Rain in Spain / Lluvia en España

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

I’VE BEEN MEANING TO SHARE my rainy photos for a while now. We did have one really good soaker of a day last week, but we’re back to sunshine mixed with clouds, 18C (65F), and a 1 percent chance of rain. At least I got to walk in some puddles (which reminded me I need new water-resistant shoes).

Our elevator shafts are being enlarged and new elevators are being installed. The work began on the 11th floor and today they reached us on the 3rd. My office windows face that hall. It’s more than I like for white noise. A lot more. And we still have the second elevator to go. It appears it will be about seven weeks per elevator.

So, ask me how’s my mood this morning. Go ahead. Ask.

“How’s your mood this morning?”

“Ugh. Don’t ask.” Time to get out for a walk.

I’ve got my weekly phone call with The Kid Brother tonight. And, thanks mostly to the postcards so many of you have sent, I can actually look forward to a pleasant (if confusing) conversation. The boutique hotel I prefer in downtown Brooklyn, NU Hotel, was offering tremendous discounts through September 2021 if I booked before Thursday. So, I did. I paid about 40 percent of what I usually pay. I’m assuming all will be well for safe travel to the States by then. And even though it’s nearly 10 months away, The Kid Brother will be elated. Besides that, he received a big care package from me since we last spoke.

Wow. I’m already feeling better about life. I’ll save my walk for after lunch when the chance of rain will be up to 2 percent.


HACE UN TIEMPO QUE TENÍA la intención de compartir mis fotos lluviosas. La semana pasada tuvimos un buen día de remojo, pero volvimos al sol mezclado con nubes, 18 ° C (65 ° F) y un 1 por ciento de probabilidad de lluvia. Al menos pude caminar en algunos charcos (lo que me recordó que necesito zapatos nuevos resistentes al agua).

Nuestros huecos de ascensores se están ampliando y se están instalando nuevos ascensores. El trabajo comenzó en el piso 11 y hoy nos alcanzaron en el 3er. Las ventanas de mi oficina dan a ese pasillo. Es más de lo que me gusta para el ruido blanco. Mucho más. Y todavía nos queda el segundo ascensor. Parece que serán unas siete semanas por ascensor.

Entonces, pregúntame cómo está mi estado de ánimo esta mañana. Adelante. Pregúntame.

“¿Cómo está tu estado de ánimo esta mañana?”

“Ugh. No preguntes”.

Es hora de salir a caminar. Tengo mi llamada telefónica semanal con El Hermanito esta noche. Y, sobre todo gracias a las postales que muchos de vostros haís enviado, puedo esperar una conversación agradable (aunque confusa). El hotel boutique que prefiero en el centro de Brooklyn, NU Hotel, ofrecía enormes descuentos hasta septiembre de 2021 si reservé antes del jueves. Así que lo hice. Pagué alrededor del 40 por ciento de lo que suelo pagar. Supongo que todo estará bien para un viaje seguro a Estados Unidos para entonces. Y aunque faltan casi 10 meses, The Kid Brother estará eufórico. Además de eso, recibió un gran caja de mi parte desde la última vez que hablamos.

Guau. Ya me siento mejor con la vida. Guardaré mi caminata para después del almuerzo, cuando la probabilidad de lluvia sea de hasta el 2 por ciento.

I love that dirty water.
Amo esa agua sucia.
Got some flotsam.
Restos flotantes.
A Fuengirola flotsam eater.
Un devorador de restos flotantes de Fuengirola.


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..

28 thoughts on “Rain in Spain / Lluvia en España”

  1. It is surprising the things that wash up after a storm, while the land is washed clean, the ocean tosses on the shore what does not belong in the water. Hopefully the short term pain of the elevator work, is offset by new and larger elevators.

    1. David:
      I probably should have taken pictures of the trash, but I found it depressing. So many plastic bottles in that mess of flotsam. New elevators are long overdue. These are the tiniest I’ve ever seen. A travel wheelchair doesn’t even fit unless the person in it gets up and the chair is folded. So, the current noise is well worth it. Besides, it’s not constant.

  2. Speaking of rain……thanks for sending it this way. We have three days of it coming……good for the wells.
    You are very optimistic with your 10 month forecast for this pandemic. I hope you are right!

    1. Jim:
      Oh, I don’t think it will be all over in 10 months, I just figure there will have been enough progress whereby I can make that trip. You’re welcome for the rain. Wish we had more. Currently a 1 percent chance, which goes to 0 percent in 2 hours.

  3. Ugh. I can’t imagine the noise involved in enlarging an elevator shaft. I didn’t even know that was possible.

    I can’t wait to hear about your conversation with your brother. I always love those posts. (I doubt he’s received anything from me yet, but as they say, the check’s in the mail. Except it’s not a check.)

    1. Steve:
      I was in a whiney mood. Truth is the noise isn’t half as bad as I’d expect. Loud for a bit, but not all day. We were surprised there was room enough to enlarge the elevators. But building materials have gotten so much more lightweight and efficient and the old elevators are from 1973. The noise was worse from the weeks-long jack-hammering of the plaza 2 streets away.

  4. damn, I was about to post that video! I think my flamingo card must have gotten lost; I will send chuck another funny card. that moon shot is a good one, but it’s not YOUR full moon.

    1. anne marie:
      So many cards haven’t gotten to him in recent months. It seems to suddenly be getting better (post election???). I hope the flamingo card still makes it.

  5. Too bad the elevator work didn’t coincide with the renovation of the apartment above you. Great photos (as always). And the long awaited moonshot is magnificent! Cold and rainy here as well. Down to 71 last night! I am wearing sweatpants and socks and may have to find a hoodie . . . .

    1. Wilma:
      I’m waiting for another renovation to begin. There’s always something going on in this building. You and SG would do well together!

    1. Judy:
      1. I looked it up a few years back. Jetsam is what is intentionally jettisoned, like that cow that died on a ship and was simply tossed overboard. I didn’t see any cows on the beach last week.
      2. Hmmm. I don’t know yet. It is very common around here and thanks for pointing out the obvious joke that I completely missed.

    1. Bob:
      The sky is a vivid blue and temps will be high 60s, which with no wind feels like a summer’s day. I hope it was warm and cozy in bed.

    1. Parsnip:
      I love the rain, but only because I live in a place where it doesn’t happen very often. I hope you got a beautiful downpour soon.

  6. So, not raining on the plain, eh?

    We had two and half inches of rain yesterday. About the 9th day this year we have had more than 2″ of rain in a 24 hour period (or less). A couple those days included 5-10″+ of rain (and flooding–including our garages). So not quite a fan of rain at the moment.

    1. Mary:
      It may have been raining on the plain but we’re not plain enough down here. Sorry for you excess rain. I guess I should be careful what I wish for.

  7. I am reminded of one my high school English teachers. He would say, with a very nearly sadistic smile, after announcing a big assignment or a pop quiz and hearing his students groan and grumble, “Into each life, a little rain must fall.” And he was right. Thank goodness.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I’m reminded of a high school English teacher who used to say “Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” He married one of his students and quit teaching to sell Amway.

  8. I’m glad Chuck will be in a good mood for your call. Things had better be okay here in time for your trip. The FDA has been asked to provide emergency approval for at least one of the vaccines. Healthcare providers are supposed to receive it first. I hope that next it will go to the general population, starting with older folks first.


    1. Janie:
      I’m hoping the covid situation will be much safer by then. If not, I’ll just delay the trip some more. It’s good to see someone in the USA taking control of the plans for the vaccine.

      1. We heard on the news that only 55% of Americans say they’ll get the vaccine, as in “I don’t know what’s in that stuff so I’m not getting it in my arm.” Do they know exactly what’s in other shots they get? I doubt it. We need at least 75% of people to get the vaccine for us to have herd immunity. Damn fools.

      2. Janie:
        Sadly, I’ve heard people here say they won’t get it either. Jeez! Well I’M getting it as soon as I can. I’ve read it will start here in January.

    1. Urspo:
      We keep getting promised rain and it never arrives. There’s currently a 1 percent chance! I can see it on the horizon but it’s not coming our way.

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