Update to the update's update
I went ahead and paid for the 24-hour internet connection from the room. It wasn't even double the cost of one hour. I also swapped out the flaky cable and that seems to have fixed the connection problem. [Wrong. I had to call the techs back to fix it.] The hotel sure did send up some techs quickly to check it out. Tara and Elizabeth are asleep, though, so I sent them away, saying everything was OK after all.
I walked down the street again, looking for the TGI Friday's but never found it. I was hoping to surprise Tara with a real recognizable meal for a change. Oh well. I found their sign again, but no restaurant just a bank. Figures. Nothing in Russia is as it seems. :) [UPDATE: Here's the Google Maps location showing the bank/building I thought was the restaurant.]
Looks like we'll be having pepperoni (the only recognizable lunch meat I could find at the store), swiss cheese and mayo sandwiches for dinner tonight. Tara saw a KFC on the way to the hotel last night, but I haven't seen it since. I normally avoid them, but we're desperate for reasonably-priced food in this, the world's most expensive city.
I hope that there are seats available for us to change our flight home to Thursday or Friday instead of the currently reserved Sunday flight. I'll offer to ride in the pet compartment if necessary. :)
Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience of Bill and Tara Holmes, "Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and back". And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.
"Elizabeth sure looks like she is having a great birthday! It will be great when we can all meet her. Love you all, " Jeannie, 2008-04-27 14:04:45
"Elizabeth has obviously grown a lot! It looks like she had fun at her birthday party. " Lucy, 2008-04-29 09:49:38
"That has to be the cutest Minnie Mouse ever! " Dawn, 2008-11-07 16:49:40
"nice chart! good luck with the growing season! " aileen, 2010-03-27 08:47:33
"So, how easy would it have been to "stuff" the ballot box? " steve, 2010-06-01 18:59:28
"Not easy. You'd have to be a programmer. But there's evidence that it's been done in key "battleground" districts. See http://www.blackboxvoting.org/ " bill, 2010-06-02 02:19:04
"Okay, gold was limited/controlled and enabled the "rulers" to take advantage of the "peasants" by making them need to pay with gold and taking their land in the process. It reminds me of how the "rulers" run the Stock Market, controlling it, making the cycles in it, and scaring people with big drops so the "leaders" can buy up "peasant" stocks for almost nothing. Then, today, the banks/Federal Reserve control the money supply, are making the peasants lose their houses again. Too bad we don't TRULY have a president to "change" this, but instead, have one who is working in collusion with the bankers. " stevor, 2010-09-04 19:18:29
"I believe these guys are onto something. I think he was not born in the 1800s, but did surface at that time. I believe, no scratch that, I KNOW, that he is what the bible calls the ANCIENT OF DAYS and has walked the Earth for thousands of years. The people with those other social security numbers were undoubtedly his victims. He would kill them and assume their lives for awhile, then move on. Is this a great country or what? Even a 10 thousand year old serial killer can become president! Now, I'm not sure how root canals fit into this nightmare scenario, but I'm thinking it has something to do with the canals on Mars and Obama's decision to send astronauts there by 2020. But I do fear for the lives of those astronauts, because there are most likely more 10-thousand year old serial killers on Mars. " Don, 2010-05-17 03:20:47
"There's a lot more info than this. You just have to go off your meds long enough to hear the voice of God! " Don, 2010-05-17 03:21:24