Personality plus / Personalidad plus

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

OUR FRIENDS FROM MADRID, CRISTINA and Alfonso, and their daughter (my girlfriend) Maria, are here for two weeks. I met them for coffee this morning and couldn’t be happier. Maria is now 2-1/2 and grows more adorable with each passing month. I’m in love. With her parents, too.

We met them at Mesón Salvador during a breakfast two years and five months ago and became fast friends. Talking to strangers can lead to wonderful things (when you’re an adult).

San Geraldo didn’t join us today because he’s got a colonoscopy Thursday and has started his diet prep. He didn’t want to be around all that good food, nor even café con leche (no dairy products, oils, or many other things today). Preparation is different from what we were used to in the States. Much less unpleasant. Tomorrow is a clear liquid diet — clear broths, isotonic sports drinks. He’s a bit stressed, of course. He’s good at that, but he’s doing better as he settles in to what´s required. It helps that I’ve had the procedure here in Málaga and it was done the same way.

San Geraldo loves to discuss (in excruciating detail) bodily functions and the things they produce. So, he finds this all fascinating. Of course, the instructions were originally in Spanish and then translated into English. Some of the instructions were lost in translation. For example:

“If depositions are neither liquid nor transparent, you must apply FisioEnema 250 ML two hours before procedure.” 

We wonder if it should be applied directly to the “depositions” or if it should be used as a suppository. I hope he doesn’t have to take that extra step, but he figures he’ll go the suppository route — as opposed to direct application.

And I just realized this is an awful subject to discuss with all these photos of adorable Maria. My apologies — to you and to Maria! If you want more of the gory details, talk to SG. I’ve reached my limit.


NUESTROS AMIGOS DE MADRID, CRISTINA y Alfonso, y su hija (mi novia) María, están aquí dos semanas. Me reuní con ellos para tomar un café esta mañana (su desayuno) y no podría estar más feliz. María ahora tiene 2 años y media y se vuelve más adorable con cada mes que pasa. Estoy enamorado. Con sus padres también.

Los conocimos en Mesón Salvador durante un desayuno hace dos años y cinco meses y nos hicimos amigos rápidamente. Hablar con extraños puede conducir a cosas maravillosas (cuando eres un adulto).

San Geraldo no se unió a nosotros hoy porque le hicieron una colonoscopia el jueves y comenzó su preparación de dieta. No quería estar cerca de toda esa buena comida, ni siquiera de café con leche (hoy no hay productos lácteos, aceites ni muchas otras cosas). La preparación es diferente a la que estábamos acostumbrados en los Estados Unidos. Mucho menos desagradable. Mañana es una dieta de líquidos claros: caldos claros, bebidas isotónicas para deportistas. Está un poco estresado, por supuesto. Es bueno en eso, pero le va mejor a medida que se adapta a lo que se requiere. Me ayuda que me haya sometido al procedimiento aquí en Málaga y se hizo de la misma manera.

A San Geraldo le encanta discutir (con un detalle insoportable) las funciones corporales y las cosas que producen. Entonces, encuentra todo esto fascinante. Por supuesto, las instrucciones estaban originalmente en español y luego traducidas al inglés. Algunas de las instrucciones se perdieron en la traducción. Por ejemplo:

“Si las deposiciones no son líquidas ni transparentes, debe aplicar FisioEnema 250 ML dos horas antes del procedimiento.”  

Nos preguntamos si debería aplicarse directamente a las “deposiciones” o si debería utilizarse como supositorio. Espero que no tenga que dar ese paso adicional, pero cree que seguirá la ruta de los supositorios — en lugar de la aplicación directa.

Y me acabo de dar cuenta de que este es un tema terrible para discutir con todas estas fotos de la adorable María. Mis disculpas, ¡para ti y para María! Si quieres más detalles sangrientos, habla con SG. He alcanzado mi límite.

• “What exactly are you writing about?!?”
• “¿¡¿De qué estás escribiendo exactamente?!?”

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..

32 thoughts on “Personality plus / Personalidad plus”

    1. Jim:
      The first time I had it done, I was only 34, and was awake. Since then, we haven’t been given the option and have always been sedated.

    1. Judy C:
      She’s a charmer and has become my friend. Apparently yesterday afternoon she kept talking about Mitch!

  1. The cuteness never ends with Maria. It looks like she has ‘your number’ in that last photo. 🙂

  2. Here I sit, broken hearted….oh, never mind. Maria is a real cutie (Captain Obvious strikes again). I hope everything comes out okay with SG. I need to get one of those, but I probably should get a doctor first.

      1. Oh no, Mads! You got one started! Here it comes (all apologies to you, Scoot)!

        I love me some Mistress Maddie
        Her stories I’ll listen to gladly
        Tales of men whom she’ll fuck’ll
        Make me titter and chuckle
        ‘Til my bladder fills up quite badly.

        Well it’s a limerick. I didn’t say it was a good one! Sorry for the language. I suppose I could’ve used suckle instead. It at least is a real word. I haven’t had hot water in four days so the smell and flies are probably making me crazier.

      2. Oh… THAT limerick!

        There once was a man from Grant’s Pass
        Who had balls that were made out of brass
        In some stormy weather
        His balls knocked together
        And lightning shot out of his ass.

      3. Mistress Borghese:
        Oh, please get started on limericks. I have some really good ones! (Although I think “Here I sit broken hearted” isn’t actually a limerick, just an example of high-brow poetry.)

    1. Deedles:
      I’m overdue. I suppose I should make my appointment once he’s done!

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      So much personality. A few more people fell in love this morning at Mesón Salvador.

    1. Wilma:
      Their family has a holiday apartment not far from us that they use. Jerry’s family once rented the apartment next door. It wasn’t as nice as it should have been for them. It’s been improved a bit since then. There’s a couple from England that rented it once (because their usual place wasn’t available). We had such an immediate connection that they now rent it a few times a year and don’t mind its limitations, just to be next to us. We’re honored and love seeing them. They had to leave quickly before the pandemic lockdown and haven’t been able to return yet.

  3. “And I just realized this is an awful subject to discuss with all these photos of adorable Maria.”

    Actually, if you eavesdrop on one of their conversations, or dig into your own memory back to when you were a child, you’ll notice kids talk about the various ways we go to the bathroom all the time. It’s the adults that censor it.

  4. What a pretty little girl! I know what you mean about talking to strangers. Only yesterday I met a lady while out with the dog. She had the same dog as mine ( schnauzer). We had met briefly a few months ago, but yesterday we ended up having a coffee together and I felt a definite connection with her and hope to meet again soon. (2 of my ” best friends” were met while dog walking)

  5. Maria IS adorable! I hope SG’s colonoscopy goes well (as well as can be expected, LOL). Dave also has this weird obsession with talking about his bowels. I don’t get it.

    1. Steve:
      The worst part is the prep (which really isn’t bad here), so tomorrow will be a relief. SG loves talking about any bodily function. I used to cover my ears and sing. I’ve toughened up.

  6. We are very very happy to share our daily breakfast with Mitch and Jerry. It has already become a Nice holiday tradition. Hope to live closer to meet much frequently but you also have your new home in Madrid 🥰

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