'R' is for Russia
|A beautiful land with rich ethnic diversity, stunning vistas, |
and an invigorating climate which varies from "frikkin' cold" to "cold."
Russia is the largest country in the world. With an area that encompasses over 6,000,000 square miles, it sprawls across two continents. Its vastness has thwarted the armies of Napoleon and Hitler and is matched by the steel of a people determined to resist any and all incursions.
People have inhabited this land for thousands of years; in fact, one of the first human bones ever discovered, at an age of 35,000 years, was found on the banks of the Don River.
The name "Russia" derives from the "Rus," a group of early Varangian (Scandinavian vikings) settlers who found a pleasant life amongst the Eastern Slavs.
In fact....oh, what am I doing??
Over the course of the past month or so, I've noticed a disturbing trend at Penwasser Place.
Either before or after I've written a post, I look at the Audience numbers for my blog. As you all know, the "Stats" selection on Blogger lets us examine who's looking at us from "Now" to "All-Time."
As I've examined these figures, it always interests me who in the world is paying me a visit. Not surprisingly, most of my viewers are from the United States. Until recently, second place has been flip-flopping between the United Kingdom and Canada (that whole "speaking English thing" is probably a help). Incredibly, there have even been a few hundred visits from France, of all places.
However, I've noticed that Russia is now firmly in 2nd place ahead of the UK and Canada (#3 and #4, respectively, as of March 29-what, you think I wrote this in late April?). Even now, during the last week of March when I'm preparing for the A-Z Challenge, there's someone from Russia watching.
|Think it's bad now?|
Once this becomes an Olympic sport, watch out.
We're so gonna clean your clock.
It's a lot like the All-Time Olympics medals total.
Since I never get any comments from a Russian reader, I can only conclude that someone over there is watching me. Why I have no earthly clue. Maybe they think I know some deeply-held secret (I was in the Navy, after all), but comrade, please. I couldn't even help you find Moose and Squirrel.
|"It only matter of time before Penwasser |
give away location, Fearless Leader."
In any case, if that's how you want to spend your days, have at it. It's a free country. Well, not over there. I mean here (for now). However, if you want to get an even better idea of what makes us tick, send me a comment or two. That way, you can get even more evidence that we're whack.
Just go right ahead, I'm not a-scared of you!
|So you people think you're pretty bad-ass, huh?|
|Well, we have this!|