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Margitsziget Star Trek

Posted by M. C. on October 28, 2022

Smoke and Drink

Daniel McAdams

Mid-1990s. Going to see Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on St. Margaret Island in Budapest. Outdoors in the summer. In those days at that place, going to films was less a passive experience than in the US. You arrived early and purchased a few slices of bread generously covered in rendered pork fat and punctuated by purple onion slices (lila hagyma) and paprika. The most romantic of dates. Real life. You ordered up some half-liters of Dreher beer from a faded yellow concrete concession built 30 years ago according to a specific fiveyear plan, and then a bottle of wine for her…and more where that came from, haver. You found your seat near the screen and braced for the inevitable mosquitoes at that time of year. Plotting attack from under the seat, those little bastards. I always took my pipe with me, partly for the excuse to smoke and partly for the practical (even if exaggerated) benefit of blowing smoke all around and under our seats to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Like a kind of secular priest in parallel to the real padres shaking incense across the altar to keep the devil at bay. High Mass. Alas my money for efficacy is definitely tipped in favor of the actual priest. The devil would not dare approach the High Altar. But alas, those little flying devils were not so discouraged as the sulfuric one, of that I am certain. But it was a decent ruse to throw up to my partner in crime (but not in smoke). St. Margaret Island was the resting place of the beautiful and venerable 13th century Hungarian saint, but also a restless place for the youth when the sun hit full force.

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