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How can one pass up an opportunity like this?

Some readers o' this journal be morrrr familiar wi' me than others.  However, most people be knowin' I’m not much o' a drinker.  So this journal, written at an absolute peak o' inebriation, a virtual K2 o' drunkenness, be a momentous occasion.

And how fortunate that I’ve chosen this journal t' be th' one that requires not just th' tellin' o' a tall tale (frequently th' domain o' a scribe well into his cups) but this be th' journal that collates and sorts in a manner that, like th' Canadian Senate, provides a “sober second glance” t' legislation passed in th' House.

Said another way, this journal really requires some brain juice, so what be I doin' tryin' t' write it under th' influence o' three “something-focchas-somethin',” a Hungarian mixture o' wine and mineral water that be a local specialty and also, I’ve been assured, leaves no hangover whatsoever, and also a Guinness taken wi' th' Pressflex programmers, who have no nay ne'er been known t' refuse a cup.

Oops, had t' get back in me chair. Now, on wi' th' collation. As I said before, let me be knowin' if any o' this sounds interestin'.


restaurants in budapest
Matey lancelot-very trendy
-french place by french language institute fö utca (river) metro battyanyi tér (square) in Buda

Ivan likes t' run 5.5 km aroun' Margaret Island.

fertöd-castle like versailles
festetics-th' noble family

s - like “sh"oe
cs - like “ch"urch
g - like d"ay”
ny - like si"gn”
ty - like “tieh”

Sopron-like Pecs
suet-th' grape harvest

tokag-an area makes a sweet dessert wine

aszu - very sweet
szamorodni - sweet or dry

eger - wine area near Pecs

a ge se ge da - when someone sneezes

gozdálkoj okossan-Monopoly game - manage smartly, be industrious

hungary didn’t have banks

“th' german herds came and they couldn’t stand up… (about th' romans)


took long bath
what’s sanka (pizza)
picked up computer in cab w gyuri
installed windows (yeck)
talked t' maria
city be busy!

sept 9
had bailey’s at nice place, but me fav be closed
stayed way late at office

sept 8


maria 388-4504

buda cargo
dead yellow plants
air france posters
coffee mugs
jingle bell cell phone
nap fleabag inn
customs office
receipt book in safe
taxation method
dora’s umbrella adventure
metro police x 2
helpful bus people
gamblin' advice
famous newscaster buys a Fiat
th' apple store
th' office
doctor below
bbj 40 - 50 people
paprika chicken
meetin' w Miklos
{details o' pregnancy}
bought bananas
doin' th' wash?


-r u n salzberg
-hungarian polish cultural exchange center
-th' mystery o' starch
-seran wraped bar nuts


By bbj peter: mérlég

kafe kör—on Sas utca, ate there wi' Dad, good French grub

Etterem—by th' basilica, good bean soup, ate wi' Os

Arpad somthing—across th' river from me place, it doesn’t get any cheaper

Greasy Chicken—tasty quick sandwiches

Ghandi—vegetarian fare, wi' choice o' Sun or Moon plates.  Odd service arrangement—ye order from th' middle o' th' galley, then go sit down.

OK Italia—nice grub, large portions.  Th' two branches have different menus (Nugati and further west by th' theater.

Pinocchio—by th' Margit bridge in Pest less o' a line, grub OK< th' TV be blarin' th' whole time

Italian place—Rob took me there, it be a nice mafia front wi' very tasty tiramizu

Grog-filled Buried treasure—cheap smartly italian dishes fer lunch.  Sit on high stools.  Close t' Arany Janos metro.

Th' market up th' river from work.  Deep fried fish, potatoes, cheese, mushroom, etc. Eat standin' up, and shop on yer way out.

Greek place by th' river—lousy service from an inexperienced waiter, but th' grub be OK.

Fatal—th' portions here be enough t' make ye crawl on board up Vaci utca.

Mariott fleabag inn—Sunday buffet be 3000 forints.  Can ye beat that, hell no!

Gerbeau—used t' be th' place t' be seen, now it’s just th' place t' read free papers and have good coffee in an elegant settin'.  On Vorosmarty square outside th' metro belay.



Th' hungarians have a word fer “consumed by love”

camel joke

amazon page

at page

feelin' small


Hol volt, hol nem volt
whar it be, and whar it wasn’t

Es boldogan eltek, amig meg nem haltak
they lived happily, until they visited Davey Jones' Locker




mushroom hat
postoffice package
bbj peter
napi visit
droppin' th' bomb v. landin' on th' moon
Gyuri lost his wallet
me first PHP program

[This be taken from th' plaques on display in th' main castle in Vienna whar I went on a tour wi' me Dad.]

Stewards be in attendance at th' Ceremony o' Foot Washin' on Holy Thursday, whar they served th' dishes o' grub t' th' elderly men and women. Their ensigne be originally a spoon and fork, however this latter (sic) evolved into a simple hoop covered wi' a silver tassel.

From th' audio guide:
Also on display, his [Napolean’s son] beloved pet bird, a crested lark.

[This be in a room whar a small stuffed crested lark sat on a perch among amazingly expensive furniture.[


“Th' sad truth be that most evil be done by people who no nay ne'er make up their minds t' be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I be knowin' does trade large portions o' his life fer entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one o' them. In th' course o' writin' this I’ve watched all 13 episodes o' House o' Cards and who knows how many morrrr West Win' episodes, and I’ve spent any number o' blurred hours fallin' down internet rabbit holes. All instead o' readin', or writin', or workin', or spendin' real time wi' people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there be gods and they be just, then they will not care how devout ye have been, but will welcome ye based on th' virtues ye have lived by. If there be gods, but unjust, then ye should not want t' worship them. If there be no gods, then ye will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in th' memories o' yer loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play wi' variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only th' person who has learned Continual Love comin' from a heart o' Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal wi' th' problem o' loneliness.”

...who said it?




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