Bans, bananas, and more / Prohibiciones, plátanos, y más

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ON MY WAY HOME FRIDAY, I looked up to the terrace and spotted Dudo atop his kitty condo. I snapped a couple of quick photos and discovered after the fact that he was watching Isabel clean. This is an exciting new development. In the past, when Isabel cleaned, Dudo stayed in San Geraldo’s office — until she announced it was treat time. Who knows? Maybe in a month or two, he’ll pick up a broom.

As part of our latest covid-19 regulations, the many playgrounds, jungle gyms, and workout stations around town are once again off limits. Saturday, I went for a walk in the drizzle — which was bliss — and stopped for a photo of a banana palm filled with fruit. I had only my iPhone with me and, although the camera is good, its zoom isn’t great in less-than-perfect light. But I made do. I noticed someone coming out of the sea, which was a surprise to me in this weather, but even more surprising was that he appeared to be dancing. So, I ignored the bananas and focused on him. After some interesting twisting and strutting, he did some choreography with a jump rope (but no jumping).


EL VIERNES DE CAMINO A casa, miré hacia la terraza y vi a Dudo en lo alto de su apartamento de gatitos. Tomé un par de fotos rápidas y descubrí después del hecho de que estaba viendo a Isabel limpiar. Este es un nuevo desarrollo emocionante. En el pasado, cuando Isabel limpiaba, Dudo se quedaba en la oficina de San Geraldo, hasta que ella anunció que era hora de comer. ¿Quién sabe? Quizás en un mes o dos, recogerá una escoba.

Como parte de nuestras últimas regulaciones covid-19, los numerosos patios de recreo, gimnasios en la jungla y estaciones de entrenamiento de la ciudad vuelven a estar fuera de los límites. El sábado, salí a caminar bajo la llovizna, que fue una bendición, y me detuve para tomar una foto de una palmera de plátano llena de fruta. Solo tenía mi iPhone conmigo y, aunque la cámara es buena, su zoom no es excelente con una luz menos que perfecta. Pero me las arreglé. Vi que alguien salía del mar, lo cual fue una sorpresa para mí con este clima, pero aún más sorprendente fue que parecía estar bailando. Entonces, ignoré los plátanos y me concentré en él. Después de algunos giros y pavoneos interesantes, hizo una coreografía con una cuerda para saltar (pero sin saltar).

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..

33 thoughts on “Bans, bananas, and more / Prohibiciones, plátanos, y más”

  1. Dudo is supervising the work. lol
    Bans are a common sight now, I guess. Maybe after these restrictions people will be more careful and comply with the protocols of getting rid of this thing forever…..or at least till another comes around.
    Looks like this guy was ‘doing his thang’…….

    1. Jim:
      I really admired how comfortable this guy was doing his thang. I’m much more self-conscious.

  2. Dudo is clearly supervising. I think he deserves a raise, but I’m a little annoyed he missed the Nice Butt on the Beach.

    1. Bob:
      Dudo can see all the nice butts on the beach in our vicinity. That nice butt, however, was about 15 minutes away.

  3. Good morning. As I’ve always said: A cloudy day at the beach is better than a sunny day at work!

  4. That tape makes this look like a crime scene in Santa’s village 🙂 The beach guy has nice back muscles, but I can’t tell about his other assets because of those hideous shorts (?) he’s wearing. I’d need a closer look. I just wanna pick up Dudo and hug him into unconsciousness!

    1. Deedles:
      Oh, those damned shorts! The beach guy was disgustingly fit. I want to hug Dudo like that, too.

  5. The exercise equipment reminded me of pieces of structure art work.
    Hey maybe the guy was like ~ Robinson Crusoe finding a new land ~ the land of dance and contortions!

    BTW ~ Do you think Dudo can feel my virtual rubs!? Winks!

  6. Cats are good at experts at watching others work. The man seems to be dancing to his own drummer.

  7. What on earth is that guy doing?!

    This makes me wonder why our playgrounds aren’t closed again, even though we’re in another lockdown (of sorts).

    1. Steve:
      I can’t figure out the rules around the world. The guy on the beach was shadow boxing before he came out of the water. He looked like he was doing mixed martial arts training… or practicing to be a mime.

  8. Are you allowed to pick those bananas once there ripe? And why is that fool on the beach shirtless. It looks cold? And should be even be on the beach?

    Dudo looks like he’s ready to claw eyes out. That face is priceless

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I assume someone from the City is expected to pick them at some point. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they disappear… or begin to thin out one by one. The fool on the beach had just come out of the water. And, yeah, it was cold; I think it was 68 degrees. Woe is us. Actually, I was in a tank-top on my walk. Dudo would never claw anyone’s eyes out — well, except Moose’s. They can sure go at it sometimes.

  9. That Dudo! I bet he was exhausted from watching Isabel! I guess the beach is now BYOG (bring your own gym).

    Those bananas will be ready to harvest soon. If they are like our bananas, you harvest the entire fruit-laden stem when they are full sized and just barely turning yellow. Then you cut the stem into bunches and let them ripen. If you try to harvest when they are ripe, they get too bruised to be edible. Once an individual banana plant has borne fruit, it dies. But small plants called “jacks” bud off the base of the big plant, so life goes on. Banana flowers are gorgeous.

    1. Wilma:
      Yep, it’s BYOG here. And, yes, the bananas are harvested and ripen the same as yours. The flowers are stunning. I remember the banana palms also being known as giant bird of paradise in California.

    1. Mary:
      Isabel calls herself the godmother to the cats. And, since she gives them their treats when she’s here, they’ve decided to like her.

  10. Fabulous post today. You have everything interesting in it. What fun.
    I think your phone works great, my phone is garbage and the photos are so bad.

    1. Parsnip:
      The iPhone camera is very good and sometimes better in some situations than my Cannon. But getting sharp photos while using zoom is difficult.

    1. Urspo:
      The cats watch everything going on down below. I’ve waved from the street once or twice but they don’t seem to notice.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Moose was busy putting footprints all over the freshly vacuumed and perfectly blended dining room rug.

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