Cuatro Alamos, 2012, Update-Part Two
(We did a pile of monkey business this year so this will have to be in multiple parts)
We will eventually get around to the floor, but
After returning from his visit in Texas with George W.
Bush, Vladimir Putin made a terrible mess in Russia when
he took George’s advice to put all of Russia’s money in his
private bank account as a way to solve Russia’s problems.
The Russians were plenty mad about this so Vladimir asked
Masako to come and get him out of this mess.
So Masako and Marvin had to go to Russia.
Marvin is an amazing person. When younger, I used to
make the climb all the way up to Spence Hot Spring. But
now, decrepit, I just go to the Bathhouse. Marvin, 83 at the
time, made the climb and when I picked them (Masako &
Marvin) up after my Bathhouse soak, Marvin looked
refreshed and still as energetic as a teenager………I would
have been ready to collapse for the rest of the day. This is
Marvin helping me with my Garden at Cuatro Alamos. She
is like the Eveready Bunny.
Here she is in front of some big, old Russian thing.
After getting Putin straightened out, they took the Gate1
Masako is in Japan right now and I don’t know what these
places are but they saw a lot of cool stuff.
They also ate well.
She said they have a lot of good stuff to eat. I think this is a
There was also plenty of old Christian stuff like we saw in
Whenever traveling, it’s a good idea to try all the local
goodies and Masako does.
In WWII, my father had to fight young German boys,
against whom he had nothing personal. 18 years later, I was
stationed in Germany where Wolfgang and I became
lifelong friends. The young Russian boys were my enemies
then. Now it’s the Muslim crazies but while in Turkey, we
found most Turks (Muslims) to be nice people. These
Russian kids are like most folks everywhere. Isn’t it tragic
that our human leaders always have to make such a mess of
Masako still has a good memory (mine is a derelict) so
when she gets back, maybe she can name these places.
She said all the cruise ship folks were very nice and well
It looks like Russians have stuff too so if you need any, go
They got to see things done the old way.
This thing doesn’t look very Russian but they saw it (in
Russia) and I included it to make a point: I, Roman
After the revolution, Russia war pretty austere but there
was a time when things were pretty fancy.
Peter and Catherine had a lot to do with the fancy stuff.
Michelangelo was busy being tormented by Pope Julius II
so some other guy did this.
The Hermitage was Catherine’s idea. This guy was either
playing the harmonica or telling his dog to stop biting the
Catharine (actually Prussian) ate fancy stuff and instigated
a lot of shenanigans to dump her little squeaky poot of a
husband (Peter III) and mess around with other guys.
Masako found a nice rock and wanted it for our front yard
in New Mexico but everybody else was trying to grab it
and the stingy Russians wouldn’t let her put it on the
She said their boat was nice and didn’t leak.
Back then, most European powers like to have birds for
their name tags and such.
Eventually, after fixing Vladimir’s mess and collecting all
the bars of soap and such from the hotel rooms, they had to
say goodbye to Russia and head home. Now they’re
planning their next trip to……I forgot-maybe South
About then, it was time to head to Colorado.