The Catcher in the Sand is 4 years old! Yes, its birthday is on Christmas Day, a present for myself and for my friends with whom I share beautiful and interesting things that I read, see, hear, experience,  a present not only on one specific day of the year but for all the days of the year.





For the past year The Catcher got some serious competition from Facebook, whose improved timeline allows me to keep some of the memories of the things that happen in a way easy to record, with improved graphical capabilities, and almost as they happen, in real-time. Yet I continued to blog most of my books reading and films watching experiences, as well as some of the travel logs, theater and concert impressions. I will continue to do it in the next year, and years to come. Your comments, feedback, critics are always appreciated.


(video source jaymes hines)


One more present to honor the day and its significance for many of my friends. Ray Charles in concert celebrates A Gospel Christmas in 2003 together with the 120-member Voices of Jubilation Gospel Choir of Newark, New Jersey. This may be the only time Ray Charles performed traditional holiday music in a live concert.


Happy Birthday, Catcher in the Sand!

It’s Christmas Day, and Christmas is the birthday anniversary of The Catcher in the Sand! I started this blog three years ago with the goal of recording on it my impressions about things I like to do, feel, experience: travel, read books, watch movies and theater, listen to music, visit exhibitions, remember things in the history. All this blog is about sharing such experiences with my family, with my friends, with people who share similar passions and interests as me. I am not a professional in any of these fields, do not pretend to be one, and do not aim to play one on the TV (last joke borrowed from my IETF colleague and friend Ron). I just enjoy writing about these things and I hope that some people enjoy reading them. I consider blogging a wonderful form (made possible by the Internet) of recording impressions, memories and thoughts about what we experience and to share these with the ones who have similar interests.


The last year was a busy professional and personal year. I wrote a little less in the blog, and also started to use my Facebook Timeline to record and share some of the my discoveries. Yet, I think that The Catcher recorded this year as well as in the previous ones my principal experiences about the places I traveled to, books, films, music I enjoyed. I also hosted with pleasure a few friends withe shared interest, I thank them again for being so kind to allow me to present their contributions to the readers of the blog, and I will continue to do it in the future. I will also continue to avoid dealing here with professional subjects or with politics. It’s not because I am not interested in those, but because I approach them in other spaces.


(video source Rafael Petrosyan)


Here is a present for all readers on the blog – a discovery I made today, watching a recorded show from ARTE TV. The show featured actually a different personality, the German jazz musician Roger Cicero, who told the story of his father, Eugen Cicero (Ciceu), born in Romania in 1940, who was an exquisite classical and jazz pianist. I knew nothing about the two, and I looked for some of their music on the Internet. I discovered that Eugen Cicero was a remarkable jazz pianist  and luckily a full set given by him live at the subway station in Koln, in the year of his early death in 1997, was filmed and is available on youTube. I wish the next and coming years will be full of such wonderful discoveries which I hope to share with the readers of the blog.

Happy Birthday, Catcher in the Sand!

Christmas Day is also the anniversary of The Catcher in the Sand. I started it two years ago, as an experiment with this format of communication on the Internet and as a way of sharing feelings, experiences, and information with my friends. It has become since then a part of my life, and maybe a part of myself.

I have written less in the second year on the Catcher then in the first one. It was a busier year from a professional and personal point of view, and not an easy one. I want to believe however that I have written better, and the feedback that I am getting is that I am on the right track. The feedback that counts I mean, the one from my friends and the one from readers who get to my blog while searching for a specific item, and stay here to read more because they found interest in the content and in the way it is written. A few friends help me with contributions and I thank them for allowing me to host their thoughts and experiences here.




What next? I plan to continue to write and share in this space. The subjects will cover almost everything. I will write about my hobbies, about books, movies, travels, music and sport games. I will try to keep out of politics, although what happens around in this politicized world have probably and will probably influence what I wrote and will write. I will also write less about my professional life, and not directly in any case, as there are other channels of communication where I am active and present all the time on the professional plan.


First of all I plan to have fun. I will keep this blog active as long as I will have fun doing it. I hope that you will also have fun reading The Catcher in the Sand and I invite you to share your feelings and impressions.


Happy Anniversary, Catcher!


It’s Christmas Day, and the holiday marks for me the first anniversary of The Catcher in the Sand. I started the blog one year with the intention to experiment with the media and share my experiences with friends and people who have similar interests with mine. I was inspired by many other good blogs that friends and people who I never met were using to share their passions, knowledge and experiences but I need to mention specifically one – Updates, Live hold by my friend Pierre, who hosted for many years my articles until I decided to start The Catcher.


Like many other journeys in the Internet, building The Catcher in the Sand, proved to be more challenging, more interesting, more demanding that I expected and provided me with satisfactions while taking me to places I did not expect to get to when I started. 256 entries were read by almost 20,000 people. The monthly average of visitors numbers reached 2000 during the last months. People from 92 countries accessed at least one page on the blog. The top 4 countries in visitors numbers are the United States, Israel, Romania and Canada, the last 4 of the 92 are Qatar, Iraq, Georgia, Panama. California and New York are the two top states in America when it comes to the number of pages accessed, Givatayim and Tel Aviv the top two cities in Israel. The average time spent on the site is 57 seconds which is not bad – some people really read this stuff. And some of them even comment, and I will be happy to receive more comments, critics and proposals for improvement on the blog, on Internet lists and on my private mail.


English is the principal language of The Catcher, but Romanian is also used. Most of my friends who speak Romanian also speak English, but just a few of my English-speaking friends understand Romanian. Although it is (still) easier for me to speak and write Romanian then any other language, I am using it on the blog only when I write about Romanian literature, when I bring articles that first appeared on other Romanian language sites, or when my guests prefer Romanian. Speaking about guests, I have hosted contributions from a few friends during the last year and will continue to do it in the future but most of the material is mine, written by me, and speaking about my experiences in art, literature, movies, travel and other of my fields of interest. There will be very little or none here about politics or about my professional life, not because these are not important, quite the opposite – these are the most important and they catch most of my time, and these is why The Catcher in the Sand is reserved for hobbies and passions out of my professional life, and politics aside. This aims to be the place where I am experimenting with this form of Internet communications and sharing my extra-professional interests. This aims to be a place that confirms my belief that the Internet (whose technical part is my profession) can be a wonderful thing if people use it for the good reasons.

Happy Birthday ‘Catcher in the Sand’!