Saturday, September 12, 2009

Paying tribute?

First something that just makes me laugh:

The bills here are all printed on tiny little strips of paper and delivered as little rolls in our mailbox holes or even the keyholes on our doors.  Every time I see it, I laugh.  Last time I happened to have our camera along just after they were delivered.  This is typical of the Russian art of frugalness: they must get at least 10-20 bills out of every regular sized sheet of paper.  At least!

And then something else that made me laugh:
Yesterday Jaan and I started reading Russian history.  (Don't worry, we do American history, too.)  The introductory section was about what Russia was like way back when it was a bunch of separate tribes.  Other tribes or people groups came in from outside and "collected tribute" from the Slavic tribes.  That was a new concept for Jaan, so I explained it.  His comment: "That's just like now."  Huh?  "In those days they said 'Pay us, or we'll kill you and burn your villages.'  Now they just say 'Pay us, or we'll turn off your electricity.'"

8 comments:

Anna said...

Yeah, I'm kind of wondering about this whole bill paying thing. I've received one bill, for the domaphone. But, I've been in the flat since the 21st of Aug. Shouldn't I be getting other bills? How does this all work?? By the way, that Jaan is very astute for a 6 yr. old. =-D

Phyllis said...

Often you have to figure out the bills on your own. Like electric, you're supposed to read your meter, do the math by a certain formula and then go pay it. If you have a water meter, it's the same thing. Phone and some others could be a set rate. Your landlord didn't leave you any instructions?

Misty said...

Phyllis, you have made me thankful for receiving my bills in the mail. lol...i didn't think that was possible.

Baba Julie said...

That's one smart boy! Love, Baba Julie

Julie said...

Love it! Thanks for the laugh.

Martha A. said...

Very green, I guess...at least you do not have stacks and stacks of paper around.

Anonymous said...

would save alot of trees if all bills were done that way and smart kid :)

Purplebears said...

How funny! I love your son's comments. Part of the joy of homeschooling is hearing such insightful and/or innocent remarks.

Love the glimpse of life on another part of our planet. Thanks for sharing! BTW, I followed the link under your name from a CM yahoo group post.

BTW, I'm humbled we have it so easy when it comes to paying the water and electric bill.