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Thu Nov 24, 2022, 08:50 AM Nov 2022

My nephew is back in DC for a short visit from Kyiv [View all]

I talked briefly with my brother in northen Virginia yesterday. His son is back for a few days to visit with his parents. He wants to sell his car and his apartment in Washington, because he has been told that his Ukraine station will not be a short-term thing. Just the place for a bright guy barely thirty, looks like a full-blooded Japanese (my brother's wife is), and learned to speak and write Arabic in college and grad school. Don't ask what he is doing in Kyiv. He not is allowed to say, so we don't ask. The only thing he was allowed to tell us is that the building he is living in has (so far) adequate heating--no longer a given in that city.

This is the guy who, as an 18 year old intern for Matt Angle's Lone Star Project (Texas Democrats)--he looked 12 at the time--got the scoop about Obama picking Joe Biden for his VP at 6:30 AM on the morning of the day Obama was to make the announcement at 4PM. He was at an indoor swiming pool in Virginia, near DC, very early in the morning. Only 2 other people were there: two women who worked at Joe Biden's Senate office. They only "saw" a quiet, obvioulsy Asian "kid" who didn't appear to understand any English, so they jabbered away in their excitement about their boss about to be nominated for Vice-President. My nephew didn't say a word, essentially fulfilling their expectations about what they thought he should be. An hour later, he was on the phone to me telling me the news. I wasn't allowed (back then) to say from where I got my information, but I did break the news to DU that morning. I got thoroughly trashed (angry "LINK????" demands) for saying I knew, but couldn't say how, so I must be full of shit, there were a dozen better and more likely choices, blah, blah, etc. etc. etc. Exactly ONE DU member came back on to apologize that afternoon. Civility during primary season, even at the end of it, was never DU's strong suit.

But anyway, the long and short of it is that he took 13 hours (!!!) to make it "by land" to the Polish border, almost another day to get to Kraków, from where he could get a plane to Frankfurt, and then on to Washington. He'll be there another week, maybe. He is hoping to make it here to Düsseldorf for a brief pre-Christmas visit, and maybe then he'll be able to let me know a thing or two that I'll be allowed to pass on. Let's hope that the heating in his building is still working. For that matter, let's hope that the building is still there.

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I'm curious about the cost of a trip to Ukraine and the way to go. panader0 Nov 2022 #1
Assuming you can get documents and a visa (hell, I don't even know if they ask for one these days) DFW Nov 2022 #3
:) That last is how a Czech neighbor used to be. Very "irreverent" Hortensis Nov 2022 #13
He has been sent to "iffy" places before DFW Nov 2022 #28
Amazing person. No place for lightweights at all. Hortensis Nov 2022 #49
Thanks for that! DFW Nov 2022 #50
Maybe good at setting it aside? People whose work Hortensis Nov 2022 #51
I read somewhere that to join the international brigade you grantcart Nov 2022 #17
They are being understandably cautious. DFW Nov 2022 #46
A friend came back from Liev two weeks ago womanofthehills Nov 2022 #26
For some reason Krakow seems to be a pivotal point DFW Nov 2022 #30
Godspeed and protect him! Kid Berwyn Nov 2022 #2
I wish I HAD an inside story for you. DFW Nov 2022 #4
"Ask him anything, and you won't even realize he told you nothing" KS Toronado Nov 2022 #16
A politician is something he will NEVER be DFW Nov 2022 #18
Sounds like a remarkable young man KS Toronado Nov 2022 #27
My impression that his main skill was: DFW Nov 2022 #29
Being able to chat at length without giving anything personal or important away can be a highplainsdem Nov 2022 #22
How exciting and terrifying to be in the middle of all that. I wish him the best. Srkdqltr Nov 2022 #5
Thanks! We think he can take care of himself, and that his organization will, too. DFW Nov 2022 #6
It's cool and sunny here today. mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2022 #7
Code, again. jaxexpat Nov 2022 #10
The tall man has a red moustache. NT mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2022 #11
And my personal favorite..... jaxexpat Nov 2022 #12
That was obvious DFW Nov 2022 #19
The long sobbing of the violins of autumn . . . hatrack Nov 2022 #42
Very thought provoking post... Thanks!!! Karadeniz Nov 2022 #8
Under normal circumstances it's an absolutely phenomenal city. Tommy Carcetti Nov 2022 #9
I have heard that from many sources. DFW Nov 2022 #47
I use a treadmill daily and Prairie_Seagull Nov 2022 #14
He's a born intel operator.... paleotn Nov 2022 #15
It's an art DFW Nov 2022 #23
He sounds like an extraordinary young man. Boomerproud Nov 2022 #20
Those are our sentiments exactly! n/t DFW Nov 2022 #25
I'm glad he could make it home safely to be with his family. Kudos to him for the work he's highplainsdem Nov 2022 #21
We think his people will look out for him DFW Nov 2022 #24
You are never full of *it, and your links are always good. May he & all your multilingual, far-flung Hekate Nov 2022 #31
Mahalo! DFW Nov 2022 #37
Blessings Upon Him Deep State Witch Nov 2022 #32
Amen to THAT!!!!!!!!! n/t DFW Nov 2022 #36
Great full post, again. And we apologize for sometimes being chumps and not owning up to our mistake erronis Nov 2022 #33
You are generous with your comments DFW Nov 2022 #34
I found Time Cellar on Amazon, but didn't know about any others Hekate Nov 2022 #38
I am star struck! I absolutely loved Time Cellar! Casandia Nov 2022 #40
Uh oh, I have been outed! And you are very flattering. DFW Nov 2022 #44
Thank you for both stories. Also, what erronis said. ancianita Nov 2022 #35
Civility during primary season, even at the end of it, was never DU's strong suit, elleng Nov 2022 #39
... krkaufman Nov 2022 #41
I'm glad you're here RussBLib Nov 2022 #43
I know a couple of people who are originally from Minnesota. DFW Nov 2022 #45
P.S. by the way DFW Nov 2022 #48
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