Monks and hipsters / Monjes y hipsters

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WHEN I SHARED PHOTOS THE other day of a guy doing handstands in the sea, I forgot to include one final photo. When he came up for air, he looked like a genie emerging from his lamp. Or maybe just a hipster.

Our floating waterparks have been deflated until next year and the pedal boats are lined up by the Paseo wall waiting to be hauled away. We have glorious beach weather. Temps around 25˚C / 77˚F. A lot of sunshine. A cooling breeze. Great for walks and people watching, too.

The non-native monk parakeets (also known as quaker parrots) seem to be thriving. In years past, we’d seen palm trees filled with their nests outside of town but this year they’re nesting right here on the Paseo. I hope it doesn’t become a problem. They’re said to do damage to local agriculture. They‘re known to disturb the nests of other birds, and have been blamed for “drying up trees” because they eat their new growth. Native to Argentina, they were brought here as pets.

I plan to start blogging four times a week instead of the seven times I’ve been aiming for. I often write a lot and it can be a bit much for some people to read every day. I also often spend several hours on one blog post, which doesn’t leave me much time for reading other blogs, working on San Geraldo’s book, enjoying the sights, going to museums, working out, doing laundry, creating art, and all those other things I like to do.

Starting tomorrow, I intend to post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then once on the weekend. I hope that meets with everyone’s approval. We’ll see how it goes. I may miss sharing daily with you.


CUANDO COMPARTIÉ FOTOS EL OTRO día de un chico haciendo el pino en el mar, olvidé incluir una foto final. Cuando salió a tomar aire, parecía un genio saliendo de su lámpara. O tal vez solo un hipster.

Nuestros parques acuáticos flotantes se han desinflado hasta el próximo año y los botes a pedales están alineados junto al muro del Paseo esperando ser llevados. Tenemos un clima de playa glorioso. Temperaturas alrededor de 25˚C / 77˚F. Mucho sol. Una brisa refrescante. También es ideal para pasear y observar a la gente.

Las cotorra argentinas no nativos parecen estar prosperando. En años pasados, habíamos visto palmeras llenas de nidos fuera de la ciudad, pero este año anidan aquí mismo en el Paseo. Espero que no se convierta en un problema. Se dice que causan daños a la agricultura local. Se sabe que perturban los nidos de otras aves y se les ha culpado de “secar árboles” porque se comen su nuevo crecimiento. Originarios de Argentina, fueron traídos aquí como mascotas.

Planeo empezar a escribir en mi blog cuatro veces a la semana en lugar de las siete veces que he estado intentando. A menudo escribo mucho y para algunas personas puede ser demasiado leer todos los días. También suelo pasar varias horas en una publicación de blog, lo que no me deja mucho tiempo para leer otros blogs, trabajar en el libro de San Geraldo, disfrutar de las vistas, ir a museos, hacer ejercicio, lavar la ropa, crear arte y todo eso. otras cosas que me gusta hacer.

A partir de mañana, tengo la intención de publicar los lunes, miércoles y viernes, y luego una vez el fin de semana. Espero que cuente con la aprobación de todos. Veremos cómo va. Puede que extrañe compartir contigo todos los días.


Speaking of hipsters.

Hablando de hipsters.

• Today I saw this guy wearing black bicycle shorts over red lycra. The left leg of the bike shorts, but not of the underlayer (which was, however, folded under to be shorter than the other leg), was pulled up to his crotch. More Fuengirola style?
• Hoy vi a este tipo con pantalones cortos de ciclista negros sobre lycra roja. La pierna izquierda de los pantalones cortos de bicicleta, pero no la capa inferior (que, sin embargo, estaba doblada hacia abajo para ser más corta que la otra pierna), se subió hasta su entrepierna. ¿Más estilo Fuengirola?

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 “Monks and hipsters / Monjes y hipsters”

  1. Makes a lot of sense to cut back a little. Time to spend more time with ‘you’.

    That whole ‘shorter-left leg pant thing’ is getting out of control!
    I have full confidence in you to get to the bottom of it!

    1. Jim:
      I love blogging but commiting myself to 7 days a week, considering how much time I spend on each one, was unrealistic. One of these days, I’ll understand all the reasons for shorter legs.

  2. I love reading your posts, and they’re never “too long.”
    Your new schedule makes sense though. Enjoy!

  3. That hipster genie dude looked better upside down. I’m starting to like the mismatched plaid fashion. Oh dear, what’s next? Crocs? Nooooooooo!
    Scoot,( to paraphrase The Isley Brothers), it’s your blog post when you wanna post. Keep your joy.

    1. Deedles:
      I’m also starting to like mismatched plaid fashion! I’ll head to the Crocs outlet store tomorrow. What size?

      1. Oh, hon, no! Even cute shoes get ugly when they come in my size. Crocs wouldn’t stand a chance!

      2. Deedles:
        SG has the same problem. When he was able to find his size (Nordstrom’s was always a good place), he’d find a really nice looking pair of shoes. But when they went to get his size, they always came out with clown shoes. We could never understand it. His mother wore size 11. Miraculously, one shoe store in a tiny town where she lived for a number of years carried her size. She got to know the owner well and he always said, “Hey Alice, I’ve got some nice size 5 and a halfs to show you.” Her feet would get quizzical looks from the other shoppers.

    1. Wilma:
      I had noticed that. He was at the showers and, oddly, only rolled one leg. It’s a pandemic!

  4. A few bloggers I have followed over the years slowly weaned themselves off the blog world. I guess that is what I did. You are right in taking care of yourself ~ high 5 and forward ho! 🙂

    1. Ron:
      I have no intention of weaning myself off the blog. I enjoy it too much. Just cutting back a couple.

  5. That guy really DOES look like a Hipster Genie! And I don’t care what anyone says, I still like man buns. Daily blogging is a huge commitment. I aim for three times a week. I can’t blame you for doing the same!

    1. Debra:
      I LOVE man buns. I’d have one in a heartbeat (or in as long as it took to grow my hair). I’m not a huge fan of balding men with pony tails, though, so here I am. I love blogging, but some days I ignore everything else. I think cutting out 2 or 3 days will make a big difference.

  6. My take on blogging is that it should be fun, and when it starts to feel like work or an obligation, it’s time to readjust! I don’t blame you for taking it easier, although of course I’ll miss checking in! (And let me just say that although I blog daily I do NOT expect people to keep up with me every day. I don’t mean to make work for everyone else!)

    1. Steve:
      I truly enjoy blogging, but some days I get buried in it. I look forward to reading your blog every day. It’s never work.

  7. Nice photo-shopped genie lamp on the beach for the hipster, LOL!

    Nothing wrong with cutting back your blogs to 3 or 4 per week either. Coming up with daily material must be an onerous chore sometimes and that sucks all the fun out of doing a blog in the first place! Besides, you need time for other things like reading other people’s blogs, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      What Photoshop? … Surprisingly, I rarely have a problem coming up with what to talk about. But some days, I spend 4 or 5 hours on photos and writing and that can be too much. And, yes, I need time to read other people’s blogs. Priorities.

  8. I always enjoy reading your blog posts but I sure do understand about cutting back. It sometimes is very hard to find the time. As I am slowly returning to a life without Murphy I am still finding that I sometimes just don’t have the time. My teaching job this year is very draining and sometimes when I come home, I have nothing left and I don’t want to look at a computer! As always I love your photos, especially the plaid guy!

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      Forever Plaid! Thanks for the moral support. I love blogging, but need to reclaim several hours of my day. And I need to have comfortable time to read YOUR blog whenever you come up for air.

  9. I understand your need for a new schedule, and I’m not always here; therefore, you have my permission to blog three times per week–until you change your mind or I change mine. What is the deal with pulling up one leg of the shorts? Is that a fad in other places or is it limited to Fuengirola? You certainly seem to find it regularly. I don’t get out enough to know if it’s done here.


  10. The lamp is a nice touch. I echo the others: blog when it suits you. We’ll still be here.

    (apologies if this shows up twice; there was a hiccup)

  11. I just got a chance to read this. I could never write 7 days a week at this point in my life, as much as I’d love to. Even reading and commenting on the blogs I love every day is sometimes too much! So I do understand. I’ll look forward to your blog whenever you post! Cut yourself some slack, my friend!

  12. Indeed those little green birds are very aggressive and chase away local birds, build very big nests and are a problem. We had them in Rome and they took over large area of the city in no time at all. There must be a recipe for Parakeets pie.

    1. Laurent:
      Spain enacted a series of restrictions regarding the birds, and Málaga I think has been making efforts to reduce the population as they’ve become a big problem in the city. One nearby chiringuito tosses their old bread on the pavement for them, which is no help (not to mention unsanitary and an eyesore). Thankfully, street cleaners are here every day.

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