Closer to home / Más cerca a casa

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Yesterday was a very pleasant day. After San Geraldo and I enjoyed the museum together, had lunch and then coffee and cheese cake, he headed home and I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the city. Of course, I have plenty of photos to share. The new exhibit didn’t excite either of us and I want to know what you think. But today I thought I’d take you around our neighborhood.

The top photo is the birthday card I received from my cousins Carol and Paul. She is one of those people who doesn’t miss a holiday or special occasion. I’m so grateful to her for always thinking of The Kid Brother, too. Below is a photo of Carol and Dale taken I think on the beach in Rockaway in summer 1955. Isabel has already been and gone and we’ve had second breakfast at Mesón Salvador which may actually double as lunch today. I need a good long walk in the sunshine this afternoon and a good workout. What do you need?


Ayer fue un día muy agradable. Después de que San Geraldo y yo disfrutamos juntos del museo, almorzamos y luego tomamos café y pastel de queso, él se dirigió a su casa y yo pasé el resto de la tarde deambulando por la ciudad. Por supuesto, tengo muchas fotos para compartir. La nueva exhibición no nos entusiasmó a ninguno de los dos y quiero saber qué piensas. Pero hoy pensé en llevarte por nuestro vecindario.

La foto superior es la tarjeta de cumpleaños que recibí de mis primos Carol y Paul. Ella es una de esas personas que no se pierde un día festivo o una ocasión especial. También le estoy muy agradecida por pensar siempre en The Kid Brother. A continuación se muestra una foto de Carol y Dale tomada, creo, en la playa de Rockaway en el verano de 1955. Isabel ya se fue y ya tuvimos el segundo desayuno en Mesón Salvador, que en realidad podría servir como almuerzo hoy. Necesito un buen paseo bajo el sol esta tarde y un buen ejercicio. ¿Qué necesitas tu?

• That could be me — holding my nose just before hitting the water.
• Ese podría ser yo — tapándome la nariz justo antes de tocar el agua.
• This is a new mural on the side of a storage shed along the beach. I have a photo of the old one. Somewhere. It was a whale. I think. The mural is by the Málaga artist, Not Japi (which is pronounced Not Happy). He’s on Facebook.
• Este es un nuevo mural al costado de un cobertizo de almacenamiento a lo largo de la playa. Tengo una foto de la antigua. En algún lugar. Era una ballena. Creo. El mural es del artista malagueño Not Japi. Él está en Facebook.
• Decorating a wall at what used to be a go-kart park.
• Decorar una pared en lo que solía ser un parque de karts.
• I wonder if pigeons and gulls are afraid of dead hawks.
• Me pregunto si las palomas y las gaviotas tienen miedo de los halcones muertos.

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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..

29 thoughts on “Closer to home / Más cerca a casa”

  1. A few things …
    I am that many fingers old, too.
    I love that mural.
    I never get why people hold their noses when they jump in the water. Are they really taking on that much liquid through their noses???

    1. Bobulah, in my younger swimming years, I always had to hold my nose when jumping into a body of water feet first. If not, I would suffer such agony when the liquid would shoot up my nose, bruise my sinuses and puncture my brain! At least that’s what it felt like. Other than that, I used to be a big ol’ water baby!

      1. Deedles:
        Thank you! I was exactly the same. See? We ARE related!

    2. Bob:
      Yes, I really did take on that much liquid through my nose. It didn’t matter how I held my breath, how I snorted through my nose as >I went down. I filled with water.

      1. I don’t recall ever flooding my sinuses with water and we spent all summer long in pools and lakes and rivers when I was a kid.

  2. I swear, Scoot, Carol looks exactly like my father’s sister and her kids at that age! Gave me a shock.
    I thought that mural was a salamander with a thyroid condition. I haven’t been well 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      You’ve mentioned before familial resemblances. We should do our DNA. I bet we’re related… although I wouldn’t wish my entire family on anyone. You mean the mural is NOT a salamander with a thyroid condition?!?

  3. Good action shots! I love the mural too. I am terrible about sending/giving cards. (Or, more accurately, not sending them.)

    1. Steve:
      I don’t even bother trying to send cards anymore. No one expects it of me.

  4. Who doesn’t want to see a cow with a gay flag wrapped around it’s neck! I love how they change that cow every season, or every month really.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I love that Ale-Hop cow. I tried to buy rainbow socks but they didn’t have my size.

  5. Who could be Not Happy with your colourful post today? Thanks for the murals, beach umbrellas, Ale-Hop cow and fun-in-the-water action shots — they’re just what I needed this morning!

    And I’m with Miss Deedles on holding my nose when jumping from a great height feet first into water. No need to do it when diving head first though, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I’m exactly like you and Deedles. I can easily dive without holding my nose. But no matter how hard I tried, I could never go chin nostrils-first into the water without holding my nose.

  6. I love the mural. It goes perfectly with a wonderful novel I read recently. (Remarkably Bright Creatures) The inflatable looks fun, though I’m not keen on swimming in the ocean.

    1. Debra:
      I passed two Ale-Hops in Málaga and both their cows wore their Pride, as well.

    1. David:
      It’s very rare. It took him a year and a half living here on the beach before he set foot on the sand.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I love to be beside your side, beside the sea, beside the seaside, by the beautiful sea.

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