A Boot Stamping

George Orwell once said: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on the human face, forever.” What does Orwell mean in this quote?

The King Is Dead! Long Live the King!

Well, after owning a website named kingofromania dot com for seven long years, I couldn’t exactly ignore the passing of Romania’s fourth and final king, Mihai/Michael earlier this month. You can read a comprehensive obituary in English here and 96 facts about his life in Romanian aici, but I’ve been really hesitant to say anything…

Davai Ceas, Davai Palton

In case you’re wondering how Klaus Iohannis spent July 4, 2017, it was on stage with the American ambassador and a squad of US Marines, saying things like this. My translation: In terms of the military nature relationship, which is excellent, as well as our relationship with NATO, the United States is the primary guarantor…

Investigating the DNA, Part 2

Word Count: 3711 After wrapping up my initial article on the subject yesterday, I continued to do some research. I was curious whether or not there was another way to investigate the DNA’s activities using statistics in an effort to penetrate the extremely mysterious way in which they achieve so many convictions. I started digging…

The Odessa Tales, Pt. 2

Word Count: 2319 Well folks, it’s been an interesting week. A few simple comments about Odessa led to a lot of exploration and research, and so I thank everyone who contributed because it really gave me the impetus to learn a lot more about Romania during World War 2, a subject I had previously avoided…

And to Think That I Saw It on Lombard Street

WORD COUNT: 1259 Hey, who wants to hear about something other than my pending nuptials? Cool. Me too, so let’s do it! :D I took this photograph a few months ago deep in the heart of the Ewok Village in which I live, known to Google Maps and government folks as Chisinau. The picture makes…

Loony Gas

I love my life here in Romania and I love living in the centru of Cluj, with easy access to the park, the spacious plazas, the shops, the cafes, the heat, the light and the life of this vibrant city. But even though I don’t own a car, I am constantly plagued by them, probably…

The Lonesome Death of Cicerone Ionitoiu

As I described in exhaustive detail in The Black Hole of Romania, it doesn’t take a shadowy cabal to censor the news, only a virulent form of cultural blindness. I lost half an hour of my life on Sunday (January 26) watching the 7:00 pm news broadcast of ProTV, which devoted their entire coverage to…

Die Stadt Bukarest ist von meinen Truppen besetzt

In working on my iPad book (which had some technical errors and needed to be re-submitted – should be ready soon!), I was reminded of the curious fact that Iaşi was the capital of all of Romania from 1916-1918. That’s an interesting piece of trivia but quite frankly I never knew why the government left…

The Franchise

Many moons ago when the grass was greener and the waters were sweet, I briefly worked at an American fast food restaurant called Wendy’s. It’s essentially identical to McDonald’s, selling hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, French fries and carbonated sugar drinks (soda). While it’s often derided as work that’s just flipping burgers, I actually never “graduated”…

Shit or be Shat Upon

Due to an openly admitted work by another person hereby linked officially on this blog article that I found this morning, I also was informed that the selfsame article had been concisely rendered into Romanian by Adevarul newspaper. Quite frankly, I’ll say on the outset I am a little jealous. The one truly Romanian experience…

Trouble at the Tropeycabana

With all due apologies to Longfellow, hardly a person is now alive who remembers that day in 1977 before the movie “Star Wars” was first shown in theaters. Quite simply put, the studio bosses and everyone else expected it to be a moderately successful picture for children, at least enough to recoup the cost overruns…