Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Deja Vu

Olympics - Romania locks up women's gymnastics gold

Yes, I live in America. For the time being. And yes, there are amazing things one can do in this country. But right now I'm happy to be Romanian. I'm happy for the girls who won the Olympic women's gymnastics gold medal, replicating the 2000 Sydney result.

I know Romania is striving to get out of the transition shit hole (pardon my colloquial demeanor); and I know hard work and athletic triumphs are not the only way to success anymore (though they have been for many years and for many girls.) But to be honest, if your pool of choice is 280 million (U.S. population), or 23 million (roughly Romania's population), common sense tells you Americans have about 12-1 chances to win more medals than the Romanians (further proof: the Chinese are 3 gold medals ahead of the Americans as of today; and 1 billion people tops 280 million by far.)

Nevertheless, we did it, and I can proudly say to all the generalizing, stereotypical, narrow-minded, ignorant dweebs in the world that out of the four life styles a Romanian is prejudicially expected to embrace (gypsy, dictator, vampire or gymnast), I vote for the latter.


Blogger iulia said...

I randomly found your site by clicking the next blog thing. wooo they rock!

I wish i shared your optimism for the future, I know Romania was great pre-Communism but things are ussually easier to break than to fix. See Iraq.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Zidezi said...

Well, as some of my previous posts reflect, I'm not that optimistic about a lot of things in Romania. I'm afraid that failure, though, has detracted from the joy of occasional success. I think Iraq is a toatally different ball game; if interested, I could back this up in more detail. For one thing, transition is not anarchy, and revolution is not U.S.-inflicted war. But no, I don't think it will be easy.

2:18 PM  
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2:24 PM  
Blogger iulia said...

definitely not the same thing. similar perhaps only because whenever you have a large group of people together each will envision a different ideal to aspire to.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Zidezi said...

Fair enough.

9:43 AM  

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