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Hats off season

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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I would like to express my love and care with my selfmade gingerbreads (see above) and wish for my readers, fans, friends, team-mates, coach, boss and sponsors -Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As you can see, they are homeless snowmen. They have big sad nose, because they do not have even hats or broomsticks…. plus too much antifreeze juice :-(

They will match to my Xmas tree: the ugliest one I can find on the market on the last day.

Because Christmas is about love. Unconditional love.

We must remember to love and care those who are neither beautiful, nor smart or nice or fast, not even deserving…

The Italian job

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Who would disagree triathlon is not art?

In the end of the XV.th century a wealthy merchant gave a visit to a young artist “Michelangelo Who” and placed an order for an art object. (He must be cheap!) Whatever object….

His wife sent him for this mission, because every noble household own some art, to show their position in the society.

The young master made him a beautiful round painting, the so called Doni Madonna.

When the merchant came for it, he got hysteric.

Such a sacrilege, this shameful picture can not enter their house! He paid nothing and left with empty hand….only to come back on the next day…

His wife ordered him back, because she already took pride in the new treasure of the house front of her friends.

Michelangelo- also angry now- asked the double of the previous prize. Something like 100 ducats. (Difficult to convert, but it would be something like 100 USD ?)

Merchant back to home, no deal.

Merchant back to Michelangelo. Deal.

Then Mrs. Merchant indeed hided the “ugly” picture in the dark corner….

Some long years later, the same merchant visited the already famous Michelangelo again with a new order: a portrait about him and his lovely wife.

He got Michelangelo very busy and annoyed with his request, so he said NO for him.

The merchant got hysteric again hearing this, after all HE discovered the master and placed him his first serious order before anyone. Such ungratefulness…

Michelangelo wanting to get rid of him, pointed at his young fellow, who was always hanging around him copying his works as a practice.

-He will do it for you Signore.

-How rude you are Master, you send me over to a young beginner! Do you guarantee he will do it all right?

-Yes. You can take my word. Let me to introduce you to Signore Raffaello….

The lesson of this little story is the fact some bastard born to be lucky, they could not help on it…

The question of this story is how come that geniuses like a Michelangelo Buonarroti , a Raffaello Santi and a Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked at the same time and the same place?

Coincidence that Firenze, this Italian town, gave them nest in the same time?

What brought them higher and higher, what motivated them to overdo each other?

What make history, art, politics, evolution to push itself forward?

What make sport results, world records falling down?

It is so simple?

RIVALRY?

Be good, if you can…

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Do you often late from trainings, cut down the warm down, pee into the pool, drafting on the races or throw away empty gel foils?!

Well, this year you will get NOTHING from Team TBB’s Santa! And that is the minimum….

After the II. World War, communists decided they put order even the heroes of the fairy tales…rising up a tough and mental healthy generation.

They sack Santa Claus for example. Santa was formed in the memory of Saint Nicholas.

They reformed him, keeping in perspective the kids need a motivating figure who bring them present and candies IF they behaving good…

They removed the religious stuffs like the cross from his hat, his stick, plus his faithful servants, the devils….

Why a saint hanging around with devils?! There must be a story for that. Personally, I believe, everyone walking with a devil and an angel both side, whispering all the time.

I would listen, if I would know…..which one is which….?

So the devils, like religious items are gone. Poor old guy was happy when he could keep his dress at least. The red outfit was all right… J

He got a new name, Uncle Winter and a new servant: Miss Snowflake, a young and blond beauty in silver white.

Interestingly enough, the new employee did not cause any revolution among the Russian Daddies… ;-)

Hungarians-of course- followed the new, official trend only… Only Hungary is still a “matriarchate”. (It means, in the family, the women rule)

Moms declared: Miss Snowflake is a bitch!

“We snowflakes are unique, there is no two of us alike!” –haha, do you believe in this nonsense?! Prove it!

Moms stuck to the devils. There must be a threat for naughty kids. If the kids are good, they get present, if they are not: they get beat from the devils!

Well, that is an education.

America, for example, where every kids get presents from the Santa, no matter what, will only dig a path to having a soft and spoiled nation…

In Hungary life is not marshmallow.

So, the official Santa version is in Hungary in 2009, approved by the Hungarian parents, is:

Santa is coming to the kids by reindeer sledge (his name is Rudolf and he has a soft nose. I mean the reindeer…If you have kids, you know the details are important) parking at the front door. No way, Santa is coming down in the chimney!!! Such a dangerous idea…

He put his presents into the shiny-clean boots (They are personally cleaned by the kids. No, it does not count as children laboring…it is only black mailing) on the door mat. Santa does not enter the house!

Not with his snow-wet boots….

If the kids did not behaved good, they will get something only from the devils.

Nowadays, interestingly, the modern Santas are sporting devils very much look like Halle Berry’s catwoman: ladies in all black spandex, sexy tail, spiky whip….Take that Russian daddies!

In my time, the devils left behind (if they could not get hand on us) chocolate devils.

But we, shameless kids enjoyed eating those candies as much as those got from the Santa…So, chocolates devils disappears from the commercial and now devils are only delivering whip. A small, symbolic one, of course. It not so bad, only taste like…like whip?

The kids are supposed to put their candies into the window to show to the neighbors and other kids how good they were, by the number of the chocolate figures. They must keep them in the window as long as they can handle…I know kids who are managed to keep them till Easter! Insane.

With this, Hungarian parents made way to no sugar rush, cavity plus teaching discipline. The genial thing, it is all based on the vainity of their own offspring.

There are big kids still needing disciplines…

Here is my little collection so far, I put into my window….

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