Peacock and banana palm / Pavo real y palmera plátano

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

WE HAD ROUGH SEAS FOR a couple of days with yellow flags flying. Late Tuesday afternoon while I was out walking, the flags were changed to red and lifeguards called random swimmers back in. Only the surfers remained. In one direction the sky was cloudy and blue. In the other, it looked threatening, but nothing came of it except the rough seas.

By Wednesday morning it was back to yellow flags and a late morning walk for me. I came upon a fruit-bearing banana palm on the beach. I wonder how long that will last before someone picks them.

My sciatica isn’t going away quietly; well, that’s not true. Although I’m still aware of it, I’m no longer moaning and whinging when I make a move. So things around here are much more quiet. I’m back to happily (as opposed to painfully) working out and stretching.

To add to my happiness today, Isabel has been here and the apartment is immaculate; she has joined Toastmasters and practiced her first presentation with me (beautifully written and presented — an inspiration); we have a dinner out this evening with friends Tynan and Elena; and adorable Maria is back in town for a few days from Madrid with her parents (click here). I’m sending my mail-in ballot tomorrow morning for President Biden and Vice President Harris, and I’m hoping I’ll live to see a better world.


TUVIMOS MAREJADA DURANTE UNO DÍAS días con banderas amarillas ondeando. A última hora de la tarde del martes, mientras caminaba, las banderas se cambiaron a rojas y los salvavidas llamaron nadadores al azar. Solo quedaron los surfistas. En una dirección el cielo estaba nublado y azul. En el otro, parecía amenazador, pero nada salió de él excepto el mar embravecido.

El miércoles por la mañana había vuelto a las banderas amarillas y una caminata matutina para mí. Me encontré con una palmera de plátano frutal en la playa. Me pregunto cuánto tiempo durará antes de que alguien los recoja.

Mi ciática no desaparece silenciosamente; bueno, eso no es cierto. Aunque todavía soy consciente de ello, ya no me quejo ni me quejo cuando hago un movimiento. Así que las cosas por aquí están mucho más tranquilas. He vuelto a hacer ejercicio y estirarme felizmente (en lugar de dolorosamente).

Para agregar a mi felicidad hoy, Isabel ha estado aquí y el piso está inmaculado; se ha unido a Toastmasters y practicó su primera presentación conmigo (bellamente escrita y presentada — una inspiración); tenemos una cena esta noche con los amigos Tynan y Elena; y la adorable María vuelve a la ciudad por unos días desde Madrid con sus padres (haz clic aquí). Mañana por la mañana enviaré mi boleta electoral por correo para el presidente Biden y la vicepresidente Harris, y espero vivir para ver un mundo mejor.

After her 6-hour drive.
Después de su viaje de 6 horas.



Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, and today.
El martes por la tarde y más tarde, y hoy.

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..

25 thoughts on “Peacock and banana palm / Pavo real y palmera plátano”

  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better, Scoot. I would kill for those skies! Mine are a sickening orange because of all of the fires. I can’t imagine being in the heart of it. Well, once again, back to my hole 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      I’ve been thinking about you. Those fires just keep getting worse. I hope your entire family remain safe!

  2. Just wondering what a vine-plant ripened banana would taste like. Probably very nice. The bananas we get are picked WAY before they ripen.
    Our ocean is getting rougher as well… fall comes near.

    1. Jim:
      We have calm seas and green flags again today. Maybe some time on the beach this afternoon (before the weekenders arrive again).

    1. Bob:
      Poor SG having to put up with the noises I make. He’ll regular call out, “What happened?!?” and I’ll respond, “Nothing. I just bent down.”

    1. anne marie:
      Banana palms are planted all around town. These are not all that “wild” given that they were planted as part of a garden project on the beach. But still very cool to see.

    1. Mary:
      Maria has a ton of personality. She’s sweet, smart, outgoing… and has stubborn streak to match. I have a ball with her. Wish I could play with her but for now we just sit across from each other; I talk and sing, and she laughs and smiles.

    1. David:
      We don’t swim very often. SG hasn’t done so at all this year. I waded but there’s a steep drop into the surf and my hip problem would make it difficult to climb out. So no swimming for me this year. The water temperature was up to where even I’m comfortable but that’s well past now!

  3. It is hot again here and I’m not up for walking very much – just enough to keep the dogs happy. I had to search for the peacock, but I think I found him.

    1. Wilma:
      It’s that peacock pedal boat. I have no idea what the “tail” looked like. It’s in the low 80s here and still at times humid (currently 79 and feels like 81). Much more manageable than it was.

      1. I thought that boat was a sea horse. I also thought that peacock referred to the shape of that banana tree. I need to get another eye injection 🙂

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      I was getting concerned about my ballot because I have to mail it from Spain and who knows how long it will take to get there. But it arrived via email quickly after my request, so all is good (I hope).

      1. Any registered voter who is living outside the US can go to “” to download the ballot appropriate for wherever they are registered. Some states let you vote online and others require that you print out the ballot and mail it in. Very easy. Still, the international is taking longer than usual right now.

  4. The surf looks strong. Here our problem when swimming is the undertow which can take you out to sea. People are constantly warned about it and what to do if you get caught. We do not have flags or lifeguards. So swimmers beware.

    1. larrymuffin:
      We have undertow and rip currents and many visitors don’t take them seriously. Also, most of our beaches have a steep drop off into the surf, which makes it very difficult for people to get back out of the water unless they have a board. People have had heart attacks trying to emerge from the sea.

  5. I’m glad the sciatica has improved somewhat. I wonder if those bananas are edible? Or is it just an ornamental variety?

    I haven’t received my ballot yet but I’m looking forward to it. I should probably follow up and make sure it’s been mailed!

    1. Steve:
      The bananas are edible, which is why it’s even more likely they’ll disappear. But we have a banana palm in our back garden. Oh, our portero always plucks those! Never mind, we’ll get Canary Island bananas at the market and will be in banana heaven. I received my ballot upon request via email from California, but I have to mail it back snail mail, so am glad to have it already.

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