Square One?

Twenty-two years ago today an SAS flight from Copenhagen landed in SEA-TAC airport, and I stepped into the land of Marlboro and blue jeans. I was a guest of the Port of Seattle who invited me for a month and a half to visit the Goodwill Games and who paid all the expenses. Which was good because I spent nearly all the money I had in my pocket when I left USSR ($314.00) on broads in Tivoli night clubs during an overnight stopover.

When I decided to overstay my welcome in the land of opportunity, I put an ad in the local newspaper. It was bold, naive and honest.


The response was overwhelming, more than 50 ladies responded, but on closer look it seemed that Americans didn’t know how to read. Half of the ‘girls’ who contacted me were older than myself. I started meeting and interviewing the other half and ‘stumbled’ on #13 – a cute blonde professor of chemistry from UW. After meeting her, I dumped the remaining candidates without even checking them out. Which, when I look back, was silly but that’s the way I am… In any case, today I might as well put the same ad in Florida newspapers – with very few but IMPORTANT modifications.

I no longer drink or smoke, I am NOT interested in marriage and the last time I weighed 140″ was after radiation treatment for my tonsil cancer. More than anything, I now LOVE my privacy. In addition to British rock, I spend a lot of time listening to an American band: Dream Theater. It feeds my passion for daydreaming and alleviates my guilt of not going to theaters. Seriously, I am nearly as obsessed with DT as my daughter with Arctic Monkeys or poodles. If you plan on being my friend or guest you better like them (and that kind of music in general).

P.S. Don’t believe Paula Abdul with her “Opposites attract”, it is BS. I made this conclusion after nearly twenty years of marriage to a nice American woman.


3 thoughts on “Square One?”

  1. Поздравления с годовщиной! А “attracts” не “opposites”, а “complementary”, которые часто путают.

    1. Спасибо, Эльдар! Согласен с “комплиментарными” качествами в партнере. Это вообще идеальная ситуация, когда я, скажем, “лирик”, а она – махровый “физик”, НО любим друг-друга. Еще один элемент, САМЫЙ важный, как выяснилось – это способность не просто слышать, но СЛУШАТЬ другого. Об этом-то я и писал в своем объявлении 22 года назад…

  2. There is some truth in that saying. Opposites do initially attract. When you meet someone who is not like you, you may be intrigued by these differences. It’s something novel, you haven’t seen it before, so you’d like to explore more. But, eventually, those differences are going to hurt your relationship. When you are faced with a fight or a significantly stressful event, you may not fully understand why your partner is reacting a certain way or know the best way to help your partner. Eventually, these differences could end up being too much, and the relationship may end.
    So another saying is “Opposites attract, but then they attack.”

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