More pricks tomorrow / Más mañana

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

I WENT TO THE POST Office today to buy more stamps for the weekly Kid Brother postcards. I usually dread it because our nearest branch is small and there is often a wait of more than a half hour. Today I waited less than 5 minutes. I have enough stamps for another 50 postcards. Postage is the same for a standard letter, so all our needs are covered. Well, almost all our needs.

Yesterday, I electronically submitted my grievance to the Appelate Division of the First Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. [Deep breath.] Now I have to print and mail the 17-page document, and I have no idea how many stamps that will take. So, back to the post office.

It’s warm and muggy and You-know-who is in a bad mood today. I kept my mask and sunglasses on the entire time I was out, so I could swear and mutter at the passersby and malingerers without being caught. My sciatica is acting up a bit. It’s not torture but it’s enough to aggravate me.

I didn’t have time to meet Maria and family this morning and that didn’t help my mood. Although Cristina sent me a photo from Mesón Salvador followed by audio of Maria saying “Hola Mitch y Jerry.” I sent one back saying “Good morning, Maria. I love you.” I just looked at the photo and listened again to the message. My mood has improved.

I read that Five Guys (the American burger chain) will open this week at the MacArthur Glen outlet mall at Plaza Mayor the outdoor shopping mall about 20 minutes from here. I’ve never been to Five Guys, but I’ve heard it’s Barack Obama’s favorite hamburger joint. Something to look forward to. I haven’t had a good burger for a long time.

There was a boat anchored off the coast all day yesterday and well into the night. Not a fishing boat, not a pleasure cruise. I wonder what it was doing there.

I plan to share photos tomorrow of the prickly things at our front door (I promise I won’t include myself).


FUI A LA OFICINA DE correos hoy para comprar más sellos para las postales semanales de Kid Brother. Por lo general, lo temo porque nuestra sucursal más cercana es pequeña y, a menudo, hay una espera de más de media hora. Hoy esperé menos de 5 minutos. Tengo suficientes sellos para otras 50 postales. El franqueo es el mismo para una carta estándar, por lo que todas nuestras necesidades están cubiertas. Bueno, casi todas nuestras necesidades.

Ayer, presenté electrónicamente mi queja a la División de Apelaciones del Primer Departamento Judicial de la Corte Suprema del Estado de Nueva York. [Respiro profundo.] Ahora tengo que imprimir y enviar por correo el documento de 17 páginas, y no tengo idea de cuántos sellos se necesitarán. Entonces, de vuelta a la oficina de correos.

Hace calor y bochornoso y ya sabes quién está de mal humor hoy. Mantuve mi máscara y gafas de sol puestas todo el tiempo que estuve fuera, para poder maldecir y murmurar a los transeúntes y simuladores sin que me atraparan. Mi ciática está funcionando un poco. No es una tortura, pero es suficiente para irritarme.

No tuve tiempo de encontrarme con María y su familia esta mañana y eso no ayudó a mi estado de ánimo. Aunque Cristina me envió una foto de Mesón Salvador seguida de un audio de María diciendo “Hola Mitch y Jerry.” Le envié uno diciendo “Buenos días, María. Te quiero.” Miré la foto y escuché nuevamente el mensaje. Mi estado de ánimo ha mejorado.

Leí que Five Guys (la cadena estadounidense de hambuergueserias) abrirá esta fin de semana en el “outlet mall” MacArthur Glen en la Plaza Mayor, el centro comercial al aire libre, a unos 20 minutos de aquí. Nunca he estado en Five Guys, pero he oído que es la hamburguesería favorita de Barack Obama. Algo que espero con impaciencia. No he comido una buena hamburguesa en mucho tiempo.

Hubo un barco anclado frente a la costa durante todo el día de ayer y hasta bien entrada la noche. No es un barco de pesca, no es un crucero de placer. Me pregunto qué estaba haciendo allí.

Mañana planeo compartir fotos de las cosas espinosas en nuestra puerta de entrada (prometo que no me incluiré).

• Note the drone hovering above the boat.
• Tenga en cuenta el dron que se cierne sobre el barco.
• Small groups?
• ¿Grupos pequeños?
• Some of the flower towers looked like this for a few days.
• Algunas de las torres de flores se vieron así durante unos días.
• Cleaned out yesterday. It was being refilled today when I returned from the post office, but I was too tired — and sweaty — to stop and look.
• Limpiado ayer. Lo estaban rellenando hoy cuando volví de la oficina de correos, pero estaba demasiado cansado, y sudoroso, para detenerme y mirar.
• At the ice cream parlor Monday night. A monochromatic and understated style. (Alfonso had to look away.)
• En la heladería el lunes por la noche. Un estilo monocromático y sobrio. (Alfonso tuvo que apartar la mirada).

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 “More pricks tomorrow / Más mañana”

  1. Think that ship is part of a European scientific research group. Pretty sure she is the RV Ramón Margalef. A140 page paper on the Next Generation of European Research Vessels may be found on Picture of your ship on page 18. 🙂

    1. Mary:
      I figured it was some kind of research vessel since they’ve have been around before. I was too lazy to look it up. Thanks for the research!

    1. David:
      I look forward to mid-September when I once again don’t have to share the wonderful beach with so many people. It’s not mobbed, but still a lot more pleasant to walk and run when it’s relatively empty.

  2. Hola Mitch, ah… look at those paddle boarders go! We forgot to take ours to the lake yesterday and we weren’t motivated to go back for it.

    Maria sure is a cutey.

    1. Karen:
      Maria makes me happy and I won’t see her again until tomorrow. There seem to be a lot more paddle boarders this year.

  3. It’s going to be 102 F here today. I wanna be in that water! Rewatching Maria doing the Dance of the Pink Tissue Paper, is enough for me to get my smile on. I certainly hope the prickly things at your front door tomorrow are plants. I don’t want to get shocked into fainting. I have no swooning divan and hitting the floor can be painful. Been there, done that.

    1. Deedles:
      102! Uf! Yes, the water would be a great relief. We’re only getting 90ish this week, but the humidity makes it feel a lot hotter, and makes it hard to breathe. You could always use our swooning divan, but I promise nothing will shock you today.

  4. Oh no…America invades Spain!!!!! I was there once and that was enough. I don’t like Five Guys. Too sloppy and they have never heard of portion control and size. And we wonder why America is so unhealthy and large. For some reason I have more stamps at the moment that I know what to do with.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Uh oh. I hate sloppy food. I wonder if portion sizes will be the same as in the USA. Obscene portions are rarely done here. Wasteful. As for the invasion, we’ve already got Planet Hollywood, McDonalds, Burger King, Dominoes, KFC, and I’m sure many others.

  5. Muggy humid days bring out the worst in me as well……GRRRRR! lol
    We never feel the need to put on the AC here……but have it on now.
    Lots of people on the beach I see……soaking up summer.

    1. Jim:
      We’re having a week of this humidity. It’s not even that hot, but it’s been knocking me out. August is our busiest month. So I tend to avoid the beach, although it’s nothing like Coney Island in summer, where there’s so sand visible between blankets.

  6. I like Five Guys, the french fries especially. But like Maddie says, they aren’t into portion control. I like to figure out the big boats we see here. We don’t see megayachts very often in these reefy waters, but some few years ago, Tatoosh – the smaller megayacht owned by the late Paul Allen – was hanging around with its 23-member crew in case he decided to visit Belize. He wasn’t able to make it . . . .

    Thanks for spreading the cheer sent by Maria and her Mom.

    1. Wilma:
      Will have to try Five Guys here and see if portion size is differnt. It would be unusual to have huge portions here, but that may be part of their gimmick. Foster’s Hollywood, an American-owned, Spanish and Portuguese chain is known for their free soda refills (not something you find here). Of course they charge a small fortune for the first soda, so it’s no great deal. They, however, have very small portions.

  7. I’ve never had the pleasure of 5 guys, although I’ve heard they’re good. Based on Maddie’s comment, maybe I don’t want them. I’m not going out much anyway. Only make quick trips for groceries because we are a hotbed of COVID, exactly as Ron DeSantis desires. My right leg hasn’t stopped aching since the recent bout of sciatica so I know your pain.


    1. Janie:
      Five Guys opens tomorrow, but I’ll wait for September when people are back to work before I try it. But I don’t like messy. I never tried a Carl’s Jr. after I saw their ads that went “If it doesn’t get all over the place, it doesn’t belong in your face.” I saw the commercial and said, “I will NEVER go there.” My sciatica never goes away, but it’s mostly ignorable. These last couple of days have been slightly worse and I have to make a noise when I get out of bed or bend down.

  8. I, too, have never been to 5 Guys, but from the sounds of it they hive you enough food to feed five guys!

    And that guy’s striped number, with the jaunty hat? I like!

    1. Bob:
      I’m sure you would wear that outfit with much more flair. It will be interesting to see what portion sizes are like at Five Guys in Andalusia.

  9. Hi Mitchell. I’ve been away for a bit and am just catching up. We have a 5 Guys near here, but I have never been to it as I don’t eat red meat much. Love your photos as always!

    1. Urspo:
      Sometimes a good old American burger is enticing. I had been looking forward to my Nathan’s hot dogs this month.

      1. They have unlimited fries I think. This makes people so happy they return, although the other food is supposedly ‘just OK”

      2. Urspo:
        I can’t imagine that unlimited fries gimmick in Spain. Will have to try it out and see. After the summer people leave!

  10. I had Five Guys years ago. Japanese Family were here and wanted to try. The ordering was confusing and the French Fries serving was huge.They were Ok !

    1. Parsnip:
      I think it would be nice to try once as a novelty. But huge portions are so wasteful… and I hate messy.

  11. Good digging, Mary!
    I’ve never been to 5 Guys, but we have one around here. I’m sure it will be fun for something different!

    1. Judy C:
      A decent American hamburger sounds good right now. But I’ll wait until the summer people are gone before I try the place, which opens tomorrow. And, yes, I’m grateful to Mary. I usually have the energy and interest to research the things I’m not familiar. But not this week.

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