Did someone pee? / ¿Alguien hizo pis?

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WATER TEMPERATURE REMAINS AROUND 67˚F/19˚C. Usually too cold for me unless I’ve been out in the sun too long. Saturday afternoon, there was one stretch of water across the way that was always filled with people, standing, swimming, playing. Other areas were completely empty. Remember how you’d hit warm spots at the beach or in the pool? I wonder if someone peed?

I haven’t yet been out today. I had plans to hit the beach and Paseo this morning before most of the day-trippers arrived. It was already around 86˚F/30˚C and is now 93F/34C (real feel 95F/35C). Puttering on the terrace knocked me out and I went back to bed. Maybe I’ll go for a splash in the water this afternoon. Not something I often do.

The pool seems easier, but … there are noisy kids here for the weekend. We went out for dinner with Elena last night and near us was a table of three adults and four screaming children. Screeching children. The parents regularly went shush, but it didn’t do much good. They also incessantly banged on the window to get passersby to wave to them. I don’t know why I didn’t say anything. When we left the restaurant, we discovered ours was the only noisy area, inside or out. Poor choice. My ears were ringing for hours (they still are a bit).

So, no noisy kids (or adults) today, please. Just before siesta ends tends to be a quiet time at the pool. Maybe I’ll give that a try. Or maybe I’ll just appreciate the air-conditioning.


LA TEMPERATURA DEL AGUA PERMANECE alrededor 19˚C⁄67˚F. Por lo general, demasiado frío para mí, a menos que haya estado al sol demasiado tiempo. El sábado por la tarde, había un tramo de agua al otro lado del camino que siempre estaba lleno de gente, de pie, nadando, jugando. Otras áreas estaban completamente vacías. ¿Recuerda cómo llegó a lugares cálidos en la playa o en la piscina? Me pregunto si alguien orinó.

Todavía no he salido hoy. Tenía planes de ir a la playa y al Paseo esta mañana antes de que llegaran la mayoría de los fines de semana. Ya estaba alrededor de 30˚C/86˚F y ahora es 34C/93F (sensación real 35C/95F. Ponerme en la terraza me dejó inconsciente y volví a la cama. Tal vez vaya a darme un chapuzón en el agua esta tarde. No es algo que hago a menudo.

La piscina parece más fácil, pero … hay niños ruidosos aquí durante el fin de semana. Salimos a cenar con Elena anoche y cerca de nosotros había una mesa de tres adultos y cuatro niños gritando. Niños chillando. Los padres solían hacer silencio, pero no sirvió de mucho. También golpeaban incesantemente la ventana para que los transeúntes los saludaran. No sé por qué no dije nada. Cuando salimos del restaurante, descubrimos que la nuestra era la única zona ruidosa, por dentro o por fuera. Mala elección. Mis oídos estuvieron zumbando durante horas (todavía lo son un poco).

Entonces, no niños (o adultos) ruidosos hoy, por favor. Justo antes de que termine la siesta suele ser un momento tranquilo en la piscina. Tal vez lo intente. O quizás simplemente aprecie el aire acondicionado.

• 1955. Rockaway Beach, Queens. Rehydrating.
• 1955. Rockaway Beach, Queens. Rehidratante.
• 1961. Oyster Bay, Long Island. I had just peed. The bathing suit was clearly a hand-me-down from a much huskier cousin. It wasn’t handed any further.
• 1961. Oyster Bay, Long Island. Acababa de orinar. El traje de baño era claramente un heredero de un primo mucho más fornido. No se entregó más.
• 1963. Rooftop pool, Barclay Hotel. Atlantic City, New Jersey. With The Kid Brother and Dale. That’s me making sure no water gets in my mouth. That evening, The Kid Brother jumped in the pool fully dressed. My father had to do the same. He managed to almost never lose his cool with The Kid Brother. So, he took it out on me.
• 1963. Piscina en la azotea, Barclay Hotel. Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey. Con El Hermanito y Dale. Ese soy yo asegurándome de que no me entre agua en la boca. Esa noche, The Kid Brother saltó a la piscina completamente vestido. Mi padre tuvo que hacer lo mismo. Se las arregló para casi nunca perder la calma con El Hermanito. Entonces, se desquitó conmigo.
• 1973. Daytona Beach, Florida. Just back from the beach.
• 1973. Daytona Beach, Florida. Acabo de regresar de la playa.
• 1982. Scituate, Massachusetts. Green fly season.
• 1982. Scituate, Massachusetts. Temporada de mosca verde.

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..

30 thoughts on “Did someone pee? / ¿Alguien hizo pis?”

  1. Enjoy the water, it is so pretty, close to 70 degrees is tolerable, in Florida in the summer, the surf temp would often be 80. Such hair you had in the 70’s!

    1. David:
      76 is somewhat pleasant for me. 67 requires me to work up a sweat. So, currently I could manage it. Also, because there are so many sand bars, there are lots of areas that stay shallow and warmer than the rest (which is where the crowd really was, I’m sure).

    1. Judy C:
      The air pressure I think got to me yesterday. I stayed inside with the AC.

    1. Urspo:
      I don’t like public pools either. It’s odd that I never thought of our building’s pool as public. But if there are more than a few people, I don’t go in.

  2. I didn’t know that was going to be a beefcake post. Nice budgie smugglers….* cat whistles*

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Yes, I have always been hot … which is why I like AC.

    1. Frank:
      Oh, SO long ago. I can remember buying that Speedo in 1981 when we had been together 3 months and went to Puerto Rico. All I had until then were cut-offs. I finally threw that Speedo out last year. Amazing.

  3. Never understood people letting their kids go crazy in restaurants. Neither I, nor any of my children (with their children), tolerate misbehavior or bad manners by children (or adults 🙂 in restaurants. If kiddies tried/try, they were/are removed from the scene for infractions. Immediately. Not fair to other diners. And ask me how I feel about adults who don’t say please or thank you to wait staff…I will do it for them even if it (hopefully) embarrasses them. Both of these types of misbehavior are pet peeves of mine.

    Looks like not that much has changed since1955 when it comes your feelings about the beach–like it, but…. Good that you can now enjoy the view from a few floors up–in a/c–without getting sand in your suit. Must admit when I was a teen I could spend hours in the ocean. Never cared about laying on the beach. Just wanted to be in the water swimming or body surfing. Not anymore. 🙁

    1. Mary:
      Used to hate that in the states. It’s a bit more common here in our experience. This was a nightmare. We didn’t even stay for coffee. I have always loved the beach and the sea. When I was 10, we moved to within a few blocks of the beach and I just about lived there. When I was a kid, I was in the water most of the day unless I was building sand sculptures. After all these years of sun damage, I don’t spend hours lying in the sun anymore, but I still love being on the beach and just seeing it all the time from our apartment.

  4. I’m a big AC worshipper myself. I sure could have used it here in my apartment last week. Thankfully, it’s cooled off now and we’re back down to seasonal temps.

    1. Debra:
      I’m so glad temps are back to normal for you. I can’t imagine surviving that with no AC. I hope it doesn’t return. We’re running the AC much more than usual even here.

  5. Speedos, the long hair, the Little Mitchel–I mean you, you know, as a child–it was a kaleidoscope of Mitchells.

    1. Bob:
      A kaleidoscope of Mitchells. That sounds like one very bad trip. It was fun pulling all these photos out of the history books.

  6. LOL! That ‘pee’ pic is priceless!! You are a dead give-away!
    And the hair……a stand-in for the Gibb brothers, maybe?
    I wish our ocean would get warm enough in the summer…..still cold in my opinion.

    1. Jim:
      The ocean in Coney Island would eventually get up to 76 or 78F and I’d be happy.

  7. Were you keeping your mouth closed because you knew it was likely that someone (!) had peed? I lived in the water when I was a kid and I still love it. Too bad about the screaming and mis-behaving kids. Hope you found some kid-free time.

    1. Wilma:
      I don’t think I ever worried about people peeing the in pool back then. But for some reason, I’d blow up like a puffer fish whenever I closed my mouth to swim or go under. Yesterday ended up being spent quietly at home in the AC.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      Yes, I had a head of hair and then some. And that’s what it looked like after swimming and being left to air dry. It normally was more wavy than curly. I sure do miss it!

  8. What a long-haired hippie freak you were in Daytona. We wouldn’t have dared to make a sound in a restaurant. We usually didn’t even speak. Of course, Mother would have knocked the crap out of us. Apparently the kids you were subjected to don’t have anything to fear.


    1. Janie:
      And we were there (accidentally) for the motorcycle rally. It was a bit scary. We regularly went to restaurants when we were kids. Mealtimes out or in were never pleasant. My father didn’t tolerate anything.

      1. I’m sorry about your dad. We usually went to the officers club. It was dull and we had to sit for a long time.

      2. Janie:
        My father had wanted to have a career in the Army. I imagine that would only have made things worse. My mother refused.

    1. Kirk:
      67 was water temp. We ended up mid-90s yesterday. Today will be mid-80s. Easier to take.

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