in) long, dark green, tough and leathery in texture, with a serrated margin, and densely velvety-hairy below with thick yellow-brown pubescence....Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe at any time from early spring to early summer. The flowers are 2 cm (1 in) in diameter, white, with five petals, and produced in stiff panicles of three to ten flowers. The flowers have a sweet, heady aroma that can be smelled from a distance. Loquat fruits, growing in clusters, are oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 3–5 centimetres (1–2 in) long, with a smooth or downy, yellow or orange, sometimes red-blushed skin. The succulent, tangy flesh is white, yellow or orange and sweet to subacid or acid, depending on the cultivar. Each fruit contains from one to ten ovules, with three to five being most common. A variable number of the ovules mature into large brown seeds (with different numbers of seeds appearing in each fruit on the same tree, usually between one and four). The fruits are the sweetest when soft and orange. The flavour is a mixture of peach, citrus and mild mango.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loquat
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #893 on: June 18, 2019, 06:34:42 PM »
Or maybe kumquat.
They are similar externally, their internal structure/taste should show which is which.
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #894 on: June 18, 2019, 10:30:05 PM »






There are many, many thousands of Georgian men proud of their stills and there means to ferment wine. It is everywhere.



If David introduces you to the guy above, make sure your stomach is well prepared to absorb alcohol or be the designated driver.)))


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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #895 on: June 19, 2019, 05:43:07 AM »



I meant to tell Moby this but a few weeks ago. I seen the HMS ECHO docked in the Batumi harbor.


http://agenda.ge/en/news/2019/1150


It was off from having Naval exercises with the Georgian Navy.


The most heavily armed Georgian Naval ship I have seen is this one.





I took these photos off my balcony.







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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #896 on: June 19, 2019, 05:47:12 AM »
If David Maxx introduces you to the guy above, make sure your stomach is well prepared to absorb alcohol or be the designated driver.)))


I seen Moby drink this guy under the table. Moby was stuffing katchupori (cheese bread) down his throat constantly. I didn't get the connection at the time. I just thought his ability to handle alcohol was because he was Irish.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #897 on: June 19, 2019, 06:25:38 AM »

I seen Moby drink this guy under the table. Moby was stuffing katchupori (cheese bread) down his throat constantly. I didn't get the connection at the time. I just thought his ability to handle alcohol was because he was Irish.

Dear Maxx,

I was also drinking Jaco's pear juice, eating potatoes and fruit jelly - ANYTHING to abosorb / dilute the alcohol ..

As SC would tell you - I'm normally a complete light-weight and would prefer to be the designated driver ... :D

In Jaco's defence - I was sl. slurring my speech and SC had NO idea I must have been inebriated when I called her in Thailand

At least Jaco might be wary of out toasting me .. I can hoestly say that since that day in March - I have had less alcohol in all that time than I had in those few hours  :rolleyes:

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #898 on: June 19, 2019, 09:49:47 AM »
Dear Maxx,

In Jaco's defence - I was sl. slurring my speech and SC had NO idea I must have been inebriated when I called her in Thailand



I was the designated driver as I had to drive back to the ORBI Residence building afterward. You looked only a tiny bit drunk. Not even that. I didn't notice any slurred speech. And you were carrying on a pretty good conversation in Russian with Joggo. I was a bit proud of your ability to handle your alcohol. I figure I may have some Irish blood in me. I got English and Welsh for sure.


About 20 minutes ago I returned from my favorite Turkish restaurant 'The Sultan'. Who to greet me over the balcony was Joggo. I told him you and S "Moby's shean-nah" would be here soon. I told him we will come over and have a party with "cha cha" and "vino". He was clearly happy to hear that. Well, 10 minutes ago I get a knock on the door.





 That ain't Georgian mineral water. Those are Army barracks behind him. It's a safe neighborhood.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #899 on: June 19, 2019, 11:01:38 AM »
The garden area in front of my apartment building has a slim tree now displaying a bunch or two of loquat fruits (nespole in Italian) at its top.
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