The Romanian Register Issue 24
*** Monday, 16 June 2003
-Only by making someone else worse off, can you be better off
Such thinking presents short-term advantages with big long-term liabilities.
*** Tuesday, 17 June 2002 ***
*** Saturday, 21 June 2002 ***
It is about a quarter of a city block in size with a nice pool, a grassy area beside it and a concession area and a bar. At 250,000 lei it is expensive for locals so only the well-heeled show up. Bring your own towel. Not as beautiful as the beach at Mamaia (which means something like "grannie") but relatively convenient. It is located in the north end of the Floreasca district at the intersection of stradas Verdi, Bizet, Bach and Rachmaninov.
*** Sunday, 22 June 2003 ***
*** Monday, 23 June 2003 ***
*** Tuesday, 24 Jun 2003 ***
*** Friday, 27 June 2003 ***
"80% of the Romanians believe corruption has caught on all levels of power. 41% of the Romanians believe that corruption has increased during Nastase’s term. Moreover, 61% do not think that fight against corruption stands any chance to succeed.
"The institutions most trusted by Romanians are the Church (88%)
and the Army (65%). Among ones trusted less are Justice (24%), Parliament
(19%) and Political Partied (12%).
After work I went to CA for two beers and read.
Afterwards, around 8:30 I thought I would check out the club/restaurant at the Circul Militar National. It is catty corner from my building and has a big outdoor area and I wanted to see if it would be nice to have a beer or dinner there.
As I crossed Victorie I noticed a young guy who was lounging near the cab spots. He seemed familiar in some way. He caught my eye and kept it and I understood the meaning.
I went up the stairs to the patio and looked around. It was big but every table was taken so I turned around and left.
On my way back to the corner the guy spoke to me. "Do you remember me?" he said. His voice was familiar and I realized he was the pimp who had called out to me in the winter when I had taken a cab home. I said, "You called out to me when I got out of a cab, there," pointing to the corner. "Yes," he said, "would you like something now, anything?""No," I said. "Perhaps something later, I can provide for your every need," and he put the emphasis on the word "every". "Let me give you my visit card," he said, and considering that I wouldn't contract any diseases from taking it, I took it. His card reports that he is "Julian" and his business is "Escort Service" which is described as "non stop". Apparently "Julian" has been running a "service" from that corner all the time I have been here but since it is my least visited corner, I didn't know about it.