The actual
topic wasn’t important, my reaction was. 
I told Tatiana, “You know,  living
in this country, there are days when I really feel like I am in an episode of
the old American TV series, “Lost.”  I
feel like my plane has crashed and I am stuck on an island with no trace of any
civilization anywhere in sight!”  A bit
melodramatic from me, but she laughed and agreed. One thing about my wife, she
is definitely not your “typical Ukrainian” in her thinking. Obviously, or she
wouldn’t have married an American.

Just what does “odd” mean?

For a guy
who has become accustomed to the idea that if you have no electricity or hot
water, but have cold water, you don’t have any real problems, there are times
that living in Ukraine strikes me as more than a bit odd….as in strange and
illogical “odd.”  Odd in thinking, odd in
ideas, odd in traditions, odd in the way people treat each other…just “odd”
in general. 

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