Everyone knows / Todo el mundo sabe

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

IT’S BEEN FAIRLY WARM (65°F/18°C) and mostly cloudy. Or perhaps partly cloudy. Then again, there have been a lot of clouds. Maybe it’s partly sunny. The wind has been gusting day and night. I stuck a knit cap in my pocket when I headed out for my walk this afternoon. I was fine at first,but when I needed the cap, I forgot I had it. I’ve been home an hour and a half and my ears still hurt.

The Kid Brother has been in good spirits this past week. When we phoned and sang “happy birthday,” he groaned but let us finish. When I asked him how we did. He said, “Not good!” I asked, “Did you get any mail since the last time we talked?” (I’m learning.) He said, “Quite a few postcards. Should I get ’em?” And he was off. “Don’t go anywhere! I’ll be right back!” he yelled. I wondered how many “quite a few” would be.

The first card was a buffalo from San Geraldo’s sister Linda in South Dakota. He said, “I remember those!” We took him and the Dowager Duchess there in 1989. It was a really difficult trip (as trips with the two of them together always were). SG and I needed a month’s vacation alone after that. But The Kid Brother has great memories and loves SG’s family.

Then there was a “really nice dog” from Jennifer (of Sparrow Tree Journal fame). When he spelled the name and I said “Jennifer,” he said, “I know them! And the parrot. I know. I know.”

He then said, “There’s one more! You won’t believe it. A Valentine’s card. A dog. With hearts. THAT is really funny.” That was from Mary, whom he also remembers now, and he loved it.

I think I forgot to mention, I broke my bottom retainer … again. I was in a rush a few weeks ago and pulled too hard. Yes, it’s actually easy to pull too hard. And, if you do, you can crack it. I’ve cracked mine twice. But back to the retainer. The new one was ready for pick-up two weeks ago, but there was a COVID exposure (a patient) and the orthodontist’s office was closed for two weeks. I picked up the retainer yesterday and will see how long it lasts.

The wind to me looked more interesting in black and white today. I hope you agree. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and for keeping me [marginally] sane.

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ESTÁ HABITUALMENTE CALIENTE (18°C/65°F) Y mayormente nublado. O quizás parcialmente nublado. Por otra parte, ha habido muchas nubes. Quizás esté parcialmente soleado. El viento ha sido racheado día y noche. Me metí un gorro de lana en el bolsillo cuando salí a caminar. Al principio estaba bien, pero cuando necesité la gorra, olvidé que la tenía. Llevo una hora y media en casa y todavía me duelen los oídos.

El Hermanito ha estado de buen humor la semana pasada. Cuando telefoneamos y cantamos “feliz cumpleaños”, él gimió pero terminemos. Cuando le pregunté cómo lo hicimos, él dijo: “¡No bueno!” Le pregunté: “¿Recibiste algún correo desde la última vez que hablamos?” (Estoy aprendiendo). Dijo: “Unas cuantas postales. ¿Debería conseguirlos?” Y se fue. “¡No vayas a ningún lado! ¡Vuelvo enseguida!” el grito. Me pregunté cuántos serían “unas cuantas”.

La primera carta era un búfalo de Linda, una hermana de las dos hermanas de San Geraldo, en Dakota del Sur. Él dijo: “¡Recuerdo esos!” Lo llevamos a él y a Mi Madre La Duquesa Viuda allí en 1989. Fue un viaje realmente difícil (como siempre lo fueron los viajes con los dos juntos). SG y yo necesitábamos un mes de vacaciones solos después de eso. Pero El Hermanito tiene grandes recuerdos y ama a la familia de SG.

Luego hubo un “perro realmente agradable” de Jennifer (de la fama de Sparrow Tree Journal). Cuando deletreó el nombre y dije “Jennifer”, dijo: “¡Los conozco! Y el loro. Lo sé. Lo sé.”

Luego dijo: “¡Hay uno más! No lo vas a creer. Una tarjeta de San Valentín. Un perro. Con corazones. ESO es realmente divertido”. Eso era de Mary, a quien también recuerda ahora, y le encantó.

Creo que olvidé mencionar, rompí mi retenedor inferior … de nuevo. Tenía prisa hace unas semanas y tiré demasiado fuerte. Sí, en realidad es fácil tirar demasiado fuerte. Y, si lo hace, puede romperlo. El nuevo retenedor estuvo listo hace dos semanas, pero hubo una exposición a COVID (un paciente) y la oficina estuvo cerrada durante dos semanas. Ayer recogí el retenedor y veré cuánto dura este.

El viento me pareció más interesante hoy en blanco y negro. Espero que estés de acuerdo Gracias desde el fondo de mi corazón por pasar y por mantenerme [marginalmente] cuerdo.

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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..

38 thoughts on “Everyone knows / Todo el mundo sabe”

  1. The pictures in the black and white look cool if not haunting. It is nice and sunny here today but chilly. With my taxes and financial stuff now done, I don’t need to go back out now for another two weeks, except for my little walks. I’m hearing possibly three more snow occurrences are acommin’

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      The snow scenes you’ve shared from your walks have been beautiful We sat in the open air for lunch today. Around 70!

  2. damn, why is chuck not getting my cards? stupid USPS! LOVE the B&W shots; matches my current mood.

    1. Mitchell said none of mine have made it to him either…but we aren’t sure. Mitchell says when he gets to NYC and visits, there may be a ton and Chuck was holding up, bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!! I would feel bad if he’s not getting them.

      1. Mistress Borghese:
        I hope it turns out to be a case of Chuck being Chuck and I discover a treasure trove of postcards.

    2. anne marie:
      It really IS frustrating. But I’ll double check when I’m there (I hope I’m there) in August. Long time to wait. Sorry! I should probably share the color versions. VERY different!

    1. Bob:
      I love your typos. My “sot” in the world “ID” lovely. And thanks. The photo[s] is[in] color tell an entirely different story.

  3. The b/w photos work! …….very well! Nice.
    We are all in this together, Mitchell. Sometimes we need to be held up a little more than other times. take care.

  4. The B&W photos really are moody, aren’t they?

    As for your music selection, I saw The Association at U of MD in 1969 (tickets were only $1-$2.50). It was a great concert with a lot of their best music (including Windy). Was invited to an after-party with the group that night, but declined. Probably a wise decision on my part. Still play their Greatest Hits album (man, I’m old…still calling them albums–wore grooves in it, I played it so much). Now I play it on my 15 year old ipod. Really move with the times, eh?

    Good to know KB got the valentine’s card. Feel bad that anne marie’s aren’t showing up. What’s with that USPS? She’s even closer than I am to Brooklyn.

    1. Mary:
      I can’t even remember what tickets cost for all the amazing groups and individuals I saw during the university years. $1-$2.50!!! I’ll bet I didn’t pay much more than that. Yeah, probably good you didn’t go tot he after-party… but what story you could tell. You have a 15-year-old ipod?!? Amazing. Mine is 19 years old. You’re so much more state-of-the-art. I don’t know what’s going on with USPS anymore. It’s disheartening.

      1. I was an AFS exchange student to France in 1963. My host family’s three daughters all had nicknames that ended with “ou” (“Mirou” for “Mireille,” for example), so I got one too. My name is Chris, so I was called “Chrissou.” I added a “P” for my screen name. My host sisters still call me “Chrissou.”

      2. chrissoup:
        That is the best nickname story! Thanks for sharing it, Chrissou!

  5. I’m so glad Chuck got the card I sent! I signed it: Love, Jennifer (and Marco the bird).

    Thank you for letting me correspond with Chuck. It feels like a privilege. I think he’s great, and you’re not half bad either. 🙂

    1. Jennifer:
      Thank YOU over and over again. This has been so much fun and so special for him, for me, and I think for many other people.

  6. Great skies! The photos of clouds against the hills are especially magical. It is so sweet to hear how excited Chuck gets about the postcards. Brightens my day considerably.

    1. Wilma:
      I, too, loved the clouds against the hills and they’re much more dramatic in black and white. As for Chuck, my plan is to take a picture of him with his entire collection of postcards when i see him in August (please let me see him in August).

  7. It’s fun to read about Chuck and the cards. I know what you mean about needing a vacation after a trip with the Dowager Duchess and Chuck. My mom visited for THREE WEEKS after my daughter was born in 1986. I had no place to go to get away from Mother.

    Love,
    Janie

    1. Janie:
      Every one of my mother’s visits was like that. And the two of them together? I would sing, “It’s just your 19th nervous breakdownnn…”

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      It was pretty spectacular and, for me, the color photos didn’t do it justice. I might share color and black & white together to demonstrate the difference. And… thank you!

  8. Wonderful photos, you could try to take a bad photo of that beach, be careful what you pull too hard on, somethings are harder to fix than others. A glimpse of your beach, helps us stay sane,

    1. sillygirl:
      They named a hurricane after me! Actually, they DID name a hurricane after me — in 1998.

  9. Very moody skies! So does “El Hermanito” read your blog? I’m impressed he knows about Jennifer’s parrot! You help keep me sane, too. It works both ways.

    1. Steve:
      Chuck has the reading level of a 5- or 6-year-old, plus he doesn’t have internet (which I hope to remedy when I visit). So, no, he doesn’t read my blog. If he could, I wouldn’t write what I do. SG and I had a parrot and a number of pet birds that Chuck loved. So, telling him about Jennifer’s parrot was meaningful — and he doesn’t forget a thing! So glad Susan directed me to you! I look forward to your daily posts and your muddy Olga.

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