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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2019, 01:09:42 AM »
 :deadhorse: is
Cool!  ;)

Can you post an image of a Freddy Flintstone type vehicle in your collection?
My collection includes only 5 vehicles, and 4 of them are like this... Unfortunately, one of them was left in the Crimea.


Nice to see you Stirliz!  I'm still around. Moved to Las Vegas a few years back.  All going well here.
Hi! Nice to hear from you. My wife still remembers our time in Yalta in 2004. I lost my Crimea home and stay in Odessa all the time.


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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2019, 08:10:41 PM »
Hi All,

Please excuse my tardiness in joining this thread. 

Short Story - I am still kicking and happily married.

My Cossack wife is doing very well.  We just celebrated our first meeting (Moscow - January 2, 2006).  Although having known each other for 13 years, we have been married for just 7+ years.  It is a long story and some of the OG here know the basic plot. 

She is more contented than ever, and as a result we are closer than ever.  Last week we were in Miami at the Tatiana Restaurant when she grasped my coat lapel and  explained her fulfillment and happiness.  She added what one might classify as Sweet Nothings,  yet her big tears of joy revealed her thoughts were pravda.  Made my old heart soar.  Caveat - both of us had been overserved with vodka.

When we married,  her two children of course came with her.   Her incredibly beautiful daughter has developed into an outstanding businesswoman.  The company she and her husband founded has grown rapidly and has been very profitable - enough to open a new store which she manages, to purchase and remodel a large house, and to celebrate her 30th birthday in Abu Dhabi - no expense spared.  She has the immigrant work ethic combined with the kind of smarts not found in a book.   

My delightfully charming stepson is a freshman in college.  Realizing the importance of working, he has a job at a supermarket deli.  During the holidays I ventured to the store and heard him from afar singing Christmas songs to his customers as he prepared their subs. 

Me?  I am a grandfather (a 3-yo beauty) who makes me feel truly blessed.

Age is catching up with me and I am now the proud owner of titanium knees and not such a proud owner of a larger girth.  The knee replacements stabilized my golf swing and this year I finally shot my age (a big deal).  My ol' frat brother and I teamed up to win my club's Member-Guest Tournament (for you non-golfers, that is a really big deal).   The photo shows my sheer exhaustion after playing 63 holes over three days plus 4 grueling playoff holes.   

The wife will soon travel to Russia, and I probably will have time to make a few posts. 


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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2019, 08:23:40 PM »
WOW, the Gator man returns.
Happy to hear that all is going well with you and your family.
The grandchild is from one of your sons?
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« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2019, 09:33:46 PM »
Hi! Nice to hear from you. My wife still remembers our time in Yalta in 2004. I lost my Crimea home and stay in Odessa all the time.

Do you have Viber? Drop me a line at +380678114493.

Hey Stirlitz,

Nice to see you stopping by!

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« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2019, 09:35:00 PM »
The wife will soon travel to Russia, and I probably will have time to make a few posts.

Thanks for stopping by Gator!
FSUW are not for entry level daters
FSUW don't do vague
FSUW like a man of action. Be a man of action 
If you find a promising girl, get your butt on a plane.
There are a hundred ways to be successful and a thousand ways to f#ck it up
Kiss the girl, don't ask her first.

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2019, 10:04:58 AM »
WOW, the Gator man returns.
Happy to hear that all is going well with you and your family.
The grandchild is from one of your sons?

Yes, my older son.  He and the mother are not married.   

My stepdaughter is married without children.  They just purchased a German Shepherd puppy, prompting me to infer that children could be next.  OTOH, I do not fully understand millennials.   The puppy cost $4,000 (he was whelped in Germany)!!!  If one wants puppy, why not get the best.    The dog receives better care and attention (e. g., organic meat)  than I gave my sons.  Cute dog, much longer hair than the breed I see in America.    I told my wife the dog makes her a babushka, and she smiles.   

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2019, 11:19:21 AM »
Yes, my older son.  He and the mother are not married.   

My stepdaughter is married without children.  They just purchased a German Shepherd puppy, prompting me to infer that children could be next.  OTOH, I do not fully understand millennials.   The puppy cost $4,000 (he was whelped in Germany)!!!  If one wants puppy, why not get the best.    The dog receives better care and attention (e. g., organic meat)  than I gave my sons.  Cute dog, much longer hair than the breed I see in America.    I told my wife the dog makes her a babushka, and she smiles.

What is the process for obtaining immigration for a foreign dog ?
Perhaps a fiancee/fiance visa !
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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #32 on: January 14, 2019, 01:48:17 PM »
Hey Stirlitz,

Nice to see you stopping by!

Bill
Nice to see you too! How’s life?
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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2019, 01:42:36 AM »
Doesn't Ed breed German Shepherds in Florida ? ;)

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2019, 06:05:25 PM »
Greetings, old-timer here. Looks like my last PM was from Jet in 2006. Is it really possible 13 years have passed? Yikes.

Kudos to Dan, the mods and some fellow old-timers I recognize from RWG for their efforts in shepherding  the best RW forum on the internet. Never thought any of them would exceed RWG. I was wrong.

A brief history for the vast majority who don't know me. In 1988 I was sent on assignment to the Soviet Union as a well, cameraguy to document the then-popular sister city relationships with Russian cities (Irkutsk in our case) with a goal of improving relations between the US and USSR. "Glasnost" and "Perestroika" were the sentiments of the day. Mathias Rust had just flown his Cessna from Germany under Soviet radar and landed on the cobblestones of Red Square as a "goodwill gesture" on behalf of the German people. Soviet military authorities were not amused. Mathias was held in solitary confinement, not so much as punishment but for protection from the hundreds of air defense troops who were imprisoned with him.

Back then, very few Russians had even seen an American except on "Dallas", one of their favorite TV shows. I was treated like a rock star, chauffeured in my own limo that sped through red lights with militsia escorts. Vodka parties broke out everywhere we went. Outside a former "hard currency" shop in Moscow, I was offered $100 for the Levis I was wearing, which I would've gladly sold if I hadn't been concerned about looking really silly.

While on a boat tour of Lake Baikal, the twin teenage daughters of the Irkutsk oblast governor shyly approached me and asked, how many airplanes did I own? Taxi drivers who knew an American delegation was in town brought a beautiful RW to my apartment after she demanded to be taken to meet the American. I told the taxi driver sure I'll meet her, after all, who was I to dash this young girl's dreams?  ;)

Lake Baikal was vast and mind-blowing -- the largest, oldest, deepest lake in the world, with a fifth of the world's fresh water, but which most Americans had never heard of.

In short, I was hooked on this strange but exceedingly beautiful and friendly place. In the ensuing years, I probably made a dozen trips through 9 of Russia's 11 time zones, from Moscow to Kolyma, which to this day elicits shudders from Russians for being the location of the infamous Stalinist gulags, which I also visited by way of 6WD Soviet Gaz troop carrier (and which despite Solzhenitsyn, a shocking number of Americans still haven't heard of.) Many of these remote gulags are still intact -- rickety guard towers standing watch over prisoner barracks, surrounded by double barbed-wire fencing and preserved in time by the brutal Siberian climate.

During some trips, I met a variety of Russian women, everywhere from the early AFA tours at the Hollywood Nights nightclub in St. Petersburg (anyone remember those? lol), to various agencies in cities I happened to be traveling through. Not trusting agency profiles of their "traditional women" I never made much of an effort to write anyone in advance, which in hindsight was a mistake because no one had much of an investment in a random American tourist passing through town.

Despite getting close to several RW and one UW in particular, I remain unmarried, which I'm actually fine with. Things have changed a LOT since those early halcyon days and I probably don't have it in me to traverse the RW minefields again. Coincidentally, I'm currently visiting a former RWG member and his wonderful RW wife who I've known for decades and I also remain in touch with a couple other guys I've met on the boards. These highly adventurous trips to remote corners of Russia remain the absolute best times of my life but it feels like this entire RW/WM era has passed. It's amusing to read highly opinionated but obviously noob RWD posters -- one in particular -- who mistakenly believes RW will faint at the mere sight of his western-resident presence without having a whole lot to offer except disdain for local women. Sorry to say we were once FSU rock stars, now we're in a garage band. Despite all the hard-won experience and sage advice he's been offered, it's painfully obvious he'll have to learn everything the hard way. I guess some things never change.

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2019, 11:07:01 PM »
CameraGuy,

A legendary name from the distant past.  You were a very prolific and insightful poster on the pre-RWD board when I joined in 2002.  You shared sagas of the real MOB scene when men would become engaged during their first and only one-week trip.  And there were printed color catalogs of women. 

I agree that Russia was best explored as a travel adventure rather than a speed dating trip.   I recall you thought highly of RW, yet never pulled the trigger.   That was back then, and now I read it is true today.  That means you never had a Bachelor Party.  What a loss!!!!!!

Good luck to you, and great to hear from you!

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2019, 02:02:15 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Gator. Not to engage in a stroke fest, but your recognition means a lot. I'd have a hard time coming up with many other posters who've given such consistently solid advice for so long. That sage advice is reflected in your long-term successful marriage and family, for which congratulations are in order.

Yes, I remember the color catalogues and OWWs (one week wonders) who rarely listened to any advice because what could possibly go wrong with their "traditional" hot young fiancée, who after a few dinners and shopping trips expressed her undying love but wouldn't kiss them or hold their hand. Sure, perfectly normal. Probably just a cultural difference. Those early days compared to the present remind me of the title to David Spade's book, A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World.

Great hearing from you too!
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« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2019, 08:59:50 AM »
Despite all the hard-won experience and sage advice he's been offered, it's painfully obvious
he'll have to learn everything the hard way. I guess some things never change.

~CG

Quote of the day for sure.

There will always guys who have to learn everything the hard way.
I learned a few lessons in life myself that way.

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2019, 10:09:52 AM »
Greetings, old-timer here.<snip>

WOW! CG! Nice to see you're still out and about.

There's a 'recent' member here (almost) with the same handle that I thought was you...

Richard (RKN77) already came around. Now if JayPatches can make a cameo, author and creator of the 'Ice Princess' saga, it'll definitely be a blast from the past!
My wonderful rebuttal to the Prague Spring thread is now *relocated* again (being actively hidden, lol) in *Anything Goes* section, titled: Willy Waving. Hurry before she deletes it altogether. LMAO! Enjoy.

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Re: Where are all the old timers? Its time to check in.
« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2019, 11:14:14 AM »
That's funny GQ, Richard was the one who told me about this thread.


I'm visiting Lysander and we're all hanging out together here in Lost Wages.




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« Reply #40 on: January 18, 2019, 11:38:42 AM »
That's funny GQ, Richard was the one who told me about this thread.


I'm visiting Lysander and we're all hanging out together here in Lost Wages.



Awesome CG! Wifey's (one of) favorite place, Sin City! We both discovered the 'fun' (Heaven forbid!) in those $10/$15 Blackjack tables (#!@#!) .
My wonderful rebuttal to the Prague Spring thread is now *relocated* again (being actively hidden, lol) in *Anything Goes* section, titled: Willy Waving. Hurry before she deletes it altogether. LMAO! Enjoy.

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« Reply #41 on: Yesterday at 03:47:43 PM »
GQ, teach your wife to count cards. Maybe you'll be able to pull in 400k on a weekend like those MIT guys. ;)

Many years ago, my brother purchased an expensive card-counting device that strapped to his leg with a special pair of shoes that had toe switches to input every card played. The machine would vibrate when the count was favorable. Despite this advantage, he never won a huge amount of money because of the high variability of multi-deck tables and the large bankrolls needed to fully press that advantage. Eventually, he started getting nervous when pit bosses would walk over and stand next to him, scrutinizing every movement. Those were the days when it was still possible to be taken to a back room for a "discussion."


 

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