11 responses to Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars
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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 20th, 2007 at 15:46)

    I do like then thank you very much! Would you like some of our heat? it is unusually warm here in Missouri today. In the lower 80’s

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 20th, 2007 at 19:01)

    I’m an avid runner myself…I’m envious of you getting to run in Poland…SW Ohio offers little in scintillating running scenery…

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 20th, 2007 at 22:06)

    Let us know about good bicycle touring destinations in Poland. What would be enjoyable to someone who enjoys riding in Amish country?

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 21st, 2007 at 01:06)

    Michelle, could definitely use some of that heat! I wonder what part you live in-I’m guessing southern? I really like Missouri–an interesting state–part southern, part Midwestern. I lived in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston one summer, and near Camdenton (Lake of the Ozarks) during another. Muggy like NC.

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 21st, 2007 at 01:13)

    Kevin SW Ohio seems pretty flat and not too exciting…SE Ohio is another story…my area in Poland-Krakow and vicinity- is pretty hilly and beautiful. A couple years ago I spent a day in an Old German Baptist settlement-I believe it was not too far from Dayton- which I think you may have written about if I’m not mistaken.

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    Matthew
    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 21st, 2007 at 05:41)

    Speaking of Southeast Ohio, have you visited the Amish community of Calais in Monroe County? If so, what do you know about them? Not far away there is also the larger community of Quaker City.

    The area down there is most beautiful. Especially when it is snowing :-).

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    Comment on Wilder places to visit in the Polish countryside (October 21st, 2007 at 01:19)

    Wilder places to visit in the Polish countryside

    John I would definitely stick to the southern part of Poland–Malopolska which is the district I live in ranges from low hills to Alpine-level peaks in the very very south. Most of Poland is flat except along the southern border. Also nice is the southeast part of the country, considered to be the most ‘wild’ and undeveloped–the Bieszczady mountain area. These are a bit lower mountains than the Tatras. There are a lot of very small-scale farmers in Poland, fairly primitive operations. You will occasionally see horse-drawn vehicles in some areas (though nothing like what I saw in NE Romania). Also interesting are the gorale people in the very south of Malopolska, they are a somewhat separate group with their own customs, traditional dress, and dialect. There are sheep’s cheese makers throughout gorale country that have little wooden booths set up by the side of the road, not unlike what you’d see in Amishland. Though a lot of the gorale lifestyle has been commercialized as this is a fairly tourist region. Nice to visit anyway though. So maybe a trip to Poland?

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 21st, 2007 at 09:51)

    I would like to go bicycling in Russia, but that may never come about. What you describe of Poland sounds good, too, but I know a tiny bit of Russian and no Polish, so that’s a factor. (Though I once saw a bit of Polish in a movie with subtitles, and it seemed there were a few words that were vaguely similar.) I like to ride in agricultural regions; I’m going to go online to see what I can learn about the places you mentioned. Thanks for taking the time to tell me about them.

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 21st, 2007 at 09:53)

    I would like to go bicycling in Russia, but that may never come about. What you describe of Poland sounds good, too, but I know a tiny bit of Russian and no Polish, so that’s a factor. (Though I once saw a bit of Polish in a movie with subtitles, and it seemed there were a few words that were vaguely similar.) I like to ride in agricultural regions; I’m going to go online to see what I can learn about the places you mentioned. Thanks for taking the time to tell me about them.

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    Comment on Credit cards, nuclear power, and funny cigars (October 21st, 2007 at 13:54)

    John you’ll generally be safer in Poland :)

    I can usually comprehend about 15-20% of the Russian I hear. They are fairly similar but still from two different branches of the Slavic language group, the West and East branches.

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    Comment on Amish in Monroe County, Ohio (October 21st, 2007 at 13:52)

    Amish in Monroe County, Ohio

    Hey Matthew, I have not been to either of them, and off the top of my head do not know too much either. Ohio has a ton of smaller settlements just scattered across the state and I don’t know if those are ones that have popped up fairly recently. The ’07 Calender lists 4 church districts for Monroe county including Quaker City but does not give any details on when they were started…another book I have which is not completely up to date has a church district at Lewisville, founded 1987, but that’s all it lists for Monroe County.

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