Bagpiper of Los Boliches / Gaitero de Los Boliches

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

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, I WAS ON the terrace (because that’s as far as I’ll allow my sore foot to take me) when I noticed a group of runners on the beach in matching green. Then, I noticed a bagpiper. Now, runners are a dime (or 10 centimos) a dozen around here, but a bagpiper? I grabbed my camera. You can see below exactly what I saw.

We had chocolate chip banana bread for dessert last night (and for dessert after breakfast yesterday, too). For the evening meal, however, we added apple sauce to make it even more healthy (and filling — which wasn’t necessary). A half jar of apple sauce for each of us! A quarter goes on the banana bread and the rest we shovel into our mouths solo. Yes, it’s too much. But just look at how artfully I applied the apple sauce.

I peeled a mandarine orange for my breakfast bowl again this morning. I’ve been removing the peel in one piece. Our grandmothers used to do that with a knife. They’d remove any citrus peel in one continuous spiral. This morning’s peel looked flower-like and I thought, “I should look up orange peel designs.” But I thought again. My current “designs” don’t require a knife.

I’m trying to calm my excitement (and anxiety) about my driving practice tomorrow (Friday) morning. It’s not working.


AYER POR LA TARDE, ESTABA en la terraza (porque eso es lo más lejos que permitiré que me lleve el pie dolorido) cuando me fijé en un grupo de corredores en la playa vestidos de verde a juego. Entonces, noté un gaitero. En los Estados Unidos, se podría decir que los corredores cuestan “a dime” (diez centavos) la docena. Pero ¿un gaitero? Agarré mi cámara. Puedes ver a continuación exactamente lo que vi.

Anoche comimos pan de plátano con chispas de chocolate después de la cena (y ayer también después del desayuno). Para la cena, sin embargo, agregamos salsa de manzana para que sea aún más saludable (y abundante — que no era necesario). ¡Medio frasco de salsa de manzana para cada uno de nosotros! Una cuarta parte se destina al pan de plátano y el resto nos lo metemos a la boca solos. Sí, es demasiado. Pero mire cuán ingeniosamente apliqué la salsa de manzana.

Esta mañana, volví a pelar una mandarina para mi tazón de desayuno. He estado quitando la cáscara en una sola pieza. Nuestras abuelas solían hacer eso con un cuchillo. Quitarían la cáscara de los cítricos en una espiral continua. La cáscara de esta mañana se veía como una flor y pensé: “Debería buscar diseños de cáscaras de naranja”. Pero volví a pensar. Mis “diseños”” actuales no requieren un cuchillo.

Estoy tratando de calmar mi entusiasmo (y ansiedad) por mi práctica de conducción mañana (viernes) por la mañana. No he tenido éxito.

• Dudo looks for his bird (click here). Moose has no idea what he’s looking for, but he decides to help (so he stares at an apartment door).
• Dudo busca a su pájaro (haz clic aquí). Moose no tiene idea de lo que está buscando, pero decide ayudar (así que mira la puerta de un apartamento).

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..

24 thoughts on “Bagpiper of Los Boliches / Gaitero de Los Boliches”

    1. Debra:
      Oh, that was just me being… me. At a glance and at a distance, the guy in the NORWAY sweater looked to me like he was wearing a kilt and all the rest. On closer inspection, not quite!

    1. Deedles:
      Are you still looking for the bagpiper? If you blur your vision and sit far away from the screen, the guy in red looked like a bagpiper to me. Or just close your eyes and believe me.

      1. Nah, I’m good. “Close your eyes and believe me” I do believe that’s how I ended up with two kids instead of one.

      2. Deedles:
        I can guarantee if you close your eyes and trust me, you will NOT end up with another kid.

    1. Mary:
      Well I’m glad YOU at least are not still looking for the bagpiper. Too much applesauce? No. Not enough chocolate!

  1. It’s a good thing I gave up looking for the bagpiper and checked the comments. Otherwise I would have spent hours searching for him. I am confident that you’ll drive beautifully.


    1. janiejunebug:
      Man, I sure blew it with my “cleverness” in this post. I thought everyone would see the bagpiper I saw. Just finished breakfast. Leaving the house in an hour. Serenity now.

  2. I saw the bagpiper right away! The way he was carrying his bag looks just like, well, how a bagpiper carries a bagpipe! I guess I also do not have enough chocolate. And even though I have no applesauce, it is all that I want.

    So good of Moose to help Dudo.

  3. I thought maybe bagpipers in Spain were so different from ours that I missed him/her. Now I know.
    Poor Moose.
    I LOVE apple sauce with gingerbread………. and whipped cream of course.

    1. Jim:
      I’m relieved Wilma saw what I saw without hesitation. (Not relieved for Wilma’s sake, but at least I’m not completely alone… in my visions.) Gingerbread! I don’t think I had any gingerbread last Christmas.

  4. I felt like Moose while reading your post today, not knowing what I’m looking for, but wanting to help, LOL! We all need more chocolate, I think…

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      You’ll be pleased to know you are in the majority. Most had no clue what I was talking about!

    1. David:
      I’m impressed with people who can play bagpipes, although I’m usually not grateful when they do.

    1. anne marie:
      Then get over here and deal with them. Moose woke up SG at 5:30 and now at 8 they’ve already been begging (demanding) their treats for an hour. And it’s my day off. Isabel gives them treats today.

  5. I am confused about the chair is it SG or Dudo’s. I like the Norway Bagpiper all of the extra stuff he has hanging around him it could be a bagpipe. Since I have lost some of my eyesight in my right eye I really have to try to wear my glasses but I don’t think it helps all that much. So if you say you saw a bagpiper I will agree.

    1. Parsnip:
      It’s SG’s desk chair, but Dudo decided he really likes it. He actually shoves himself behind SG sometimes and tries to push him out.

  6. My husband taught our grandson ( aged about 7 at the time) to remove the peel of satsuma so that it looked like an elephant….trunk and big ears!

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