Latent hell

Must be amazing to live on a sea shore! A must see place in many aspects. I had some natural expectations about people though, when I moved. You know, those of southern people being usually fun, but too easy-going, or better – ignorant. Though having general image, I so underestimated them. Tonight I was not sleeping, thinking that ignorance is a forerunner of evil. How close is it? Much closer, unfortunately. It didn’t let me sleep. …That might have been a screaming car antitheft at 03:00 am that nobody cared to shut off. It died on it’s own by the morning.

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Right here, on the stage

It happened many times before, during day. Not hard to tolerate, what’s a big deal. Be patient and tolerate. Especially if you want to evolve back to monkey. If you want to live in a better society, you d’better react.

Italians envy countries like Germany, the Netherlands, because they are so correct and perfect in their eyes. They understand what the “correct” should look like. But it seems they hardly understand what they personally are missing.

My neighbours in this condo constantly complain about the gate kept open days and nights – it’s dangerous. The other night I came back about 22:00 pm, the gate was open, and a condo woman was quarreling with some guy about it, both standing in front of the gate. I left again and came back in an hour – both were still there quarrelling, the gate still open. I closed it in front of them, but left with the feeling that it remained open.

To my opinion – sacrifice just one thing. Make education free. The payback will invent itself after a while.

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Coffee misconceptions

Hey, coffee lovers. You all know what Italians mean by saying “caffe'”, mostly called “espresso” in other countries. And you all know Italians are damn good in making it. At least, they claim to be.

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This one is good…

Well… Statistically speaking, there is a rule of 80%, the Pareto principle. Imagine your city and all the coffee shops around. Let’s consider there are a hundred for commodity. According to Pareto, 80 coffee shops suck, and the other 20 are making coffee. But this is in your city!

Now imagine an Italian town, with a hundred bars along one street. Yeah, exaggerated, but there are much, much more coffee shops in an average Italian town. Let’s make it a 1000 all over the town. 800 of them suck, and 200 are those damn good. It means, that the probability to get a good coffee in Italy seems higher (??). You will say that the probability of getting bad coffee increased accordingly! Right.

But think about the city again. If you want to have a good cup of espresso, you will remember 1, 2…maybe 3 favourite places. That’s it! If you are in Italy, you don’t stop counting, you choose the best for now place and never bother to continue. Thus, your choice is bigger and you feel like being in coffee paradise, don’t you.

I worked as a barman almost 10 years ago and was interested in coffee brewing. So I could distinguish between good and bad long before I came to Italy. When I faced this choice of thousands of coffee shops, I started sort of noticing the 1/5 relation. No surprise.

Being around people who went mad for coffee a couple of generations before you doesn’t change the math. I heard one woman saying that the taste of coffee differs if you make it on a rainy day. A day after I assisted in making coffee using carbonated water, with the man saying: “I know it’s not the best, but it’s OK”.

The moral – 80% of coffee in the world sucks!

But it’s OK 🙂