Cycles / Ciclos

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I’M LATE AND A LITTLE overwhelmed so I only have time for a quickie today (I hope you enjoy it). I won’t let San Geraldo go grocery shopping on his own because, due to his cataract surgery, he’s not supposed to do much bending nor any heavy lifting. I regularly go to the supermarket to pick up a few things, but I don’t do the big shops. That’s just one of the things I hate to do.

You might remember several years ago in Sevilla when San Geraldo wasn’t feeling well and I rose to the occasion and went grocery shopping. He made a numbered list. He then drew a map of the supermarket with the numbers indicated in the appropriate places. Seriously (click here for the proof). Today we walked up to the supermarket together with the shopping cart and I followed his instructions, toting that barge and lifting that bale (it’s a song). I hauled it all home. And I then put it all away (my job anyway). Now, as the song goes, I need to get a little drunk and maybe land in jail.

We began the day by getting new photos done for our residency card renewals (appointments Monday morning). These are the worst ID photos we’ve ever had. San Geraldo looks like a drug lord. And I look like I’m 107 years old. My gray mustache and beard always look mostly white in photos. Today, they’re snow. The photographer told us to not smile. San Geraldo glanced at my photo and said as he turned to look at me, “You have a mustache?!?” I have a beard, too. Give me strength.

Here are shadow cycles for your viewing pleasure. I’ll be fascinating tomorrow (or maybe not).


LLEGO TARDE Y UN POCO abrumado, así que solo tengo tiempo para un rapidito hoy (espero que lo disfrutes). No dejaré que San Geraldo vaya de compras solo porque, debido a su operación de cataratas, se supone que no debe inclinarse mucho ni levantar objetos pesados. Regularmente voy al supermercado a comprar algunas cosas, pero no voy a las grandes tiendas. Esa es solo una de las cosas que odio hacer.

Quizás recuerdes hace varios años en Sevilla cuando San Geraldo no se encontraba bien y yo aproveché la ocasión y fui de compras. Hizo una lista numerada. Luego dibujó un mapa del supermercado con los números indicados en los lugares correspondientes. En serio (haz clic aquí para ver la prueba). Hoy caminamos hasta el supermercado junto con el carrito de la compra y seguí sus instrucciones, cargando esa barcaza y levantando ese fardo (es una canción). Lo llevé todo a casa. Y luego lo dejo todo (mi trabajo de todos modos). Ahora, como dice la canción, necesito emborracharme un poco y tal vez terminar en la cárcel.

Comenzamos el día haciendo nuevas fotos para nuestras renovaciones de tarjetas de residencia (citas el lunes por la mañana). Estas son las peores fotos de identificación que hemos tenido. San Geraldo parece un capo de la droga. Y parezco tener 107 años. Mi bigote y barba grises siempre se ven principalmente blancos en las fotos. Hoy son nieve. El fotógrafo nos dijo que no sonríamos. San Geraldo miró mi foto y dijo mientras se volvía para mirarme: “¿¡¿Tienes bigote?!?” Tengo una barba tambien. Dame fuerza.

Aquí hay ciclos de sombra para su placer visual. Seré fascinante mañana (o tal vez no).

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 “Cycles / Ciclos”

  1. Oh, what a joy it is having you in my life 🙂 Such a fabulous burst of laughter… several times, today. And, the shadow photos… are just the best!

    1. Debra:
      Maybe one of these days. SG has them in a folder for our appointment. It’s a long walk to his office.

  2. Can you hit some of those low notes in Old Man River? 🙂 Has to hurt if you aren’t a bass baritone.

    Shadow photos are great. You don’t need to be scintillating to capture our attention. Good man for doing the shopping (I hate it, too). I order it online and send DH to pick it up and bring it in. I put it away. A bit of a crap shoot with supplies. Can’t always get everything you order, but we won’t starve.

  3. I laughed at SG’s question about your mustache because I GET IT! Dave has a beard that comes and goes, and at any given time I’d be hard pressed to say whether he’s got it or not. I just stop seeing it after a while.

    1. Steve:
      I usually have a mustache and beard or a mustache and stubble. SG isn’t very observant when it comes to physical appearance. But the photo even surprised me with the snow white mustache. Lately, he has a beard, then shaves then has a beard, then shaves. Simply because he shaves so rarely now. I can’t keep track.

  4. This made me snort! Attractively of course. Are you sure it was only cataracts? 🙂 I loathe shopping and Balder Half loves it. You send him for bananas and milk and he comes back with five bags of stuff because he can’t resist a sale , especially clearance meat. Who buys meat (cuts we never use) on clearence? Balder Half, that’s who.
    The photos are lovely.

    1. Deedles:
      My mother never bought meat on clearance but if there was a coupon, she bought it. Whether she used it or not. She had a coupon!

  5. Oh, SG. Carlos’ brother from another mother. He has asked me that question before, and I say I’ve had it since the day we met. “Have you SEEN me?”

    1. Bob:
      SG couldn’t even tell you what color someone’s eyes are, no matter how long he’s known them.

  6. Perfect cycle shots! Dennis, like SG, always writes his lists in order of where items are along the aisles. I write a list and it rarely comes out of my pocket for reference. Our respective partners are definitely the better shoppers.
    My new passport photo is ok. Dennis looks like a lantern-jawed thug in his. It is so much not like him that I worry what will happen when he goes through the facial recognition processing his next trip to the US.

    1. Wilma:
      SG only wrote the list in that order for my benefit that one day. I think officials are going to double-takes when they see these new ID cards.

  7. I had to go check, yes, J has a beard and mustache at the moment. His comes and goes more than mine.

    1. David:
      SG’s comes and goes constantly since the pandemic began. He shaves less than once a week. So, full beard, no beard. Mine goes shorter or longer but is usually there.

    1. Urspo:
      And that decides it. NO ONE will see that photo except the customs agents.

  8. I long to see the ID photo. I looked back at SG’s list. I made lists for the x-man in much the same way.


    1. Janie:
      I don’t think I’ll be sharing either photo. They really are hideous.

      1. Janie:
        I think mine might require a couple of takes to be sure it’s me.

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