……Yesterday evening I got into my bus (for the last part of my daily loop) home bound and saw one of my bus mates- ZA who is an immigrant from Russia, sitting on the very first seat with a mile wide smile and a handful of lovely flowers; yellow roses, green hydrangeas, pink Tiger lillies, irises and many more…
She works as an Exec-Asst for an (Russian oil company) office at downtown Toronto and her boss the President is a Russian-Canadian. Even though he is on a holiday at New Zealand, he had ordered some flowers for her for ‘Women’s Day’. I ‘ooh-aah’ed the flowers and told her that it was very thoughtful and a lovely gesture from her boss. She immediately said that in Russia, Women’s Day -March 8th was and still is a big deal. They all have a day off and men go crazy buying their women lots of flowers, jewelleries and gifts.
My eyes must have opened up like a saucer for she started quickly recounting her past experiences from back home. Oh boy, she wasn’t kidding. Check here
……………………..May 8th has been a day-off in Russia for many years now.
This Friday, Muscovites and the guests of the city can visit city museums for free, while women will be presented flowers at rest and recreation parks. The current ISS crew has traditionally offered congratulations to Russian women
Russian men to spend billions of rubles on March 8 gifts
Men in Moscow will spend an estimated 15-18 billion rubles on March 8 gifts for women, according to a survey conducted by the MAR Consult marketing firm.
The maximum average a man aged between 36 and 45 is prepared to spend on March 8 gifts for his near and dear is about 6,000 rubles.
Normally, one-tenth of that sum is spent on sweets and other confectionary goods.
Confectionary producers and flower sellers stand to gain the most from the March 8 International Women’s Day.
Their profits normally go up 42-44%.
Voice of Russia, Vesti.ru, TASS
…..Anyone considering Moscow to live or visit? I think I would like to visit Moscow. Any man who treats his women right and any country that embraces and encourages it ranks high in my opinion. What say you?
Your anniversary marks the day
When you both said “I do.”
The two of you became as one,
A marriage bright and new.
Now time has passed; your love is strong;
You passed the early test.
Your tender bond grows with passing time;
Your marriage is the kind that’s best!
Even though this message comes to you a little late, the wish it brings for happiness is good on any day date. Many, many happy belated anniversary wishes. Bountiful Blessings Be Yours!
….here is something that captured my interest last week. And before you ask no I couldn’t find the part 2 of 4. I will keep digging into the treasure trove…and will update the post as soon as I find it. Meanwhile..enjoy!
Here is my favourite Andre…….what a treat. Just close your eyes and imagine walking along a vast stretch of meadows, trails and some shores…..ummm very uplifting!
…..all the hand-wringing, bet-wetting and anxious dull sinking feeling , if not already gone, must be GONE NOW!
Here are some of my favourites’ take: all emphasis mine
Obama Is Back!
by Michael Tomasky Oct 17, 2012 12:28 AM EDT
And finally, the 47 percent moment. Why would Romney stick out his jaw like that? The last question. Romney going first. Knowing he’d have no chance to respond. Knowing also (as it had dawned on me about 15 minutes before) that Obama was about to go through two debates without mentioning the 47 percent. And Romney mentions that he cares about 100 percent. Here’s my jaw, Barack. Unreal…
Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 10/16/2012
Obama turns it around
A very different President Obama showed up to tonight’s debate than the one who got trounced by Mitt Romney two weeks ago. Obama absolutely had to turn in a performance that would make his base happy — and he did that, by demonstrating a willingness to get in Mitt Romney’s face and in his space, and by not flinching from calling out Romney’s lies. Will Obama’s performance appeal to independents, swing, and undecided voters? Yes, it will……
America Has Now Met the Many Romneys, and America Knows They Can Get Their Asses Kicked: At the Debate
Photographs via Getty Images
(Clockwise from top left) Snippy Willard, Drivetime Radio Mitt, Lofty Willard, Trade-War Willard, Zany Improv Willard, the Real Willard, Ass-Kicked Willard, and Dickhead Willard, the ones we know and love.
………At this point, it is probably futile to mention that, had the president treated the first debate the way he did the second debate, we’d all be able to take the next couple of weeks off. The president was sharp on Tuesday night. (How sharp? When Romney got a chin-music question about how he differed from George W. Bush, the president put an even more wicked spin on it by congratulating Bush for his relatively progressive positions on Planned Parenthood and immigration reform and highlighting how far to the “extreme place” to which Romney has had to move on both those issues to keep his unhinged base from roasting him on a spit. That was high-wire politics and, and the president pulled it off without a bobble.) And the president was certainly engaged, and he was all the things he wasn’t remotely close to being in Denver…….
Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/last-night-debate-13800806#ixzz29ZLhjksw
Tuesday, October 16, 2012: At the close, a ritual slaughter
Lord-a-mercy, Obama just killed Romney on the 47%. Was it genius, or luck that he saved it for the end, when there was no time for rebuttal?
Round 2: Obama
Marc Ambinder OCTOBER 17, 2012, AT 1:00 AM
……Obama killed it. He outdebated Romney, he never once seemed churlish, he had a better command of the facts, and he conveyed the aura of a man who is confident about his choices. Romney kept hitting bumps. He didn’t let go of small points. He seemed irritated and peevish. He was uncharacteristically tongue-tied. As I reviewed my notes after the debate, though, Romney probably did better than my gut told me. But Obama still won the evening, and did so convincingly. I think if this debate had been first, Republicans would have a conniption. But since Romney tightened a race that won’t loosen up much no matter what happens, the momentum for Obama will probably be somewhat less…….
How Can Romney Recover?
by David Frum Oct 17, 2012 9:30 AM EDT
Pipe dreams Mr Frum, pipe dreams. And on that note let me end this post…..ha ha ha ha! So very happy, now for some shut-eye moment!!