Thursday, April 23, 2009

Back-to-Back Aeroflot Plugs

When The Spouse flew to Bratislava this week, he discovered that The Beet Goes On has been in Aeroflot's in-flight magazine for two months in a row! I tried to upload scans of the magazine pages, but for some reason it didn't work.

If you are interested, the sections they highlighted are below.

In March they included this from here:

"Do you know why there are no stained glass windows in Russian Orthodox churches?" Skittles asked me as we walked home from school this afternoon.

I had never thought about it, actually. But now that she's mentioned it, I don't recall seeing much stained glass here.

She learned in school that the traditional Russian Orthodox churches felt it was inappropriate to create holy images on something breakable. This is partly why icons have so many layers of paints, says she.

In April they featured this quote from here.

The little street that leads to the store is quiet, but suddenly two cars come racing towards one another. They reach each other at a point where cars are parked on both sides, forcing them into a Mexican standoff. As I approach the street, neither one gives to let the other through.

I cross the street, watching to see who will back down.

They are still sitting there, nose-to-nose.

I get to the trash dumpsters at the end of our "driveway." They are still sitting there, staring each other down.

This is one of the many reasons I do not drive in Moscow.

While the magazine is, sadly, not online, an "inside source" tells me their circulation is 500,000. It is distributed to economy class passengers on Aeroflot (and Aeroflot-Nord and Aeroflot-Don . . . ). Still. I'm very pleased.

While in Own-Horn-Blowing-Mode, I might also point out the Blogger's Choice Award badge in the upper-right corner of the page. If you are so inclined, you can click on it (or here) to vote for my blog. You can only vote once, and you must register to do so (sorry), but it is a bigger and better-respected contest than the one I was in before. I'd be much obliged.

Not much else to report. It's still very cold here, but sunny. A Loyal Beet-nik made a comment about how we have gone directly to Sleep-Deprivation-Season as the days are already so freakishly long. It is weird given how wintry it still is.

Oh, and none of the online quizzes I have taken this week think I am an alcoholic. Always good news.