Sitting and shooting / Baloncesto sentado

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

I WALKED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON FOR three hours. I took pictures, did some browsing in a couple of shops, and bought a bottle of water along the way. So, now I have a lot of photos to share that I’ll try to break into bite-sized chunks.

I walked to the Fuengirola River because Kathleen told me about the piles of mud they saw. What a mess after Storm Filomena, but it hasn’t stopped anyone from having fun. The weather since the storm has been perfect, although San Geraldo would tell you it’s been cold. Yesterday during my walk, for example it was only around 60°F/16°C. I wore a long-sleeved shirt!

Jesica and I haven’t had an English class together since November, when our municipal borders were closed. The borders had reopened but tomorrow they close again, so we decided to take our classes online. We met today for two hours and had a blast. She worked hard on her English this entire time, despite having a million (more or less) other things to deal with. And, since we speak both English and Spanish together (I’m not a purist when it comes to lessons), she helps me improve my Spanish.

My biggest problem now (in my mind) is vocabulary. I don’t use many words often enough to remember them. The best compliment I’ve ever gotten about my Spanish, however, came today when I was being self-critical and Jesica told me when I speak Spanish I sound like someone who grew up speaking the language. AND… she said my Spanish is cultured! Jesica is extremely generous — and very wise.


ANDUVE AYER POR LA TARDE durante tres horas. Tomé fotografías, hojeé un par de tiendas y compré una botella de agua en el camino. Entonces, ahora tengo muchas fotos para compartir que intentaré dividir en pedazos pequeños.

Caminé hasta el río Fuengirola porque Kathleen me habló de los montones de barro que vieron. Qué lío después de Storm Filomena, pero no ha impedido que nadie se divierta; el clima desde la tormenta ha sido perfecto, aunque San Geraldo te diría que hace frío. Ayer, durante mi caminata, por ejemplo, solo fue alrededor de 16°C/60°F. ¡Llevaba una camisa de manga larga!

Jesica y yo no hemos tenido una clase de inglés juntas desde noviembre, cuando se cerraron nuestras fronteras municipales. Las fronteras se habían vuelto a abrir pero mañana se vuelven a cerrar, así que decidimos tomar nuestras clases en línea. Nos reunimos hoy durante dos horas y lo pasamos de maravilla. Trabajó duro en su inglés todo este tiempo, a pesar de tener un millón (más o menos) de otras cosas con las que lidiar. Y, dado que hablamos inglés y español juntos (no soy un purista cuando se trata de lecciones), ella me ayuda a mejorar mi español.

Mi mayor problema ahora, en mi mente, es el vocabulario. No uso muchas palabras con suficiente frecuencia para recordarlas. Sin embargo, el mejor cumplido que he recibido sobre mi español llegó hoy, cuando estaba siendo autocrítico y Jesica me dijo que cuando hablo español sueno como alguien que creció hablando el idioma. Y … ¡dijo que mi español es culto! Jesica es extremadamente generosa — y muy sabia.

I was tempted to buy these two items for myself…
Estuve tentado a comprarme estos dos artículos …
… However, Moose would never permit it.
… Sin embargo, Moose nunca lo permitiría.

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 “Sitting and shooting / Baloncesto sentado”

  1. Filomena did leave quite a mess in her wake! Good to see people playing outside. And just think – you could be playing inside if only you had succumbed to your impulse . . . .

  2. Good for Moose! Whatever became of reading on the throne? A cultured person like you should never stoop to low brow potty entertainment! For shame, Scoot, for shame! Now, where can I find that keyboard thingy?

    1. Deedles:
      Moose doesn’t permit me to read on the throne! Playing an etude while going potty is NOT low brow… available at “Flying Tiger Copenhagen” worldwide (or wherever they have shops).

  3. I feel so bad that I’ve slacked off on learning Spanish in the past year. I went from taking a class in person and doing an online course, and practicing daily, to nothing at all. There’s no excuse because I’ve had all this extra time off. I feel bad about it–I’ve even been too lazy to try reading your Spanish version here. 🙁 I need to start back up.

    It’s a dream of mine to be told I’m fluent and speak beautiful Spanish, but I seriously doubt it’s going to ever happen. Sigh.

    1. Jennifer:
      I have an ear for the music of the language so I don’t think I SOUND bad when I speak. However, people clearly know I’m not native because people often respond to me in English (which really pisses me off). I’m at least glad I don’t have an American accent. So far, no one has known where I’m originally from. I know what you mean about no excuses. I can’t remember the last time I worked out and I’ve got nothing but time.

      1. My son who is a Professor in Japan, in no way looks Japanese, curly hair and tall so tall. He speaks Japanese fluently and sometimes he still gets people answering him in English. He doesn’t like it either.

      2. Parsnip:
        It’s very frustrating. SG complains about it, too. We would walk into a restaurant. We both would speak Spanish as we were seated. And we then would be handed menus in English. Not only have we been insulted, but we know Spanish food and the English translations are often completely incongruous.

  4. supervise daddy, moose! you know how we hoomins tend to slack off! your area looks like several hurricanes hit at the same time. cleanup will take a while. what is a “miramar”?

    1. anne marie:
      Although the mess has been piled up all over town, nothing has been hauled away yet. Another storm is coming today (it’s already raining). Miramir is Parque Miramar, a large indoor shopping mall — shops, movie theatres, restaurants, the usual. It’s very nice. Since it’s Spain, LOTS of cafes.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      I truly should be much more fluent (i.e., a more mature vocabulary) after living here 9 years. I’m incapable of reading the newspaper and understanding it all. But I at least continue to improve. I’ve always been a walker. I would walk for miles in Manhattan when I was younger. Walked to work in Boston when I worked downtown, ditto D.C. I love it.

  5. The covid here I would say, is safe to say, is now completely out of control. We have definitely lost control of the room. We SHOULD be in mandatory lock down as a whole country but aren’t, The mind boggles.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Many people here would prefer us going back into lockdown. What a nightmare nearly a year on. Where’s that shot? (Oh, and that vaccine?)

  6. The river must have been raging during that storm. Those kind of locations remind me places out west in the US that stay dry and empty 90+% of the time…but then one heavy rainfall and you realize why they have all those huge culverts around. Flash flooding is an ugly thing to behold.

    As for the toilet toys. No. Just no. Moose, make him behave!

    1. Mary:
      A couple of miles north of there is where the couple drowned foolishly trying to cross the river in their car. In that area alone, below the shopping mall, the river had overflowed its banks, completely covered the sports area and headed halfway up the steps to the shopping center. We have rain two major rain culverts in town and a few smaller ones. We were relieved ours didn’t overflow this time around. A few years back mud slid so heavily from the mountains that it completely buried a street parallel to the culvert and flowed across our street and onto the beach. … I can’t imagine playing the piano with my feet while “seated” but that basketball looks really fun! Even Chuck liked the idea.

    1. Debra:
      Yes, Moose has a thing for our underwear… but only when it’s around our ankles. He also has a thing for sniffing his brother’s butt.

  7. It’s obvious that Jessica is quite intelligent and an excellent judge of someone else’s Spanish. Three hours is a lot of walking. Franklin and I walked to the neighborhood park today.


    1. Janie:
      I never sat down during that entire walk. I really enjoyed it, although my hip has been sore AND I have the start of a couple of blisters on one foot — but only the start. I love walking! Wish I could take Dudo or Moose walking with me.

      1. Janie:
        I have, too. But that will NEVER happen with ours. You want me to wear WHAT?!?

    1. Bob:
      Moose is NOT calm, just possessive and demanding. The bossy little shit. He doesn’t even like when I read in there.

  8. Looks like that storm did a fair bit of damage. I have the HFH to make sure that everything comes out right in the WC – they would not tolerate games!

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