Friday, May 25, 2012
Sadly, I had to reply, "'Fraid so!"
Professor Alexandra Muţiu of Babeş-Bolyai University, you have made a great contribution to our students at Plymouth State University, and to our accounting team at the College of Business Administration. We at your American home wish you safe travels and much happiness. Thank you very much for coming to work with us this spring.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
|An American hug of congratulations to respected colleague Dr. Roxana Wright, who once was one of my best-ever students at PSU|
(Plymouth State University Photo)
|Professor Alexandra Muţiu, Ph.D., and Chuji Yamada, MBA.|
And here is Alexandra Muţiu, another Romanian colleague, with newly-minted Plymouth State MBA Chuji Yamada of Osaka, Japan. Chuji was my student this spring in New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, in which he developed a business plan for an agribusiness company with truly global potential. With Chuji is our good friend from UBB-Cluj, Prof. Dr. Alexandra Muţiu (din Oradea). Faithful readers have met Alexandra previously, and know that she has been serving our accounting students this term as a visiting professor. Today, Shirl and I sadly bid Alexandra "Goodbye," as she has begun her journey home to Cluj-Napoca.
Also graduating yesterday, though unable to be present because she is already at home, working in Romania, was Ms. Raluca Tarcea, MBA, (din Cluj). Best wishes Ralu, in your new career! We will always have a place for you in our hearts, and in what you once so aptly termed the "New Hampshire Romanian Safe House Hotel."
|Raluca Tarcea, MBA, working on her studies in the N.H.R.S.H.H. in February, 2011.|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
It was 2008 in the fall. These pictures were taken by Alexandru Mican and Raluca Teadora (Dora) Faur. I like them* very much.
*both the pictures, and the people.
*both the pictures, and the people.
|Transilvania (Local spelling)|
|Klaus, Alex, and me, at our vantage point on a hill overlooking the valley.|
|The Misty Mountains|
|The next day, at Putna Monastery, we first met fresco master Mihai Moroşan|
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
|Alexandra and Shirl|
Here are a few snapshots of A3 and her Campton friends.
|A3 and Vali on Clatita Night, 6 May 2012!|
|Valer Olimpiu Şuteu, MBA candidate extraordinaire, flips o clatita in bucateria nostra.|
|Shirl, Trot and A3 (from left to right)|
|A3 has become one of Trot's favorite people.|
|That tree was in full bloom for almost two weeks this year. (And A3 likes driving my 20 year-old Honda tractor.)|
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Yesterday my new friend Merlin Bianco and I rode about 120 miles, over the Kancamagus Highway to Conway, NH, and down US 302 to Raymond, Maine.
|Merlin, Duncan and Dan, with Rocio, Suzi, and Whitehorse Gear in the background.|
|Note that the bikes have crossed the border, completing "48 in 24" for Duke and Merlin!|
As I searched for the first restaurant advertising fresh lobster, I noticed that my oil filler plug was missing, and had an "Aw, shit!" moment. The Irving station where I bought a quart of 10-40 oil had offered me a paper funnel, which I'd accepted and used. Hence, I had set the threaded filler plug on the right side cover of the Suzuki's engine, where "I couldn't forget it," in order to hold the funnel with my left hand while pouring with my right. Then, in removing the funnel and discarding it and the empty oil jar, causing me to walk away from the bike, I did forget it. My crankcase was open to the air, and a fine mist of oil was coating my right boot.
|Two old codgers in Raymond, Maine|
I rode back to Fryeburg with a wishful eye on the opposite shoulder of the highway, hoping against hope to see a small oil filler-cap. At the Irving station near the border in Fryeburg, I figured I had my best and last chance to reunite the bike with its missing part. I parked at the edge of the drive, dismounted, and started toward the convenience store, then saw two women wearing Irving uniforms. I asked one, "Did anyone turn in an oil plug?" "No," she said somewhat curiously, leaving me with a faint hope. "But I found one!" She retrieved it from a window sill, and accepted a "Thank you!" hug. "I knew someone would be looking for that," she said, "'cause I'm a biker, myself."
On the way home, I stopped and treated Suzi to a new "Cortech by Tourmaster" tank bag at Whitehorse Gear.
Alaska trip status update: I am presently leaning toward taking my 1983 Suzuki GS1100e on the Alaska trip. Suzi is an amazingly capable tourer, and a delight to ride in the mountains. Of course, the new tank bag would also come along if I were to ride my '82 Honda Silver Wing Interstate.