You need to pay that! / ¡Tienes que pagar eso!

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Sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday. The day was a bit hectic filled with quite a bit of nothing exciting. Still, I have stories to tell in the coming days.

I saw The Kid Brother Tuesday on WhatsApp video. I’ve had to phone him on his home phone recently because he hadn’t paid for his monthly mobile service. First, he said it was too expensive, and I thought, “Great, there’s another $40 a month out of our pockets.” Then he said ”It’s too much trouble,” and I thought, ”Is he just being a cheapskate?”

So, I wrote to the office manager and assistant, told them the problem, and asked if he could not in fact afford it. I never did receive a response, but this week he initiated a video chat with me and said he paid the bill Monday (with the assistant manager).

Two weeks ago, you might remember, he told me accusingly that he had no cable TV. “You better pay that!” he snapped. “I pay it on time every month, wise guy,” I responded. As I instructed, he unplugged the box and plugged it in again. He said it still didn’t work. The following week, he told me it was the TV and not the cable box. I told him to talk to “the office.” He did. They checked, and they told him it was the cable box, and not the TV — and they would call the cable company.

I’m exhausted just telling you about him. But at least we got to see each other again, and it was a pleasure. He even surprised me by sharing the information that he received another hand-colored card from Mary (she sends him one every week). Or as he put it, “you know, that artist one.” Sorry, Mary, he doesn’t do proper names. I haven’t heard him say my name since he was maybe 12.

Today’s photos are simply more things to make your eyes roll. The guy pictured above has outdone San Geraldo and his IKEA dish towel (click here).


Lo siento, no publiqué nada ayer. El día fue un poco ajetreado lleno de nada emocionante. Aún así, tengo historias que contar en los próximos días.

Vi El Hermanito el martes en el video de WhatsApp. Recientemente tuve que llamarlo al teléfono de su casa porque no había pagado su servicio móvil mensual. Primero, dijo que era demasiado caro, y pensé: “Genial, hay otros $40 por mes de nuestros bolsillos”. Luego dijo: “Es demasiado problema”. Y pensé: “¿Está siendo un tacaño?”.

Entonces, les escribí a la gerente y a la subgerente de la oficina, les conté el problema y les pregunté si de hecho no podía pagarlo. Nunca recibí una respuesta, pero esta semana El Hermanito inició un chat de video conmigo y dijo que pagó la factura el lunes (con la subgerente).

Hace dos semanas, tal vez recuerde, me dijo de manera acusadora que no tenía cable por televisor. “¡Será mejor que pagues eso!” él chasqueó. “Lo pago a tiempo todos los meses, hombre”, le respondí. Como le indiqué, desenchufó la caja y la volvió a enchufar. Dijo que todavía no funcionaba. A la semana siguiente, me dijo que era el televisor y no el decodificador. Le dije que hablara con “la oficina”. Él hizo. Verificaron y le dijeron que era el decodificador de cable y no el televisor, y que llamarían a la compañía de cable.

Estoy exhausto solo contándote sobre él. Pero al menos nos volvimos a ver y fue un placer. También me sorprendió al compartir la información de que recibió otra tarjeta coloreada a mano de Mary (ella le envía una cada semana). O como él lo dijo, “ya sabes, esa artista”. Lo siento, Mary, él no hace nombres propios. No lo he oído decir mi nombre desde que tenía unos 12 años.

Las fotos de hoy son simplemente más cosas para poner los ojos en blanco. El tipo de la foto de arriba ha superado a San Geraldo y su paño de cocina de IKEA (haz clic aquí).

• Cheerful, but it makes me seasick.
• Alegre, pero me pone mareado.
• Number 33: Do you suppose he even knows who Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is? Do you?
• Numero 33: ¿Supones que él siquiera sabe quién es Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? ¿Lo sabías?
• At first I thought that was a big red flower at his hip.
• Al principio pensé que era una gran flor roja en su cadera.
• Is it an infection? (staph)
• ¿Es una infección? (eSTAFilococo)

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..

22 thoughts on “You need to pay that! / ¡Tienes que pagar eso!”

  1. Who says men are afraid of color and pattern? I need to work on my wardrobe before December

  2. Must be something ‘in the water’! Good ole plain solids must be hard to get.

    What would you two bros do without each other? The love is so obvious!

    1. Jim:
      I must be shopping in the wrong places. Yes, I adore Chuck… and he sure does push my buttons.

  3. I hope everything gets straightened out with the Kid Brother’s phone and TV/cable! And jeez, SG better step up his towel game — there’s a new rival in town and he’s bringing his A Game!

    1. Debra:
      If SG ever tries a look like that, I won’t let him out of the house.

  4. The first picture I …. don’t hate me … actually like because of the colors. I am into orange right now.
    The others should be arrested.

  5. Ahhhh, crazy one-leg up thing. Goofy.
    But, so good that you got to video chat with Chuck!

    1. Judy C:
      Seeing each other while we chat makes such a huge difference. We’re both much more relaxed, and we laugh a lot more.

  6. I’m sure your brother can be a challenge from time to time. (That’s true of all relatives, right?!) Interesting fashion parade as always!

    1. Steve:
      Yes, true with all relatives. But, with Chuck, all is always forgiven. Fuengirola is the fashion capital of… Fuengirola.

  7. You are a great brother, and have a better relationship with Chuck than I have with any of my 4 siblings ( we barely talk.) While I do not agree with these outrageous fashion choices, I always think “good for them for wearing what they want and feeling comfortable in it.” I could be wearing the most expensive, professionally fitted tux you could buy and still feel frumpy, fat, and awkward in it. I envy their comfort with themselves.

    1. Sassybear:
      My closest family relationship is with Chuck. I feel it’s my duty, sadly, and that was pounded into me by my mother his entire life. But I love him dearly and am so grateful to have him in my life and to be able to be there for him. I agree with you about what people wear. On my walk yesterday I was struck with all the different shapes and sizes comfortable in as little as possible on the beach.

    1. Urspo:
      Everyone has their own sense of style, color and pattern, but sometimes the combinations make me feel ill.

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