The one that got away / El que se escapó

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

LAST WEEK, AS I WAS getting ready for an afternoon walk, I looked from the terrace and saw most of the people on the beach standing at the shore and looking in the same direction. A shark? A whale? A cow? (Click here for the cow.)

I immediately hit the beach to find two women with a fishing rod trying to reel something in. Since the water is so shallow there, I wondered if their hook had snagged on something on the sea bottom, although I had no idea what that might be. They got some help. A nice guy who happened to be passing fought for them. After about 10 minutes, he asked for help from two men standing nearby, which caused them to immediately leave. Then someone else pitched in. He reeled with all his might and the line finally broke. I wonder what kind of fish story they all told.

We’ve heard from three of the five company’s holding stocks in my mother’s name. Once we receive confirmation letters at our address here in Spain, the process will be done. However, we received a scanned copy of a letter that’s on its way. It contains our correct Spanish address at the top, but not in the body of the letter where it confirms the change. When it reached the zip / postal code, their system automatically picked up a city in South Carolina to complete the address. San Geraldo phoned and was told the letter was sent to our complete and correct Spanish address. The woman on the line didn’t seem to understand why we might be concerned by the glitch in the letter. Anyway, it was mailed 8 October. Given that SG just received something mailed two months ago from a friend in the States, we’re not holding our breath.

I found online golden-yellow, patterned throw pillows for the living room at half the price of the ones I saw in our local shop (click here). I ordered three. They’re from Maison Du Monde, which has a shop near IKEA, just 15 minutes away. They’ll email me when they’re in. They would have delivered, but the €15 fee seemed like a bit much to pay for three throw pillows. Am I growing more practical or was it just a hiccup? Nah. Just a hiccup — and an excuse to browse the shop and maybe even visit IKEA. So, not even a hiccup.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretch: Three times Sunday, twice so far today.
Gym: Went this morning. Chest and back.
Sweets: I plan to have a slice of apple cake after lunch.
Walking: A long walk this afternoon, I think.

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LA SEMANA PASADA, CUANDO ME estaba preparando para un paseo vespertino, miré desde la terraza y vi a la mayoría de la gente en la playa parada en la orilla y mirando en la misma dirección. ¿Un tiburón? ¿Una ballena? ¿Una vaca? (Haz clic aquí para ver la vaca).

Inmediatamente fui a la playa para encontrar a dos mujeres con una caña de pescar que intentaban enrollar algo. Como el agua es muy poco profunda allí, me pregunté si su anzuelo se había enganchado en algo en el mar abajo, aunque no tenía idea de qué podría ser. Recibieron ayuda. Un buen tipo que estaba pasando luchó por ellos. Después de aproximadamente 10 minutes, pidió ayuda a dos hombres que estaban cerca, lo que hizo que se fueran de inmediato. Entonces alguien más se puso a trabajar. Se tambaleó con todas sus fuerzas y la línea finalmente se rompió. Me pregunto qué historia de peces contaron todos.

Hemos tenido noticias de tres de las cinco empresas que tienen acciones a nombre de mi madre. Una vez que recibamos las cartas de confirmación en nuestra dirección aquí en España, se realizará el proceso. Sin embargo, recibimos una copia escaneada de una carta que está en camino. Contiene nuestra dirección correcta en España en la parte superior, pero no en el cuerpo de la carta donde confirma el cambio. Cuando llegó al código postal, su sistema seleccionó automáticamente una ciudad de Carolina del Sur para completar la dirección. San Geraldo llamó por teléfono y le dijeron que la carta fue enviada a nuestra dirección completa y correcta en español. La mujer de la línea no parecía entender por qué podríamos estar preocupados por el problema técnico de la carta. De todos modos, se envió por correo el 8 de octubre. Dado que SG acaba de recibir algo enviado por correo hace dos meses de una amiga en los Estados Unidos, no estamos conteniendo la respiración.

Encontré en línea cojines estampados de color amarillo dorado para la sala de estar a la mitad del precio de los que vi en nuestra tienda local (haz clic aquí). Pedí tres. Son de Maison Du Monde, que tiene una tienda cerca de IKEA, a solo 15 minutos. Me enviarán un correo electrónico cuando lleguen. Habrían entregado, pero la tarifa de 15 € parecía un poco demasiado para pagar por tres cojines. ¿Me estoy volviendo más práctico o fue solo un hipo? Nah. Solo un hipo — y una excusa para explorar la tienda y tal vez incluso visitar IKEA, y Plaza Mayor, y el centro comercial outlet. Entonces, ni siquiera un hipo.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Tres veces el domingo, dos veces hasta ahora.
Gimnasio: Fui esta mañana. Pecho y espalda.
Dulces: Planeo comer una rebanada de tarta de manzana después del almuerzo.
Caminar: Una caminata larga esta tarde, creo.

• Cuttlefish and heat waves.
• Sepia y olas de calor.

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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..

19 thoughts on “The one that got away / El que se escapó”

    1. Debra:
      And your comment was followed by Steve saying ”Those fish are beautiful.” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  1. Those fish are beautiful. I wish I could put them back in the water and have them swim away. I’m glad for the one that escaped! I wonder what the heck she caught?!

    And…how did the system automatically choose a city in South Carolina? Do you share a postal code with some place in South Carolina? Or is there a Fuengirola in South Carolina?! That’s very bizarre.

    1. Steve:
      Yeah, imagine how much more beautiful those fish were when they were swimming. But they ARE delicious (those were at Mesón Salvador). Yep, our postal code is apparently the same as the zip code in Easley, South Carolina.

  2. Hey, you are getting closer to some kind of resolution at last. My Nana always said, ‘Patience is a virtue.’
    You are lucky that you have all that fresh fish available.
    Maybe the hook was caught in kelp/seaweed at the bottom…..brings back some childhood memories.

    1. Jim:
      As a friend of mine said when someone told her “Patience is a virtue.” “Well, then, I’m the dirtiest whore in town!” I hope she wouldn’t have said it to your nana.

  3. You did it again…a slimy fish up close. It does the same thing for me as bees up close for you!! LMAO! Now had those girls actually caught something, it would have been even funnier if whatever it was pulled the rod right out of their hands and took off.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Is the slimy fish up close as difficult for you as a frog up close? So much to keep track of!

  4. Similar to your address mixup, our Belize phone number with country code goes to a land line in Arkansas by mistaking the country code for the area code!

    I went to a wonderful yoga retreat over the weekend. Eight sessions of yoga and one of zumba dance in all. I hadn’t done zumba in several decades – it was so much fun even though I had to resort to low intensity. I think I will have to try it on my own with online videos. My Fitbit told me I burned 400 calories in that hour! You would be proud of me, Mitchell, – I had no desserts and only 2 half glasses of wine. Thanks for your inspiration!

    1. Wilma:
      Arkansas and South Carolina, two places I’d rather not be mistaken for these days. (Although there are some very good people in both.) I just read that Fitbits tend to underestimate how many calories you burn. Great news! The retreat sounds so nice!

  5. The fish with his mouth open looks as if he’s ready to attack, even in death. Maybe the women did hook a cow. We’ll never know.

    Love,
    Janie

  6. The beach doesn’t seem like it would be the greatest place to catch a fish. Especially with the waves hitting the shore like that. Do people do that often?

    1. Kirk:
      Oddly, some serious local fishermen are very successful here in the surf, which is kind of creepy to think about when you’re in for a swim.

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