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I think I’m going to take a break from the blog for awhile. Haven’t been feeling all that well lately, work is sucking up all of my time, and the narcissism that is blogging really isn’t appealing to me all that much right now. Let’s say I’ll take a two-week break.

Just thought I’d let you know, ’cause when the blogs I read don’t get updated for awhile and I keep checking them and checking them, I feel like the rat in the food pellet experiment, and I don’t want to make you feel that way. (Hugh knows what I’m talking about; if he wants to explain in the comments section he’s welcome to. :-)

Edit: I forgot, it’s not rats and food pellets, it’s birds and birdseed. So it’s like this. Birds were in three different groups. For the first group, every time they pecked at a lever, they got a seed. For the second group, every second time they pecked at the lever they got a seed. The third group got seed randomly. So then they stopped giving out seeds. The first two groups eventually figured out that the levers weren’t working anymore and stopped pecking at them. But the third group never stopped pecking. Because they were never sure when their seed would be coming in the first place, they still held out hope that the lever might work sometime. Isn’t that terribly sad?

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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