Hungarian HubNuggets: My Name is Sue
When I first joined HubPages I stumbled around flicking from Hubber to Hubber, like we all do in the beginning, in order to see what’s what. But one of the Hubbers I came across caused me to dig my heels in and rise on my hind legs in surprise and pleasure. Just the profile was a demonstration of the culture, the intelligence and the literary ability of the author. I thought that if this is the level of the Inmates here, I am done for and I had better see how well I can do at ping pong or knitting instead of writing. And on top of everything, the author was also an “Elite” (and here you are supposed to rise and remove your hats in reverence and respect) AND,even more impressively, Zsuzsy Bee is a Hungarian! I fell in love. A platonic and childish love it is true, but love nevertheless.
I like Hungarians. The same as I like Austrians. It is one of those things where the first person of any particular nationality you meet, creates that unreasonable prejudice for or against that race. Irrational I know, but there it is.
I met my first Hungarian during an International Fencing Event, held in Athens. I was accompanying the Cyprus team as the Vice President of the Cyprus Fencing Federation and my first Hungarian acquaintance was my opposite number for the Hungarian Federation. He was a doctor by profession and we hit it off straight away, like long lost brothers. Shortly after the Hungarians wiped the floor with us and everyone else at the competition and I went back home with my ears down to my knees, braying in agony, I received an invitation from him to visit the fencing installations of the Hungarian Federation. They are leaders in fencing and he was generous enough to offer to give me some tips on how to avoid total embarrassment in the sport.
A few weeks later I combined a business trip to Athens and took the flight to Budapest from there. The Hilton in Budapest is built on a hill on an ancient site and the authorities ensured that the modern structure made allowances for the guest to be able to see the remnants of that ancient site through transparent flooring. In the evening my Hungarian friend came to take me to his home for dinner.
It was just before the fall of communism and his family’s wonderful huge apartment in the centre had been split up into small units and there were other families living there. When I mentioned the Hussars, he made signs for me not to mention the unmentionables. The dinner was delicious mince meat and vegetables wrapped in cabbage and cooked in a way that had caused me to loose all shame and ask for seconds and thirds.
Next day he took me to the fencing installations and, because in Athens we had discussed our mutual weakness for horse riding, he took me to a horse farm and we cantered in the snow on beautiful, well kept and well trained powerful horses. It was a truly memorable day.
One of the things that impressed me in communist Budapest was an automated traffic system I have not seen anywhere else in the world. As one drove along a main road, electronic signs gave you the speed at which you had to travel if you wanted to avoid traffic lights! How cool is that?
In the evening I invited my new friends to join me at a restaurant for dinner and they recommended one that specialized in game. I decided to implement the De Greek Method of Culinary Cultural Research and Education. What this means is that one orders one of each of the items listed on the menu. ALL the items. It took some time for both the waiters and my guests to grasp the practicalities of this method, but eventually we had a wonderfully unique dinner.
Now why am I telling you lot all this in a so-called HubNuggets hub, whose previous authors have traditionally concentrated on writing gems calculated to interest, elevate and amuse the populace? Well everyone else is talking about going to France to learn to cook, going on a spaceship to conquer new worlds, or on a cowboy adventure…and what does this have to do with our Hungarian “Elite”?
It appears that our Hungarian Zsuzsy Bee has a preference for the name Sue. According to her,
“I can't help it I like the name Suzanne in all of its shapes and forms. My name in Hungarian was Zsuzsika (which means little Susi), when I was growing up in Belgium I was called Susi, then when I started highschool I changed it to the mature Suzanne... My first boyfriend used to call me Sue... my X Susan, my pen name is the Hungarian version Zsuzsy. I'm always glad when I meet someone new with that great name”.
So you see, I have no other option but to change my name to Sue. How else can I hope to have my (platonic) love returned? Meanwhile,
Her name will tremble in a feeble moan,
And love with fate divide my dying groan.
........................................................................(Edward Young - 1681 - 1765)
Besides, she is Hungarian and knows fencing...
BUT, because unlike me, the other "Elites" have bulging foreheads which are necessary to accommodate their massive brains, they expect me to act with seriousness and decorum and to introduce this week's nominees, so....
The Nominees are ...
The Family and Parenting Nominees
- Teen Talk 5.Using the Reset Button
Chris Lincoln MEd Teen Talk A Guide to Understanding Middle School Age Children 5. Reset Button. (There are no do-overs in real life.) Actually not quite true, ask a golfer about...
- Fashion trends to avoid
I remember watching the Mickey Mouse Club during my summers at my grandma’s house. I remember having the biggest crush on the mousketeer named Justin and wishing I was just as pretty as the two named...
- Tips to stop bullying
Kids have plenty to deal with at school, especially at the middle school and high school levels. Besides reading, writing, math, band, gym, and other assorted classes and activities, they have to figure out...
- Granny's Corner Practical Wisdom that Works - Productive Budgets
When it comes to managing the family budget, there seems to be two common styles. The shoe box variety,you know throw the stuff in that drawer I'll look at it later. Or the organizer with the alphabetized...
- How to Become a Successful Step-Parent to a Teenager
Couples often enter into second marriages with unrealistic expectations, only to crash against postmarital realities. The children make it abundantly clear that they did not promise to love, honor, and obey...
- Genealogical Journey
Recording family history is an expression of love. When we research and write about our loved ones, we give a voice to a life that not only we loved but a connection for those who come long after. We are not...
Which one of this week's Family and Parenting nominees is your favorite?
- 42% Teen Talk 5.Using the Reset Button
- 2% Fashion trends to avoid
- 10% Tips to stop bullying
- 6% Granny's Corner Practical Wisdom that Works - Productive Budgets
- 6% How to Become a Successful Step-Parent to a Teenager
- 33% Genealogical Journey
This poll is now closed to voting.
Which one of this week's Arts and Design nominees is your favorite?
- 42% How to Create Mosaic Art - A Guide for Beginners
- 5% Art Prints and Feng Shui in Your Decor
- 22% THE ANIMATRIX
- 4% Fall Craft Ideas
- 9% Handmade Wedding Decorations
- 19% Wabi Sabi and the Zen of Color Matching
This poll is now closed to voting.
The Arts and Design Nominees
- How to Create Mosaic Art - A Guide for Beginners
Colorful. Surprising. Emotional. Evocative. I want people to ooh and aah when they look at a mosaic I made, but in addition to its visual appeal, the piece must also be appealing to the touch. Each...
- Art Prints and Feng Shui in Your Decor
Feng Shui is perhaps an infinite body of knowledge that may take a lifetime to fully embrace. At the same time, one of its countless, stunning beauties is that it is intuitive and easy to begin. Any one of...
- THE ANIMATRIX
This hub is about my life in animation. (Historical figures' names are in capital letters. Disney fans, please scroll to the bottom to see that work.) From the time I began animation school in Canada, I...
- Fall Craft Ideas
Get crafty this fall with fun and easy seasonal projects.
- Handmade Wedding Decorations
Handmade Wedding Decorations Getting married soon? Feeling a little overwhelmed by the cost to tie the knot? One fairly quick and easy decoration that can be used to enhance the site that your wedding...
- Wabi Sabi and the Zen of Color Matching
Although nearly impossible to define, according to Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of the immensely interesting book, the wabi-sabi house, the Japanese art of Imperfect beauty: "Pared down to its barest...
The Technology Nominees
- How to Keep Your Computer Virus Free
Information on the different types of Viruses and malware that can be harmful to your computer. Description of how to prevent certain types of malware on your computer.
- The Old Gramophone or Phonograph - how it worked
The gramophone or phonograph was how our grandparents enjoyed there music. Here's how it worked and what it looked and sounded like.
- Can You Digg It? The v4.0 Controversy
Whether you have never been before, are an occasional visitor or a seasoned power user, we’ve all heard of Digg. With recent numbers showing Digg’s traffic at over 20 million visitors a month, its...
- Best computer monitor under $200 - 2010
I choose best computer monitor under $200 because, around this price one can find a wide range of monitors with diagonals between 19" and 24". Those 24" models are one of the best to watch movies on, because...
- A Facebook Nightmare
Facebook screenshot telling me I'm blocked The message that comes up after I make about 10 friend requests A lot of my friends have been following my 10 day battle with Facebook. So I decided to share with...
- How To Remove A Computer Virus Without Anti Virus Software
Do you need to remove computer viruses such as Trojan horses, key loggers, and other malware without the use of an anti-virus program? Depending on the programming of the particular virus or malware you are trying to remove it may be possible to remo
Which one of this week's Technology nominees is your favorite?
- 33% How to Keep Your Computer Virus Free
- 13% The Old Gramophone or Phonograph - how it worked
- 13% Can You Digg It? The v4.0 Controversy
- 0% Best computer monitor under $200 - 2010
- 23% A Facebook Nightmare
- 17% How To Remove A Computer Virus Without Anti Virus Software
This poll is now closed to voting.