*** Friday, 24 Jan 2003 ***
Mark sent me an email that he had been unable to call me on my cell phone.
I sent him a corrected number but it still didn't work. He called the
operator and she said that the cell phone system refuses to accept calls
from the US. A bummer if so. Days later Mark was able to get through which
showed that connections from the US were possible -- if the network was
When I later talked to Ion about this he assured me that it was a temporary
glitch and would be fixed soon. Later, he casually mentioned that his
wife worked for the company and that's how he knew about the glitch.
Many buildings from the 19th century contain
charming details like the portion of a facade shown here.
I walked along Balcescu and Magheru looking for the Hollywood store that
Mihai had told me was there but I couldn't find it. No rented DVDs tonight.
Several investigations later I found it just off Magheru but the sales
prices (averaging about $22 seemed very high and I couldn't rent because
I don't have a ligitimatsia yet.
A root canal that I had last June started to act up. First it just seemed
sensitive but it quickly became painful. I emailed my doctor and he advised
me what to do just in time. I got some penicillin and the sensitivity
declined dramatically but by then I had an abscess on my gum. It broke
this morning so I guess I am on the mend.
I do have a developing problem. I am running low on my arthritis prescription.
I have started visiting larger pharmacies but they seem flummoxed by it.
To make things a little worse, I have a significant inflammation of the
middle finger of my right hand, so I don't dare stop taking it. My doctor
suggested some equivalents and I was able to find one. But when I went
back for more they were out. Now I can't pass a pharmacy without trying
to find it.
Recently I was walking down Balcescu toward my apartment when a well-dressed
rather pretty young woman started to talk to me. As she walked toward
me she spoke as if she knew me and I said, "No," loudly enough
to be heard but she continued walking towards me and it looked to me that
she was going to block my way. This made me angry so I snarled, "No!"
very emphatically and she changed direction very quickly and muttered
something that might have been the equivalent of "Why is he in a
Larger and fancier than the detail shown before,
this is what you can do when you have some money to spend.
*** Saturday, 25 Jan 2002 ***
I walked along Balcescu and Magheru on the other side looking for the
Hollywood store but couldn't find it there either so I took the train
from Romana to Dristor and then the linea 15 to the Bucharest Mall. I
found the office supply store that had the business card stock but they
were out of it. Bummer. Then I took the linea 23 to Regina Maria street
and walked up Victoria from the bottom looking for the tailor shop. I
think I found it but I need a Romanian speaker to accompany me if I am
to get some pants made.
*** Monday, 27 Jan 2003 ***
Last night I tried to connect to fx.ro from home and got a message in
Romanian that sounded like they didn't pay their phone bill. I got quite
a chuckle out of it.
*** Tuesday, 28 Jan 2002 ***
This morning I tried to show Allen that fx.ro hadn't paid their phone
bill by dialing their computer on the speaker phone. There was no message
and the computer answered. I figured that they must have paid their bill
first thing in the morning. Tonight I dialed the number from home and
got the message again.
Putting it all together, I realized that it was my phone that was shut
off from outgoing calls. I never got a bill so I never paid it. I called
Professional Realty and they took care of it for me.
Surprise party for Dennis. We all gathered in the large conference room
and when he walked in and reached to turn the light on we shouted "Surprise!"
as Mihai flashed a picture of him and Dennis nearly jumped out of his
skin. He ended up outside the room peering in from the side with a look
of complete amazement on his face. I haven't seen anyone that surprised
in a long time.
*** Wednesday, 29 Jan 2003 ***
I had lunch at the restaurant across Aviatorilor and brought my own pepperoni
with me. I asked for a margarita pizza (tomato and cheese) and gave the
pepperoni to the waiter and asked him to ask the chef to put it on the
pizza. He showed no surprise and agreed to it. The result was a pizza
smothered in pepperoni and I was a happy camper.
Allen suggested we go to see the James Bond movie "Die Another Day"
and I agreed. Since my apartment was on the way to the Hollywood Multiplex
at the Bucharest Mall, Allen got to see it and seemed to like it. We had
to hustle to get to the theater on time. It took two trains and a trolley
with perfect connections. We walked in as the opening scene was playing
and caught the entire meringue of escapism. It was so over the top that
I enjoyed a lot. I laughed a lot at the silliness of the scenes: cars
sliding on ice and firing missiles at each other with barely a dent in
Allen bought some popcorn and several times during the movie I thought
I might taste some but every time I looked over his hand was in the bag
so I can't comment on the quality of Romanian movie popcorn.
*** Thursday, 30 Jan 2003 ***
Today was the vindication of my mac System X! IT staff brought up the
new Windows 2000 server and then told me that I needed special software
to be a full partner on the network. I said that System X could do it
all by itself and we agreed to try it out. With some suggestions from
the help files (now actually useful) we were able to get my Mac printing
directly from Mac applications (goodbye cranky VPC!) in about 5 minutes.
Connecting to the network on a peer basis took more like ten minutes (I
had forgotten the "Go" menu's "Connect to Servers"
option). But we sorted it out and my PowerBook was a peer on the network
in no time. The PC staff were impressed.
Then we installed Lotus Notes and it went flawlessly. I have to use the
program to develop an opinion but I liked what I saw from the training
I got. This gives me an email address for all work-related activities
and allows me to have my personal address just for friends. Continue sending
to me with the email address you already have.
*** Friday, 31 Jan 2003 ***
Last night I had a dream that involved me having all my documents stolen
-- passport, driver license, credit cards, etc. All were gone. I was anguished
about what to do and then I woke up and breathed a sigh of relief.
A densely foggy morning. So dense that the streets and sidewalks were
coated in an icy layer of congealed fog. I walked to the Metrou with careful
steps and hoped that temperatures would rise enough to make the going
At about ten AM, large flakes of snow started to fall. By Noon it was
starting to stick and by two PM there was slush in the streets. And soon,
I will be obliged to leave Romania within two weeks to avoid the 90 day
limit on my visa; headquarters has not yet completed the registration
process so I cannot get my legitimatsia -- nor rent DVDs. I have to iron
out the details soon.