The museums are against me!

OK, OK, OK. Since this is Russia, I guess I’m supposed to say that they are all working against me, right? No. But, nevertheless, this is frustrating.

A few days ago, I wrote about my attempts to see the Moscow House of Photography. No dice. So, the next day, I was determined to go somewhere else. I looked online and in our Lonely Planet Moscow guide and decided on the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, “which provides a pretty honest account of Soviet history from the 1905 and 1917 revolutions up to the 1980s.” Add in that it’s right around the corner, and we have a winner!

I first went to Luzhniki Sport Complex to buy tickets to this weekend’s The Rasmus concert. But, when I got there, I found out that all the good tickets are available online at resellers. Bastards! I hate Ticketmaster, but at least you can buy any available ticket at any location. Here, you have to physically walk to different kiosks, ask what they have and for what price. If you don’t like their selection, find another kiosk. Talk about a system ripe for improvement!

I found a kiosk between the metro station (Sportivnaya) and Luzhniki and bought the tickets. Decent price, ok seats, let’s hope the music is good. Now, off to the museum!

I went to Metro Tverskaya, got out and got my bearings by getting some cream of brocoli soup at Pyramida restaurant. (Very yummy!) I asked the waiter, he pointed me in the right direction, and off I marched. Didn’t take me long, I was basically next door. The gate was open (good sign!) and I saw people exiting (better sign!). I reached for the door and saw “Санитарный День” (cleaning day). Bad sign. The guard inside said that the last Friday of the month is closed for cleaning. They would be open on the weekend, but Monday’s are also closed. So, I resolved to return on Tuesday.

That’s today. Wish me luck!

In other news, I went to Metelitsa Casino / Sportland on Saturday. I went to see the first two rounds of the NFL playoffs (Go Pats! Go ‘Skins! Awww, rats.) and each time I got a lottery ticket for the “Go to Berlin” sweepstakes for the World Cup in June. I had two tickets. Others had twenty or more. Needless to say, I didn’t win.

A good friend of mine from my teaching days has started her own blog. Drop by and check it out, leave a comment, congratulate her on her recent nuptials, whatever.

Terrible Website of the Day award: Peter Justesen. This company is used by diplomats the world over to buy products which are often difficult to find in foreign lands. We have been using it for several years in Ukraine and now Russia. Last night, we tried to view their products to make selections. I tried Safari, Firefox, Opera and OmniWeb. None of them worked. This site was made before Web Standards became a reality and it hasn’t been touched since. Too much reliance on JavaScript. It breaks in major browsers. And, as I recall, once you do get in, adding something to your cart is horrendous. The “add to my shopping cart” button is so small they had to put a big arrow pointing to it, but there is no text, so that you first wonder what the arrow is for. Finally, after clicking aimlessly about the page trying to find how to add items, you accidentally hit the little square and your product is added…. to a little tiny window which can only display 3.5 items. Argh. So poorly done. So unneccessary. I can do better. Much better. I’ll have to contact them.

I’m starting a Mac Users Group. I have posted a message on the www.expat.ru forum and have received about 10 responses! Wow! I never would have thought there were so many people! I’ll pick a time/place for next week and then we’ll see how it goes.

We got a new sled for my son this weekend. Pretty cool, actually. We went to the park near our house and found lots of children on their little slivers of plastic. Nikita got in his new whiz-bang sled, found a great slope and FLEW down. Over and over and over again. Whee!!! See?

Nikita Riding New Sled

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One Comment on “The museums are against me!”

  1. narya Says:

    Ha! Don’t get me started on PJ – I had to use my old Windows box to get anything ordered from them …


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