Saturday, July 03, 2004


i spent about two hours outside last night trying to take pictures of the thunderstorm instead of preparing for my exam, and it turned out to be the right decision. the exam was pretty easy and i got one really good photo of the storm. i'd post the photo but i don't have the card reader with me at the moment. i'm currently emailing from good ol' armstrong library in bicentennial hall. to those middlebury students who are actually having a summer vacation - the new library is just about finished, and i have some pictures of that too, which i'll post eventually. they still haven't decorated much inside, but it looks like it could be a nice building. i don't know much about architecture, but the whole thing is very much in the mindset of ross dining hall or bicenteniall hall... i guess you could probably tell as much from the outside. there's a nice terrace though, and lots of nooks. i found a ladder (like the one on gifford 5 leading up to gifford 6..) but there was no goin up. i'm not sure of the orange shag carpet is being relocated from starr? that's really my only request.

so yeah. 3 weeks of my 9 at middlebury russian school are complete. поскользнулся, упал, закрытый перелом, потерял сознание, очнулся - гипс. and i can almost type in russian without looking at the keyboard. we'll call it progress. also i've discovered a couple russian bands that take melodies from american rock songs and either sing them with new lyrics or (roughly) translate the songs and sing them in russian. the biggest disaster so far was a translated version of eric clapton's cocaine. i did find, however, a decent take on the american classic, 'house of the rising sun' (dylan, the animals, etc). this kinda goofy band конец фильма wrote new lyrics for it which seem appropriately true to the emotions of the original, if not the details. if you want to give it a listen, you can download the song from the group's website, or click here.

i'm also really behind on the news because i'm mostly trying to refrain from reading and writing too much english. someone tell me when kerry picks a running mate, ok? well, just kidding. kind of. bbc russian is ok. i'm just too lazy to try to read the news in russian every day.

and now it is time for me to go back to class. the fourth and final hour of every day we watch videos. we're currently watching Бриллиантовая рука .. 'the golden arm.' i've already seen it a couple times, but it's worth rewatching. ok.