It’s not how you go, it’s how you land / No es como vas, es como aterrizas

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I didn’t bother annotating any of today’s photos. I promise to be less lazy in the future. The photo above is from a plaza in the center of Málaga. A vertical garden and a wall of words designed by architect Natalia Muñoz Aguilar. Clearly the viewer is supposed to register the large words, like oportunidad [opportunity], alegría [happiness], and abrázame [hug me]. The first words I read were small ones, such as idiota [idiot], ordinaria [ordinary], and nunca [never]. Why is that, Dr. Freud?

Life has been good lately. The Kid Brother is doing well. Great friends. Great food. Great workouts. I’m staying busy and mentally stimulated. I’m feeling better physically than I have in a long time. Of course, I’m loving San Geraldo. Yet I’ve been battling some mood slumps that seem to come out of nowhere.

I’ve noticed that I’m more accident prone when I’m depressed. My balance and flexibility, thanks to my workouts and stretching, are back. However, I’ve been crashing into things lately. And I’ve had a few really close calls when washing sharp knives. During my walk Tuesday morning, I tripped and fell… I really have no idea how. I cushioned the fall with my left palm. That’s a little bruised and my wrist is a little swollen. They’re not going to like lifting weights today. Other than that, a tiny scrape on the side of my left knee. When I arrived home, I bumped into (not literally) a neighbor and he commented on how muscled and strong I look (nice to hear). I thanked him and said “Too bad I’m still a klutz.” He said, better a fit klutz than an unfit klutz. I guess he’s right.

I’ve got an appointment Thursday in Málaga with a new psychiatrist, one who actually accepts our insurance. Our medical center has been without a psychiatrist for years (after having the best one I ever met) and I’ve been paying out-of-pocket when I need new prescriptions (not for the prescriptions, for the psychiatrist). I’m hoping this will work out. Maybe she’ll have some suggestions. Maybe the new meds aren’t as effective as they should be. They’re not without side effects. Meanwhile, at the moment I’m feeling fine.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Once a day.
Walking: 7 km / 4.5 miles Tuesday.
Gym: On my way for arms and shoulders, and some legs.

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La foto de arriba es de una plaza en el centro de Málaga. Un jardín vertical y un muro de palabras diseñado por la arquitecta Natalia Muñoz Aguilar. Claramente se supone que uno registra las palabras grandes, como oportunidad, aegría, y abrázame”. Las primeras palabras que leí fueron idiota, ordinaria, y nunca. ¿Por qué, doctor Freud?

La vida ha sido buena últimamente. El Hermanito está bien. Buenos amigos. Buena comida. Grandes entrenamientos. Me mantengo ocupado y mentalmente estimulado. Me siento mejor físicamente que en mucho tiempo. Por supuesto, me encanta San Geraldo. Sin embargo, he estado luchando contra algunos cambios de humor que parecen surgir de la nada.

He notado que soy más propenso a los accidentes cuando estoy deprimido. Mi equilibrio y flexibilidad, gracias a mis entrenamientos y estiramientos, ha vuelto. Sin embargo, he estado chocando con cosas últimamente. Y he tenido algunas llamadas muy cercanas al lavar cuchillos afilados. Durante mi caminata el martes por la mañana, tropecé y me caí… Realmente no tengo idea de cómo. Amortigué la caída con la palma de mi mano izquierda. Eso está un poco magullado y mi muñeca está un poco hinchada. Hoy no les va a gustar levantar pesas. Aparte de eso, un pequeño rasguño en el costado de mi rodilla izquierda. Cuando llegué a casa, me encontré (no literalmente) con un vecino y me comentó lo musculoso y fuerte que me veo (es bueno escucharlo). Le di las gracias y le dije: “Lástima que sigo siendo un torpe”. Dijo, mejor un torpe en forma que un torpe en mala forma. Supongo que tiene razón.

Tengo cita el jueves en Málaga con un nuevo psiquiatra, uno que de hecho acepta nuestro seguro. Nuestro centro médico ha estado sin psiquiatra durante años (después de tener el mejor que he conocido) y he estado pagando de mi bolsillo cuando necesito nuevas recetas (no para las recetas, para el psiquiatra). Espero que esto funcione. Tal vez ella tenga algunas sugerencias. Tal vez los nuevos medicamentos no sean tan efectivos como deberían ser. No están exentos de efectos secundarios. Mientras tanto, de momento me siento bien.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físic
Estiramiento: Una vez al día.
Caminando: 4 km / 2.5 millas domingo.
Gimnasio: En camino para brazos y hombros, y un poco de piernas.

• Did you know that the part of the palm I bruised is called my Hypothenar Eminence? So, if you bruised it, I’d call it Your Eminence.
• ¿Sabías que la parte de la palma de la mano que yo magullado se llama mi Eminencia Hipotenar? Entonces, si lo magullaras, yo lo llamaría Su Eminencia.

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• It’s not how you go. It’s how you land.
• No es como vas. Así es como aterrizas.

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 “It’s not how you go, it’s how you land / No es como vas, es como aterrizas”

  1. You are smart to keep up with your exercise regime……..the older one gets the more exercise we require to keep us physically stable.
    I like that vertical garden a lot!
    Walking around your town must feel like being in a museum……it certainly looks like that.

    1. Jim:
      Málaga definitely does feel like living in a museum. I’ve always been klutzy at times. Now, that’s a lot more dangerous.

  2. Love the photos. Glad to hear your having good days, of course, having a Birthday Jubilee probably helps??
    I don’t know about the klutzy stuff; well, I mean I know about it because it’s so me, but I wonder if has to do with shifts in mood.
    And I’m wondering if you bumped into the neighbor, or if he bumped into you just to cop a feel of your muscle????

    1. Bob:
      No feels copped (for better or worse). I do find I’m more accident prone when I’m going through a depressive phase. I think maybe it’s because I’m more distracted and in my head than in the present and what I’m doing.

  3. Likewise when I am stressed or distressed, I am more klutzy. And then I am even more distressed! I try to figure out how to break the cycle – without breaking anything else! Walking the dogs usually helps. Walking the cats probably wouldn’t be the same for you . . . .

  4. You’re just one walking ouchie, aren’t you? That statue of an accordion penis has no business being in a public place 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      I did not see an accordion penis and now that’s ALL I’ll see.

  5. I’m glad to hear that Chuck is doing well 🙂
    Wow, that bruised palm is a sight! Thanks for sharing these great photos, and keeping us updated on everything else.

  6. There are PT exercises for balance. Falling can lead to worse in us seniors. A near fall and a very hard-on-my-knees recovery to catch myself led to a torn (doctor said “shredded”) meniscus when he saw the MRI and like 24 weeks of PT. Be careful. The exercise is always helpful for strengthening. But don’t fall…

    1. Frank:
      I was a certified personal trainer some years back. So I do a decent job incorporating a balance routine into much of my workout. Many of my stretches include balance as a component, too. I need to find more mental balance exercises!

  7. “Better a fit klutz than an unfit klutz” — that’s pretty funny! Sorry about your hand. I hope the visit with the new doc is productive. From this distance it seems like you’ve been doing a good job getting out and about and seeing new sights, and that’s got to be stimulating.

    1. Steve:
      I’ve been having a great time exploring and keeping busy. Getting ready now to head into Málaga.

  8. Oh dear – falling’s not good, but just think of the atmospheric photo-opportunities of you, prone, in the middle of all that Baroque architecture… 🙂 jx

  9. When your little picture clip showed up in my reader, and I could see your hand, I thought Oh No…WHAT did Mitchell do now?!?!?!? LOL!!!! I think that vertical wall “garden” is cool. I see some here and love the look of them.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      The vertical gardens are becoming very common here. Even the City of Fuengirola has been installing (and maintaining) them all over town. I should do a post just on those. I love them.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Málaga gets more and more beautiful. Heading back in now.

  10. I’m happy to read you are in good spirits and hope it lasts for awhile. We all want you to stay healthy and be able to enjoy your life to the fullest. *hug*

    1. Sassybear:
      If you don’t like my mood, just wait a few minutes. Thanks for the moral support. I’m fine — considering the state of things.

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