Sunday, July 06, 2008

Happy Birthday, Alexandru Lovin!

Our Correspondent in Romania, Alexandru Lovin, celebrates his 26th birthday today. Allowing for the time zone difference, this must be why one of my neighbors fired off a sudden fusillade of mortars and bottle rockets at 2 a.m. Happy Birthday, Alexandru!

P.S. Anyone here — and I'm thinking of you, Colin — who still wonders whether living under a communist dictatorship "was really all that bad" is invited to write to Alexandru. Romania under Ceau┼čescu wasn't a different country; it was a different planet, and one worth learning about. It ain't all Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania, folks.