Introductory e-mail from Irina, a 65 year old woman in St. Petersburg. She is teaching herself English by writing letters in Russian and running them through a translator on line and then correcting as much of the translation as she can, but you sometimes can't figure out what she's saying, like today's "The beaches are clean. But you can submit a tsunami. If plaque is a wave, will not find nothing." I try not to respond to her letters immediately because I'm sure it's work for her to have to write, so I write to her the day after she writes.