We have been waiting for several years to
start a computer lab in Barskoe, but there never seemed to be a competent
teacher. When we asked if they had a teacher, yet, the director responded,
“Yes, I am a computer teacher.” Woohoo! We had 3 super computers (not
supercomputers) built with all the bells and whistles, and 3 great Acer
monitors. Actually, I’ve never figured out the use of bells and whistles
on a computer, but hey, I ain’t no rocket surgeon.
Each child got a new Old Navy hoodie, fruit, Coke, and a great goodie bag
with candy and cookies and a sled.
If you want more than a dozen, or so, Cokes, you have to go to a couple of
stores, maybe more. So, we went to the Coke distributor to buy several
cases. When V told them the Cokes were for an orphan Christmas, they gave
us 100 talking (push one paw to record, the other to play back), Coke
Santa polar bears. Lagniappe (nah, didn’t even try to explain that one to
them) for the kids. They loved them.
We were given extra money to do something
new and exciting for the kids, so, pizza and fireworks! A traditional
Russian Christmas meal, don’tcha know? We photographed the kids and
printed photos for them to remember the party. We ended the party with a
“Happy Birthday, Jesus” cake. And, fireworks.
Vitaly, the Russian Fireball, manned the firework show. He did not
understand the concept of “bottle” rockets. I explained to him to put the
stick deep enough into the snow to keep from falling over, but don’t push
it into the dirt. Oh, by the way, these “bottle” rockets were four feet
We watched from up on the hillside (I mean I am not as stupid as I look,
really.), as Vitaly lit the fuse and ran. Turns out, just like I warned,
if you push the stick into the ground, its beautiful display of sound and
color has a blast radius greater than a Russian can run in a timely
fashion. See Vitaly Run. Run, Vitaly, run. See Vitaly glow. Glow, Vitaly,
It is amazing how fast you can watch fireworks, when the temperature is
well below freezing, before considering the chill factor.
This was the first time for most of the kids to see fireworks. They said
they never dreamed they were so loud. It was a great day for all, though
Vitaly said the kids would probably remember these fireworks, so no need
to repeat next year.
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