City of Steel, City of Sun


In a few hours I’m leaving to go to Szeged for a long weekend.  The weather has been kind of crummy here.  Four or five degrees Celsius, which granted is about 40F and a lot better than the freezing mountains of snow in NE Ohio, but it’s been raining here, and the cloudy and gray skies always bring up the old February demons no matter where you are in the world.


So it’s no better time than now to pack up the Hungarian Monopoly Board and a bottle or three of Balaton white and head to Szeged, the city of sunshine, for the weekend.  Györgyi played her first game of monopoly with me last week and  lost all of her forints when I quickly bought up the railroads and then proceeded to put hotels on the rest of my properties.  Though I did go to jail an astonishing nine times.


I hope that the weather will break just a little this weekend so that I can sit on the bank of the Tisza and enjoy a good start to February, the second cruelest month.  And of course, like any good daughter who was dressed head to two in yellow and black when I was a baby, meditate with visions of the terrible towel and a historic victory for steel city.


10 thoughts on “City of Steel, City of Sun

  1. OMG, I haven’t seen that picture in a very long time. You were not quite walking then.
    It brings back wonderful memories. You had suede moccasins on in that picture with little fringe around the ankle but you can’t see them.

    Go Steelers! We’ll be watching.

  2. yes!! there’s nothing better than a little suede moccasin– OR watching the steelers in the superbowl– OR winning at monopoly, regardless of the language the game board is printed in 🙂

  3. I never care what properties I acquire during a Monopoly game, so long as I get the railroads! What a great picture of you, Jes. I wanted you to know that I’ll be pulling for the Steelers down south (as will the rest of my family). And even though I can’t pronounce it correctly, I would like say “Go Stullers, Rack ‘N Roll!”…You know what I mean 🙂

  4. yesssssssssssssssss. that was the most hilarious and most true representation of Pittsburgh I have ever seen. what were we watching? go stuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulers. and im so so so glad to hear your parents will be cheering. the stullers need a little georgia dawg cheers. just like two years ago!!!!!!!!!

  5. Your mom told us about the darling picture at lunch yesterday. I just had to have a look. It is darling. But you poor, dear child–it should have been a BROWNS outfit. Go Cardinals!!!!

  6. Hello from Pittsburgh!
    Hope all is well. Yes, it is snowy & cold here in the “burgh”. Perfect football weather. Samson loves playing in the snow-it’s about the ony time he moves off of his pillow. He has become a very lazy beagle.
    Take care and stay warm!
    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Vincetta!! Thank you so much for commenting. I’m really glad my mom has been doing a good job of promoting my blog at lunch!! And I suppose my parents didn’t dress me in Brown’s gear because they didn’t want to set me up for a long life of heartbreak and disappointment! Should be a good game though tomorrow. Cheers 🙂

  8. Aunt Sue

    I’m so glad that a burgh native commented. Im going to be watching from Hungary but I’ll be thinking of you all in Pittsburgh… of course especially lazy little Sammy.


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