Hunk Sweet Hunk

SHY SEBASTIAN.

According to The Dowager Duchess:
Animals sweat, gentleman perspire, and ladies glow. So, to be polite (because The Dowager Duchess is watching), I’ll just say that San Geraldo perspires.

San Geraldo perspires a lot.

To be precise, San Geraldo perspires like a hooker in church.

Sorry, Mom! Sorry, San Geraldo! But at least I didn’t say “he sweats.” Which he does, by the way. Big time.

In fact, like Satchmo (aka, Louis Armstrong), San Geraldo carries a cloth with him at all times to mop his steamy brow. Unlike Satchmo, San Geraldo does not always have a white “perspiration” handkerchief handy (he has only one of heavier fabric for that use, personally monogrammed). When that elegant linen cloth is not available he carries one of a set of blue and white IKEA dish towels purchased just for him.

While we were enjoying breakfast Saturday morning, a new friend of ours came in and we invited him to join us. He’s shy, so I’ll just call him Sebastian (because I plan to tell a lot of stories about Sebastian, and I know he’d be embarrassed). While he was trying to converse with us in English and we were trying to converse in English and Spanish, Sebastian noticed the dish towel beside Jerry. He thought Jerry had taken it from behind the bar and wondered why. When I told him what it was, he laughed.

SATCHMO

He then said in English, “Me, I don’t like sweet.”

Jerry and I explained that it was pronounced with a short “e” and Sebastian laughed some more. He clarified that sometimes he does like sweet.

To be clear, I have made Sebastian laugh many times with my Spanish. Like the day not long after we met when I invited him to sit himself down (“siéntate”) and instead told him to “siéntete” (“feel himself”). He laughed for a long time. Then he sat down anyway.

Sebastian asked what the English word “oonk” meant. I asked, “Do you mean “hunk”? He spelled it and we said, “That’s pronounced “hunk.” “Ah,” he replied, “and what does it means?”

Sebastian is around 32 years old, lean and muscular, and very handsome. He’s got thick, brown curly hair, a stubble-beard, blue-gray eyes, and a beautiful smile. Adding to his charm is the fact that he has no idea how handsome he is. As San Geraldo and I tossed out adjectives to describe a hunk, we finally landed on the same perfect explanation.

You are a hunk!” we announced.

Have you ever seen a hunk blush?

SAN GERALDO IS STILL MY ONE AND ONLY HUNK SWEET HUNK… DISH TOWELS AND ALL.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “Hunk Sweet Hunk”

  1. LOL! Mitch, you have outdone yourself! I see a 'stand-up' gig in your future……just don't forget to bring the towels for Jerry!! He will be so nervous for you!

  2. Say… did you ask Sebastian in what context he'd heard that term? That could have meant a totally different explanation. I wonder if my Rosetta Stone covers this stuff?

    1. The Odd Essay:
      I'll have to ask Sebastian next time I see him. But, being a young gay man, we figured that would be the only reason he would have asked. I haven't hit "hunk" in Rosetta Stone Levels 1 thru 3!

  3. You have the ultimate language lesson going there. I couldn't imagine how I might slaughter that beautiful language. At least you have each other to laugh with. And then you share it with us too. Lucky us.

    1. Stew:
      I mentioned to Jerry yesterday that I am now so comfortable with Spanish that I speak often without carefully thinking about it. I sometimes realize after I've said something that I didn't use real words at all but just made them up because they seemed right at the time. Who knows what I'm actually saying sometimes!

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