Ma dove vai se la mascherina non ce l’hai?

Oggi è venuto il tecnico dei condizionatori d’aria per verificare e pulire l’impianto di condizionamento del nostro appartamento prima dell’estate. Era munito di mascherina e guanti come io e mia moglie. Ormai è diventata un abitudine per tutti (o quasi), almeno da queste parti. In casa teniamo tre mascherine a testa (per me e per lei) ed una scatola di guanti di gomma usa e … Continue reading Ma dove vai se la mascherina non ce l’hai?

Where do you think you’re going without a face mask?

Today a technician came to check out and clean our apartment’s air conditioning system made up of two wall-mounted indoor units and their outdoor motors. He arrived wearing a face mask and rubber gloves. My wife and I greeted him with face masks and rubber gloves on. By now its become a habit for all (or most) of us, at least  in this part of … Continue reading Where do you think you’re going without a face mask?

Italian bank regulations make cashing even US Government Checks a Nightmare!

A few days ago I received a check in the mail from the US Department of the Treasury in the amount of $ 1,200.00 (US), representing President Donald J. Trump’s Economic Impact Payment to American citizens regardless of residence in efforts to offset the many negatives of the current Pandemic. The check arrived at my Italian address in a plain envelope by regular first class … Continue reading Italian bank regulations make cashing even US Government Checks a Nightmare!

Lettera aperta al Presidente del Consiglio

Mentre lei si sta arrabattando per far avere aiuti economici  urgenti a imprenditori e partite IVA colpiti nel borsellino dagli effetti negativi del Corona Virus, stamattina ho ricevuto una mail dal Department of the Treasury statunitense con incluso un assegno a nome dell’altro mio Presidente, Donald J. Trump, per US $ 1.200,00 come contributo americano all’attuale crisi pandemica. La lettera contenente l’assegno ha viaggiato per … Continue reading Lettera aperta al Presidente del Consiglio

To the Italian President of the Council of Ministers

While Italy’s Head of Government, Mr. Giuseppe Conte, is going crazy trying to stretch this Country’s meager resources and get some urgent “economic impact payments” to needy Italian businesses including the self-employed and VAT-totting professionals, yesterday morning I received an envelope from the US Treasury Department containing a check from “my” President, Donald J. Trump, in the amount of $1,200.00 (US) to help alleviate the … Continue reading To the Italian President of the Council of Ministers

Silvio Berlusconi bemoans the lack of sufficient legal protection for Employers running afoul of Italy’s anti-Covid-19 statutes!

For those of you out there thinking of starting a business in Italy, remember that in this country criminal law hounds businessmen more than it does organized crime. Oh, you mean, the Mafia? Well, no, actually in Italy there are at least three, known criminal organizations: the Sicilian Mafia, the Neapolitan Camorra, and the almost unpronounceable,‘Ndrangheta of Calabria. One, more terrifying than the other. But … Continue reading Silvio Berlusconi bemoans the lack of sufficient legal protection for Employers running afoul of Italy’s anti-Covid-19 statutes!

Liberation Day in Italy, “O Bella Ciao” and all that Jazz.

If it were up to music, Liberation Day would be a festive occasion for all Italians. Celebrating the end of the War in Italy, however, is always a bit awkward due to the never-ending battle between the political left and right. If something unites Italians, however, that something is music, particularly jazz. Indeed, Italians have been in love with jazz ever since Warner Brothers presented … Continue reading Liberation Day in Italy, “O Bella Ciao” and all that Jazz.