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My Galaxy A7 2017 phone doesn't cope with cold. Today it was -10C and I left the phone in the car but still it dropped the charge from 50% to 35% after three hours then quickly to 25% then automatically turned off. While at home it stays at 25% level for almost an hour so there must be some lack of synchronization between the actual battery state and its indicator.
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Yesterday I complained about a lack of snow. Today I was barely able to find a free parking lot next to my apartment block that hasn't been buried under a pile of snow yet. There is a snowstorm outside. I've spent the entire day at a ski resort where a couple of new pistes had recently been opened. It seems like I've finally managed to put an elastic knee brace correctly so there was no pain after three hours of non-stop skiing. Also I had a chat with a snowboarding instructor who critisised my technique as well as my snowboard though he gave me a lot of useful tips.The most important one is I don't regulate pressure on the snowboard by bending my knees so it drifts and slips from under y feet when I change trajectory or swap the active edge. There is a place for improvement then.
The highway was dengerous today and I saw two crashes on the way to the resort and back. Perhaps it was a good idea to slow down so I've safely got back.
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“Straight ahead you can't go very far.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.
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I've been skiing today for the first time in 2018. There is ice on the river indeed but due to raised water level it doesn't look reliable. There were a handful of fishermen seen but they prefered to stay close to the riverbank in places where ice is thick. Another problem was there is scarcely enough snow for skiing. On the island I still could see sand so I didn't dare to go over there. There was a couple of brave skiers riding across the bay but I decided not to join them for the wind was quite strong today. All in all it took just two and half hours against normal four or five. Also on the way up the hill that I descend every time to get to the river they started to build a huge cottage. The hill has become impassable in some places due to earthworks and there are newlybuilt wooden stairs installed for local people. I'm not sure if they are located over there just temporary.
The dogs at the local boat yard were as happy to see me as ever. One of them even followed me for a while barking fiercefuly to my back. I've got both ski poles broken now as they lost metal tips and could only be used to keep my balance but not pushing me forward.
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For a few days air temperature stayed below -10C and now I see the reports there is ice on the river. I'm even tempted to go skiing tomorrow instead of riding snowboard.
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The swimming in new glasses was better today though after spending more than two years in a closet they slightly deformed so I got one eye blind after covering a kilometre or so. Anyway there weren't that many people in the swimming pool except one slow moving hippo that created obstacles to everyone so the exercise passed almost smoothly. The coach is going on vacation to Barcelona next week so I'll be left on my own. In the meanwhile I'm drinking tea from a big mug and it's already one and half litres but I still feel thirsty. Am I getting sick again?
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On the high bank of the Oka river
Here is a view from the office where I had a job interview today. I arrived a bit earlier and walked around the university that I graduated located not far from that place. The university seems to be prosperous for there are a few new buildings added to the campus since my previous visit. Also I've noticed several foreign students that were rare during my time. The interview itself passed almost smoothly mostly due to friendly atmosphere and my initial statement that I do not pretend to be called a software designer. There were a couple of questions related to databases that I failed to answer but when the time came to switch to English I was at my best. It seems like now I have a plan B for my career.
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I've just finished watching In Bruges movie. How strange it is that I skipped that masterpiece for a decade. It seems to me every movie made in 2008 is an exceptional one.
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Just when I started to ponder on an idea to upgrade my rusty laptop to Win10 and even checked for HW compatibility its Vista update center woke up and installed around 25 fresh updates. Last year when I tried to do the same for a couple of times it rejected any attempts refering to the end of support for Vista. I feel a bit perplexed now.
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What used to be an island is now a peninsula

This is the place I mention quite often over here at winter. In 1977 it was still an island but soon it is to become connected with the right river bank. In the foreground one can see a few summer cabins for rowers and other sport people. It was moved here when a bridge started to be built a few miles upstream.
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