*** Tuesday, 01 Apr 2002
I resisted the temptation to put a memo on everyone's desk announcing
that COP and DCOP were returning to the States for an indefinite period
and that a disliked person was being appointed acting COP and DCOP. I
would also demote me, Allen, Iuliu and Anca and appoint replacements.
I decided not to do this because I was convinced that many would not get
the joke and would show it.
Mircea thought the idea was quite humorous in an evil way.
*** Sunday, 06 Apr 2003 ***
I went to Herastrau Park for a nice walk amidst the budding trees and
bushes and decided to walk around the lake completely and found that I
had made a mistake for the length of the
A traditional Romanian wooden cross in the
Serban Voda cemetery.
walk was four times as long as I had anticipated and accompanied by absolutely
lousy weather -- black clouds, cold, gusty winds, hail, snow and rain.
I was bummed out by the reversion to February. I was also pissed off at
the refusal of a wimpy Spring to take over. Here it was the 6th of April
and the Forsythia had hardly budded.
The likely result is that the length of time between the first day of
nice Spring (which I define at 25 C (78 F)) will be followed in five days
by the first day of summer (35 C (95 F)) so Spring will be about a week
long. This is weather programmed by the Devil (la naiba).
I had lunch at La Mama for the fourth time in two weekends and still enjoyed
the mititei and fries.
*** Monday, 07 Apr 2003 ***
It snowed -- again -- during the day. What a bummer. When will this horrid
The air was cold but not the beer at Cafenaua Actorilor. I was so put
out when I was served a bottle of room-temperature beer that I said "nu
bere rece" and the waiter just shrugged. I asked for the bill, paid
it, left no tip and went home. They might get the message from that.
I got my hair cut short after work in a second marking of the non-existent
*** Tuesday, 08 Apr 2002 ***
I went to Cafenaua Actorilor on the return and got cold beer from my favorite
waiter. I had three beers and tipped him twice the minimum.
A be-medaled 19th century
On my way out someone stopped me in the dark, narrow way and said, "You
don't see me? You don't recognize me?" The light was behind the face
with the soft voice and I couldn't make him out until he had moved past
me and the light was on his face. "It is Robert," he said. "Don't
you know me?"
"I know you," I said, "but your face is hidden by the light
behind you." I put my face behind the light and said, "Can you
see me now?" and he said, "No, I knew you by your coat. It was
your coat that I recognized. It is what I saw as you came toward me!"
I must get rid of that coat!
We had met in January and he went on to discuss how he missed me and how
he wanted a friend. Yes, he needed money because living was so hard. He
was looking around but hadn't found anything. He went on to say that he
had thought that since my email there were too many kilometers between
us. "I said to myself, what can be?"
His said his email account was kaput but was unclear about why or how.
He offered his wallet as proof that he had none (as if I cared). I gave
him 50,000 lei and said it was goodbye and we kissed on both cheeks like
good friends and I went to my apartment.
*** Wednesday, 09 Apr 2003 ***
The inflammation in the toes of my left foot returned this morning, forcefully
and for no apparent reason. It was slow, painful limping to work. I minded
the pain a lot less than the image I presented of an old man.
Bright skies and a little less cold today but still no sign of Spring.
I spent the morning giving an American history lesson to Mircea and Mihaela.
They liked it. I guess it beats work.
With no medals to boast of
this guy used his moustache to impress.
Saw a good performance of Rigoletto at the opera with Ella and Paula.
Afterwards, we had dinner at La Bastille. The restaurant didn't have a
big bottle of beer so I had none at all. Still, the company was pleasant.
*** Saturday, 12 Apr 2002 ***
I did the right thing in staying home last night. I awoke feeling very
Had lunch at La Mama's -- the mitite again. I really like it a lot.
*** Sunday, 13 Apr 2003 ***
I went to CA to study my Romanian and to be part of Zizi's 19th birthday
party. Unfortunately, the party never showed up so I was left to wonder
if he had one. I waited an hour and a half after the scheduled time but
no show. At least I learned more Romanian.
*** Tuesday, 15 Apr 2002 ***
As far as I am concerned this is the first day of Spring. The forsythia
is in bloom everywhere, the breeze is light and you can sit out of doors
in the shade in your business shirt. I have been waiting six weeks for
I have been putting all my spare time into learning Romanian (I see it
as a major resume addition 8-). ) I am actually making some progress -
'tho with a lot of effort.
I had a pleasant lunch with Paul Baran at the Uptown.
The weather still sucked -- big time.
Sergiu arrived just after ten. We talked and I told him that I was tired
and we should see a movie on Sunday. He seemed OK. I bought him a coffee
and a pack of cigarettes and we left.
*** Saturday, 19 Apr 2002 ***
Tried to get an American breakfast at Silkes but it was closed. Why?
*** Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 ***
Leave for Chicago.