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One night on the Genoa waterfront

Last night my wife and I were having dinner in the old port area of Genoa, Italy. At the table adjoining us were what I took to be a Russian merchant ship captain and (I think) an Italian stevedores’ union official.

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Last night my wife and I were having dinner in the old port area of Genoa, Italy. At the table adjoining us were what I took to be a Russian merchant ship captain and (I think) an Italian stevedores’ union official. It appeared to be a sit-down to talk over some issues. There were long pauses between their sentences, which fortunately (for me) were in English, apparently their common language.

At one point, the Italian, after some consideration, said, “And, at that point, things got ‘unpleasant.’”

The seafood risotto was lovely. And the wine, a “pinot nero” (apparently an Italian version of pinot noir, but made much more like a meaty merlot) was inexpensive. Whole dinner was as much as an American restaurant would charge for the wine. And the fellow patrons were interesting.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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