|I am a creature of habits, some bad. Tom T. Hall wrote that there were only three things in life worth a solitary dime-old dogs, children and watermelon wine. I like old dogs and children, but have never tasted watermelon wine.|
My particular poisons are Russian Standard vodka, Jack Daniels sour mash and, on the lighter side, Coca Cola and Borjomi water. I make a particular concoction of Borjomi with fresh lemon, sugar and crushed ice that is being touted by Borjomi in Ukraine.
I like movies, though it might say something about my mindset-firmly anchored in an earlier century-that my two all-time favorites are Captain Blood (1935) and Casablanca (1942), both directed by the same person, Michael Cortiz.
I live in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine on Sofiaskiy Street, right in the shadow of the famous church and square St. Sophia with its golden cupolas. It is a five minute walk downhill to the main street, Kreshatic. .
I live with my wife Olga and her/my daughter Vala, age 7. In all, counting Vala, I have five children, ranging in age from Vala up to Kelly, 35-plus-ish, who lives and teaches in Charlotte, N.C. In between, there is Mia, 9, Masha, 17, and Rob, 35. I have four grandchildren.
I also have two former wives, or, as Willie Nelson and we serial marriage-ers say, additional wives. The first, Becky, lives in Orlando, Florida. She is a saint. The second, Tanya, lives in Kyiv.
My favorite getaway is to our home in Side, Turkey, about a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean. Olga and I bought it in March 2007, and visit there every chance we have to get away for a couple of days.