He’s so cold / Él es tan frío

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

I WAS BACK AT THE orthodontist yesterday. Last week, when I stopped off for an unexpected drink with Elena and Tynan, I popped my bottom retainer into a napkin and slipped it in a side pocket of my bag. Somehow, it cracked.

My previous orthodontist had to try seven times until she successfully produced proper moulds for my first pair of retainers. She tried form after form every time until she found the correct size. Then she didn’t pour correctly. Then she didn’t order them correctly. There was a one-week wait (each time) for the retainers to be produced from the moulds. Once the work was finally completed — all payments having been made — I switched to this highly recommended orthodontist. I wish I had started with her.

My appointment took all of five minutes. And, five hours later, I received a call that the new retainer was already in. I’ll pick it up after morning coffee at Mesón Salvador — while Isabel makes our apartment beautiful. Since the office is in Benalmádena, I have a justification letter to show the police if we’re stopped for crossing from one municipality to another.

Speaking of our latest covid rules, the request by Mijas and Fuengirola to have “urban nucleus” status has been denied by the government of Andalucía. I’m sure there are dozens of municipalities all over the region with the same problem — some with much more limited services than we have here. It would create a nightmare for the administration to begin to consider all the exceptions to the restrictions that we hope will last only until 23 November.

I took 92 photos of Thursday morning’s sunrise. I trimmed that number down to 32 before saving them to my computer. Here are my five favorites for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome. The beer can is from the pulled pork (click here) SG made Wednesday. And now we’re off to Mesón Salvador for coffee — with Lulu.

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AYER REGRESÉ AL ORTODONCISTA. LA semana pasada, cuando me detuve para tomar una copa inesperada con Elena y Tynan, metí mi retenedor inferior en una servilleta y lo deslicé en un bolsillo lateral de mi bolso. De alguna manera, se rompió.

Mi ortodoncista anterior tuvo que intentarlo siete veces hasta que produjo con éxito los moldes adecuados para mi primer par de retenedores. Intentó forma tras forma cada vez hasta que encontró el tamaño correcto. Entonces ella no sirvió correctamente. Entonces no los ordenó correctamente. Hubo una espera de una semana (cada vez) para que los retenedores se produjeran a partir de los moldes. Una vez que finalmente se completó el trabajo — habiendo realizado todos los pagos — me cambié a este ortodoncista altamente recomendado. Ojalá hubiera comenzado con ella.

Mi cita duró cinco minutos. Y, cinco horas después, recibí una llamada que me decía que el nuevo retenedor ya estaba. Lo recogeré después del café de la mañana en Mesón Salvador, mientras Isabel vuelve a embellecer nuestro apartamento. Como la oficina está en Benalmádena, tengo una carta de justificación para mostrar a la policía si nos paran por cruzar de un municipio a otro.

Hablando de nuestras últimas reglas de covid, la solicitud de Mijas y Fuengirola de tener el estatus de “núcleo urbano” ha sido denegada por el gobierno de Andalucía. Estoy seguro de que hay docenas de municipios en toda la región con el mismo problema, algunos con servicios mucho más limitados que los que tenemos aquí. Sería una pesadilla para la administración comenzar a considerar todas las excepciones a las restricciones que esperamos duren solo hasta el 23 de noviembre.

Hice 92 fotos del amanecer del jueves por la mañana. Recorté ese número a 32 antes de guardarlos en mi ordenador. Aquí están mis cinco favoritos para su placer visual. De nada. La lata de cerveza es del cerdo desmenuzado (haz clic aquí) SG hecho el miércoles. Y ahora nos vamos a Mesón Salvador a tomar un café, con Lulu.

I met San Geraldo for coffee after my appointment. It was 66F (18C). We were inside.
Me reuní con San Geraldo para tomar un café después de mi cita. Hacía 18C (66F). Estábamos adentro.

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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..

22 thoughts on “He’s so cold / Él es tan frío”

  1. Freezing at 66, this is the guy who was wise enough to abandon a tent in the middle of the night and check into a very nice nearby hotel. My kind of roughing it.

  2. It really pays to ‘shop around’ I guess.
    Happy you found what you needed. Only five hours waiting for the retainer!!
    Great photos of the sunrise.
    Here in Atlantic Canada we have what is called the ‘Atlantic Bubble’…..made up of the provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. We who live here can move freely from province to province without having to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Should we wish to go to Quebec or Ontario we would have to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Our numbers of covid in the ‘bubble’ are way down compared to the rest of Canada……..for now.

    1. Jim:
      And the quality of the retainer is so much better than the first one.

      There’s something to be said for living life in a bubble.

  3. GREAT sunrise pix! and I feel for SG; I must have been a lizard in a previous life, cause I get cold easily.

    1. anne marie:
      When we lived in the northeastern US, I had to go out and start the car in winter and leave it running for several minutes with the heat blasting before he would get in. His early years in South Dakota took their toll.

    1. Bob:
      Well, it IS called Altos del Higueron (residential area). And, as far as SG is concerned, at around 1200 feet above sea level, it COULD BE the Alps.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      We’ve currently got a 73 percent chance of rain. I’m still waiting. Will probably putter in terrace garden today.

  4. What a sunrise! I’m with SG regarding being cold. I have a blanket on the bed now that night time temps are down into the mid-70s. And some nights I drink a hot chocolate in bed before lights out.

    1. Wilma:
      A hot chocolate before bed would have me sweating on the pillow. But, on these cooler nights I do actually pull the top sheet over part of my naked body — for a brief time. SG is under the top sheet and two down comforters.

  5. Beautiful sunrise snaps, as usual! As I sit here looking at blogs, the news is on in the next room. The orange one apparently made a speech yesterday. As I heard (without listening to) that voice, I was reminded of something a woman I worked with always used to say: How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      That was a popular line among my friends in NYC. You’d think the Orange Anus would know it well by now.

  6. 92 photos! Wow! And I thought I was bad! I think my favorite is the one with the bird, but I like them all.

    Glad you found someone more reliable to manage your retainers. I’ve never had orthodontia (knock wood) but it sounds like a royal pain.

    1. Steve:
      Don’t you love digital?!? I snap away and know I’ll end up with something I like.

      I always regretted not getting braces when i was a kid. My dentist said it wasn’t necessary but if I wanted them… What 12-year-old says, YES, PLEASE?!? I had Invisalign clear plastic. Most people didn’t even know I was wearing them. And they were mostly comfortable and without problem. I, sadly, chose the wrong orthodontist. Fortunately, Invisalign is computer generated so my orthodontist’s weaknesses didn’t affect the outcome. (She was at least very pleasant.) I’m still very glad I did it and now all I have are these plastic retainers for a while.

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