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Rudas, This Saturday

Fellow Ottomans, this Saturday the bathing ritual will be once again observed. Plus a lavish lunch at Tabani Kakacs, to which wives, girlfriends and others will be welcome. Bath time: meet in the lobby 11:30-ish. Lunch, 1:30-ish.

Rick E. Bruner | Social Announcements | Dec 31, 2003 | Comments (0)

Budapest Szilveszter Parties Update

So, we have not one but two parties for New Year's Eve, which is why it's always so much fun to come back to Budapest this time of year. Ian (Mac Daddy) Macdonald is hosting one, and so is Isaac ("the Isreali guy"). Isaac also had a party when we were back in town three years ago that was amazing -- huge, awesome apartment on Andrassy ut, just the right mix of enough people to be fun but no too many to be deadly. Ian, meanwhile, in addition to being a crackerjack management consultant, is also a helluva DJ, with a huge collection of funk and a fear-inducing sound system.

Ian, being a former BpWeeker and close friend to many in our crowd, will probably be the choice party host for many of this tribe, at least to start things off. Go there to find the likes of LeBor, Condon, Nadler, Vlada & Vesna and others.

I don't at this hour (the evening of the 30th) know Ian's address, though I'm not inclined to post it to this site in any event, for obvious reasons of privacy. You can, however, call any of the above-named folks or Adrienne on her Budapest cell phone sometime during the afternoon of the 31st for directions to both parties: 06-20 415-4411.

Also, Steve Carlson and I will be observing a Budapest tradition of going in the afternoon of the 31st to the Kincsem horseracing track, if anyone would like to join (call Adrienne's number, above, before 1pm or so).

Rick E. Bruner | Social Announcements | Dec 30, 2003 | Comments (0)

Ken Basart

Short bio:

I lived in Prague off-and-on from 1992 to 1995. I worked at various restaurants and bars, including Ivana's Bean City at Ubiquity, Radost, Red Hot and Blues, and a couple of others. That's the long and short of it, really -- you know what life was like there. I currently live in Los Feliz (an area of Hollywood for those not familiar with Los Angeles and it's environs). Unlike many expats, I don't have a blog, though I did write for laexaminer.com. And I have a buzznet site that I post to frequently. And I've been known to leave hilarious comments in friends' blogs. Oh, and I once played a show with Matt Welch and the Froggy Peat.

That's about it, really.

Ken Basart | Gen Expat Life Updates, People | Dec 30, 2003 | Comments (2)

Power Conversion & Expat Resouces

I have had hell getting online in the last few days. Nadler has most graciously given me temporary access to the International Press Center, where they blessedly have wi-fi access, which feels like sucking oxygen on Mt. Everest. Unfortunatley, I was only good for it for about an hour before my laptop battery crapped out. I know I have a Euro plug adapter at home in NY somewhere, but I couldn't find it before I left. More critcally, I need a power converter for my digital camera and Palm Pilot chargers. (No photos, therefore, from Nick's get-together last night: attendees included LeBor, Duncan Shiels, Meriel Beattie and Bill Blanchard, among others). I wrongly assumed my dad would have a converter, and thus I've spent the better part of the three days running around Budapest looking for one.

Finally, I had a stroke of genius and thought to call the Hilton Hotel and ask the concierge there what he recommends to guests. He said that you could only buy one at the airport, but they have a bunch at the hotel for guests to borrow and he graciously let me borrow one with a Ft 5,000 deposit.

Thus, a word of warning to all you frequent Budapest vistors: plan ahead and buy from SkyMall or elsewhere, as converters are not so easy to come here, despite the increasingly electronic age we live in.

All of which made me thing some Expat Resources would be valuable for this blog. So, I spent the last hour or so accumulating a few, now in the right-hand margin on this page. I didn't spend much time vetting these for quality, just identifying them. Please let me know if any of these are crap or if there are other important ones I've neglected.

Rick E. Bruner | Site Admin | Dec 30, 2003 | Comments (0)

Hallo from Adam LeBor

Foreign correspondent, Adam LeBor
LeBor's latest book: 'Milosevic: A Biography'

Sziastok, from Budapest. Yes, I'm still here. Once again I rejoice in the title of Central Europe Correspondent for The Times (of London, the only real one!). I could probably dig out my old business cards from the early 1990s and just change the address. But much of my creative energy now goes on writing books, my fourth magnum opus is to be published by Yale UP in March 2004, a critically acclaimed - if I say so myself - biography of Slobodan Milosevic -


Adam LeBor | Gen Expat Life Updates, People | Dec 30, 2003 | Comments (42)

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Hmm, let's see -- toilet paper like 100 grit sandpaper, "continental shelf" platforms in toilets to delight the senses, aperitifs that taste like hairspray, clothing that reeks of cigarette smoke the next morning...I must be back in Eastern Europe!! And loving it!

Arrived two days ago, now. Have already caught up with Carlson (twice), Popper, Des McGrath, Bruce Lewis, L.P.-O. and others. Meeting scheduled with LeBor and Nadler. Still seeking to track down the rest of you.

Word on the street is we will have a New Year's to go to (details will be emerging from LeBor/Nadler/Vesna or someone shortly; check back here later or call one of them, if you can).

I am trying to arrange for a temporary cell phone of my own for my visit, but meanwhile you can reach me via Adi's Bp cell phone: 06 20 415-4411.

Also, PARTY REMINDER: Denton is arranging to meet folks at 8pm on Monday the 29th (see details here).

More soon.

Rick E. Bruner | Gen Expat Life Updates | Dec 28, 2003 | Comments (3)

Hello, He Lied

Hi everyone! In the spirit of getting some Prague representation here, I wanted to let everyone know that Prognosis co-founder Christopher Scheer has co-written a brand spanking new book, The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq. Co-authors include Robert Scheer, Chris’ father, who was a key financial backer of our little horribly-named paper.

Website for the book, which was adapted from Chris’ wave-making AlterNet column from July, is here; there’s a long recent interview with him here, and he also has an AlterNet column page and a cruelly neglected blog.

Nice to get things rolling with a shameless plug…. Look forward to seeing you all next week in the szep orszag!

Matt Welch | Gen Expat Life Updates, Prague Nostalgia | Dec 25, 2003 | Comments (1)

Playlist in Search of a Party

I come packing boogie:

Rapper's Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
Play That Funky Music White Boy – Wild Cherry
Walk This Way – Run DMC
Whoop! There It Is – Tag Team
Boogie Shoes – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
YMCA – Village People
Stayin' Alive – Bee Gees
Super Freak – Rick James
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
Your Mamma Don't Dance – Poison
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Oh Carolina – Shaggy
Do the Dog – The Specials
Sabotage – The Beastie Boys
Without Me – Eminem
New Year's Day – U2
La Bamba – Richie Valens
Tequila – The Champs
I Like It Like That – Tito Nieves
Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Message – Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five
My Sharona – The Knack
Lola – The Kinks
Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
I Will Survive – Cake
Oye Como Va – Celia Cruz
Samba de Janiero – Carrilo
Track 6 – [Dunno]
Get Ready for This – 2 Unlimited
Things That Make You Go Hmmm – C&C Music Factory
Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc
U Can't Touch This – M.C. Hammer
Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty by Nature
Jump Around – House of Pain
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima
Peter Gunn Theme – The Blues Brothers
Peter Gunn Theme – The Art of Noise
Stuff Like That – Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, et al
I've Committed Murder – Macy Gray
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Big Time Sensuality – Björk
The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway
Ami Wa Wa – Gypsy Kings
Boom! Shake the Room – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
Take California – Propellerheads
Numb – U2
2wicky – Hooverphonic
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf) – Sly & the Family Stone
Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller Band
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Soul Power – Maceo Parker
Tres Amigos – United Future Organization
Buzz Saw – The Turtles
Everything Goes – The Cramps
Why Did You Do It? – Stretch
Flashlight – Parliament
Cantaloop – US3
Smooth - Santana
Stuff Like That – Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, et al
Not Your Typical American - The Goats
Give It Up – Public Enemy
Add It Up – The Violent Femmes
Rock the Casbah – The Clash
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Piece o' Peace – Spearhead
Secret – Madonna
Raisingson – Massive Attack
Lady Marmalade – LaBelle
Flying Saucer – United Future Organization
Cut Chemist Suite – Ozomatli
Too Funky – George Michael
If – Janet Jackson
Jungle Boogie – K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Connected – Stereo MCs
Bop Gun – Ice Cube
Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) – Offspring
Fancy Lady – Billy Preston
Money for Nothing – Dire Straights
Girls & Boys – Blur
You Know How We Do It – Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg
Lonely Blues – Mitch Moses' Acid Blues Project
Békaperspektíva – Jazz + Az
Kalashnikov – Boban Markovic
No Nose Job – Digital Underground
Black Jesus – Everlast
Been Caught Stealing – Jane's Addiction
Lapdance – N.E.R.D.
Smells Like Teen Sprit – Nirvana
Lady Killer – Lush
Why Didn't You Call Me? – Macy Gray

Please, find me a New Year's party with a lousy DJ and a lot of hungry dancers!

Rick E. Bruner | Social Announcements | Dec 25, 2003 | Comments (1)

Free From Domain Hell

Good things apparently come to those who wait. I got my Xmas present a day early, anyway.

Per the Operating Difficulties post below, it would seem that our domain grief is finally sorted out. Now, not only can you access this site at www.generationexpat.com and generationexpat.com, as the Internet gods meant it to be, but also at www.genexpat.com and genexpat.com.

Hopefully, the site shouldn't be flaking out anymore in the future, at least not for this reason.

Special thanks to TypePad's wonderful support princess, Brenna, for much patience and wisdom helping me sort this out.

Rick E. Bruner | Site Admin | Dec 24, 2003 | Comments (1)

Operating Difficulties, Please Stand By

In the unlikely case that you're already a regular reader of GenerationExpat.com, you may have noticed that the site has been offline for some hours a few times in recent days. That is because GoDaddy, where our site's domain is registered, and myself as the site admin, form a perfect storm of retardation and inefficiency.

In particular, presently the site comes up when you go to www.generationexpat.com, but if you try to go to only generationexpat.com (neglecting the www., which shouldn't be necessary), the site comes up 404.

In trying to fix that, I've screwed things up a couple of times with the domain settings, making the whole site go AWOL. Bear with me. I'll figure it out eventually. Meanwhile, if the site is offline when you check, try back again some hours later and it should be working. Early days, some bugs still in the system. (If you were around in the first few months of Budapest Week, you'll understand and agree this is nothing by comparison.)

Rick E. Bruner | Site Admin | Dec 23, 2003 | Comments (4)