I'm doing my homework
By Paul Bannon
This is a short tale of my continuing journey to find the lady of my dreams,
a Russian lady. I should let you know before hand that I am a little anally
retentive about studying topics. I am obsessed about knowing something
before I jump into it. There is something appealing and very romantic
about finding a Russian lady. Once you experience the sound of her voice
and the touch of her hand you will be caught in the grip of love. Russian
ladies are sweet, intelligent, and beautiful women just waiting for a
western man to sweep her off her feet or should I say she will sweep you
off your feet. There are virtually millions of available ladies just
waiting to be rescued. If I could, I would send as many western men as possible to
Russia to experience firsthand one of the untold secrets about dating and
marriage. Please, remember; if you decide to pursue this extraordinary
journey, treat these women with respect, honor, and love. You have a
responsibility to the woman you may share your life with, and plucking her
from familiar surroundings and transporting her to the unfamiliar
ones, you cannot just abandon her on her own. You owe her much more than that,
and should cherish her in all her glory. That being said, I will leave it to
others to talk about Russian culture, alcohol, and the other social relations
between men and women.
It first began with the suggestion of my spiritual father, an Orthodox
Christian priest, who had on numerous occasions visited Russia and
continues to form ties with people from Russia. At first it was simply
curiosity, browsing through websites and looking at the gorgeous ladies,
who proliferate the Internet, and trying to figure out why so many very
intelligent and attractive ladies sought western men for husbands. Then it
led me to look within myself and actually prompted me to ask why in
particular was I interested in Russian ladies? I was repelled by the
western ladies modern attitudes of feminism and the ilk it spawned. I was
looking for a lady who believed and practiced traditional family values as
well as someone who was connected to the Orthodox Church. Romantically, I have always been interested in Russian
history and culture, and every time I met a Russian soon after I sought to visit this wonderful
country and its people. Plus, being interested in architectural ironwork,
being a part time blacksmith myself, I always wanted to study under the
master ironworkers of Russia who have a magnificent past in crafts and
workmanship. So now I have two reasons to visit Russia, to study
the culture, language, and arts of Russia as well as find my ladylove.
Now all geared up and motivated, I found myself excited and nervous
about my search. Would I find a lady interested in me? What should I
expect from her and the cultural ideas she would bring with her? Would
we be compatible as west meets east? All these thoughts plus many more
invaded my mind as I contemplated the realities I would face if this all
came about. Not least of which was the terrifying notion that the woman I
meet would turn out to be a "gold digger" or someone who simply wanted
to move from Russia and leave me at the first opportunity. After
all, how many stories have we heard that tell of such tales? But don't
despair; thanks to all the information I have this impression has been
dispelled. If you read on I will gladly site some literature and websites that
I find very informative.
My search first started with a general input on one of my favorite search engines,
google.com, and literally hundreds of websites popped up from the vast monster that we call the Internet.
Now I had the problem of narrowing down the search. After hundreds of hours of browsing
websites, reading articles, soft copying them to paper so I could take the
material home and read, and visiting chat rooms did I understand the
scope that lay before me. There is a lot of information, as well as
misinformation out there regarding Russian women. Most of the information I found on
the different websites support one another, but understanding that there are a lot of scammers
out there made me wonder how I should narrow it down and choose the information that would help
me best. I read everything I could get my hands on, buying books "White
Knight, Red Dove", by Thad Elliott, "Simply The Best", by Christopher
Berry-Dee and Tatiana Maksina, and the "Anti-Scam Guide", by Elena Petrova, to name a few. Elena's website and the sources she has to offer
are a good start, with reliable information that will take the sting out of a
painful injury if you decide to forego her advice and set out on your own
and not study how to go about finding a Russian wife. Take as much advice as
you can and use every resource available to you. Deciding which websites were beneficial and
which to avoid gets a little difficult. Again, Elena and a few others have gone to a lot of
trouble to benefit us and list a few of the multitudes that are out there.
After I decided to browse the different websites out there I decided to list
my name in a popular men's catalog from an American company that has
done business in the industry for a while. I was curious how the response
would turn out and was overwhelmed that I was receiving at least fifty or
more emails per week. Doctors, teachers, psychologists, lawyers, and
many other ladies responded, many with advanced degrees, all seeking a
western man to start corresponding with and looking for their soul mate. It
is was shame that I couldn't afford to answer every letter;-). With the
down turn of the economy I was forced to pull my listing, I do live in
California - Silicon Valley!!! I hope to be able to utilize Elena Petrova's
website to narrow a few more people down before I can manage a trip to
Saint Petersburg. You can find everything, from purchasing addresses,
phone numbers, videos, and catalogs of the ladies who are seeking
relationships with western men. I know I purchased a few videos and catalogs out
of pure curiosity. You can communicate through snail mail or email, the later is more convenient
but could become pricey if you do not narrow down your search quickly. With an average of fifty
or more emails a week costing roughly $8.00 per email, not including receiving an email,
you can imagine the price tag of answering all these in a couple of months. One thing I found out
in my listing was that the ladies did not look at my requirements that well. Everyone who could
answered did, which was not bad, but I ended up deleting 98% or more of the letters sent to
me. Be specific if you choose this route. I think I would make first contact the next
time around. In addition, the ladies who did respond were very forward
and blunt about their desires and needs for a companion. If you are shy
and reserved then Elena's men's catalog, sent throughout Russia, would
be the best bet. Take it from me. I only listed one biography on
another website and it was far more than I expected. I could only guess what kind
of response you would receive from that;-(). Well, maybe I will sign up
for Elena's catalog after all!!!
You could probably do as much as I, browsing the websites to look for a
lady, but take the advice given about letters, calls, and replies from the
ladies. I communicated for almost six months, every day, with one lady
before we decided we were not compatible with one another. We are still
friends and frequently write each other, but there is nothing romantic
between us. What I did not expect from our correspondence was the
intimacy, friendship, and care that would develop between us.
The search continues, but I suspect nothing will develop until I actually go over
there and see if I can enroll in a university while studying blacksmithing.
Nothing, including writing can take the place of seeing the person. Who
knows; one smile, a word, or gesture may ignite warm feelings and love
between two people, so go over there and partake of a trip that you
will never forget. I surely will one day. So far it has been great fun and very
rewarding, but I hope to be able to visit Saint Petersburg and study at the
university as well as meet my one and true love.
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