Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Saturday, January 08, 2005


If I actually have any readers, and those readers are wondering...

My wife and I were actively taking part in the protests here in Kiev. It was fun but perhaps not as dramatic as seen on TV. It did get a bit worrisome at a couple of points when the reports were swirling about that the Ukrainian forces were on the outskirts of Kiev ready to move on us and when there were very credible reports of Russian specnatz troops in Kiev. I managed to get up in the face of some of the troops protecting the presidential administration but after about 45 minutes of our marching in front of them and talking to them, they packed it up and left. My sister-in-law and I also got trapped in a large group of pro-Yanukovych people screaming at us while we kept up our pro-Yuschenko chants amidst them but then they let us out to join the other Yuschenko people. There were some brutish looking people in the crowd but it was the babushkas among them who insisted that a path be cleared for our exit. Now, the Yanukovych HQ two blocks away looks like a ghost town, the protests are dead, and the city is returning to normalcy.

Anyway, we returned to the US for a few weeks in the middle of all this but returned in time for my wife to vote on the 26th with the results now known. The trip back was brutal, however, as at JFK I had to lift and unlift our luggage 3 times and then 3 times more when we got into Kiev. The results being a compressed disk, that appears degenerative on the MRI, and one disk that is herniated. I have been on my back for the better part of two weeks but seem to be returning to normal now. I start physiotherapy on Monday.

3 cheers for socialized medicine!! My two visits to the doctor, plus injections and prescriptions, plus x-rays, plus the MRI all cost a little less than $100!

I don't think I'll be blogging as much as I did prior to December but check back once in a while and there may be something of interest to someone.