Tuesday, January 05, 2010

This blog is no more.

After using Blogger for about 3 years, I have decided that I will stop posting here and instead will post on the new version of The Ignorant Immigrant which is located on Tumblr. The new URL is: http://stanyann.tumblr.com. This site will remain open.  

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve!

As 2009 is winding down I started thinking about what my New Year's resolution should be. I haven't made a New Year's resolution in a long time because I never keep them so I figured what is the point. I know the things I need to work on in 2010 and whether I make a resolution to work on them or not does not matter, what matters is actually working on them. So I hope that 2010 is much better than 2009 and I will try to make it so. There, I've made my New Year's resolution.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day.

Today is Boxing Day. So if you didn't put on your boxing gloves and start a fight with a complete stranger, it's not too late since it is 11:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This means that if you hurry you can still get in good ten rounds before midnight.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

It's been two months since I posted anything on my blog. I have a very good reason for my absence. At the time of my last post I was preparing a presentation which was going to serve as my audition for a job with a consulting firm. To make a long story short, I got the job and then we started looking for a new place to live.

We found a new apartment right before Thanksgiving and I started my new job shortly after that. For a while now I have been commuting to Camp Hill from Bloomsburg three days a week. This isn't a bad commute since it only takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic and weather conditions.

We also have been moving our present residence to our new residence a bit at a time. And this is the part that is taking the longest time. But it's Christmas Eve so enough about the last two months. I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

And Happy Birthday to my daughter Lili who will be three tomorrow.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Blue Puppy.

This is a Soviet cartoon that came out when I was my daughter's age. It is in two parts and entirely in Russian. So watch if you speak it.


Stop! and think once in a while
you have no reason to run away
you have nothing to fear but
you fear anyway and they say
that fear for fear's sake is in style
these days again so you're in a rut

and you think that being afraid
like every one else will make you
different somehow and lift you up
above your status but it's hard to do
because, I am sorry to say, I'm afraid
nothing's more common than fear so Stop!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In vino veritas.

They say there is truth in wine
While I don't know if that is true
It would be rude if I'd decline
To share a bottle of red with you

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I reach for the past.

I reach for the past
but it does not reach for me
in return because the memory
has faded and is gone at last

It wants nothing to
do with me its buildings lie
in ruins covered by sand and I
have been long gone too

Et si tu n'existais pas.

This is a French song that I really liked when I was a kid. The singer's name, Joe Dassin, seemed strange to me at the time. Recently I learned that he was an American. This is a performance from 1973. Enjoy.


This is a video of Al Bano and Romina Power singing their song Felicita. Italian music was very popular in the Soviet Union when I was growing up. Now I can relive my childhood via YouTube. Enjoy.