So, I said hello to them in Russian--according to the Google Translate, which I double-checked. You know, translating it back to English to make sure I wasn't saying something like
Привет , у меня есть чума , и это заразно через Интернет
Privet , u menya yest' chuma , i eto zarazno cherez Internet
(Hello, I have the plague and it's contagious over the Internet.)
|Plague riot in Moscow, c. 1771|
Or a typical Russian insult, like Вы урод , и это не представляется возможным смотреть на вас без слез .
(Sorry, lawyer readers. It's just a classic Russian insult.)
No, all I said was, "Hello, Russia. It's amazing that this goes straight to you."
I wonder what toes I stepped on, or if it triggered some alarm that the authorities would be checking on them? (or on you--if you are the Russian readers.)
If so, my most humble apologies. I would not wish that danger on anyone.