I screwed up / Cometí un error

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

MY MEETING WITH THE DEPARTMENT of Traffic was today at 12:20. I somehow got it in my head that it was a phone appointment, but realized too late that I was supposed to meet at their office in Málaga. Per their instructions, I phoned the number they provided to cancel or change the appointment and was told, repeatedly, they were busy and to call back later. So, I went online to simply try and make a new appointment and not only was I able to reschedule for Friday, but I was also prompted to cancel today’s appointment if I wanted. So, early afternoon Friday, I’ll be at their offices. I’m still holding out hope (sadly, only a little) that all will be resolved and I’ll have my license.

The weather remains perfect here and so do our new screens. The only ones we’re actually using right now are the ones on the terrace and the one in my office. Dudo gave my office screen (which he can sit on a low bookcase and peer through) a careful inspection today. He enjoyed the fresh air and didn’t extend a paw. Of course, I sat and watched the entire time. I’ve shared photos of some of the screens. hope you can manage your excitement. From the terrace this morning, I spotted some more kids on pedal boats with slides. No one slid. There was a lot of jumping from the top step and then one group decided to see if they could flip the boat. They were unsuccessful.

San Geraldo baked three loaves of chocolate chip banana bread yesterday. As I whittle away at my waistline, I consistely request a slice as opposed to a slab. Today’s slice was a bit of combo.


MI CITA CON EL DEPARTAMENTO de Tráfico fue hoy a las 12:20. De alguna manera se me ocurrió que era una cita telefónica, pero me di cuenta demasiado tarde de que se suponía que debía reunirnos en su oficina en Málaga. Siguiendo sus instrucciones, llamé al número que me dieron para cancelar o cambiar la cita y me dijeron, repetidamente, que estaban ocupados y que volvieran a llamar más tarde. Entonces, me conecté en línea para simplemente intentar hacer una nueva cita y no solo pude reprogramarla para el viernes, sino que también se me pidió que cancelara la cita de hoy si quería. Así que, a primera hora de la tarde del viernes, estaré en sus oficinas. Todavía tengo la esperanza (lamentablemente, solo un poco) de que todo se resolverá y tendré mi licencia.

El clima sigue siendo perfecto aquí, al igual que nuestras nuevas pantallas. Los únicos que estamos usando en este momento son los de la terraza y el de mi oficina. Dudo le dio a la mosquitero de mi oficina (que puede sentarse en una estantería baja y mirar a través de el) una inspección cuidadosa hoy. Disfrutó del aire fresco y no extendió una pata. Por supuesto, me senté y miré todo el tiempo. Compartí fotos de algunas de las pantallas. Espero que pueda manejar su entusiasmo.

Esta mañana, desde la terraza, vi a algunos chicos más en botes a pedales con toboganes. Nadie resbaló. Hubo muchos saltos desde el escalón superior y luego un grupo decidió ver si podían voltear el bote. No tuvieron éxito.

San Geraldo horneó ayer tres hogazas de pan de plátano con chispas de chocolate. A medida que reduzco mi cintura, solicito constantemente una pieza en lugar de un trozo. La porción de hoy fue un combinación, desde una rebanada a una losa.

• The laundry room.
• El cuarto de lavado.
• The terrace.
• La terraza.
• My office window.
• La ventana de mi oficina.
• Dudo watching for doves and treats. It must have been exhausting.
• Dudo buscando palomas y aperetivos. Debe haber sido agotador.
• Moose awaits his late-night treat while we watch TV. Could he be more obvious?
• Moose espera su aperetivo nocturna mientras vemos la televisión. ¿Podría ser más obvio?
• Awaiting treats this morning. I pushed the door closed further; Moose pushed back.
• Esperando aperetivos esta mañana. Empujé la puerta para cerrarla más; Moose empujó hacia atrás.

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..

29 thoughts on “I screwed up / Cometí un error”

  1. Ei yi yi. Sorry to hear about the confusion surrounding the appointment. Cake was required (if not extra chocolate), I am sure. Think SG’s slice was simply mimicing the slides you’ve been photographing.

    Must say that looking at that last photo of Moose, he appears to have been getting extra treats. Chunky ones. Cracks me up that he pushes back at the door. So catty of him. 🙂

    1. Mary:
      Moose has always been “husky.” And Dudo always slender. The twice daily treats began as a way to get more meat on Dudo’s bones. He gets three times the serving of treats as Moose. They have very different energy levels. Kind of like San Geraldo and me.

  2. Are you familiar with the Fawlty Towers episode about whether or not the room is “airy”? I imagine your office must be nicely airy now as opposed to having air in it!

    1. Wilma:
      I don’t remember that episode and will see if I can find it. But I understand and can just hear John Cleese. Yes, my office has always had air. NOW it’s airy.

  3. How does Dudo manage to stay so slim — has Moose been eating his brother’s share of food and treats? Please don’t tell me Moose is just “big-boned”, LOL! I saw a cat tree in a magazine the other day that featured a large spinning wheel feature made of scratching-post material… finally, a hamster wheel for cats!

    1. Tundra:
      Dudo gets three times the amount of treats as Moose just to keep him from looking undernourished. He has a much higher energy level than Moose and still, at 10 years, runs around like a kitten. They’re like SG and me.

  4. I’ve gotten very tired of banana nut bread. Adding chocolate chips would help, but Gregg doesn’t care for them in banana bread. I had some blueberries needing to be used up in the fridge today so I baked blueberry muffins! I’m looking forward to one for dessert later on.

      1. Janie:
        Oh yes! Haven’t had those in a long time. I’ll add it to my list of things I need to have when I visit Chuck.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I call it the laundry room because the washer is out there and I don’t know what else to call it. I also call it the utility room. It’s a little terrace with the water heater, gas meter, washing machine, and clothes lines. Cleaning supplies and shopping cart are stashed there, too. And it’s ours, all ours. The two end apartments on each floor have these spaces at the outside back ends. The two interior apartments have these as rooms that open onto the back hall. Even more confusing now?

  5. I’ve seen cats open doors, albeit doors not closed too firmly, by pulling them open with their paws. But you said “pushed”, indicating Moose was on the other side of the door. Still, it couldn’t have been closed too firmly.

    1. Kirk:
      Dudo immediately understood how to push or pull a partially open door using his paws. Moose has taken years to figure out how to pull a door open. He used to only get through in either direction if there was enough room for his head to fit. He would regularly get his head stuck in doors that should have been pulled open. And doors to rooms aren’t allowed (by the cats) to ever be completely closed. If we close the bedroom door when Dudo is in the room with us, we have to leave an inch of space, so he can fit his paw to pull it back open.

  6. It suddenly dawned on me… In my experience of Europe, including some soggy places like Britain, and Rome, I was always struck by the absence of screens. This is quickly followed by the even more astonishing lack of annoying flying insects. A dear friend who spends half the year in Germany explained that Europe has been so intensely developed for so long that a critical mass of swampy breeding habitat for the little buggers (so to speak) has been destroyed. So, am I just deluded when it comes to this, or does Spain, or perhaps the Mediterranean coast suffer particularly in this regard?

    1. wickedhamster:
      We have many fewer mosquitoes here than in places like DC, CT, and those soggy southern states. We had to go indoors at sunset in Connecticut. San Diego was similar to here and screens also weren’t as common there. But, still there are mosquitoes. As for other parts of Europe, in Italy they’re called zanzare, and they were prolific where I used to stay on the Riviera. I never saw screens in windows — beads and other things were common as deterrents  — but it was awful. That was a long time ago.

  7. I like the terra cotta (I think?) sunscreen in the laundry room. It reminds me of “breeze blocks” in Florida, often used to make sunscreens around carports and that kind of thing. Sort of open-air building blocks, often with a geometric design or pattern — very ’60s.

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