Touring The Neon Museum

01_030614_neonA large sign in the likeness of a duck, which used to rotate above a car dealership, at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Each afternoon, as I gaze into the mirror while getting ready for the day, I try and imagine that at least some of my physical characteristics are in line with male models on the cover of GQ. The sobering reality is that I probably share more characteristics with the common moth. For, as long as I can remember, I’ve been uncontrollably attracted to all things that illuminate.

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Sochi 2014: Perspectives


Visitors to the Olympic Cauldron and rings at the Olympic Park in the coastal cluster of Sochi / Adler.

It’s great to be writing one of my last 2014 Winter Olympics blogs from the comfort of my own bed in the United States. So what if it’s 2:40 pm? Judge lest ye be judged! After going nonstop for three weeks, this time to recharge my batteries was much needed and earned.

I initially set out to do a blog per day while I was in Russia, but things during the last week started to get really tiring. Late night finishes followed by early morning wake-ups for the next event left me with a choice of getting four hours of sleep, or getting two and posting a blog. To keep my health and sanity in check, I chose the former.

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Sochi 2014: Tears Of Pride

Anton Shipulin (RUS) nears the finish line in the men’s 4×7.5km relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Despite all the negative, sensational news stories you’ve probably read about Sochi (and despite there being some truth to a few of them), there’s one thing that can’t be argued with about Russia: The citizens here have an immense amount of pride in their country, and are extremely proud to be hosting the Winter Olympics.

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Sochi 2014: How We’re Living

My daily morning view while waiting for the shuttle bus to the Gorki Media Center in front of our apartment building (at left) in the Rosa Khutor village of Russia.

When I first got settled on the ground here in Rosa Khutor (the area I’m actually living in, which is in the “mountain cluster” about an hour north of Sochi proper), I got a lot of texts and Facebook messages asking me about our living conditions. At the time, the American media was making a big to-do about the poor shape of the hotels many were arriving at. True enough, I had colleagues in Sochi who had to deal with brown running water, nights without electricity, on down to simple things like no shower curtains.

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