New S’candalo

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San Geraldo showed our tire damage to the service manager at the Toyota Dealership and he said it wasn’t as bad as it looked and wouldn’t effect the car inspection. He was right. The car passed yesterday with flying colors. We might get new tires anyway, given the six years the car has spent in the sun and salty sea air. The entire process was a breeze and very pleasant. I got to stand out in the mist, take pictures of the restroom signs, and contemplate going across the street after the inspection to the “gentleman’s club,” New S’candalo. Do you suppose they’ve ever even seen a gentleman? Sadly (not really), the club didn’t open until 5 p.m. and we were done before 3:30. It drizzled on me while I waited the 20 minutes for San Geraldo. Very pleasant.

When I ordered our new iMacs, I could have had them delivered between the 24th and the 26th for no charge, or for an extra €20 they could have been delivered between the 21st and the 24th. I decided to not pay the extra €20 on the off chance they’d arrive on the 24th anyway. Well, they arrived this morning, the 21st, at no extra charge. I went out for a walk and thought I’d hook mine up when I got home.

But Jesica and Sergio phoned while I was out (having completed more than half my walk) and asked if we wanted to meet for coffee. Of course we wanted to meet for coffee. We hadn’t seen them since July. I phoned San Geraldo, who immediately cleaned up his act (with a shower and fresh clothes). I arrived home 25 minutes later, wiped off the sweat, put on a decent shirt, and we were off. Their daugher Mia is almost four months old and is perfection. Apparently she only cries when she’s hungry. She smiled, laughed, and cooed and burbled constantly. I’m in love. We ended up spending more than two hours together. The iMac is going to wait for tomorrow. And it was so worth it.


San Geraldo mostró el daño de nuestras llantas al gerente de servicio en el concesionario Toyota y dijo que no era tan malo como parecía y que no afectaría la inspección del automóvil. Él estaba en lo correcto. El auto pasó ayer con gran éxito. Podríamos comprar neumáticos nuevos de todos modos, dados los seis años que el automóvil ha pasado bajo el sol y el aire salado del mar. Todo el proceso fue muy sencillo y muy agradable. Pude sobresalir en la niebla, tomar fotografías de los letreros de los baños y contemplar cruzar la calle después de la inspección al “club de caballeros”, New S’candalo. ¿Crees que alguna vez han visto a un caballero? Lamentablemente (no realmente), el club no abrió hasta las 17:00 y terminamos antes de las 15:30. Me lloviznó mientras esperaba los 20 minutos de San Geraldo. Muy agradable.

Cuando pedí nuestros nuevos iMac, podría haberlos entregado entre el 24 y el 26 de octubre sin cargo, o por 20 € adicionales podrían haberlos entregado entre el 21 y el 24. Decidí no pagar los 20 € adicionales en caso de que llegaran el 24 de todos modos. Bueno, llegaron esta mañana, el 21, sin cargo adicional. Salí a caminar y pensé en conectar el mío cuando llegara a casa.

Pero Jesica y Sergio me llamaron mientras yo estaba fuera (habiendo completado más de la mitad de mi caminata) y me preguntaron si queríamos quedar para tomar un café. Por supuesto que queríamos encontrarnos para tomar un café. No los habíamos visto desde julio. Llamé a San Geraldo, quien inmediatamente limpió su acto (con una ducha y ropa fresca). Llegué a casa 25 minutos después, me sequé el sudor, me puse una camisa decente y nos fuimos. Su hija Mia tiene casi cuatro meses y es perfecta. Aparentemente solo llora cuando tiene hambre. Sonreía, reía, arrullaba y balbuceaba constantemente. Estoy enamorado. Terminamos pasando más de dos horas juntos. El iMac va a esperar a mañana. Y valió la pena.

• That’s San Geraldo at center in the distance. I snapped just before he waved.
• Eso es San Geraldo en el centro en la distancia. Hice la foto justo antes de que saludara.
• The utility tower was humming noisily and made me really nervous.
• La torre de servicios públicos zumbaba ruidosamente y me ponía muy nervioso.
• Treats?
• ¿Aperetivos?
• While out running some errands, I stopped at the bakery and picked up sugar-free cookies. Two packages of six.
• Mientras hacía algunos mandados, me detuve en la panadería y compré galletas sin azúcar. Dos paquetes de seis.
• Feeling like I need some control, I arranged the clothes pins in two alternating colors. I usually try to keep myself from doing things like that.
• Sintiendo que necesito algo de control, arreglé las pinzas para la ropa en dos colores alternos. Por lo general, trato de evitar hacer cosas así.
• My iMac still in the box.
• La caja con mi iMac.

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..

26 thoughts on “New S’candalo”

  1. New S’candalo looks like some ghastly out-of-town multiplex. They must have a helluva big stage for those strippers! Jx

    1. Jon:
      A part of me is intrigued and would like to see inside. Another part of me is sick at the thought.

  2. Happy your car passed with flying colours!
    Reminds me that need to make appointment to get our winter tires put on…..

  3. You drive about as much as I do, the car will last a lifetime. It is probably best that you stay out of the club – some things can not be unseen

  4. Yay for the car! Yay for the iMacs! Yay for sugar-free treats! Big yay for coffee with Jesica, Sergio, and little Mia! Great day.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      A man after my own heart. I used to. Then I decided to loosen up and let it be random. It still makes me happy when I don’t go random. I, however, have themes when I do it. Handkerchiefs, one color. T-shirts, another color. Towels, another. Etc.

    1. Steve:
      I think I need to do some more compulsive clothespin work today. The new computer set-up has been slower than expected.

  5. I’m so glad that the tires thing didn’t cause you any trouble, passing inspection! With all of that clothespin stuff going on in your head, the last thing you need to worry about, is going back for a second inspection.
    LOVE that you got two new iMacs, and the fact that they came so quickly! I bought a new one during the first summer of lock-down (to replace my 2011 model). They’re just wonderful. I’m so glad that we use Macs at work (they give us a MacBook Air, a new one every 3 years-ish, and an iPad… great place to work).

    1. Judy C:
      I assume you had less trouble than I transferring from old to new Mac. Argh. I’m getting there. (Working from the new Mac right now). Your school sounds unusual and great. I never had an employer like that.

  6. I tend to use matching clothes pegs/pins on an item. My late mother would always hang dear Dad’s underwear out with blue pegs/pins. Dad and sister don’t care at all. I like your arrangement!

    1. Michelle Cooper in New Zealand:
      I have a bunch of different clothespin formulas, although I do try to not obsess.

    1. Sassybear:
      I don’t mind a little sweat. I know someone very active on Tinder (definitely not for me) and he requires his hook-ups to NOT shower. Blech!

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