Moose mansplains / El machoexplicación de Moose

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

I MERGED THE FIRST SEVEN chapters of San Geraldo’s book into one Indesign document yesterday. Today I begin formatting with Chapter 1 (chapter 7, the sample chapter, is the only one of 17 completed).

We received the documents from the court to take the final steps to settle my mother’s estate, and I’ve almost completed the grievance I’ll file against the lawyer we hired who made us wait nearly five years to get this done, and who lied all along the way. The final documents did not come as a result of his work; they arrived as a result of mine.

I cancelled (or attempted to cancel) all my travel reservations. Hotel, AirBnB, Amtrak. I had two USA domestic flights on Delta Airlines. I cancelled the first online without a hitch. When I tried to cancel the second, I was informed I had to contact customer service. When I phoned customer service, I was informed I would be assisted “within two hours.” Seriously? There was no way I could survive the canned music for that long. I found an email address and I wrote. I received an automated response that the email address was no longer being used. I read customer service could be reached using Messenger. I sent a message. I received an automated response that Messenger was no longer being used. I tried live chat. I received an automated message that someone would get back to me. Not so “live.” An hour later, someone did actually get back to me and made quick work of my cancellation.

I submitted a cancellation request to Aer Lingus and received an automated response that someone would get back to me (and that they were overwhelmed with changes and cancellations). I’m so relieved I’m not attempting that trip right now.


FUSIONÉ LOS PRIMEROS SIETE capítulos del libro de San Geraldo en un solo documento de Indesign ayer. Hoy comienzo a formatear con el Capítulo 1 (el capítulo 7, el capítulo de muestra, es el único de los 17 completados).

Recibimos los documentos de la corte para tomar los pasos finales para resolver el patrimonio de mi madre, y casi he completado la queja que presentaré contra el abogado que contratamos, quien nos hizo esperar casi cinco años para hacer esto y quien mintió a lo largo del camino. Los documentos finales no llegaron como resultado de su trabajo; llegaron como resultado de la mía.

Cancelé (o intenté cancelar) todas mis reservas de viaje. Hotel, AirBnB, Amtrak. Tuve dos vuelos nacionales de EEUU con Delta Airlines. Cancelé el primero en línea sin ningún problema. Cuando intenté cancelar el segundo, me informaron que tenía que contactar con el servicio al cliente. Cuando llamé al servicio de atención al cliente, me informaron que me ayudarían “en dos horas.” ¿Seriamente? No había forma de que pudiera sobrevivir a la música enlatada durante tanto tiempo. Encontré una dirección de correo electrónico y escribí. Recibí una respuesta automática de que la dirección de correo electrónico ya no se usaba. Leí que el servicio de atención al cliente podría llegar a través de Messenger. Envié un mensaje. Recibí una respuesta automática de que Messenger ya no se usaba. Probé el chat en vivo. Recibí un mensaje automático de que alguien me respondería. No tan “en vivo.” Una hora más tarde, alguien se comunicó conmigo e hizo un trabajo rápido con mi cancelación.

Envié una solicitud de cancelación a Aer Lingus y recibí una respuesta automática de que alguien se comunicaría conmigo (y que estaban abrumados con cambios y cancelaciones). Estoy tan aliviado de no intentar ese viaje en este momento.

• Moose manspreads (click here).
• El despatarre masculino de Moose (haz clic aquí).
• I don’t know what they were celebrating, but they got a lot of double-takes.
• No sé qué estaban celebrando, pero tuvieron muchas reacciones dobles.
• I couldn’t look for very long. Those other flowers just don’t go with bird of paradise.
• No pude buscar por mucho tiempo. Esas otras flores simplemente no van con el ave del paraíso.
• I gave Maria a book Monday morning. She liked it.
• Le di un libro a María el lunes por la mañana. A ella le gustó.
• She liked the tissue paper more.
• A ella le gustó más el papel de seda.
• Moose mansplains.
• El machoexplicación de Moose.

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 “Moose mansplains / El machoexplicación de Moose”

  1. That is a striking combination of prints, kind of like a hammer. The party on the sea wall looks like fun,

  2. That guy still missed the boat – one of those items should have been checks or stripes – and not in any color of the other item he was wearing. I give him only a 7 out of 10.

  3. Those prints/florals really woke me up!! OUCH!
    A bad time to travel for sure. Waiting for things to settle down/if they ever do is a good plan.
    Now Moose…….where is your discretion!!?

  4. It looks like Moose sings opera in his sleep, LOL! Tissue paper, party hats, champagne and selfies on a sea wall bring so much joy to so many people!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      The group on the sea wall weren’t getting looks of support or laughter. Just a lot of odd (what the hell are they doing in public?) looks. But at least THEY were having fun. Moose talks in his sleep. He talks when he’s awake. He never stops talking. And some of it DOES sound like opera.

  5. Moose looks like he spent the day handling all your cancellations.
    Sorry about the trip. I know you and the Kid Brother were looking forward to it. Fingers crossed it happens sooner rather than later.
    You know I like me some mixed fabrics–plaids and stripes do work–but that outfit? Oy, even I’m sickened by it.
    And I don’t know what those folks are celebrating but I wanna hat and some of what they’re having.

    1. Bob:
      Moose has it rough. All the pressure. Frustrating about the trip — and I had a great deal on the hotel and good airfare, which I probably won’t get next time (hotel was 60 percent off!!!). The woman on the wall was holding a bottle of cava. THAT would have been nice.

  6. That couple, such unbridled joy! I love people who live the “dance like no one’s watching” lifestyle. It’s not me, but I’m happy to see it in others. Oooh, Bobulah disapproves of that outfit! It’s got to be pretty horrific 🙂 Sometimes a mansplaining/manspreading cat can ease a lot of stress. At least Moose isn’t manscaping.

    1. Deedles:
      Yes, you know the outfit is way over the tip if Bob wouldn’t wear it. I’ll have to grab some photos of Moose manscaping.

  7. But mansplain is so much cuter when Moose does it. Hell, even my mother’s dog Lilith does it and she’s female.

    The Three Stooges look to be having a high ho time!

  8. I hear you on calling airlines. Waited an hour on the phone to make a slight change to a reservation and that was a couple of months ago. Couldn’t do it online, so had to grin(ch) and bear it. However, the change did save me $68, so worth it.

    So glad the Patternator’s elbow isn’t breathing on anyone else…sheesh. No fashion or health sense.

    Too bad Moose can’t relax. 🙂

    1. Mary:
      To the ”Patternator’s” credit (what a great word), the only person anywhere nearby was the person he was with. Masks aren’t required outside if you can guarantee the safe (6-ft) distance. Still, he could have at least worn a patterned mask on his elbow.

  9. What a fun collection of images today! I wish I was at the party on the wall – such joy. The shirt and shorts have totally different personalities – I can’t believe they hang out together. I bet it was a struggle to get them on at the same time.

    Good that you were able to cancel your trip reservations. I am dreading my trip next week (to Texas – the epicenter of the delta explosion {how’s that for a mixed metaphor?}) for the 6 week checkup on my eye. I may try to reschedule it, but for when? I am mostly worried about getting stuck in the US if Belize closes its borders again. I had predicted in March of 2020 that it would be at least 18 months before the pandemic was over; looks like I underestimated.

    Good to see the joy of Maria, wall partiers, flighting flowers, and mansplaining Moose!

    1. Wilma:
      Great description of the shorts and shirt. Sorry about your upcoming trip. My biggest concern really was getting stuck in the States. What a mess!

  10. Moose! So elegant!

    Sorry about having to cancel all your travel plans. That’s a drag. I hope it doesn’t cost you — cancellation fees and that kind of thing.

    1. Steve:
      I didn‘t have to pay a single cancellation fee! Only Delta didn’t refund my money and simply added what I spent to my miles balance. I had used miles plus $170 for a 1st-class ticket from Seattle to NYC, so that wasn’t awful.

  11. Oh! That Maria! That Moose! So darn cute! (My niece’s little 2-year old had the same reaction to colorful tissue paper at Christmas, completely ignoring the actual gift in the bag, and going on with little 2-year-old “oooh!” reactions about the paper.)

    I’m so glad that you have gotten at least two flights cancelled. Maybe, by now, Aer Lingus will have gotten back to you? I hope! I think we were all a bit mis-led about travel re-starting this year. I was just about to try to book everything for a trip to NJ to see said niece and grand-niece, and then started seeing the stories about over 50% of flights being cancelled daily, and etc, etc. It’s just too much. I’m so sorry that you don’t get to see Chuck yet, though!

    Also very glad about the settling of your mother’s estate. What a disgusting mess that appears to have been!

    1. Judy C:
      Children make me so happy (usually); Maria, always! Before cancelling my trip, Delta and Aer Lingus had already sent me a few changes in times and/or flights. It’s tought with Chuck, but we’ll see each other as soon as it’s safe. As for my mother’s estate, it’s STILL not settled. We now need something called Medallion Guarantees for each stock company. (Something that started after 9/11, and only in the USA.) We can’t get those in Spain, so we had to hire a company in London (of course at a price!) to do that for us. They’re alread working on it, but I have no idea how long it will take (we’re hoping not long at all). At least we’re done with that awful lawyer. I’d love to sue him, but for what it would cost us (with yet another lawyer), it wouldn’t be worth the aggravation.

  12. Indeed to many people think that now is the time to travel, I don’t think so. Yesterday the Canadian Border re-opened for Americans who have full vaccination. The line ups to enter Canada by car are not to be believed. Airports same story minimum 2 hours to clear customs. Now there is a lot of talk about a 4th wave and Delta variant. The only respite is that here after 20 August will see a net drop in tourists. Lovely pictures as always of fashion and people in your neck of the woods.

    1. Larry:
      We and other places are on the 5th wave. It’s astounding. I made my plans ages ago when this summer seemd like a safe bet. So much for that.

  13. Sorta thought this trip wasn’t meant to be ~ who needs stress at this time or any time! Thinking about you both!

    1. Ron:
      It seemed like it would be so much better when I made my plans. Oh well. I’ll wait. And I’ll send Chuck gifts.

  14. Cats often look as if they have no bones. What an ordeal to make cancelations. With the way the COVID cases (mostly Delta variant) are growing, it’s better to stay at home. Those two patterns together are an eyesore. I’m surprised the people sitting on the wall don’t have hats on their dogs. I guess they’re for people only because they look like dunce caps.


    1. Janie:
      I thought those hats were the cone hoods of the Easter penitents when I first spotted them. As for no bones, I often see Dudo in positions that make it look like his front and back ends were reconnected incorrectly.

  15. Overwhelmed with changes and cancellations? Did they tell you they were overwhelmed with bookings when you bought your ticket? Did it take several hours and multiple attempts at contact to make your reservation and give them your credit card number? I’ll wager that went pretty smoothly… Cynical? Moi? 🙂

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      You’re absolutely right. I’m sure I’d have no problem making an online reservation again.

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