Internet information advertizes a lot of things, and my thinking was to avoid announcing a trip out of town, at the risk of what happened. I passed on costs to you, knowingly, and I am sorry about doing that, with a need to avoid such things in the future.
An e-mail note may not be any less of a risky announcement of absence from home, but my guess is that another power is at work here whereby there really isn't much I can do to avoid that which will happen.
When my Russian friend did not reply I began imagining things too. That turned out to be my neglect too.
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