A salty pretzel / Un pretzel salado

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

I finally managed to get a picture of myself doing my pretzel stretch. Fifteen to twenty seconds on one side and then I switch.

It was a kind of comical process to get the photo. First I tried the timer but as you can see by the first image below, I didn’t time it very well. So I then did a video and pulled one frame to share. Not the most flattering, nor perfectly positioned, but at least you now know what I mean when I talk about my pretzel stretch. It actually feels good when I do it. A year ago, any attempt had me howling in nerve-pain agony. Six months ago, I could at least attempt it without crying. Now, it’s back to being a regular part of my routine.

The above photo is from the terrace yesterday afternoon. It’s not so hazy today. The temperature is around 35˚C / 95˚F, but the humidity has dropped from between 50 and 75% to only 24%. Time for a walk.


Finalmente logré obtener una imagen de mí mismo haciendo mi estiramiento de pretzel. Quince a veinte segundos en un lado y luego cambio.

Fue una especie de proceso cómico conseguir la foto. Primero probé el temporizador, pero como puede ver en la primera imagen a continuación, no lo cronometré muy bien. Entonces hice un video y saqué un cuadro para compartir. No es el más halagador, ni está perfectamente posicionado, pero al menos ahora sabes a lo que me refiero cuando hablo de mi estiramiento de pretzel. Realmente se siente bien cuando lo hago. Hace un año, cualquier intento me tenía aullando de dolor nervioso. Hace seis meses, al menos podía intentarlo sin llorar. Ahora, ha vuelto a ser una parte habitual de mi rutina.

La foto de arriba es de la terraza ayer por la tarde. No es tan confuso hoy. La temperatura ronda los 35˚C / 95˚F, pero la humedad ha bajado de entre el 50 y el 75 % a solo el 24 %. Hora de dar un paseo.

• At the gym yesterday. He regularly checked on the tuck (into his underwear) of the left leg of his shorts. He was only doing an upper-body workout.
• En el gimnasio ayer. Comprobaba regularmente el pliegue (dentro de su ropa interior) de la pernera izquierda de sus pantalones cortos. Solo estaba haciendo un entrenamiento de la parte superior del cuerpo.

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..

27 thoughts on “A salty pretzel / Un pretzel salado”

  1. Nice way to start the morning. There really is a market for shorter shorts in that country.

    1. David:
      There even are shorter shorts in this country. Why doesn’t everyone buy them?

  2. I’m still doing physical therapy routine for my left knee…pretzels are contraindicated! And I’ve always said, “A cloudy day at the beach is better than a sunny day at work.”

  3. Okay, so now that I see it, I recognize the pretzel twist from a long-ago yoga course. Not a move I was able to do with any credibility. That photo of you would make a fabulous drawing, actually.

    1. Debra:
      The first time I tried that stretch/pose was in the ’90s (the decade not mine). I thought it was impossible. It got easier and easier.

      1. Debra:
        For that, I’d have to be even more twisted than I already am.

  4. Now, thanks to Deedles, all I can think of is Hot Pretzel and I’m hungry.

    That said, that’s a good stretch you got goin’ on. Great way to start the day!

    1. Bob:
      I know! As I wrote, I kept imagining one of those salty, hot pretzels. I don’t think I can find one here.

  5. LOVE that photo of the beach!
    Oh that pose! I call it a spinal twist……very effective position for so many things. One of my favourites.

  6. Are you sure that chap at the gym was tucking those shorts into his underwear? he appears to be carrying his jock in his hand…

    Oh, you are so bendy! Jx

    1. Jon:
      The guy at the gym was fascinating. No matter what he did, he made sure that one leg was tucked. He was even practicing on a punch bag with one leg up.

    1. Steve:
      I’m dying to ask, but I don’t want to offend anyone or make them self-conscious.

  7. Yes that one short leg thing is definitely a “thing” But why?? Also I am with Debra that is a beautiful pose for a life drawing .

    1. Claudia:
      Draw it! I might. I wish I could ask someone about the one-leg thing.

  8. You’re looking good as a pretzel, Scoot. I’m envious. I can’t even sit down on the ground or the floor or whatever without pain. And getting back up is even worse.


    1. janiejunebug:
      Only in the past several months can I actually tie my shoes without pain. I dreaded it every day.

  9. Reminds me of a yoga stretch I used to do. So now I have to see if I’ve still got it in me. Better keep the phone within reach just in case I get stuck, can’t get up, need to call for help.

    1. Shirley:
      Make sure to keep the phone in reach when you get into position. I’ll be there in a heartbeat, give or take the 9 time zones.

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