HAAV's letter never arrived, so let me fill you in a little on how he's doing. He lives in a Dome (Russian apartment building) and an old guy stands on the balcony every day and rants about Mussolini at the top of his lungs. Down the road there's a nifty park with all these scuptured shrubs, he says it's very "Edward Scissorhandy". There are stands on every corner where they sell anything you want, even Snickers bars. His favourite thing is the twenty different kinds of bread, each only fifteen cents a loaf. He has always liked cloudy weather and sea ports, so he loves the scenery there, though misses that he can't eat any seafood at all. Apparently it's all too polluted and unhealthy. He plays football with the kids in the neighbourhood whenever he can, he actually never liked football that much, but they love it and consider it the American thing to do. He teaches english twice a week, and donates his labour to an onion farm once a week. He said the only thing that scares him there is the thought of getting sick and having to go to a Russian hospital. He visited one of the better ones, and there were holes in the walls, dirty linen everywhere, vermin crawling through the floors, and he said he'd be nice and not tell me what it smelled like. He says that kids there like Star Wars, just like everywhere else in the world, -- The lightsabre sound is the universal language. Here's a few bits from his lettres: "Life is good and it's getting better all the time. I'm amazed at how "settled" I feel. This has become home, -- I know where everything is, how to get around, where the good deals are. I hardly notice anymore that everyone speaks a different language, it just feels natural, but at the same time there are things that remind you you aren't in the states. One of those things would be the roaches." (I guess he's never lived in NYC) "Carter's [from ER] is in drug rehab after all that fizz with his cousin? Man wake up! As for Scully's X-File pregnancy, -- nah, I doubt it's Cancer Man she's been seeing on the side. I'm betting on Frohike, you gotta watch those Lone Gunmen! Ã¼ " "I ate caviar for the first time and saw a stuffed squirrel. Dang me, it's been a busy week. " "Time for Guess That Quote: I think we should meet again. How's tomorrow for you?"