Friday, September 7, 2007

Here Comes the Sun!

Quite unexpectedly, we had a nice, cool, sunny, and dry day. The weather report predicted rain every day until next Wednesday. But, we have found that online Ukrainian weather sources predict the weather about as well as American groundhogs foretell the end of winter. (Before our Pittsburgh-area comrades defend Punxsutawney Phil's abilities, we are obligated to note that there are disputes about Phil's accuracy. The US government's National Climatic Data Center indicates that it finds "no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis," a publication in a mathematics journal indicates 70% accuracy, and a fansite claims 100% accuracy!)

Setting aside the issue of groundhog meteorologists, it was a lovely day.
Lea and Carter had a wonderful time visiting Thomas and Jani at their apartment. The boys played music (Carter was especially fond of Thomas' xylophone), pushed trains along their tracks, and visited a park to feed ducks and enjoy the outdoors.

Erik met with a faculty member from the journalism school at IFNU. She works with a graduate of the REES MA program and studies election communication (i.e., campaign advertising) among other things. They had a nice, long discussion about the positives and negatives of working abroad, university politics, and the upcoming elections.

We ended the day with a walk down the street for ice cream.

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