I’m your host, Alex Balashov. I’m a resident of Atlanta since 2006, and have been in the Voice over IP (VoIP) industry for about as long. I am founder of Evariste Systems, and you can also find me via my LinkedIn profile.

4 Comments on “Author”

  1. Hi Alex,
    Your article was spot on with my own feelings about Armenia.
    I love it for it’s beauty and its spirit, but find it hard to accept some of the values Armenians hold on to so firmly.
    It was a fun read because you write so well! The breakdown, and your analysis was almost cathartic for me to read. And you savor the power of words, and I like that a lot. Looking forward to reading more entries on this blog.


  2. Ara Balian says:

    Hi Alex,

    Congratulations for a well-written, informative and funny blog.
    I must agree with you on a number of issues, especially those pertaining to people getting involved in other people’s business without being asked. Let’s not even touch the LGBT issue otherwise the Lord would be punishing us collectively for many centuries to come…
    However despite all the challenges the country is facing, Armenia remains the only place on earth where one can really feel Armenian and safe. The events in the Middle-East are a testimony for the fate Armenians there would be facing if they don’t make just-in-time decisions to move out before it’s too late.
    I am looking forward to reading your future posts.


  3. Amanda says:

    I loved your article about the suburbs. Great analysis! I feel the same way you do living in the suburbs but have struggled with defining exactly what makes me uneasy about them. One specific thing I can name is the dreariness of driving along roads flanked by endless perimeter walls of gated communities.


  4. Anna Danielian says:

    Definitely a well thought-through piece on Armenia. I really appreciate your straightforwardness and telling-like-it-is style of approach. I think many shy away from straight-up criticism because they feel that it would be viewed as hastiness to condemn something without fully understanding the culture. In my opinion, your observations were spot-on (I was born and raised in Armenia but have lived in the US for a couple of decades already).


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