after i returned to America, i wrote a story about elsa mikkonen for an academic journal in Finland. i sent her the clipping. a few months later, one of the Russians came to Minnesota. she had a gift for me.
it was a little ceramic statue of the main character from the Russian novel, "And Quiet Flows the Don."
it was from Elsa.
when i found out what it did, i realized it is most definitely the coolest thing i own. take a look at this video:
isn't that great? the smoke rings? i hardly ever use it because he only has a finite number of those little burnable white sticks and once i run out, he'll never smoke again. but i figured it was worth it for the video.
tomorrow i'll tell you the story of how i got back out of the soviet union. it's almost as good as how i got in--maybe better.
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