You can’t fly! / ¡No puedes volar!

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TODAY’S TITLE IS FROM ONE of The Kid Brother’s many favorite old TV series, Gilligan’s Island. Another routine he made me perform with him last night is lifted from the Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedy “Love Business,” (1931):

Kid Brother: Well, what do you want?!?
Me: Oh, I was just passing by; thought I’d drop in.
Kid Brother: Just keep passing by til you come to the river and then drop in!

The Kid Brother hasn’t been very forthcoming in recent weeks when it comes to the mail. I think all the spelling has become too much pressure for him. I understand the feeling. Two weeks ago, he told me, “I got one right here with a penguin on it. From our friend up there [Nova Scotia], J-I-M.”

This week he told me he thinks he received one from me [he knows; he just says he thinks], but I would have to wait and see it in August. I told him I was excited about my flight to see him. He said, “Gilligan, you can’t fly!” I also told him we had a 2-hour meeting at the bank. He said, “Ya mean a 3-hour tour?” [again, Gilligan’s Island].

He then said for no apparent reason, “Shoulda called your butler!” [Lurch, The Addams Family, click here]. We talked for a half hour. He was in a great mood.

We have new palm trees in front of our building and across the street. There are still more to come, but today the City reached us with new trees.

Yesterday, as I neared home, I thought someone was flying a kite from the roof terrace of a penthouse. It turns out, they have a kite attached to a pole. It looks like a bird swooping and soaring. I hope it’s keeping the pigeons away.

Dudo only wants me to lounge with him today. It’s so nice to feel loved.


EL TÍTULO DE HOY ES de una de las series de televisión antiguas favoritas de El Hermanito, Gilligan’s Island [Isla de Gilligan]. Otro que Otra rutina que me hizo actuar con él anoche se extrae de la comedia Our Gang (Little Rascals), “Love Business” [el negocio del amor], (1931):

Hermanito: Bueno, ¿qué quieres ?!?
Yo: Oh, estaba de paso; Pensé en entrar.
Hermanito: ¡Sigue pasando hasta que llegues al río y luego entra!

El Hermanito no ha sido muy comunicativo en las últimas semanas en lo que respecta al correo. Creo que toda la ortografía se ha convertido en una presión excesiva para él. Entiendo el sentimiento. Hace dos semanas, me dijo: “Tengo uno aquí mismo con un pingüino. De nuestro amigo allá arriba [Nueva Escocia], J-I-M.”

Esta semana me dijo que cree haber recibido uno de mí [lo sabe; él solo dice que piensa], pero yo tendría que esperar y verlo en agosto. Le dije que estaba emocionado por mi vuelo para verlo. Él dijo: “¡Gilligan, no puedes volar!” También le dije que teníamos una reunión de dos horas en el banco. Dijo: “¿Te refieres a un recorrido de 3 horas?” [de nuevo, Gilligan’s Island].

Luego dijo sin razón aparente: “¡Debería haber llamado a su mayordomo!” [Lurch, The Addams Family (La familia Addams), haz clic aquí]. Hablamos durante media hora. Él estaba de muy buen humor.

Tenemos palmeras frente a nuestro edificio y al otro lado de la calle. Aún quedan más por venir, pero hoy la Ciudad nos llegó con nuevos arboles.

Ayer, cuando me acercaba a casa, pensé que alguien estaba volando una cometa desde la azotea de un ático. Resulta que tienen una cometa sujeta a un poste. Parece un pájaro volando en picado. Espero que mantenga alejadas a las palomas.

Dudo solo quiere que me relaje con él hoy. Es tan agradable sentirse amado.

• New palm trees and an old chiringuito (beach bar) under renovation.
• Palmeras nuevas y un chiringuito viejo en remodelación.
• Programming the public announcement system (or installing a solar panel) at the same time as the palm trees were being planted.
• Programar el sistema de anuncios públicos (o instalar un panel solar) al mismo tiempo que se plantaban las palmeras.
• There was a lot going on this morning.
• Pasaron muchas cosas esta mañana.


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..

31 thoughts on “You can’t fly! / ¡No puedes volar!”

  1. The Scoot and KB (I want to say Chucky so badly) show. Always a mood lifter. I could’ve sworn that water was moving! Your photos are so riveting. I’m due for the steroid shot in my left eye today, so that might be the reason the water’s moving. Nah, it’s your skill with a camera. I wish I had a Dudo with which to lounge.

    1. Deedles:
      Feel free to say Chucky… or even Chuck. Hope the steriod shot went OK. Does that hurt? Anyway, the water was moving when I took the picture, so you’re not imagining things.

      1. It hurts today. It’s two shots in one eye with the steroid. The first is the shot so that I don’t feel pain with the second one. The steroid is the size of a grain of rice, so yeah the eye has to be numbed big time! It stays and wears away for about three to four months. I see it from time to time as I go about my daily business. I think it looks like a spider’s leg. It was hard going, this time around. The numbing was a hassle. The doctor was giving me the shot and my eye kept blinking. My left eye will do that periodically. It looks like I’m doing some old timey flirting. Not a good thing when getting jabbed in the eye. I couldn’t stop the blinking so I guess the needle didn’t go where it was supposed to go. Well it did, just that it went other places too. I think. The doctor doesn’t acknowledge mistakes. The rice shot went well. I didn’t even feel the pressure of the needle going in. Today, I look like I got punched in the face by Mike Tyson. Red, runny and gooey. I’m staying away from the public eye. I’ll just have to curb my partying lifestyle for awhile. Phew! That was long. Aren’t you sorry you asked?
        I like your moving ocean pictures.

      2. Deedles:
        That sounds awful! I hope it doesn’t hurt for long. I’m sure the blinking was very sexy and is really what made the doctor go off a bit. I can understand you wanting to stay out of the public eye until your eye recovers. The paparazzi would have a field day. And you’ve already given them enough gossip fodder. Feel well!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      For some reason, Dudo wanted me to lie in bed all day yesterday. But Moose wasn’t deprived. He follows us everywhere and plops on the rug in front of us “forcing” us to get down on the floor and cuddle. He also demands my presence when he goes into the kitchen for water or dry food. I have to kneel on the floor next to him. Don’t worry about Moose.

  2. I love your recounting of the conversations with Chuck.
    So much action right outside your door! The swoopy bird is cool. Does it interest the cats at all?

    1. Wilma:
      The cats can’t see that rooftop from our terrace. They’d love it. Right now, they’re atop the table on the balcony staring/glaring at two mourning doves that have perched on the ledge outside the glass curtain.

    1. David:
      I usuall don’t miss a chance to snuggle. I’m always so flattered.

  3. J-I-M here…..happy it arrived and KB liked it.
    I am imagining palm trees being installed across from our place here in Nova Scotia!! lol Now THAT would be a dream if there ever was one!
    Yes, a very busy day outside your place today.

    1. Jim:
      More palms today and still a few more to come. If they have extras, I’ll tell them to mail them to you.

  4. Oh, the Kid Brother was giving you the business today, but then that cat punum makes it all better. You, well, perhaps it’s just me, cannot resist a cat face!

    1. Bob:
      It was great to hear him so happy. He’s really excited about my visit. He started off by saying, “Well, it’s already June. Then July. And THEN August.”

    1. Debra:
      I wonder what I would know of all those if it hadn’t been for him.

  5. Jackie Cooper tells Miss Crabtree that she smells better than Miss McGillicuddy. I believe that’s the first time I’ve come across the name “McGillicuddy” outside of an I Love Lucy episode.

    I’m showing my ignorance of Spain’s climate here, but I assume it’s somewhat similar to that of Florida (where palm trees aren’t native but can thrive nonetheless.)

    1. Kirk:
      I couldn’t tell Miss Crabtree and Miss McGillicuddy apart. Spain’s climate varies around the country. But, down here is just like San Diego, California. Date palms were brought in beginning around 2600 years ago. Others followed.

  6. I just love it when you tell us about your conversations with Chuck. I must remember to send him a postcard or something again soon. It’s been a while and I feel bad about that.

    1. Jennifer:
      I enjoy sharing them, as you can tell. Don’t feel bad. It’s so kind of you. I’ll have a lot of postcard photos to take and reporting to do when I see him.

  7. Chuck likes to keep you on your verbal toes…and Dudo and Moose make sure you know your role in admiring (and feeding) them. Sounds about right.

    1. Mary:
      Chuck likes to keep my on my toes in general. I wondered if he trained Dudo and Moose!

  8. I think all of “Gilligan’s Island” was a blunder, wasn’t it?! Although it certainly made Sherwood Schwartz a lot of money.

    1. Steve:
      Gilligan’s Island was so absurd and I think that’s what made it entertaining. Although, I don’t think I would have seen every episode (more than once) were it not for The Kid Brother. And, now, having performed some of them for who-knows-how-many years, I know them by heart. I was at first interested in Bob Denver because I knew his as Maynard G. Krebs, the beatnik friend of Dobie Gillis.

  9. Ahhhh, so glad that you had a good talk with Chuck, and that he was in a good mood 🙂 Your photos are so bright and the water is so blue and Dudo is so cute!

    1. Judy C:
      It’s so nice to catch Chuck in such a good mood. I’m glad I’ll be there in less than 3 months. We’ve got PLANS!

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