De-train; de-bus; de plane, boss / El avión, jefe

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

The photo advertisement above is displayed at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn (click here). When I saw it, I told the Kid Brother that’s what my house was going to look like after San Geraldo was left alone alone for 12 days. Actually, there was only one evening and morning’s worth of dishes in the sink and the house was immaculate. It helped that Isabelle had been there the day before.

The museum has become a regular event with The Kid Brother. It’s just a few blocks from my hotel and we both enjoy it. I had made a reservation for two Seniors (gasp), half-price tickets. We then went to lunch at 282 Atlantic Avenue, KB’s now-favorite burger place. I suggested we then go buy my second suitcase and his new electric shaver. He said, “What, no dessert?” Ah, yes, apparently another tradition. If it’s done once and enjoyed, it’s a tradition. We went to Mia’s bakery where he had another slab of carrot cake and I had another canookie (click here).

Then we went shopping. I noticed on our video call Tuesday that he was finally perfectly clean-shaven and I realized he has never had a new electric shaver. Whenever my father bought a new one for himself, he gave The Kid Brother his old one. (Why do you suppose my father needed a new one?) After my father died in 1987, my mother gave him that shaver. Many years later, I remember her saying she found another (used) one in the closet, so she gave that to him. No wonder he’s always had a terrible and inconsistent shave. I always thought he simply didn’t do a good job because he doesn’t like looking in a mirror. Sometimes, I can be so dense.

The title? Any time I mention a plane to The Kid Brother, he becomes Tattoo from Fantasy Island. “De plane, Boss! De plane!”


El anuncio de la foto de arriba se muestra en el Museo de Tránsito de Nueva York en Brooklyn (haz clic aquí). Cuando lo vi, le dije a El Hermanito que así se vería mi casa después de que San Geraldo se quedara solo durante 12 días. En realidad, solo había una noche y una mañana de platos en el fregadero y la casa estaba impecable. Ayudó que Isabelle hubiera estado allí el día anterior.

El museo se ha convertido en un evento regular con El Hermanito. Está a pocas cuadras de mi hotel y ambos lo disfrutamos. Había hecho una reserva para dos Seniors (jadeo), boletos a mitad de precio. Luego fuimos a almorzar a 282 Atlantic Avenue, ahora la hamburguesería favorita de KB. Le sugerí que fuéramos a comprar mi segunda maleta y su nueva afeitadora eléctrica. Él dijo: “¿Qué, sin postre?” Ah, sí, aparentemente otra tradición. Si se hace una vez y se disfruta, es una tradición. Fuimos a la panadería de Mia donde él tenía otra losa de pastel de zanahoria y yo tenía otra galleta (haz clic aquí).

Luego fuimos de compras. Me di cuenta en nuestra videollamada del martes que finalmente estaba perfectamente afeitado y me di cuenta de que nunca había tenido una afeitadora eléctrica nueva. Cada vez que mi padre compraba uno nuevo para él, le daba a The Kid Brother el viejo. (¿Por qué crees que mi padre necesitaba una nueva?) Después de que mi padre muriera en 1987, mi madre le regaló esa afeitadora. Muchos años después, recuerdo que ella dijo que encontró otro (usado) en el armario, así que se lo dio. No es de extrañar que siempre haya tenido un afeitado terrible e inconsistente. Siempre pensé que simplemente no hizo un buen trabajo porque no le gusta mirarse en un espejo. A veces, puedo ser tan denso.

¿El título? Cada vez que le menciono un avión a El Hermanito, se convierte en Tattoo de La Isla de la Fantasía. “¡El avión, jefe! ¡El avión!

• The Transit Museum is in the old Court Street subway station. Very cool.
• El Museo del Tránsito se encuentra en la antigua estación de metro de Court Street. Muy genial.
• As we approached this train, The Kid Brother said, “That’s the 7!”
• Cuando nos acercamos a este tren, El Hermanito dijo: “¡Ese es el 7!”
• I have no idea how he knows these things.
• No tengo idea de cómo sabe estas cosas.
• Our mandatory selfie on the bus.
• Nuestro selfie obligatorio en el autobús.
• It’s really less than half a bus and the side is completely cut away. Still The Kid Brother will only enter and exit via the front door.
• Realmente es menos de la mitad de un autobús y el costado está completamente cortado. Aún así, El Hermanito solo entrará y saldrá por la puerta principal.
• 2019. I wonder if The Kid Brother will ever go maskless again. He hasn’t eaten chocolate since he was 12 because our mother told him it was bad for his skin.
• 2019. Me pregunto si El Hermanito alguna vez volverá a estar sin máscarillaa. No ha comido chocolate desde que tenía 12 años porque nuestra madre le dijo que era malo para su piel.
• 2018. With my Invisalign braces still in my mouth.
• 2018. Con mis frenos Invisalign todavía en mi boca.
• Brooklyn Borough Hall, Downtown Brooklyn.
• Ayuntamiento de Brooklyn, Centro de Brooklyn.
• Kings County Surrogates Court, Downtown Brooklyn. The court our lawyer blamed for his own dishonesty and incompetence.
• Tribunal de Sucesiones del Kings County, Centro de Brooklyn. El tribunal al que nuestro abogado culpó de su propia deshonestidad e incompetencia.


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..

34 thoughts on “De-train; de-bus; de plane, boss / El avión, jefe”

  1. I’d never heard of Shea Stadium until the Beatles did their concert there way back in ’65 (too ancient for some blog-readers to remember, of course), or indeed seen or heard it mentioned since. Nonetheless, shows the name is still embedded within me.

    In those video clips I was half-expecting a three-nippled Christopher Lee to appear! (I’ve not seen the little fella appear in anything else)..

    1. Raybeard:
      And Shea Stadium is now gone. Replaced by Citi Field in 2009. I saw the New York Mets play at Shea many a time.

      I had forgotten about Villechaize in that James Bond film. Hadn’t forgotten Christopher Lee’s third nipple.

  2. Haha! The Kid Brother’s not the only one – we still do “Tattoo” impressions if a plane’s particularly low in the sky… Jx

    1. Jon:
      We take turns being Tattoo. And I also play Mr. Rourke. I simply say, “Oh, shut up, Tattoo!”

  3. A museum we have to go to, next time, in nicer weather. The 7 now goes to Hudson Yard, the purple 7 is one the marketing logos for Hudson Yard. Only in Chicago can you get away with saying take your “crap” with you and not have people fainting over the harsh language.

    1. David:
      My NY often comes up with my use of the word “crap.”

      I have to check out Hudson Yards next time. That was a major construction site when I walked the Highline.

  4. It is stunning the, um, “stuff” people leave behind. Sad commentary on the world today.
    But the Transit Museum looks cool and I love KB using the proper doors of a cutaway bus. I mean, that’s what the doors are for, right?
    What IS for dessert? Now I’m hungry.

    1. Jim:
      KB’s OCD makes me very aware of my tendencies. So, I determinedly enter and exit through the cut-out side of the bus.

  5. Looks like a cool museum. Hubby helps maintain public lands and he says the trash people leave behind, often purposely, is incredible. He spends hours picking up after inconsiderate humans.

    1. Frank:
      I saw a guy toss a bottle cap and then the plastic water bottle out the subway door onto the platform when we stopped at a station. I almost said something and then thought, not worth getting shot. I can understand, however. Imagine how exhausting it would have been for him to hold the empty water bottle until he got off the train two stations later and carried it all the way to a trash can.

  6. Ooh, I like that transit museum– I would go there if I were visiting NYC!
    Despite growing up in NJ, I haven’t gone in to New York more than maybe a dozen times in my life, it seems. But, growing up hearing radio and watching TV news from New York (and hearing about the train lines that my Dad took every day), the names of places and bridges and neighborhoods are all very familiar, and make me smile to remember. I loved your travelogue today, and I’m so excited for the new smooth-shaved face that Chuck gets to enjoy!

    1. Judy C:
      I wish I had come to that used-shaver realization years ago. My mother used to constantly nag at him about his poor shaving ability.

  7. I’ve never liked using electric razors. They may provide a closer shave, but I find holding that motor up to my face kind of awkward.

  8. It looks like you and your brother had a good time together at the Transit Museum — I especially like your 2019 photo on the bus! I’m also glad that you bought KB a new electric shaver and that he’s enjoying it — everyone wants to look their best!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      He looks so much better using his new shaver. I’ll have to keep up on that in the future. I can’t imagine what he must have felt like when he used it for the first time.

    1. Debra:
      I didn’t even know about the transit museum until that first year we went together. It’s got the best museum gift shop, too. I always buy gifts for our friends’ kids — and of course something for Chuck.

  9. That looks like a whole lot of fun, Scoot! I enjoy visiting the train museum up here in Old Sacramento. Life’s simple pleasures, as they say. It’s probably time for us to pack up the ol’ trailer and head to San Diego to visit our sisters. Lockdown was fun while it lasted 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      There’s a very cool train museum in Southern Connecticut that my family went to when I was about 14. We even saw the trolley car line my uncle had driven in New York. I’m so glad you’ll finally get to see your sisters again.

  10. Hey Raybeard, I actually saw The Beatles at DC Stadium in 1966. Some of us are definitely old enough to remember. So many damn screaming girls it was hard to hear anything. The Ronettes were one of the opening acts, along with Bobby Hebb who sang Sunny, of course. 🙂

    Great photos, Mitchell. Glad KB can get a sharp shave now…as well as have video chats with you. You are a good big brother.

    1. Mary, so you caught the Fab Four just before they decided to call it a day for playing live (at George’s insistence, we now know) – well apart from their impromptu rooftop ‘Get Back’ appearance. Good for you. Though I can well imagine how the noise of the crowd would have negated very nearly all of the aural pleasure of being there.

      1. Raybeard and Mary:
        What an experience that must have been, but probably a better memory of the concert than the noisy experience itself.

    2. Mary:
      I don’t know anyone who was actually there for the Beatles. What an experience. I saw the Ronettes a number of times but never the Beatles. For all the difficulties, Chuck is a great Kid Brother. I love him.

    1. Wilma:
      Next year, I hope we can get another maskless selfie. It’s a fun tradition.

  11. I love the CTA ad, especially the use of the word “crap.” LOL!

    I’ve never been to the transit museum in New York. Or in London, for that matter. I suppose I should check them both out, since they help raise money for public transportation.

    Glad your brother’s electric shaver seems to be inspiring better grooming!

    1. Steve:
      That ad really struck me. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the transit museum the first time we visited. Not much changes from year to year, but it’s still a fun and easy visit. (And now only $5 a ticket.)

      I wish I had been quicker on the uptake regarding the shaver (like 30 years quicker). He’s always left unmown spots behind. My mother would drive him crazy with her comments, too. He must have been ecstatic the first time he used the new shaver.

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