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Weird toilets and missing doorknobs: my love letter to Russia

Say you have a friend. You and this friend have known each other for a long time, and you know all of each other’s quirks and odd habits. And you know there’s a particular trait this friend of yours has that can be really, really annoying. Sometimes you complain about this annoying trait to others, but it’s not bad enough to be a dealbreaker when it comes to your friendship with this person; at the end of the day, all their positive qualities outweigh the annoying habit. And this is fine: you can complain from time to time, because you’re friends. But if anyone else ever mentions how annoying this friend of yours is, you get incredibly upset and go out of your way to defend their honour.

I don’t know how universal this experience is, but it seems that most people I asked have felt, at one point in time, like they alone had the right to diss something or someone, and got really offended if someone else did it in their presence.

This is the best way to describe my feelings about the trending topic of “Sochi problems.”

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