Lockdown Day 29: About Nothing / Encierro Día 29: Sobre Nada

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TODAY’S POST MIGHT SEEM LIKE an episode of the TV show “Seinfeld,” the American comedy series that was said to be about nothing. Sunday wasn’t really an exciting day here for us in Los Boliches. (I should speak for myself, San Geraldo had an exciting day discovering more famous ancestors.)

For the last couple of days, my attitude hasn’t been great. The sore ankle had gotten to me. But, oh woe is me, that’s the most I’ve had to complain about, and I know how lucky I am. So, I’m over it.

And although I haven’t been on my feet a lot, I did manage to do some very fascinating things. The selection of photos explains it all. But the icing on the cake is demonstrated in the video, which came about while I again made coffee and tea — simultaneously — Sunday morning.

When I brought San Geraldo’s coffee to him in his office, he thanked me profusely. Seriously. He told me he couldn’t begin to express how meaningful it was that I did that for him. Again, seriously. I have nothing to complain about.

Above is what one day of sunshine did for the flowers across the street. Click the images below and you might even feel some excitement.


LA ENTRADA DE HOY PUEDE parecer como un episodio del programa de televisión “Seinfeld”, la serie de comedia estadounidense que se dice que no trata de nada. El domingo no fue realmente un día emocionante para nosotros aquí en Los Boliches (debo hablar por mí mismo, San Geraldo tuvo un día emocionante para encontrar antepasados ​​famosos adicionales).

Durante los últimos días, mi actitud no ha sido excelente. El dolor de tobillo me había afectado. Pero, ay de mí, eso es lo máximo de lo que me he quejado, y sé lo afortunado que soy. Entonces, ya lo superé.

Y aunque no he estado mucho de pie, logré hacer algunas cosas muy fascinantes. La selección de fotos lo explica todo. Pero la guinda del pastel se demuestra en el video, que surgió mientras nuevamente preparaba café y té — simultáneamente — el domingo por la mañana. Cuando le traje el café de San Geraldo en su oficina, me dio las gracias profusamente. Seriamente. Me dijo que no podía comenzar a expresar lo significativo que era que lo hiciera por él. De nuevo, en serio. No tengo nada de qué quejarme.

Arriba está lo que un día de sol hizo por las flores al otro lado de la calle. Haz clic en las imágenes a continuación e incluso puede sentir algo de emoción.



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..

31 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 29: About Nothing / Encierro Día 29: Sobre Nada”

  1. Now THAT was more excitement than I can ever handle!! Will have to have a rest after that! lol
    I really think there will be ‘those’ days that will get to us, Mitchell……considering all that is going on.
    Now watching a few episodes of Seinfeld is the best medicine.

    1. Jim:
      I do need to sit down with Seinfeld. That would be another good distraction. Meanwhile, we’re working our way (quickly) through “Killing Eve.”

  2. How exciting! And you continue to progress in the kitchen. And a car went by, you really should drive it once every couple of weeks. We went for a drive yesterday, didn’t get out of the car, just got out of the house. We drove around National Airport, it is really strange seeing the place in the middle of a Saturday morning, with maybe two or three people coming and going, there was a flight attendant sitting on his bag smoking.

    1. David:
      Restrictions on workers have been eased a bit today. Some non-essential workers are back to work, so there’s more activity below. The beaches were cleaned this morning. Street cleaners were out. We haven’t been in the car since lockdown started. I still don’t have my Spanish license (was supposed to start road practice late March!) And, unless we’re going to the doctor, only one person can be in the car. The only place SG could actually drive right now is the supermarket and he prefers the walk. So here we sit. Here our car sits. And there the car battery sits!

  3. I was feeling locked up yesterday so I was not a happy camper.
    Hopefully today will be different?
    Who am I kidding… all the days are the same! Luckily there are books to be read, and reread,so that will keep the brain working. Cats and dog provide amusement. Carlos … even he’s getting sick of me being home non-stop.
    Oy. Pouting session over.

    1. Bob:
      When I get REALLY bored I just have a conversation with San Geraldo. I know it will eventually become another Abbott and Costello routine. You must be able to do the same with Carlos.

      1. Usually yes, but this day was a ‘Drive Each Other Crazy’ day, so we went to our separate corners.

      2. Bob:
        ooh…. Sorry. SG and I haven’t had any drive-each-other-crazy days during lockdown. Then again, that may be because we did that to each other years ago and now we don’t even know the difference.

  4. I thought a watched pot never boils? I baked 3 loaves of bread this week, all different. THAT was as exciting as it got around here.

    1. anne marie:
      Isn’t that a surprise about the watched pot. Maybe THAT should be the title of my cooking show. “A Watched Pot DOES Boil” or simply “A Watched Pot.”

    1. Cheapchick:
      I watched the water again this morning. What a revelation. And, yes, thanks for being at least a little amused. It’s my one daily commitment.

  5. This tickled me, but I’m not feeling well enough to think of something clever. My excitement (aside from reading blogs), is shooting up with insulin (be still my heart) and telling Balder that my cough is wet, not dry. I figure if one is trying to cough up a lung loogie, then it is wet 🙂 Oh, and watching him mop the kitchen floor was a major turn on that I’m feeling too lousy to deal with. DAMMIT! I’m going back to bed.

    1. Deedles:
      Oh, sweetheart. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. May you feel better soon, may you be able to reward BH for the mopping turn-on, and may your cough remain wet until it’s no more!

  6. Good for St. G to express gratitude for such a mundane thing as you fetching a beverage.
    I try to routinely say thank you and more so to Someone; it cheers him up.

    1. Urspo:
      Although SG and I like to snark at each other and tease (and can even lose patience — gasp — sometimes), we always ask nicely and say please and thank you. Just automatically. We’re surprised by friends who never do so.

  7. Woke up to no internet, but fittingly enough, it was resurrected after 3 hours.

    Our biggest excitement happened just moments ago when the dogs (up on the screened veranda) spotted a large green iguana walking along just 20 feet from the house. I was worried they were going to launch themselves through the screen to the ground 12 feet below to get to the iguana. Their vocalizations were quite dramatic!

    More restrictions here. But we have everything we need (a friend picked up a big bag of dogfood for us) and we have a yard with a beach for walking the dogs and a large veranda for sitting outside It would be tough to stay indoors all the time.

    And wow – you were able to use just the 1 pot to cook 2 things! Very impressive and no wonder SG was so appreciative. He must be quite proud of you, as are we all. Great photos.

    1. Wilma:
      SG is very proud and very grateful. So, I’ve repeated the service. Glad the dogs didn’t launch themselves. You have such a beautiful spot. Although I prefer condo living now, I always loved having a house and right now I miss having a yard to be out in. Although the beach is right in front of us, we can’t step on it. And our back garden and pool is also off limits. But others (3 or more people) are forced to shared one room. We’ve got it good.

  8. 53 tortuous seconds!
    We walked the neighborhood with the dog this morning – it is permitted with social distancing – and it was like a ghost town. At least the flowers in people’s yards were blooming.

    1. Frank:
      Tortuous?!? Don’t you mean spell-binding? People can walk their dogs here, but only one person and the dog is expected to do its business quickly. It’s at least an excuse to be outside.

    1. Parsnip:
      I know! I can’t stop watching the video. This morning I was so mesmerized by watching the water boil again that I was hesitant to remove it and pour.

  9. I am impress with your progress in cooking. If you can make coffee and tea well how about cookies and donuts? This could be a new career. I think that with this lock down we all need perseverance and courage and patience. It will get better.

    1. Larrymuffin:
      Well, I AM in the mood for cookies. And SG hasn’t baked any. I could do it!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Is it too late to submit it to Cannes? (Or maybe just the can…)

    1. Steve:
      We’ve had many dreary days and nights but sometimes interesting skies. SG usually plants amaryllis in a tub planter on the terrace. He didn’t get around to it this year and we really miss them. But the chiringuito has a stunning display every year. This one may be even more lush than usual. We always had a huge planted bulb delivered to my mother from White Flower Farm every year before Christmas. She kept them re-blooming for years after.

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