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Old 05-09-2016   #1
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Some news about Okvintagecamera.com

Hi guys,
sometimes **** happens...
Looks like I'll stop working for 3-4 months.
It was a fire. Big fire.
It came from neighboring land lot.
My carport completely was in fire, and house partially damaged too.
I lost many tools and spare wheels for cars in workroom at carport,
completely needs reconstruction of roof of house (and top floor too).
My camera workroom (and almost all in house) was in safety, but got some problem from water.
All cameras sent to me are in safety.
All my tools and cameras for sale are in safety too.
But all furniture and thing moved to guest house and now in different boxes. I'll try to do temporary workplace for repairing cameras sent to me, but it takes one month or more.
We are living in small apartment now, I'll going to bank for loan money and next months I'll spend for restoring my house.
Sorry guys....
Please, if someone visits other camera forums explain to other not send cameras to me for some time.
Also I'll start selling my collection of FSU cameras after restoration my house (yes, bank want to get their money back with interest)
I am very disappointed by this great problem, but it's a good chance to change our life, maybe...



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Old 05-09-2016   #2
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Hi Oleg, so sorry to hear of your plight. This must be hard on you and your family, but as you sound like a positive kind of guy, I am sure that you will overcome and rise like the mythical Phoenix reborn from the flames. I wish you well at this difficult time.
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Oh, man, Oleg, I'm so sorry to hear this. Good luck with the rebuilding.
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Old 05-10-2016   #4
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Hi,

I was very sad to learn about this. We are all wishing you luck with the bank and the house. I'm glad no one was hurt.

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Old 05-10-2016   #5
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So sorry to hear this.

Bought items from you a few years back and was always happy. Best of luck with the house repairs, and if there are any Kneb items up for sale, please let us on this board know.
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Old 05-10-2016   #6
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I know you'll recover. Best of luck and my thoughts are with you.
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I'm sending my best wishes to you and your family, and I hope that things work out as smoothly as they possibly can, under the circumstances.
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Old 05-10-2016   #8
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Wish Oleg the best. He seems like a decent guy. Glad no one was hurt but what a frustrating hassle.

Reminiscent of Essex. I've always thought that what will really dent film use isn't the availability of film, but the availability of repair. Hope Oleg gets back to doing what he is so good at.
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Old 05-10-2016   #9
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Wishing you the best in your recovery, Oleg. I know what you're going through, as family and friends have had house fires, and it took a lot of work to get them back in shape. If not for a fire wall, I could have been burned out of one of my former apartments. The smoke damage was bad enough.

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My dear Oleg,
I am so sorry to read about your loss.
Thankfully you and your family are OK.
Best wishes on restoring all back to order.
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Hi Oleg,
Sorry to read about the fire at your house; glad that no one was injured. I wish you good success in getting "up and running" again.
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Old 05-12-2016   #12
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Hi all,
thank you for your good wishs
We are started working already.
Destroyed carport removed,
Dismounting of roof started also.
The bad thing is house in not insured - it's a common for Russia due to problem insurance system in Russia.
So, temps of recovery determines by my financial possibility...
Yes, my local friends helped me already with moving all things from house, hope they helps me with some friendly money loan (bank want extremely high interest 20-23% - it's a common for Russia too...)
No time to sorrow, I should work, I'll restore my house...
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Hi Oleg,

Have you thought about a peer-to-peer loan? You have a number of supporters here who know what you do, and you can probably secure a much lower interest rate that way. No pressure, just a question.

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Hmmm, if we are thinking of getting Oleg to repair a camera, then why not send him (say) US$75 now 'on account' an then when everything is normal send the camera and he repairs it and, perhaps, we have some money left on the account for the next one...

Just a thought.

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Old 05-16-2016   #15
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How to fix broken camera?
You need just take it apart and reassemble properly using good parts...
How to fix house, damaged by fire?
Same way...
Disassembling started.
Roof needs completely rebuilding.
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Old 05-16-2016   #16
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Friends, thank you very much for offering me some money as a prepayment for future work...
But I want to say Russian proverb
Loan is not good:
you take other people's money for a some time
but give back own money forever.

But I am very grateful to you, my friends,
And I ask you, if I do not find other ways to get the money ...
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We'll be ready if you do, Oleg.

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Old 05-17-2016   #18
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Special thanks to Milo Shekkerman for his donation.
Milo, I am very appreciate your help!
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Old 05-18-2016   #19
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Best wishes for a quick and uncomplicated recovery, Oleg.

Glad to hear that noone was injured, though.

Fire damage, or smoke, is my major fear since I have to store several Lithium-Polymer batteries at my home...
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Old 05-26-2016   #20
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Oleg-I still have the Kiev cameras bought from you which started the Kiev Craze .
good luck with the rebuilding .
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Old 06-13-2016   #21
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Mounting of new roof is in progress,
and my family going to Greece for the rest.
Travel was prepayed before, and no reason to refuse rest on seaside.
Rest is very needed for us now.
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Old 06-14-2016   #22
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That is good news.

Enjoy your holiday, you have earned it.

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Old 06-14-2016   #23
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Wow! I haven't been in this sub-forum for a while. So, So sorry. I have an idea how you felt and feel. I went through a house fire some 25 years ago. It can really be a bummer. We lost a lot of family treasures. About 8000 to 10000 slides were damaged beyond real use. Many color and b/w negatives as well. I also lost some camera equipment. Furniture, damage to the house, clothes, books, electrical equipment as it get covered with acidic water.

But one must move on. We had a really good insurance agent who agreed they would pay for a complete rebuild rather than the repairs they first authorized; and it actually saved them money even though we got some upgrades.

But none of that was easy to get through, so as I said, I can feel your pain.

Hope all is going well with you. I will just add what others have said. If money does become a crunch factor, many of us here would be happy to send you some help, big or small, as we are able. I know you won't ask if you don't need it, as I have heard many times of your integrity. But it will be there if needed.

I hope all is going well with the rebuild and life adjustment.
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very sorry to hear about this.... I hope you re-build quickly and with success! It would be a shame to loose a man like you in the business! All the best!!
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Old 07-01-2016   #25
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Hi all, I am return from Greece...
It was a nice rest, sea and sun, tasty Greece cuisine, and Greece wine.
Looks like it's a good time to change life...
In 90'th I was a C programmer, so I still got contacts in local programming industry.
Now programmers have a high salary, and this job is really international...
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Wish you the best in your new endeavors, Oleg.

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Old 08-31-2016   #27
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Hi all!
It's me again.
Working is in progress,
now you can see new exterior of my house.
Roof is replaced, new wall covering, new electrical wires...
Now house need finishing inside...
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Looks beautiful!

Glad to hear you're "getting back in the saddle"
as we Atlantic Coast 'cowboys' are apt to say.

Cheers,

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Old 09-01-2016   #29
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Dear Oleg,

Congratulations and GOOD LUCK!

And thanks for keeping us updated.

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Looks good!
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Looks good!

I see it looks like your carport has been cleared away also. Things seems to be coming together nicely. By the way I really like those metal shingles, I would put those on my house if they were sold in the US.
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Old 10-24-2016   #31
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Some final pictures of house.
No carport with overhead gate now, but sliding gate mounted to concret base of carport.
Exerior works completed, internal works are close to finish.
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Hi Oleg,
I am glad to see the Progress!
Best wishes from Vienna!
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Old 10-24-2016   #33
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This is the sort of news that is so good to read. It must be a huge relief for you and your family. I'm delighted to hear that you are nearly done—congratulations, Oleg.
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Excellent news Oleg.

It appears that the house will soon be back in order. Unfortunately it sometimes takes longer for peace of mind to return.

I wish you and your entire family good fortune and good health.
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Old 10-24-2016   #35
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I am happy about the end of your problems Mr. Khalyavin. I sent you three e mail about wrong spares (take up spools) for Zorki4k you sent to me, but I have no answer from you. Maybe you changed your e mail?
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Hi all! Thank you for good wishes to me and my family.
Enrico, I changed my old address, okhalyavin(at)i-ola.ru is not valid, new address is khalyavin at the same server. I've just sent email to your address.
My other addresses on okvintagecamera.com is valid.
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Oleg, you have a great tough attitude about this. You have my admiration for that.
I am so glad you are getting things back in shape.
Hang in there !!
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I missed this. Sad to see but so glad of your progress. Your restored house looks wonderful.
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Old 10-26-2016   #39
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Sun and frost. Hoar on grass.
Another news - I am retired from municipality and start working in IT industry. I got a good offer from local IT company...
But I still have an idea to start own IT business...
Hey, if somebody need partners for outsource software development, or for software localization or for representing in Russia - I can help you! I'll be accurate and honest partner!
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Last update: I definitely restart my repair service at Jan 2017.
Internal works in house are close to finish...
Hope two weeks will be enouth for completing of all needed works.
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