So I’m in my favorite cafe, going over my homework for vocabulary class tomorrow (the professor for which apparently is not going to acknowledge in any way that he skipped his own class last week, and we all showed up to an empty room).

Next to me is a group of three kids, probably about 12-13 years old, playing Jenga and stuffing down more coffee and cookies than their parents would (or should) approve of. I knew the stakes were rising when one of them exclaimed, лэтс гэт стартед, бичес! (You know the drill–click the link, then click the loudspeaker icon in the left-hand box to hear. Or get your Cyrillic game on.)