Cooler than me / Más genial que yo

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

I THOUGHT LAST NIGHT OF buying a tall narrow artificial tree for the terrace and decorating it for Christmas. A trial run with the cats. At least they wouldn’t have free reign while we slept. Kind of late in the season, but Christmas does run until Three Kings Day here. Then again, I’d have to get in the car and I haven’t done much of anything for several days now. Given my desire to avoid crowds, I haven’t been into Málaga this year to see the wondrous lights. So, I walked around Fuengirola one evening last week and enjoyed our city’s decorations. The photo at top is of the Christmas market on Plaza de la Constitución.

I’m still a bit too sneezy and clogged to feel comfortable working out at the gym, especially masked. However, I need to do something today. Maybe a short walk. Maybe shopping for that tree.

I’ve completed Chapter 12 of the semi-final corrections of San Geraldo’s book. He’ll have one last look. He’s almost finished with his pass (after mine) at the third volume of proofs (quarter-finals?), chapters 13–17. So, I’ll be busy again.

The glass curtain guys were here this morning to see what needs to be done. They’ll be back tomorrow to re-cement the entire aluminum flange. It was coming up along most of its length. Five years of sun, wind, sand, and salt.

I learned last night that England shortened the wait time between the second Astra Zeneca shot and the booster shot, from 6 months to 3 months. I haven’t heard that here, but I’m going to check with Public Health today. Otherwise, I have to wait until late January for my booster, which makes me a bit stressed. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. I’m at least one of the lucky ones who’s able to say Life goes on.

I’ve included two videos from Plaza de España in front of City Hall here in town. The first is 5 minutes long and lets you see all the light show. The music is traditionally Christmas. The second video, only 3 minutes, struck me as funny because the song that played was so not Christmas.


LA ÚLTIMA NOCHE PENSÉ EN comprar un árbol artificial alto y estrecho para la terraza y decorarlo para Navidad. Una prueba con los gatos. Al menos no tendrían rienda suelta mientras dormíamos. Un poco tarde en la temporada, pero la Navidad se extiende hasta el Día de los Reyes Magos aquí. Por otra parte, tendría que subirme al coche y no he hecho mucho en varios días. Dado mi deseo de evitar las multitudes, no he estado en Málaga este año para ver las maravillosas luces. Entonces, caminé por Fuengirola una noche la semana pasada y disfruté de las decoraciones de nuestra ciudad. La foto de arriba es del mercado navideño de la Plaza de la Constitución.

Todavía estoy un poco estornudado y atascado para sentirme cómodo haciendo ejercicio en el gimnasio, especialmente en mascarilla. Sin embargo, necesito hacer algo hoy. Quizás una caminata corta. Quizás comprando ese árbol.

Terminé el capítulo 12 de las correcciones semifinales del libro de San Geraldo. Él va a tener una última mirada. Casi ha terminado con su pase (después del mío) en el tercer volumen de pruebas (¿cuartos de final?), Capítulos 13-17. Entonces, estaré ocupado nuevamente.

Los tipos de las cortinas de cristal estuvieron aquí esta mañana para ver qué hay que hacer. Regresarán mañana para volver a cementar toda la brida de aluminio. Se acercaba a lo largo de la mayor parte de su longitud. Cinco años de sol, viento, arena, y sal.

Anoche supe que Inglaterra acortó el tiempo de espera entre la segunda inyección de Astra Zeneca y la inyección de refuerzo, de 6 meses a 3 meses. No he escuchado eso aquí, pero voy a consultar con Salud Pública hoy. De lo contrario, tengo que esperar hasta finales de enero para recibir mi refuerzo, lo que me estresa un poco. Y eso es todo lo que tengo que decir al respecto. Soy al menos uno de los afortunados que puede decir que la vida continúa.

He incluido dos videos de la Plaza de España frente al Ayuntamiento aquí en la ciudad. El primero tiene una duración de 5 minutos y te permite ver todo el espectáculo de luces. La música es tradicionalmente navideña. El segundo video, de solo 3 minutos, me pareció divertido porque la canción que sonaba no era navideña.


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..

28 thoughts on “Cooler than me / Más genial que yo”

  1. I always like the lights stretched across the streets and walks, as well as the ginormous ornament.
    We’ve been lucky with our cats; they rarely bother the tree, though they do like sleeping under it.
    We had a six month wait between second prick and booster, and as soon as it passed, we were in for Prick Three!

    1. Bob:
      I am so looking forward to Prick Three! I tried buying a tree yesterday. Of course, they’re all out of the type I want. Oh well, I tried.

  2. WOW! Very festive in your neck of the woods!
    We get our booster/Moderna on the 28th of this month……..6 months between 2nd and booster. Will feel more secure after that.

    1. Jim:
      Maybe I’ll tough out a trip into Málaga to see the decorations there. The city was added to the top 20 list of cities in the world for Christmas decorations. I’ll double-mask!

    1. wickedhamster:
      The storm simply blew over the flame. They fixed it. I was sure I had posted a photo of it lit. But I don’t see it anywhere. Will do so asap.

  3. I love it all and loved that your town goes out for the holidays. The Christmas Village Market reminds me of the one Philly does in Dillsworth Plaza in front of city hall. All kinds of treasure and earth delights to be found there. I didn’t make it into town this year since working in Harrisburg during the week.

    1. Mistress G Borghese:
      This Christmas village has much of what you’d expect, although one entire side is devoted to food. Fresh, cheese, meats, sausages, baked good. THAT is unusual and fun.

  4. Oh, I love the lights! They are so uplifting. I drove around the historic neighborhoods around me, this weekend, and sang Christmas music out loud, with the music I had playing… it was lovely! I drove around for well over an hour. Lots of neighborhoods really do it up nicely around here. My husband promises that he will go with me on Christmas Eve 🙂 I’m glad you got out to see the town.
    Hoping your cold goes fully away very soon, the AZ shot booster 3-month wait gets approved, and that the glass repair goes well 🙂

    1. Judy C:
      Waiting for the repair guys to arrive this morning. It will be fine. Individuals don’t decorate their homes here like they do in the States. I used to love to drive around the different neighborhoods wherever we lived. Everyone always knew “the best” street to check out each year.

  5. Love the Christmas lights! Those little boys in your “Cooler than Me” video cracked me up. They certainly have a lot of energy. I think I’m glad I’m not in the same room with them. LOL

    1. Steve:
      Yes, those ball-playing boys were high energy. I was almost sorry to be on the same plaza as them!

  6. I do love the displays you have! The advent (get it?) of programmable LED lights has made the displays so entertaining.
    I also need to know – what happened to the silo?

    1. Wilma:
      I will share a photo of the lit silo in the next blog post. I was so sure I had already done so, but I haven’t found it. Advent… You’re so clever!

  7. Beautiful lights! K and I are on the list for the booster in January. That will be 7 months after our second dose. We called for appointments as soon as we became eligible. The rules have been evolving recently. We’ll wait our turns and try to be extra careful in the meantime.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I hope to have my booster by the end of January. Have to try again today to get an appointment. Monday at the Health Center (or on on the phone or their website) was not a good choice.

  8. Oh, I love that giant electric ornament. Like those kids, I think I’d run to get inside it.

    It’s completely lost on that dog, though. The pooch’s attention is elsewhere.

    1. Kirk:
      That dog only wanted to play with that ball! Good he didn’t notice the ornament was a giant ball. It IS fun inside the ornament. I usually take pictures from there every year.

  9. What a fabulous place to spend the holidays! I love the photos you share around Christmastime every year.

    I hope you feel better soon. Is your trip to visit the Kid Brother in the spring still on? I sure hope so; he must really miss you. I sent him a Christmas card the other day, and I hope he liked it. 🙂

    1. Jennifer:
      I really do want to make a trip into Málaga to see the lights this year. Maybe a weekday before Three Kings.

      I’m now clearly improving each day. Today, I barely thought about the cold. Just in time for Christmas with friends.

      My trip is still on. I hope it stays that way. Chuck is looking forward to it. He also says mail is “back to normal” although he won’t tell what’s arrived. He says I can see it all when I’m there. I’ll take pictures of everything. Thank you for your kindness. It makes a huge difference in his days and his life… whether he’ll talk about it with me on the phone or not. When he shows me the cards, the excitement and pride will be obvious. I’m sending you an enormous hug!

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