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Fri., Dec. 11, 2009, 4:49 a.m.

A hectic week by any standard…

Good morning, Netizens...

Thank God it's Friday! I am caught up and current with my real day job and this weekend the Russian Journalists are heading back to their homes in Russia. I cannot help but wonder how they perceive us in Spokane, allowing for the language barrier that separates us from one another.

This has been a hectic, busy week, even by my typically pandemonious schedule. It began with a simply lovely barbeque dinner with the Russians, Jeanie and Mary Carr, with a drive-by greeting by John Olsen, who not only helped fix dinner for everyone, but then headed downtown to attend the City Council session and witnessed King Joe Shogun toss two people out of the Council Chambers for unknown causes. It is too bad the Russian journalists were not in attendance, to witness King Joe in action. What a class piece of work he can be!

Wandering around the marvelously-complex Hamilton Studio and marveling at the eclectic ambience, I became acquainted with my hosts, Don Hamilton and Leonid Bergoltsev, the former is the owner of the building, the latter is a world-class Russian photographer some of whose pictures adorned the walls. I made a commitment to return to this special place, this time bringing a digital camera and capturing some of its beauty.

Making the rounds of the building who should I encounter but former Editor of the Spokesman, Steve Smith. Although we had briefly met during the time when Community Comment first saw its inception, this was the first time we actually had an opportunity for prolonged discourse.

As fate would have it, just as the dinner was getting lively, my phone went off, and off to a customer's headquarters we did roll, as their network hub had gone down. Thus we missed the latter part of the ceremonial imbibing of Spokane's own Dry Fly and various kinds of Russian vodka. Oh, my, Dry Fly is so smooth. It is perhaps the biggest temptation to return to drinking since I discovered Cutty Sark. Oh, dear me.

Wednesday and yesterday the day-to-day madness got more technical and insane, as there were a number of issues that demanded my attention, but now, at oh-my-God on a frigid Friday morning, things are slowly calming down in preparation for yet a last meeting with the Russian journalists later on this morning.

It has been a wonderful week, indeed.


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