Eight hours sound about right, maybe nine because I’m in the middle of America, it’s afternoon now…
Caleb Ramsby

Yes, it’s night now here -almost midnight, so it’s about 2 in the afternoon at your place?

Sunflower seeds are sold in all shapes and sizes, shelled or not, but people prefer them shelled (because it’s more masochistic and messy, I think, we are idiots like that)

Garlic is consumed widely in my country, it’s a common ingredient in our cooking. My father used to eat it in large amounts, sometimes so much of it that even his skin smelt like it. I’m not one for it, as it gives me heartburn although I like the taste it gives to some foods. I heard about its benefits and at some point I thought of using it, but by swallowing it full, I couldn’t chew it raw, it doesn’t sit well with me (even if I’m about 10% Greek on my mother’s side, given what you said about the Greeks). I’ll look into it more now after what you said about it.

Our situation in WWII was a pretty complicated business. We lost about a quarter of our territory and we were considered a defeated nation, even though we also lost up to 800 thousand soldiers and we had a lot of civilian casualties while fighting the Germans. Before we turned against the Germans, our politicians considered it advantageous to be their allies and Hitler (me and him have the exact same birthday, BTW) didn’t want Romania to be a war theater, as he needed our resources for his army and we had the only oilfield and refining industry in Europe at the time. The Arabs didn’t even know yet they had oil resources, let alone industrial means for processing it, I think. He wanted to protect it. I actually live in the area, about 20 miles away from the town which was the oil industry center, Ploiesti, the first oil refinery in Europe was built there in the middle of the 19th century. So, before we turned against Hitler, Ploiesti was heavily bombarded by -guess who- the Americans, whom paradoxically my people had been wishing and waiting for to be our allies. Politics plays funny tricks like that. And now, again paradoxically, we are teaming up with the Germans. And with you, people. So, it’s kind of complicated, but interesting to observe.

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