Rigans Just Want To Have Fun

August 20, 2011

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During my spring trip to The Baltics, we stopped in Riga, the “Paris of the East.” The city lived up to my expectations. The old city was beautiful. The cafes were alive. The food was outragiously delicious.

Oldtown Riga

Oldtown Riga cafe scene

In a part of the world known for political drama, oppression and economic distress, what I found most profound, was the humor and joy with which the people go about life. Certainly, Latvians have had much to be happy about. Since the demise of the former Soviet Union, Latvia has experienced remarkable economic growth and political freedom. Still, when the United States suffers a cold, the world catches the flu. That was true in Latvia as well, where huge numbers of people lost there jobs in the last few years. Nevertheless, in Riga, people were out in the streets having fun, funny fun, downright silly fun.
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When Pests Are Not Pests

August 16, 2011

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This past spring I was in Estonia when I joined my wife’s business trip to the University of Tartu for a scientific convention. We traveled from Riga, Latvia to Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia and then to Helsinki, Finland.

It was wonderful to see how The Baltic Republics have gone through a revival since the demise of the Soviet Union. Three typical housing styles were evident everywhere. There was the old and elegant housing for the wealthy prior to the Soviet era. There was the bland, stark grey and unadorned housing of the Soviet era (which I didn’t bother photographing). Lastly, there was the new modern housing and where we were staying, some beautiful renovations of downtown commercial nightlife and cafe shops.
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Hearts Pest Management Produces The Bells and Whistles

August 11, 2011

Hearts Consulting Group and Anastasia Ad Design have rolled out the latest version of the Hearts Pest Management website, incorporating many of the social media features that you can expect from state-of-the-art pest control websites – including gallery, video, blog and forum sections as well as social feedback capability to create a social community around the enterprise.
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