Droning on / Droneando

I HEARD SOMETHING LAST NIGHT. To my ears, it was an awful noise. The sound of someone in pain. I ran from my office to the terrace, of course grabbing my camera as I went. Once I was outside, the sound was louder and more unpleasant (again, to my ears). Maybe my ears are simply untrained. Maybe it sounds good to someone else. Somewhere else. You’ll have to let me know what you think once (if) you watch the video at the end of this post. It actually sounds better, to me, on the recording.

I haven’t been out yet today. I’ll try my luck with a walk on a Saturday afternoon. I saw a drone flying back and forth along the coast when I was out yesterday. Then I spotted the control “tower” — lifeguards and safety personnel in a roped off area on the beach. Be sure to take note of the lifeguard’s shorts.

Some of you were wondering what those webbed feet were in the pictures of my drawers yesterday. It’s a couple of decorative swans we purchased from a florist and home decor shop that had opened in our neighborhood a few years ago. I don’t know why we bought them, except to support the new shop owners. The shop has since moved to a smaller space in a busier location.

Speaking of drawers: I’m kind of a crossword puzzle freak. Lately, I’ve been going back through the NY Times archive and doing old crossword puzzles. Check out the clue that came up last night (after my drawers post). Also, check out 21 Down. For two days, I had a craving for Oreos. I bought a package of Double Stuf yesterday afternoon (again, before seeing the puzzle).

I cooked again the other day. I made more of Anne Marie’s balls (click here). Dudo and Moose were stunned to see me in the kitchen when they weren’t due for a treat. As you’ll see in the photos, Moose panicked.

ESCUCHÉ ALGO ANOCHE. PARA MIS oídos, fue un ruido espantoso. El sonido de alguien con dolor. Corrí de mi oficina a la terraza, por supuesto agarrando mi cámara mientras caminaba. Una vez que estuve afuera, el sonido fue más fuerte y más desagradable (nuevamente, para mis oídos). Quizás mis oídos simplemente no están entrenados. Quizás suene bien para otra persona. En algún otro lugar. Tendrás que decir lo que piensas una vez (si ves) el video al final de esta entrada. De hecho, me suena mejor en la grabación.

Todavía no he salido. Probaré suerte con un paseo un sábado por la tarde. Vi un dron volando de un lado a otro a lo largo de la costa cuando salí ayer. Luego vi la “torre” de control: socorristas y personal de seguridad en un área acordonada en la playa. Asegúrese de tomar nota de los pantalones cortos del socorrista.

Algunos de vosotros se estabais preguntando qué eran esos pies palmeados en las fotos de mis cajones ayer. Son un par de cisnes decorativos que compramos en una floristería y tienda de decoración del hogar que abrió en nuestro vecindario hace unos años. No sé por qué los compramos, excepto para ayudar a los nuevos propietarios de las tiendas. Desde entonces, la tienda se ha trasladado a un espacio más pequeño en un lugar más concurrido.

Hablando de cajones: Soy una especie de fanático (solamente un poco) de los crucigramas. Últimamente, he estado revisando el archivo del NY Times y haciendo viejos crucigramas. Mira la pista que surgió anoche (después de mi entrada sobre los cajones [drawers]). Además, echa un vistazo a 21 Down. Durante dos días, tuve ganas de Oreos Double Stuf. Compré un paquete ayer por la tarde (nuevamente, antes de ver el rompecabezas).

Cociné de nuevo el otro día. Hice más pelotas de Anne Marie (haz clic aquí). Dudo y Moose se quedaron atónitos al verme en la cocina cuando no les tocaba un regalo. Como verán en las fotos, Moose entró en pánico.

We’re gonna te-ell…
Le diremos…
He’s in the kitchen! ALONE! I think he’s cooking!
¡El esta en la cocina! ¡SOLO! ¡Creo que él esta cocinando!

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Habitual Grump / Gruñón Habitual

I HARUMPHED LOUDLY.

San Geraldo looked up from his writing and asked, “What”?
“There’s an error again in one of these online crossword puzzles.”
“What did they do this time?”
“Well, the clue is HABITUAL GRUMP and they only give space for four letters. Your name won’t fit.”
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YO MURMURÉ EN voz alta.
 
San Geraldo levantó la vista de su escritura y preguntó: “¿Qué”?
 
“Hay un error nuevamente en uno de estos crucigramas en línea”.
 
“¿Qué hicieron esta vez?”
 
“Bueno, la clave es “HABITUAL GRUMP” (GRUÑÓN HABITUAL) y solo dan espacio para cuatro letras. Tu nombre no encajará”.
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Something Clean

Question asked by San Geraldo while he worked on his latest New York Times crossword puzzle:

“Do we start with a clean PLATE or a clean SLATE?”

“Personally, I always start with a clean slate,” I replied. “Starting with a clean plate could involve “cooking”!

Here’s what our plates look like at Meson Salvador — before we clean them.
(Click the images to be completely “satisfied.”)

PARILLADA (BARBECUE).
A COLLECTION OF MEATS FOR 2; COULD EASILY SERVE 4.
(COSTILLAS) RIBS.
CORDERO (LEG OF LAMB).
ALBONDIGAS (MEATBALLS).
BACALAO CON ROMERO (COD AND ROSEMARY)
ON A BED OF POTATO MOUSSE WITH GRILLED VEG.
TARTA DE QUESO (CHEESECAKE).
I AM A NEW YORK-STYLE CHEESECAKE PURIST NO LONGER.
TARTA DE CHOCOLATE FILLED WITH DULCE DE LECHE.
TARTA DE CHOCOLATE.
DESIGNED BY ADRIÁN FOR SAN GERALDO.
SOME OF THE MESON SALVADOR TEAM
CELEBRATING ALEJANDRO’S (2ND FROM LEFT) BIRTHDAY.

A clean slate can be good, too…

Geraldo Picasso Blowing In The Wind

The sky was a brilliant blue and the sun was shining this morning. So San Geraldo suggested we drive the 15 minutes up the hill to Mijas Pueblo. Then we headed out for coffee and we were reminded how much our recently glass-curtained terrace protects us from.

The wind was gusting and we were nearly blown off our feet. Still, what’s a little breeze when you’ve  got the Mediterranean sun?

So, San Geraldo and Judy did crossword puzzles, we had coffee, and we were off to Mijas Pueblo. (Click for bigger pics.)

SAN GERALDO’S PUZZLE LOOKS LIKE
OUR KITCHEN AFTER HE COOKS.
I DON’T KNOW WHY. A REPLICA OF BIG BEN IN MIJAS PUEBLO.
NOTICE THE VIVID BLUE SKY — AND THE BLOWING PALMS.
AFTER AN INDOOR LUNCH AT BAR MARTINA,
STILL BLOWING AND THE SKIES ARE NO LONGER BLUE.
PABLO PICASSO ON A CHAIR NEAR THE RESTAURANT BEFORE LUNCH.
SAN GERALDO ON A BENCH NEAR A SHOP AFTER LUNCH.
MUCH COLDER AND THE SKY THREATENS. TIME TO HEAD HOME.
BACK ON OUR TERRACE
HAPPY AMARYLLIS UNAWARE OF THE WIND.

The answer, my friend, is still blowing in the wind…

Cross Words

San Geraldo printed out two copies of today’s New York Times crossword puzzle, one for himself and one for Judyshannonstreetwhat. They worked on them simultaneously over morning coffee.

He and Judy are similar in their approach to crossword-puzzle solving. If it’s the correct number of letters, fill it in. If a DOWN word doesn’t work with an already filled in ACROSS WORD, simply scribble out that first word and write another with the same number of letters.

One of today’s clues was “Los Caprichos artist.” That’s the title of a set of works of art by Goya. Judy announced, “GENE!”

San Geraldo asked, “Why GENE?”

Judy said, “Because we already have the G. And it fits!” They both filled it in.

“What about the clue ‘I’m stumped. What do we do?’ ” she asks.

“It could be ‘ANY IDEAS?’ ” San Geraldo responds.

As they both begin to fill that one in, Judy moans, “Well, there goes ‘SNIT’!!!” And they both start scratching out a bunch of letters.

“What do you have for ‘One who’s extremely green’?” she asks.

“ELPHABAN,” says Jerry.

“What’s that???” asks Judy.

“Elphaba is the green witch from the Broadway show “Wicked,” explains Jerry.

“I’ve never seen it,” she says.

“It’s a good show,” I offer, “But, that doesn’t make any sense.”

“But, it fits!!!” They’re both ecstatic.

Their sloppy puzzles made me a little nuts and I finally had to look away.



Some of today’s more peculiar solutions. From Wrong to Right:
ELPHABAN became ECOFREAK
SNIT became SPAT
IBEAM became PLEAT
LEADS became LENDS
SHABALA became SHALALA
TRENTON became TEANECK
Oh, and of course, I made them change GENE to GOYA.