Monday, August 29, 2005


As Busapest has, at least for me, now entered those antiquity-stained yellow pages of History, this will be the last piece to be posted under the page titled "Budapest". The Blog will continue; if anyone has an idea for a new page name, please be so kind as to share.

Transition is a word in motion. Or, in this eerie era of E prefix dominance (e-mail, e-commerce, e-bay), Transition is a word in e-motion. E, the e-xperts say, is the most commonly used letter in the E-nglish language. Now, there may be some of you who have an irritating itch to stop reading the words and start counting the letters; but don’t even bother: that “Eerie” word in the first line has definitely proved the theory right.

Transition must be a very unpopular word – it possesses a total of zero E’s. That unsavory race, Humankind, seems to neglect Transition: they cannot stand moving from a friendly environment to one that is foreign. Really, who can blame them? Friendly is held together by an E, as is Foreign; it is that Transitory state, between Friendly and Foreign, that lacks the common E-nominator, and is therefore shunned by the common folk – after all, which commoner would want to associate his common self with an uncommon word. Ironically, the word “Common” itself lacks that most common of letters: I guess it too is uncommon. More ironic: in this e-say, even the word “Uncommon” is common.

If Emotion were Electronic Motion – as Email is Electronic Mail – then pure Motion would be the movement of the static, while pure Emotion would be the movement of the dynamic. And one gives birth to the other: your eyes swivel – a Motion – what they see causes a feeling – an Emotion. Or vise versa: You feel an intense inner stir – an Emotion – which, in consequence, prompts tears to fill your eyes and roll down your cheeks – a Motion. Even if the E of Emotion was not meant to represent Electricity, which I’m sure it wasn’t, nevertheless, there is a connection – albeit more of a dynamic one – between Emotion as the Webster defines it, and E-motion as the Web (minus “ster”) (r)E-fines it.

Electricity – though blind to the naked, or, for that matter, dressed, eye – is an energy that can power entire cities. Emotion is just as powerful, and, therefore, just as incognito. Sure Motion is a force to be reckoned with – picture the Unrolling Stones – but Motion is tangible, is visible, and is therefore limited to our vision. Emotion however, is intangible, is invisible, and can therefore play beyond the rules. (True it too has rules, but they are not dependent on our vision.)

Thus, Transition is a word of Motion and E-motion: Motion, because that’s what one does to transit from one environment to another; and Emotion, because that’s what happens when one transits from one environment to another.

Why we fear Transition? We don’t. Yes, our Inner Robot – the E, as in Electric, side of us – cannot stand the unexpected, but that is to be expected of him – after all, he is a robot. Our other side, the side of us that knows no limits, the Inner Human if you will, cannot sit motionless, and cannot stand motionlessness; it must move, must reach beyond the norm, and does therefore not fear Transition.

This Blog is in Transition, transition from the friendly to the foreign – but before long the foreign too will be friendly and then it will be time to move on again, not stopping until all foreigners become friendly.

So, Budapest – that place once so foreign and now so friendly – with this Transition I close your chapter, but I only do it to open another one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A rather interesting notion
Related to this potion
Alas tis a pity
That this young and witty
Has departed from Budapest
And returned to the west
to mellow
But as you remarked
You will surely embark
On a new E-mission
And we will be wishin'
you well!

8/30/2005 7:28 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

To E or not to E, that is the question.

8/30/2005 7:30 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

new blog name: Shmuckwad Without a Life. has a nice ring to it...

8/31/2005 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was always to B or not to B

8/31/2005 4:10 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

beard: too long. u've got an obssesion with length: do u know how long it takes me to type sanctionofthevictim - were all the other names taken?

8/31/2005 4:49 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

or: I'm not a pompous freak, i just write like one.

or: Jake the Destroyer

or: towards a meaningless life

dude you totally lost me with the rest of the article. that e thing was, just like, gnarly.

8/31/2005 4:59 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

what did i ever do to u - make fun of ur 3 minute sleeps back in ole' BB? forgive and forget.

do i write like a pompous freak? pompous i can deal with - but freak, oh vey.

(do u write lol on blogs)

8/31/2005 6:25 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

nah, its just harder to compliment than to complain. u've got a great blog and (sometimes) you write brilliantly. keep it up. thank g-d u didnt mention any rubbing of toes, that would have killed me.

9/01/2005 2:19 AM  
Blogger The real me said...

Berk, we still need to get milkshakes.

9/01/2005 3:37 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

i was thinking 'bout the toes and the sweaty jogging/basketball pants with the busted zipper hanging over your locker - and of berels heater.

u still have that second-hand steinbeck? i think i owe u a book.

the milkshakes dont change either.

9/01/2005 5:07 AM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

thats rabbi berel

i bought a new east of eden (used)

and they make milkshakes here with pareve ice cream!! anti semites

so i'm left to my daydreams

9/01/2005 5:58 PM  
Blogger The real me said...

Speaking about oweing berky books, I still owe him dale carnigies.

9/01/2005 6:20 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

is your problem making friends or is it influencing poeple?

9/01/2005 7:10 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

making people.

9/01/2005 8:38 PM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

well, i hope u dont need Dale for that.

9/02/2005 4:38 AM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

no. im asexual.

9/02/2005 11:00 AM  
Blogger Dovid said...

Dude, how's this for an address:

9/03/2005 5:31 AM  
Blogger jakeyology said...

the address,, will stay; only the name is in question.

9/03/2005 11:23 PM  
Blogger Dovid said...


9/04/2005 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about: socks, sex and sandals

9/05/2005 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about flowmotion...

9/06/2005 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about newagelubavitcher

9/06/2005 10:34 PM  
Blogger The Bearded One said...

ur obviously not going to use any optioned blog name b/c then it wouldn't be "you" so i shan't ruin ur blog by supposing the name youv'e chosen. fare well

9/07/2005 9:09 AM  

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