Monday, March 13, 2017

From Yakutsk to Khabarovsk: Moving ahead

Lyosha receives an unsettling text. “Call urgently, need to talk about Vlad.”
Tatiana: His landlord is selling the apartment so he has to move.
Lyosha: It seems a door closes. But he was thinking of looking for a job out of Yakutsk anyway. I heard he got a couple of interviews. This is a good push for him.
Don't wear spectacles outdoors!
Tatiana: Maybe. He did say he got offered another job.
Lyosha: So a window opened. This is good news, isn’t it?
Tatiana: But the city is Khabarovsk.
Lyosha: Well Khabarovsk is warmer than Yakutsk. A little. And there are more jobs.


Aren’t urgent messages unsettling? “Call now! We have to talk about Vladimir.” No subject to help prepare. The challenge for the receiver is to frame the news positively. Vladimir being told to move melts his inertia of staying put. Average low in Yakutsk is -40 degrees C in January, in Khabarovsk in January is only -20 degrees C. There’s good news in this. When a door closes, a window opens.

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