Monks, machos, cats, and a man on a bike / Monjes, machos, gatos, y un hombre en bici

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I’m very late, so I’ll talk fast. I met Tynan this morning for coffee, which was a great boost to the day. Before he arrived, I texted Susan. (I know. I know. She isn’t there anymore.) I wrote, “Aw, shit, how I miss you, Toots!” I got momentarily teary eyed. I felt stupid and told Tynan what I had done and how I felt. He said, “Nothing stupid about it. No different from taking flowers to a grave.” Toots was mostly what I called her. She mostly called me Mitchi and we often called each other sweetheart, god’s gift, and any other endearment that came to mind. We also regularly said, “Thank you for being in my life, I love you, and I adore you.” Don’t forget to say those things to the ones you love.

San Geraldo and I had a lunch of leftover pulled pork. Dee-licious. I finally went for a walk around 4:30. Remember my Macho Man Monastrell wine bottle (click here)? One of the chiringuitos has new barrel tables outside. Now I want those for the terrace! Note: Monastrell is the Spanish name for a thick-skinned red wine grape variety with small berries. It’s known outside Spain by the French name Mourvèdre. 


Llego muy tarde, así que hablaré rápido. Conocí a Tynan esta mañana para tomar un café, lo cual fue un gran estímulo para el día. Antes de que llegara, le envié un mensaje a Susan. Lo sé. Lo sé. Escribí: “¡Oh, mierda, cómo te extraño, Toots!”. Tuve momentáneamente ojos llorosos. Me sentí estúpido y le dije a Tynan lo que había hecho y cómo me sentía. Él dijo: “No hay nada estúpido al respecto. No es diferente de llevar flores a una tumba”. Toots era principalmente como la llamaba. Ella principalmente me llamaba Michi y a menudo nos llamábamos cariño, regalo de Dios, y cualquier otra expresión cariñosa que se me ocurría. También decíamos regularmente: “Gracias por estar en mi vida, me encanta, y te adoro”. No olvides decir esas cosas a los que amas.

San Geraldo y yo almorzamos sobras de puerco desmenuzado. Delicioso. Finalmente salí a caminar alrededor de las 16:30. ¿Recuerda mi botella de vino Macho Man Monastrell (haz clic aquí)? Uno de los chiringuitos tiene nuevas mesas de barriles afuera ¡Ahora quiero esas para la terraza! Nota: Monastrell es el nombre de una variedad de uva de vino tinto de piel gruesa con bayas pequeñas. Se conoce fuera de España con el nombre francés de Mourvèdre.

• From my 2017 post about Macho Man wine. At the time, Pedro thought everything below the beard was photoshopped. I only photoshopped the beard and the tattoo. I had to strike the pose to prove it to him. I think what really threw him was he couldn’t believe I actually owned that tank top.
• De mi post de 2017 sobre el vino Macho Man. En ese momento, Pedro pensó que todo lo que estaba debajo de la barba estaba editado con Photoshop. Solo photoshopeé (¿es una palabra?) la barba y el tatuaje. Tuve que adoptar la pose para demostrárselo. Creo que lo que realmente lo desconcertó fue que no podía creer que en realidad yo fuera el dueño de esa camiseta.
• The Fat Man of the Circus wine.
• The Monks (Parakeets).
• Los Monjes (Pericos).
• Someone added a clever sticker to the Fuengirola sign.
• Alguien añadió una pegatina ingeniosa al cartel de Fuengirola.
• I like the look, but leaving it will only encourage others to do the same — and not with the same success. So, yes, I consider it artful, but still vandalism.
• Me gusta el estilo, pero dejarlo solo alentará a otros a hacer lo mismo, y no con el mismo éxito. Entonces, sí, lo considero ingenioso, pero sigue siendo vandalismo.

Click the thumbnails. The Twizy will be almost actual size..
Haz clic en las miniaturas. El Twizy será casi de tamaño real.

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..

24 thoughts on “Monks, machos, cats, and a man on a bike / Monjes, machos, gatos, y un hombre en bici”

  1. Not crazy at all to contact Susan. I am sure she approves.
    You two were close it seems.
    Wasn’t there a song/disco tune back in the day…..Macho Macho Man….I Wanna Be Your Macho Man. Great dance number…..I lead!! lol

    1. Jim:
      Ah, the Village People. We saw them again in the late ’90s at the Del Mar Fair when we lived in San Diego. It wasn’t the same.

  2. Wasn’t there a disco tune back in the day…..Macho Macho Man….I Wanna Be Your Macho Man? Great dance piece…..I lead!!lol
    I am sure Susan approves of the contact.

    1. David:
      Fun idea, but I might have to get usage permission from the artful vandals. But, seriously, a fun idea.

  3. I have enjoyed a Mourvèdre a time or two, and will see if my local wine merchant ever has a Monastrell.

    For a brief moment I thought that was Tuxedo on the sign and thought he’d gotten out again.

    Your text to Susan is lovely. Every so often I stop by my sister’s Facebook page to tell I love her; she’s been gone seven years. In fact, today is her birthday and I popped in to wish her a Happy.,

    1. Bob:
      I’ve never had either wine. Maybe I’ll try some (although I’ve heard the best thing about Macho Man is the label, so maybe I’ll try others). Thinking of you and your sister. My sister’s birthday passed Sept. 19th. I realized Susan’s family is probably monitoring her social media. Ah well. They understand.

    1. Debra:
      I had such a good time with that. I tried to change the stripes to red, but it didn’t look so good.

  4. I think it is very sweet and lovely that you texted Susan.
    The wine labels and barrels are terrific, but the photo of you holding the bottle is the best!

    1. Wilma:
      I really had a great time creating that image. I must have taken a dozen timed shots until I got the one I wanted. Then the fun began. Maybe I could have a barrel made with MY image on it.

  5. “Nothing stupid about it. No different from taking flowers to a grave.”

    True dat. There’s no reason to believe a deceased person is going to be any more (or less) aware of that than they would a text message.

    1. Kirk:
      Sometimes Tynan hits the nail right on the head. It was just what I needed to hear.

  6. I think it’s sweet that you texted Susan. LOVE the barrel tables, and the cat sticker! It’s vandalism but it’s cool so I don’t mind it. (I’m pretty tolerant of stickers and graffiti, as you’ve seen on my blog!)

    1. Steve:
      I agree about the cat sticker. I love the way it looks, but I know if it’s left, the Fuengirola sign will soon be covered with stickers and graffiti. I really do want at least the Macho Man barrel table.

    1. Urspo:
      I agree. I had a gifted artist friend who made her living on wine labels and CD covers. Brilliant.

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