We’ll Go Masked / Iramos Enmascarados

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

A FEW WEEKS AGO, JUDYSHANNON (click here, if you haven’t met) sent us a photo of fabric samples and told us to select our favorites for custom-made masks. She’s a gifted seamstress, a skill she came to and mastered after retirement. She made us each six reversible masks and we received them yesterday. We are now stylin’!

When I got home Tuesday afternoon after wearing one of my new Judyshannon Originals, I showed San Geraldo the selfies I had taken and told him I was frustrated because yellow flags were flying on the beach (because the surf was a bit rough) and a green flag would have gone much better with my mask. He said, “Well, I guess you’ll just edit the flag to match the mask.” I hadn’t even thought of that!

Tuesday night, we went for dinner at Primavera. Dinner out has become a rare occurrence for us. The food and service, and company, were of course perfect. And San Geraldo looked especially delicious in one of his new masks. Even he color-coordinated his ensemble.


HACE ALGUNAS SEMANAS, JUDYSHANNON (haz clic aquí, si no se ha reunido) nos envió una foto de muestras de tela y nos dijo que seleccionáramos nuestros favoritos para máscarillas personalizadas. Ella es una costurera talentosa, una habilidad que aprendió y dominó después de la jubilación. Ella nos hizo doce máscarillas reversibles y las recibimos ayer. ¡Ahora somos fashionistas!

Cuando llegué a casa el martes por la tarde después de usar uno de mis nuevos Originales de Judyshannon, le mostré a San Geraldo las selfies que había tomado y le dije que estaba frustrado porque las banderas amarillas ondeaban en la playa (porque el surf fue un poco duro) y una bandera verde habría ido mucho mejor con mi máscarilla. Él dijo: “Bueno, supongo que simplemente editarás la bandera para que coincida con la máscara”. ¡Ni siquiera había pensado en eso!

El martes por la noche fuimos a cenar a Primavera. La cena en un restaurante se ha convertido en algo raro para nosotros. La comida y el servicio, y la compañía, por supuesto, eran perfectos. Y San Geraldo se veía especialmente delicioso en una de sus nuevas máscarillas. Incluso él coordinó los colores de su conjunto.

San Geraldo’s, left, and mine, right. / De San Geraldo, izquierda, y las mías, derecha.
The reverse. / El reverso.
My collection, front… / Mi colección, frontal …
And my collection, back… / Y mi colección, de vuelta …

My friend Susan, in Oregon, sent this. She said it immediately made her think of me.

Mi amiga Susan, en Oregon, envió esto. Dijo que inmediatamente la hizo pensar en mí.

Miguel, Me-wine, and his halo. / Miguel, MiVino, y SuHalo.
Chef’s Salad. / Ensalada del Chef.
To counteract the salad: Turrón and chocolate ice cream, freshly made. / Para contrarrestar la ensalada: Helado de turrón y chocolate, recién hecho.


This song has been playing in my head because right around minute 4:17, the character sings, “We’ll go masked.” Now it can run in your head. (Besides, it’s musical theatre genius.)

Esta canción ha estado sonando en mi cabeza porque a la vuelta del minuto 4:17, el personaje canta: “Iremos enmascarados”. Ahora puede sonar en tu cabeza. (Además, es genio del teatro musical).

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..

40 thoughts on “We’ll Go Masked / Iramos Enmascarados”

  1. Morning Mitch.
    Looking good Sir, looking good!
    2020, the year it became mandatory to put on a mask when going into a bank!

    1. Nick:
      And just try THAT if you’re black! Maybe bank robbers will go unmasked… so you can tell who’s who.

  2. We don’t have many gaily coloured masks in evidence here [yet?}. I think all the ones I’ve seen are either white, light blue [like Miguel’s] or black – and certainly not seen any patterned ones.. From the look of your selection we’re missing out. Maybe it’s the innate staidness of the Brits that’s holding us back. I’ve been waiting more than two weeks for my own order of some fetching plain black ones to arrive, though I’m assured they’re on their way. So I’ve been donning an old scout neckerchief [green] over mouth and nose, and getting some strange looks at the rare splash of colour. But even when patterns become fashionable here – they say it’s likely to be a long haul – I think I’d rather keep the low-key black rather than attract attention with anything gaudy.

    It’s a pity that so much of Sondheim’s lyrics are lost on stage through being difficult to catch. I’ve been provoked to watched on YouTube the same song as done in the generally underwhelming 1977 film which, though the song being shorter than your clip, is much easier to follow. I’d seen the stage version shortly before the film, now over 40 years ago, but the film did at least boast the luminous presence of Diana Rigg [whom I’ve seen twice in ‘Folllies’] to set against the film’s miscasting of Elizabeth Taylor. Then there’s Hermione Gingold…..And all directed by no less than Harold Prince. Shame that it all failed to live up to its promise.
    But your inclusion was all about the ‘mask’ line wasn’t it? So no ‘Phantom’ then? 🙂

    1. Raybeard,
      I’ve noticed a number of people in fashionable masks here, but white, blue, and black are the norm. My nature makes me want to be a bit different and a bit more fashionable. Judy has created a monster.

      I agree about Sondheim. He’s a genius, but requires a lot of listens to catch the brilliance and intricacy of the lyrics. I now know many of his songs by heart. I couldn’t find a version of this with subtitles for the post. As for Phantom, I am NOT a fan. Ditto Sunset Boulevard. A bit too schmaltzy for me.

  3. Those masks are great! You’re so lucky to have someone make them for you. I had to order some on Amazon and those freaking things aren’t that cheap. (Being in high demand, I suppose.)

    Your flag-editing skills are impeccable! Brilliant! I would never have known how to do that.

    1. Steve,
      My primary career was in graphic design. By the time photoshop was introduced I was no longer hands-on, but I couldn’t keep my hands off it! I had to improve my skills when we had our hotel and then when I had my own novelty jewelry design business I’m no expert, but I do have a really good time.

      1. I used Photoshop in my job as a journalist, but of course we weren’t allowed to alter a photo THIS much. 🙂 So I never explored Photoshop’s mysteries this deeply!

      2. Steve:
        I worked for US News & World Report in the mid-80s. There was no Photoshop, but we did have state-of-the-art photo editing abilities (brand new technology). In 1985, Paul Castellano (Gambino mob boss) was shot outside a restaurant in New York and US News removed the blood from the sidewalk in photo editing. I was shocked. I said if they felt the blood was too gory for the magazine, couldn’t they just crop the photo to avoid the blood. Nope. I remember thinking at the time, “so much for “the camera doesn’t lie.” I had no idea what was to come.

  4. SG looks so SEXY in his cat mask and fan! no wonder you married him!

    judyshannon sure has a fabu talent; I cannot sew worth a damn. except for buttons on shirts.

    1. Ann Marie,
      Judy has made clothing for herself that is exceptional. Very talented. We can’t believe how many masks Ashe sent us. We’re really enjoying ourselves.

      I had a pair of shorts that needed the button at the waist sewn back on. As a result, I wore the shorts for 2 years without the button and they then sat in a drawer for another 4 years. I sewed the button on during lockdown.

  5. You guys are all set! They look really well made. Good job, Judy.
    One for almost every day of the week…..or mood.

    1. Jim:
      Judy does beautiful work. And we’re really enjoying ourselves. She wants to make more for us, but she’s also make for groups in need and I think she should stick to them now. She’s already made dozens.

      1. wickedhamster:
        Sadly, we don’t have any little black masks here. I DO like the way they look.

    1. David:
      I do like the basic black masks. We bought machine-washable institutional white. So, these are truly appreciated.

  6. t is an entirely new world when,. as we’re getting ready to leave the house, I say, “Which mask should I wear?”

    I love yours; so colorful!

    1. Bob:
      Exactly. AND, I’m still regularly returning because I forgot my mask. A new item for the checklist: phone, wallet, camera, keys… mask.

  7. Ha! The first thing I thought when I saw your initial photo was that your mask matched your shirt. I was right! Should be able to mix and match with your wardrobe with that collection. As someone who has made over 40 masks (and counting) for family/friends, I applaud your fabric choices. Had to go through my fabric stash to find the right cottons so some folks ended up with prints originally intended for making my grandchildren summer shorts (e.g. finding nemo, aliens, shamrocks, hearts). Considering that a mask with the alien print went to my daughter’s friend who works in intelligence, I thought that was pretty good match.

    1. Mary:
      Oh, of course, my mask matches my shirt. And, unless something goes seriously wrong, it probably always will. Judy had an amazing collection of fabrics. We each selected 12 and only overlapped on ONE choice. I DID want the cat fabric SG is wearing, but I KNEW he would like that, too. And I figured that was big and bold and suited him better. So I didn’t choose. it. It’s a lot of fun. Judy has also made dozens for friends as well as for groups in need. And she’s still at work.

  8. A most delightful post! The flag mad me laugh out loud. What are those yellow crank wheels in the background of the first pic? Seems a peculiar playground toy…

    1. wickedhamster:
      There are workout stations at regular intervals along the beach. Some are more basic, like pull-up bars, etc. Others are for people with all different ability levels, like those wheels for rotator cuff flexibility and more.

    1. Cheapchick:
      If I had to make my own, I would have started with a needle and thread and ended with staples and masking tape.

    1. Debra:
      Navy blue would be nice, too. Better looking than the white, institutional ones we’ve been wearing.

    1. Wilma:
      The flag “painting” may become a daily event. Having such a good time with the masks.

  9. These are very nice! My problem wasn’t fashion, it was trying to find a mask that wouldn’t put me in a panic within the first five minutes of wear! I do like these colorful creations, though. I love how your mask enhances your shades. SG’s mask makes his eyes pop. So does that yummy red shirt. Oh dear. If I’m your hermanita, this crush on your husband seems so incestuous! Okay, you are now both my big brothers. Problem solved 🙂 I like the flag thingy, too.

    1. Deedles:
      I’m getting more comfortable wearing a mask, although I don’t have to wear it much during my walks (yet). We’ll see what happens next week when we open our borders. Our corner at Primavera was kind of dark, so I used flash for the photo of SG. That’s the first photo that really shows his colors. His eyes are pretty amazing. I’ve described them before as the color of sky and clouds… with flecks of gold. If I’m your big brother, SG is your brother-in-law. You’re allowed to have a crush on your brother-in-law.

      1. Oh yeah, Scoot. That makes it so much less incestuous, uh huh. You’re making getting over this obsession hard!

  10. Greetings from the Cape!!!!

    That is one of the best pictures of San Geraldo I ever saw…those eyes!!!!! Those look like some of the masks I have made by a friend. Is there really any other way to wear them and NOT color coordinate? I always coordinate my mask to my ensemble dear.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I finally got a flash photo that shows SG’s coloring in our dark corner of Restaurante Primavera. Amazing eyes, as I just described in my reply to Deedles. I knew you’d appreciate the mask coordination.

  11. My mask is pink camo. It looks good with all of my outfits and I bet it would look good next to yours and San Geraldo’s–not that I’ll ever make it to Spain.. Favorite Young Man and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. I was so happy to see our server that I wanted to hug her. I love the cartoon. It’s perfect.


    1. janiejunebug:
      Hmmm… I don’t think pink camo would go with anything I own… except my pink Calvin Klein briefs (underwear). Then again, it might be a great neutral. I can imagine your feeling at your favorite Mexican restaurant (wish we had one of those in town). Here, we always hug the staff at our favorite restaurants. So, it’s especially hard for us all now. Such a warm and physical culture. We do air hugs whenever we see people we know.

    1. Kirk,
      You can’t see his black jeans. But the mask outlines are all in black. There was plenty of black elsewhere in the mask. And his red polo shirt had black borders on the collar and cuffs. It worked well.

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