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06 September 2014 @ 08:41 pm
I am an American who served in the US Army during the height of the Cold War for 13 years. I am a strong patriot and love my country.
But after returning to the US after living in Russia, my eyes were opened to the corruption in this country. At least Russians admit their corruption. Here we hide it. Also I am finding many things that are wrong with my country. Our foods, including organic, makes us fat. Our medical always push chemical drugs on us. There is no difference between the Republicans and Democrats. Both are in the same political bed.
Most of our cops are good men and women who serve their communities selflessly, but there are enough of bad ones that give them a black eye to the public. Now many are dressed for combat and not for walking the beat like a local cop should. When I was an MP, the Army's cops, I rarely had problems arresting someone as they went peacefully with me as I always gave bad people respect of a human. In today's world I would have been written up for that. They shot family dogs without remorse. I remember dealing with dogs and never had problems other then dogs licking my face. I hate that.
We embrace perverted sex and demand Believers to endorse their lifestyle or put them out of business. This is to just name a few.
Granted Russia has her problems, but Russia sees that and is trying to improve themselves. Russia is pro-family and want Russian women have many kids. There is the anti-homosexual propaganda laws which I agree with 100%.
Don't get me wrong, I love America. I am concerned about our future as a nation. From what I see is that we are going after Russia because Russia will not tow the modern life of perversion and greed.
Later I will post my thoughts on the Ukraine.
Lagan Plates
20 May 2013 @ 08:38 am
The job market is tough and I ended up back at RadioShack. Hopefully I will get promoted soon to store manager
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05 May 2013 @ 08:53 am
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25 February 2012 @ 12:34 pm
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18 February 2012 @ 03:17 pm
  • Fri, 16:10: Getting closer to bring my family to the Seattle area from Russia
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17 February 2012 @ 01:04 pm
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08 February 2012 @ 03:07 pm
I decided to write on my time here in Moscow, Russia and the focus would be on both personal and the salesmen side that is in me. My first encounter with Russia was when on one of our trips in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, our family visited Fort Ross, California during one of our annual trips. It was the first time I seen an onion dome church and the Russian Cross which is a three bar cross with the bottom bar, Jesus’ footrest, slanted down to the left.

Later in school, I read more about the Russian history as at that the time I was interested in early exploration of North America and in particular, fur trappers. My research in both the school library and the public library led me through the French Voyageurs who moved fur in the French territories of North America, then to the Mountain Men of the Rocky Mountains. That research led to the Russian-American Company and the Russians in Alaska and setting up a post in Northern California. This led me to read about Russian history and my ancestors (Vikings) involvement in the establishment of Kiev.

That being in the back of my mind, I met my wife on ICQ and eventually I went to Moscow, Russia in the July 27th, 2006 to marry my wife. We chatted over the internet and spoke over the phone from around April or May 2004 until my arrival that July.

Things finally worked out that I flew into Sheremetyevo and saw Russia for the first time. I only saw suburban houses, so I assumed that it would be the same in Moscow as in the US and Canada. But I was wrong and will go into that later.

After getting off the plane and through Passport Control and Customs, I met my wife and her daughter. That was around noontime and we took a bus to the closest Metro stop, which I do not remember and went to start my registration process at a hotel. After that we went to her place and got off and she bought a barbequed chicken at a kiosk outside her Metro Stop. I should say that Metro is the subway system of Moscow and you can get around to almost anywhere in Moscow in a reasonable time.

The next day we took the hired car to the Palace of Marriage where our “official” marriage took place. It is a state marriage and a hold over of the Soviet times. Before our marriage, I insisted on a Church marriage as that is the real wedding.

On the next Sunday, we met with my wife’s priest at the local Russian Orthodox parish and after questioning me about my Christianity, he agreed to marry us, but it would not be until August 6th.

More to follow.
Lagan Plates
29 January 2011 @ 08:50 am

I have 38 lagan plates from the Uzbekistan area, central Asia which are for serving dishes and meals. They are large, 33cm in diameter and five different patterns which are painted by hand. The price is 1500 rubles for each.

Send me a message with any inquiries.

Thanks And for you Russians here in Moscow,
Одним из видов прикладного искусства Средней Азии является керамика.
 В Узбекистане основными центрами художественной керамики являются
 Гиждуван, Шахрисабз, Ташкент, Самарканд, Риштан и  Хорезм. 
Изготавливающаяся там керамика разделяется на две цветовые группы:
 в Ферганской долине (в Риштане, Гурумсарае, Хорезме)сине-бело-зеленая
 и зелено-коричнево-желтая
 в Самарканде, Ташкенте, Бухаре.

I am located in Moscow, so please only those who are interested in these plates should be located in Moscow. It is also possible to send to other regions.

Lagan Plates
01 March 2010 @ 01:03 pm
One type of art in Central Asia is ceramic. In Uzbekistan, the main centers of artistic ceramics are Gijduvan, Karshi, Tashkent, Samarkand, Rishtan and Khorezm and other areas. They are made where ceramics is divided into two color groups: those in the Ferghana Valley (in Rishtan, Gurumsaroy, Khorezm) blue-white-green and types that are green-brown-yellow the Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara areas.

Over hundreds of years, Uzbek ceramist developed lagans, which is a type of ceramic dish. Spherical bowls called piala and kosa, vases, jugs, and urns called korchagi-khumiy in variety of sizes – from huge to tiny, easy to use and at the same time delicate in form. In each region the ceramics has their characteristic features and tradition that were established over the centuries.

The most famous center of traditional blue ceramics of Uzbekistan is located in the Fergana Valley. About a thousand years ago a potter’s craft rose up. Ceramics product master kuzfar are covered with a light blue glaze called ishor and have a strong demand throughout the Great Silk Road from China to the Arabian Peninsula.

Rishtan’s Ceramics:
Rishtan is a city which is located between Kokand and Fergana. Most famous were the ceramics that are handcrafted that comes from Ferghana Valley which were done over many hundreds of years. At some point the entire male population of Rishtan was potters. Clay is in much abundance in the area and there were almost no impurities. Each Rishtan master maintained their secrets of glazes and paints, but the colors largely of all shades of blue and turquoise colors. The patterns are very small with a large number of elements adorning the ceramics. Sometimes the glazing would not be transparent causing all the patterns being dark blue. When tapping the edge of the potteries, you can hear a nice ringing sound. To see if these ceramics were handmade, one would turn the bowl and look at the bottom and one would see traces of a circle, if in the right light.

Gijduvan’s Ceramics:
Gijfuvan is a city about forty miles from Bukhara and is an ancient pottery center, where the masters of their craft passed down the knowledge from one generation to the next. The Gijduvan masters used special paints from natural materials, which they prepare manually. They contain even the ash from a dry camel thorn. And there is another feature in the decoration of the ceramics from Gijduvan and Bukhara. If the pieces of each line of the each line of the pattern Rishtan are unusually thin and clearly delineated, the lines and patterns in the pieces of Gijduvan Bukhara type are vague. Properties of the particular colors in the patterns are such that they are slightly blurred when applied and interacting with the glaze. This ambiguity creates a wonderful look. The ceramics are light porous and are thick walled and are in all shades of yellow and brown and slightly diluted with green and blue. Due to special refinement they become color tableware and one does not find many of the pieces on the shelves. They use a dark color glaze on top of the fine dark pattern and the basic color absorbs all the others and creates a marble effect.

Khorezm’s Ceramics:
Khorezm painting is not to be confused with anything. It has a striking beauty and elegance of ornate pattern with broad horizontal patterned on the rims and is painted with traditional Central Asian medieval blue tones. Like Rishtan, when you tap the dish, there is a beautiful, dense ringing sound. These plates are flat on the bottom and have a raised rim at a slight angle.

Samarkand’s Ceramics (Samarkand school):
The history of Samarkand ceramic production has more then around for more then a thousands years. The development of pottery making traditions contributed to the presence of reddish clay of good quality and as well as natural dyes-mountain herbs and minerals that are rich in the fertile plains of the Ferghana Valley. For modern Samarkand ceramics is characterized by complex under glaze painted with motifs of flora and still life designs made in the style of free brush painting. On a dark green or dark brown background applied white or golden subtle patterns, like a needle tool. Also Samarkand potteries adorn their products with large decorative six or eight point star.

Tashkent’s Ceramics:
In Tashkent potters make two types of pottery, first being old style which has the ornament wave form of green, yellow and brown. The modern type has engraved markings on the edges with a fine floral ornaments and polychrome colors on a light background.

Shahrisabz’s Ceramics:
Modern Shakhrisabz masters paint their ceramics with large yellow and reddish colors on a background of dark red and sometimes covering it with a blue glaze.
Lagan Plates
27 May 2009 @ 10:27 pm

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