That’s what I gotta do / Eso es lo que tengo que hacer

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Yesterday, I brought one of my old 1970s drawings to the frame shop. I had immediately framed it myself in a ready made gold metal frame. It was temporary. Just to protect it. There was no matt. It looked hideous. Hideous for nearly 50 years. It has sat in a closet for the past 12 years. The new framing was prompted by the fact that there’s now a cat tree in the living room. I’m rearranging and adding to the artwork. That’s the drawing above. I’ll share photos when I’m done. The cats are enjoying their three cat trees. San Geraldo started work rehabbing the one in his office.

As a result of having braces on my teeth, I have single-wire retainers behind my front top teeth and my front bottom teeth. While chewing some tough Iberian ham (what a disappointment) Thursday, I broke the top wire. I managed to press it down so it doesn’t continually pierce my tongue, but it’s awkward (and I suppose less effective). So, Thursday morning, I’ll have my teeth cleaned and the wire replaced.

The Kid Brother told me he had his teeth cleaned last week. “I hate that!” he said. I took him (my mobile) into San Geraldo’s office to say “hi.” San Geraldo told him, “I hate the dentist, too!” He then said, “You know what I did?” [Oh crap, here we go.] “Once during a cleaning I got up and walked right out of the office.” Just as I expected, when I sat back down in my office to continue the conversation with KB, he said, “That’s what I gotta do. Just walk out! I’m doin’ it next time.” I lied and told him SG immediately walked back in and I convinced him leaving was a rotten idea. I later reprimanded SG. “Don’t give him any of your bad ideas!”

I scheduled to have the glass curtain washed this afternoon. I should have done it weeks ago, but I kept waiting for days and days of rain that never materialized. I just checked the weather forecast. There’s a 77% chance of rain Wednesday and 81% Thursday. Oh well. I’ve never lived anywhere that provides rain predictions down to the 1%. However, like everywhere else I’ve lived, they’re rarely correct.


Ayer, traje uno de mis viejos dibujos de la década de 1970 a la tienda de marcos. Inmediatamente lo había enmarcado yo mismo en un marco de metal dorado ya hecho. Fue temporal. Solo para protegerlo. No había mate. Se veía horrible. Horrible durante casi 50 años. Se ha sentado en un armario durante los últimos 12 años. El nuevo marco fue impulsado por el hecho de que ahora hay un árbol para gatos en la sala de estar. Estoy reorganizando y agregando a la obra de arte. Ese es el dibujo de arriba. Compartiré fotos cuando termine. Los gatos están disfrutando de sus tres árboles para gatos. San Geraldo comenzó a trabajar rehabilitando el de su oficina.

Como resultado de tener aparatos ortopédicos en mis dientes, tengo retenedores de un solo alambre detrás de mis dientes frontales superiores e inferiores. Mientras masticaba un jamón ibérico duro (qué decepción) el jueves, rompí el cable superior. Me las arreglé para presionarlo hacia abajo para que no perfore continuamente mi lengua, pero es incómodo (y supongo que menos efectivo). Entonces, el jueves por la mañana, me limpiaré los dientes y reemplazaré el alambre.

El Hermanito me dijo que se limpió los dientes la semana pasada. “¡Odio eso!” él dijo. Lo llevé (mi celular) a la oficina de San Geraldo para saludarlo. San Geraldo le dijo: “¡Yo también odio al dentista!”. Luego dijo: “¿Sabes lo que hice?” [Oh, mierda, aquí vamos.] “Una vez, durante una limpieza, me levanté y salí de la oficina”. Tal como esperaba, cuando volví a sentarme en mi oficina para continuar la conversación con KB, dijo: “Eso es lo que tengo que hacer. ¡Solo sal! Lo haré la próxima vez”. Mentí y le dije que SG inmediatamente volvió a entrar y lo convencí de que irse era una mala idea. Más tarde reprendí a SG. “¡No le des ninguna de tus malas ideas!”

Programaba lavar la cortina de vidrio esta tarde. Debería haberlo hecho hace semanas, pero seguí esperando días y días de lluvia que nunca se materializó. Acabo de consultar el pronóstico del tiempo. Hay un 77% de probabilidad de lluvia el miércoles y un 81% el jueves. Oh, bueno. Nunca he vivido en ningún lugar que brinde predicciones de lluvia hasta el 1%. Sin embargo, como en todos los demás lugares donde he vivido, rara vez son correctos.

• It seems to always be treats time around here. Our petty dictators.
• Parece que siempre hay tiempo para los aperetivos por aquí. Nuestros pequeños dictadores.
• The tamarind trees on the Paseo continue to be removed and new palm trees are going in.
• Se siguen quitando los tamarindos del Paseo y se están poniendo nuevas palmeras.
• Did you see Saturday’s strawberry moon?
• ¿Viste la luna de fresa del sábado?

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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..

36 thoughts on “That’s what I gotta do / Eso es lo que tengo que hacer”

  1. Maybe it was time for a reframe. My dentist is very reassuring, very comforting, very talented.

    1. David:
      I have never minded going to the dentist. When I was working, I would schedule my cleaning for first thing in the morning. I went into work an hour late and spent that first hour sitting in the chair not having to do a thing. I found it very relaxing.

  2. I love that drawing….even before you mentioned you did it. I just start a blogger collection in my home starting with you and Debra. Love that collage. And your my first stop…. and how can the day go wrong after seeing the boys first thing in the morning! Dudo and Moose that is, not my balls.

    But there nice too.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Maybe I should make prints of my artwork and get a table at the weekly public market at the fairgrounds. Dudo and Moose or your balls. Either way, a good start to the day.

    1. Shirley:
      Argh! Do I have to convince you, too, what a bad idea that is? SG can be a terrible influence.

  3. Glad you’re going to display your art. I mean, you kept it all these years for a reason and now you’ll get to revisit it every day.
    Love the SG and KB interaction, and then you trying to pout it all back together.
    Love the Boys’ faces. This morning was the first morning since Rosita came to us that Consuelo has deigned to eat with her. The times they are a’changing.

    1. Bob:
      I do have a few of my drawings around the house. This one hung in other homes over the years, but never in a place of prominence because the framing was so crappy. SG is a bad influence on kids. No filters. I’m so happy to hear that about Consuelo. It warms my heart.

  4. I concur with what Debra said…….your painting deserves attention!
    I was about four or five years old and my older sister had taken me to the dentist/I believe my first visit. Once I realized what was about to happen to me I jumped out of the chair, out the door, and down the street. I do not remember the outcome……

    1. Jim:
      Dale (nearly 13) started screaming the first time we went to the dentist in Brooklyn. I was next. The assistant came out and asked for my mother’s help. My mother asked how far the dentist had gotten. The assistant, “Nowhere. Dr. Levy simply walked into the room.”

  5. I saw that first pic of the paseo and thought: “Dang! They have some big gophers over there.”

    1. Wicked Hamster:
      It’s a serious problem. Especially when the palm trees suddenly disappear underground.

    1. Jennifer Barlow:
      I often have to RE-explain things that San Geraldo says.

  6. That’s a very psychedelic painting! I like it.

    Palm trees are a much better choice for the paseo, methinks. Glad to see the authorities doing something well thought-out, for a change. Jx

    1. Jon:
      They tamarinds (disastrous) and ficus before. The ficus thrived but destroyed the pavement. Palms are much more appropriate.

  7. I love your artwork – you’re quite talented! I look forward to seeing how you’ve chosen to display it. What are the dimensions?

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      Thanks! I did I think 5 of these in ´70s. I sold a few, gave one to my mother, and kept this one for myself.

      1. mcpersonalspace54:
        They were all of similar colors. I sat with a box of 48 felt-tip watercolor markers and doodled.

    1. Claudia:
      It’s fun to look it over again. I’m excited about displaying and enjoying it.

  8. Oh, that’s a great drawing, not hideous at all. I’ll take it off your hands if you ever get tired of it.

    So what’s wrong with the old palm trees that they need replacing? Are they dead?

  9. Oh, that drawing is great, not hideous at all. I’ll take it off your hands if you ever tire of it.

    So what’s wrong with those palm trees that they need replacing? Are they dead?

    1. Kirk:
      The palm trees are new. The tamarind trees have a hard time in this seaside environment and are being replaced by the palms.

  10. I enjoy getting my teeth cleaned. Call me strange… Now I’m facing an implant situation for a tooth I that broke. Damned seeded bread. I’m not sure I’ll enjoy that. I think you’ve posted a photo of that artwork once before. It’s good to see it again and I can’t wait to see it freshly framed!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I’m with you about having my teeth cleaned. Especially when I worked. An hour in a chair not having to do or say anything. I loved it. Yes, I did share a photo of the art a while back. Good memory!

  11. Your drawing is fantastic! I can’t wait to see how it looks in its new frame. I’d hang that up, for sure.

    Is that one of the new palm trees lying on its side? That doesn’t look very promising.

    I never used to mind a dental cleaning but now they seem to hurt more. I can’t stand that ultrasonic thing with all the water. My teeth are pretty big in front and I always feel like I’m being waterboarded.

    1. Steve:
      I’m on my way in a few minutes to pick up the art. Yes, that’s one of the new palm trees. The root ball looks odd. SG finds the ultrasonic cleaning hurts some sensitive teeth. I’m grateful I have no problem.

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