Another penguin suit / Otro traje de pingúino

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

David Travel Penguin’s outfit the other day reminded me of someone else in a penguin suit. So, the first photo is of San Geraldo around 1997 in our San Diego garden when he was about to escort Mrs. Dr.Seuss to another formal event. He was regularly her escort at the time and called himself her gigolo. She had donated a tidy sum to his libraries at the University of California San Diego and the main library was renamed Geisel (Ted Geisel was Dr. Seuss of children’s literature fame). So, SG finally invested in a tux.

We’re having another heatwave. Temperatures in the 30sC (90sF) for the next three days. Although it’s been hot and humid most of July and August, we here on the coast have been very fortunate. Many areas have had temps near or above 40C (104F). Still, I won’t be out walking today. I had a good walk Wednesday morning before the heat got to me, 3.6 km / 2.2 miles.

The blooms on our desert roses may be coming to an end. One plant is done for the season I think. The other is still putting on a display, but I don’t see any more buds. A six-month run isn’t bad. We’ll see what happens with the next pruning.

I came across the invitation to our first anniversary party, 1982. It was a huge deal. I don’t think either of us had a passing thought for a 42nd anniversary. I used to be known as Mitch. San Geraldo likes my proper name better and it eventually stuck. I used to hate my proper name. I’ve gotten used to it (but I still prefer Mitch).

And while we’re on the subject: Our downstairs neighbors stopped by for a visit yesterday. They showed us photos of their grandchildren’s two cats, Charlie and Mitch. The Kid Brother and me! I commented that Mitch was an unusual name for a Spanish cat. They said he was named for a character in “Stranger Things.“ I don’t remember him. They have a grandson named Carlos (Charles in Spanish) and our neighbor’s name is Eduardo (Edward) which is The Kid Brother’s middle name. Aren’t you glad I told you?

La ropa de David Travel Penguin del otro día me recordó a otra persona con un traje de pingüino. Entonces, la primera foto es de San Geraldo alrededor de 1997 en nuestro jardín de San Diego cuando estaba a punto de acompañar a la Sra. Dr. Seuss a otro evento formal. Él era habitualmente su acompañante en ese momento y se hacía llamar su gigoló. Ella había donado una buena suma a sus bibliotecas en la Universidad de California en San Diego y la biblioteca principal pasó a llamarse Geisel (Ted Geisel era el Dr. Seuss de la fama de la literatura infantil). Entonces, SG finalmente invirtió en un esmoquin.

Estamos teniendo otra ola de calor. Temperaturas en los 30°C (90°F) durante los próximos tres días. Aunque ha sido caluroso y húmedo la mayor parte de julio y agosto, aquí en la costa hemos sido muy afortunados. Muchas áreas han tenido temperaturas cercanas o superiores a los 40 ° C (104 ° F). Aun así, hoy no saldré a caminar. El miércoles por la mañana di una buena caminata antes de que me afectara el calor, 3,6 km / 2,2 millas.

Es posible que la floración de nuestras rosas del desierto esté llegando a su fin. Creo que una planta está lista para la temporada. El otro todavía está exhibiendo, pero no veo más brotes. Una carrera de seis meses no está mal. Veremos qué pasa con la próxima poda.

Me encontré con la invitación a nuestra fiesta del primer aniversario, en 1982. Fue todo un acontecimiento. No creo que ninguno de nosotros haya pensado de pasada en el 42º aniversario. Solía ser conocido como Mitch. A San Geraldo le gusta más mi nombre propio y finalmente se quedó. Solía odiar mi nombre propio. Me he acostumbrado (pero sigo prefiriendo a Mitch).

Y ya que estamos en el tema: Nuestros vecinos de abajo vinieron a visitarnos ayer. Nos mostraron fotos de los dos gatos de sus nietos, Charlie y Mitch. ¡El hermano menor y yo! Comenté que Mitch era un nombre poco común para un gato español. Dijeron que recibió su nombre de un personaje de “Stranger Things”. No lo recuerdo. Tienen un nieto llamado Carlos (Charles en español) y nuestro vecino se llama Eduardo (Edward), que es el segundo nombre de The Kid Brother. ¿No te alegra haberte dicho?

• My mother was visiting and insisted on a photo.
• Mi madre estaba de visita e insistió en una foto.

• 1km (.6 mile) from home. This is as far as I was permitted to walk once the worst of the covid lock-down restrictions were lifted.
• 1 km (0,6 millas) de casa. Esto es todo lo que se me permitió caminar una vez que se levantaron las peores restricciones de bloqueo de Covid.
• Almost to the end of my walk Wednesday before I turned for home.
• Casi hasta el final de mi caminata del miércoles antes de regresar a casa.

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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..

42 thoughts on “Another penguin suit / Otro traje de pingúino”

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      I had a Greek friend in New York who called me Mick. I liked it. Deedles calls me Scoot (because someone at Mesón Salvador wrote Mitchell Scoot on my reservation one time instead of Mitchell Scott). I wish THAT had happened years ago. I love it.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Oh, yeah, I was NOT kidding. Guys at parties would actually ask me for his number! And he was almost as old as you in that photo…

    1. Jon:
      The Geisels lived in La Jolla where the University of California was located. They were supporters of the UCSD and the libraries. He died before SG became university librarian and the development office on campus decided to approach her with SG. She had already fallen in love with SG and things went really well. They used to go out for brunch, just the two of them, and he was one of few people she welcomed inside her house atop Mt. Soledad. She stopped by for a visit to see our progress when we renovating our hotel in Palm Springs.

  1. SG! In a tux! Paint me yellow and call me a taxi, that man is simply gorgeous! I like him young without the mustache. That tux was a great investment. It’s a good thing I haven’t put my new teeth in yet. I’d be missing half of my tongue right about now. I agree with Jerry. I prefer Mitchell to Mitch. However, you will always be Scoot to me, forever and ever amen. I’ll stop when you tell me to, though.

      1. Deedles:
        I have no idea what’s going on. If it were doing the same thing for everyone I could ask WordPress to do something about it. But I think browser disk cache is often the problem.

    1. Deedles:
      You didn’t have to identify yourself. No one writes like you! Yes, that man is gorgeous. You understand! I love the name Scoot and wish you had come along years ago!

  2. You and SG have lived far more exciting lives than I have. I just went down a rabbit hole researching Dr. Seuss and both of his missuses. (is that the right way to pluralize missus?)

    1. Kelly:
      You got the plural correct, although I probably would go with “wives. Did you read all the dirt. It wasn’t pretty and many of the La Jolla elite would have nothing to do with Audrey for years after.

  3. Ohhhh, crazy coincidence!
    I have, actually, wondered if it was okay to call you Mitch when I comment… since I’m talking to you, and not to Jerry, is Mitch good, or do you like Mitchell in the blogosphere?

    1. Judy C:
      I love when people automatically call me Mitch. I should have introduced myself that way here in Spain from the start. Some of our friends did automatically shorten it. Others think it’s the French Michele pronounced with a Spanish accent. So I am usually Mee-TCHELL. When people don’t understand the name, I say Mitch and they say “Oh, como Mitch Buchanan!”

  4. Great photo!
    Walt IV

    I identified myself because there doesn’t seem to be any place to do it in the new WP comment form. Am I missing something?

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I have no clue why you’re having problems commenting. Others are, too, but most are not. So WordPress can’t help. They blame it on browsers.

      1. I notice they have recently changed the layout of the comment box, but the first thing I see is three little buttons for WP log-in, F***book and email. Clicking to log-in using WordPress works for me (on Firefox).

        However, the WP response is probably correct. The problems others are getting (maybe they cannot see the three buttons?) might be linked yet again to that annoying browser “cross-site tracking protection” issue that I have been banging on about on this and others’ sites – in the menu to the left of the url in the address bar (in Firefox this is a shield icon) there is a slider control that should be switched off. It tends to cure a lot of issues, as comment boxes are operated by a separate provider to WP or Blogger so therefore are caught up in the “tracker protection” security net. Jx

      2. Jon:
        I’ll bet you’re right. I use Safari and Chrome, but rarely Firefox. I seem to have my cross-site tracking protection resolved since that last mention. I’ll try sharing the info again.

    1. Kirk:
      A few people are having the same problem. WordPress says it’s a probably a browser cache problem. So frustrating.

  5. SG looks far more dignified than any Dr. Seuss character! Your desert roses have definitely put on a good show.

    By the way, I’m still having that mysterious problem where your blog is blocked at my workplace. I don’t think this has anything to do with content (maybe your provocative post titles, LOL) but in any case it’s why I haven’t been around recently. I have to remember to read from home!

    (Reposting this comment while I’m logged in — sorry!)

    1. Steve:
      Isn’t technology a wonder? I wonder why this doesn’t work. I wonder what’s happened now. I wonder where that came from. I wonder how to fix this.

  6. Ah, so! I clicked on the little envelope icon (for email, I suppose) and I got the normal look for commenting! If this posts, we’ll know it works. 🙂

    1. Urspo:
      We used to enjoy dressing up. Now, dressing up means having to put on a pair of long pants.

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