A decent Saturday afternoon. Four-and-a-half acres of wooded, private property. Decent beer. Hot dogs cooked over a five-foot fire pit. We taught a group of kids how to display and fold a flag correctly; Царевич and his buddy did the best—nice and tight triangles; he also helped start the fire, and we took advantage of it to teach the kids how to retire an old flag respectfully. The Czar so happened to have one handy they could fold and retire.
The Czar had a conversation with his neighbor that consisted of the following topics:
- Why axes and mauls are better than chainsaws and log splitters
- Proper fire-building techniques
- Cooking over fires
The kids amused themselves on a trampoline and a tent (which they learned how to put together).
All in all, a remarkably nice day. And now off to the Mandarin’s private estate where we celebrate his boy’s amazing 11th birthday. Dare the Czar suggest we are in a most excellent mood today?