So I go a little nuts sometimes over the sports I do. I think it’s OK to be hurtin’ a little just about every day of my life—not too much, though, please. See, I recommend this level of activity to all who ask me about it: Do enough sports that you are tired in the […]

Sacramento, California

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I was here, yes I was. But I was here so-very-briefly that I cannot really judge this city’s character fully. However, the two hours I had to walk around are more than enough for me to take it in for the next time I might be here. Basically, I am beginning to see what people […]

Davis, California

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Exceedingly impressive and quiet little town, just a $30 Uber ride from the Sacramento airport. FYI: not sure about how Uber will progress here, but so-far UberX—my favorite kind of Uber—is available right at the airport [seems to be a disappearing trend, overall]. Anyway, I am here on business but, as in any travel, I […]

Asia, 2015


This was an interesting and quite eventful trip. Once again, I am convinced that Asia holds a significant power, a “sleeping monster”, I believe I called it last time. Well, things have not changed. I am still quite amazed at this place. I had a little more free time this time around than I did […]

Beijing, China (Asia, 2015)


WOW, just WOW. I did not expect this. Imagine Times Square, Manhattan, during rush hour. You got the image in your head? Well, this entire city is like this. Jam-packed with riffraff, scoundrels, noble, and mothers with their babes, this city is overfilling with life. I was here less than 24 hours: fly in, without […]

Chicago for a house party


So, I am trying something new here. I’ll post all the photos in a gallery, following the format of many of the online newspapers I see. Typically, I like to write a complete story, image by image. However, looks like I’m mostly captioning the pics so I can throw them in one big gallery and […]

Dalian, China (Asia, 2015)


This is a second time I am in Dalian and this time I am left to my own devices for two days before all the work begins. The good news is I get a few days to adjust to the new time zone (just change AM to PM and you’re good). The bad news—the only […]

Hurricane Joaquin in Philly

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Oh, the endless scary horror of a hurricane!… Why does Philly always overblow everything? Last time, for Sandy, there was barely any water on the streets of Philly. The Pope visit was… just slightly overblown, don’t you think?… This time, for the Hurricane Joaquin, I was expecting to see a little more than what’s in […]



We are prepping for the pope visit. Yay!  Walked by a few exhibits at the Art Museum yesterday and walked out to this, so just had to go over and take a look. First, there are many many powerful lights all over the place.  I think they are planning to see the Philly nights go […]

Philly in Fall


I had a bit of time today and decided to walk around the city a little and snap some pics.  I was running the cam in B&W preview mode (but pics are saved in RAW).  I honestly intended to do a classing black-and-white run but turns out I’m in love with color so changed all […]

Friends with benefits


I just wanted to re-stress the importance of having a bunch of friends.  I think it’s like the most super-duper thing you can possibly have—friends.  Yeah, I’m bragging, why not?  Since I decided to agree to most everything offered to me I went to see a soccer match.  Well, Inter Milan kicked ass and we […]

Barcelona, Spain, 2015


There is magic out there, I am sure of it, for I have seen it. You see, we go through life, as children, constantly learning new things, always improving, never stopping to believe there is a boogiemen out there or there is something far greater out there than what we are. Well, as we get […]

Jeju, South Korea (Asia, 2015)


No fault of the generous and gentle people of the Republic of South Korea, the weather majorly sucked. I was in Jeju just a few days and almost the entire time it rained and was pretty cold, for this time of the year. This is perfect weather for my tasks here—attending an international conference—I have […]

Beer me, Sparky!


Well, I got an email from the Philadelphia Beer Mile Run, inviting me… well, for a run.  This was a heck of a lot more fun than I had anticipated BUT it was definitely different than I had imagined it.  I think this was largely the “typical tailgating crowd” of which I very rarely find […]

Cairns (Queensland)


Funny story here. I’m a fucking moron, no, really. When I was packing for Australia trip, my first stop was here in Cairns, Queensland. Well, I looked up the weather here: 80F and sunny. So, what do I pack? Right, one pair for jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc. I didn’t even look over at Sydney or […]



Update (August 6th, 2015): This post, along with a few others have been sitting in my drafts folder on WP for a few years (!!) already.  Clearly, it’s time to do something about this.  Even I’ve already switched to a different format for image uploads… OK, here we do, I’ll try to finish all the […]

More city skates


I think I overstated a bit this past weekend… Sure feels like it, watching these videos.  You know, I really do love outdoor activities; and skating is right on top there for me.  Honestly, I am not entirely sure why but a fact is a fact.  Well, check out these two vids from just your […]

Sunday skate

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Skating, again, yeah, I know.  I skate three times a week.  I just very rarely carry the camera with me.  This time I did and so I did yesterday.  Our skating group is pretty awesome in that we tend to change leaders often and, thus, we get to see different views of the city [my […]

Birthday (not mine) skate

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Skating is a ton’a’fun! I’ve been traveling for about a month so didn’t get a chance to partake in much of any sports at all, unfortunately. Arriving, I immediately went on a scale to find myself at 188 lbs, about 20 lbs over my preferred weight and 15 over my typical… Spleh! Ran to the […]

Seoul, South Korea (Asia, 2015)


I didn’t *really* leave the airport(s), just moved from one to the other one. But it’s pretty awesome here and I definitely want to visit Korea again and spend some significant time in Seoul. This is my first time in Korea but I think I would actually love it here. In my initial view, a […]

Guangzhou, China (Asia, 2015)


Fortunately, or unfortunately, I didn’t get out of the airport here. I was planning to, on the way back, but it’s 100F outside (I’m writing this while at the Guangzhou’s Airport coffee shop). There is a smoking room so I’ll just chill here and write, even though I have 11 hours total to wait :-). […]

Dragon Boat festival


Did you know anything about the International Dragon Boat festival?  Me neither.  But apparently there is such a thing (link is to the Philly race).  A few short months ago a friend of mine approached me with a strange request to occupy my Thursdays with sweat and water.  Oh, but why would I possibly refuse such […]

Visit Manayunk


Ah, Manayunk, !!! So close to Philly that I think, technically, it is not even considered a suburb :-). Lovely place for a visit, if you are in the area or you just feel like spending some money at a nice pub but the river or just being a shopaholic for a day and supporting […]

South Street Headhouse festival

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There is a wonderful annual (?) event in Philly: South Street Headhouse festival. South Street lights up with drunk people and their drunker partners, friends, and buddies. Love it! Basically, for me, the event is centered around the Brauhaus pub on 8th and South and goes from there on to the rest of the pubs. […]

Narberth skate

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Last Saturday my inline skate group (landskaters.org) decided to skate through Narberth, PA. Just a few miles from our starting point at the Art Museum, this is a great area to skate/bike/run/walk through, if you ever get a chance to enjoy. I’ve been here a few times before but this time around I did not […]

Spring in Philly


I love Philadelphia in the Spring.  Actually, I’ve grown to love Philly over the last 12 years quite a bit—I know the city well and there is always something to do, especially in the early Spring when everyone is starting to wake up, dress down, and chill at all the local festivals and such.  Just […]



Just decided to walk around, brought the cam along, and my fingers were not sufficiently frozen not to take pics.  Look this is just like 30 minutes, maybe two hours of walking around, maybe more or less.  Just some things I see and want to share.  My site!  I share! :-) Something yellow. Something green. Something… […]

New Hope


Cursed little town for me…  Every time I go here something bad happens.  This time, on the way back, ran into a pothole which damaged my baby’s right-front-strut and cost me about 6-7 hours at two mechanic shops and, finally, about $600.  Well, it’s just an accident, right?  But what about the last time I […]

Snow day in Philly


Fresh snow on the ground?  Forty degrees F?  Well, why would I not want to grab a camera and run off to take some pics, especially if friends are waiting for me across town to eat some Chinese?!  Seriously, isn’t it just unbelievably gorgeous when you have a few weeks of significantly-below-freezing weather and then […]

Philly car show


Yes, The Philly car show.  I went with a friend (ended up being four of us).  Just a fun evening.  Haven’t been here for ages.  Matter of fact, I’ve been to only one car show and it was in Philly about 12 years ago.  Things have changed…   The surfaces are a little different, now […]

Kiev, 2015


This is a little surprising, given that I forgot how the last time was, around here. I see people. I see living people. But I also see the snow and the fact that nobody seems to care to clean it; I see police officer eyeing my smiling mug suspiciously; I see a bulimic girl eyeing me […]

New Year’s Eve, 6-days long


New Year’s Eve…  Something about this holiday that keeps me coming back for more…  Oh, yeah, it’s every year!  Plus, being a Russian, at heart, I tend to celebrate mostly this holiday over the other, more typical ones.  The country I grew up in—USSR—there were many Communist holidays and a handful of the ones that […]

The Big Island, Hawaii


No, I cannot say I love Hawaii.  It’s part of the continental USA and it’s a little bit boring.  Having said that… HAWAII!!!  This is a super-welcome break from the norm and a superb trip.  I’ve been here some years ago.  It’s actually been so long ago…  I was a very different person back then… […]

Washington, DC


This time around, the visit to DC was not out of the ordinary.  Oh, wait.  It was, I think.  I am rarely in DC not on business or on skates.  Matter of fact, I cannot recall when was the last time I was here not on either.  I think I was a kid.  I was […]



I’ve been wanting a zoom-mirror ever since I’ve shaved in one during a recent business trip.  Oh, you know what I am talking about, you vain person, you!  Every single problem with your face, only visible to you, is magnified 10 times so you can very easily see it :-).  Well, now I got one. […]

Hawaii, Day 1


Finally, I’m here.  Not the biggest fan of long flights.  The sneezing neighbor, the preppy girl behind me, the oversized farter, the works!  But I got my car upgraded—major plus!  Internet test comes good.  Love these hotels…  All I had to do is call downstairs and ask for free wifi (even though it’s supposed to […]

Technology sucks!


So, I do alot of my editing in Markdown and I am frequently not on WiFi.  Why do I have to limit myself to software that works only barely…  Blogging is a “huge” thing now with everyone having something to say about everything all the time.  So, does everyone use online editors?  Can’t there be […]

Thinking about 2015


Spent a bit of time, walking around the city this Sunday and thinking, making plans for next year and analyzing the passing one. Always interesting for me how time changing seasons influence my mood and my level of over-analyzing the everything-that-surrounds-me. More about that in other posts, I am sure, but I think this year […]

A fall day


Whoops! These photos are over a month old and I, only now, found them on Lightroom. You may ask, How is it that I loose photos in my own photo management software? Well, it is quite simple—I just didn’t have any time this month to do anything much with photos being busy with work projects […]

The Reason

Some conversations, given my general love of everything sports-related [doing, not watching], stir toward the topic of loosing or controlling weight. Gosh, it’s really so terribly easy it’s not even funny. You just do that. Control weight. What works for me is realizing why I wish to do that, how I want to approach this […]



This place…  China…  I was amazed at the way people behave and hold themselves.  I was transformed back to the country which my family fled almost 20 years ago…  I was mesmerized by the people and the culture here, still so much like my childhood in Soviet Union…  Starting from the red Pioneer ties I […]