Surfing Trafalgar / Surfeando Trafalgar

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I HATE TECHNICAL difficulties. Between giving up on Google Blogspot, cursing Facebook, and creating a new blog presence on WordPress, it’s been kind of a tiresome week. But, if this is the worst my life has to offer, I’ll count myself extremely fortunate and I’ll stop whining (at least momentarily).

The weather here has been a bit less Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and more Costa del Dreary. Rain is coming this weekend, which I love. And, surf’s up!

At the end of this post is a video from Alexander (18), Tynan and Elena’s “surfer dude” son, from his recent trip along the coast to Cabo [Cape] Trafalgar.

Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated the combined Spanish and French (Napoloeon) fleet off the cape in 1805. It’s the dividing line between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, about 2-1/2 hours west of us. Today’s history and geography lessons are now complete. Time to catch a wave to Málaga for a museum day.

WEDNESDAY MORNING / El MIÉRCOLES POR LA MAÑANA.
THAT EVENING. THE BIRD WAS UNPLANNED. / ESA TARDE. EL PÁJARO NO FUE PLANEADO.

ODIO LAS DIFICULTADES técnicas. Entre renunciar a Google Blogspot, maldecir a Facebook, y crear una nueva presencia en WordPress, ha sido una semana agotadora. Pero, si esto es lo peor que mi vida tiene para ofrecer, me considero extremadamente afortunado y dejaré de lloriquear (al menos momentáneamente).

Para los turistas, el clima aquí ha sido un poco menos Costa del Sol y más Costa del Lúgubre. Llega la lluvia esta fin de semana, que me encanta. ¡Y se acabó el surf!

Al final de esta entrada hay un video de Alexander (18), el “surfista” hijo de Tynan y Elena, de su reciente viaje por la costa a Cabo Trafalgar.

El almirante Horatio Nelson derrotó a la flota combinada española y francesa (Napoleón) del cabo en 1805. Es la línea divisoria entre el Mar Mediterráneo y el Océano Atlántico, aproximadamente 2.5 horas al oeste de nosotros.. Las lecciones de historia y geografía de hoy están completas. Es hora de coger una ola a Málaga para un día de museos.

Click here to be taken to YouTube to see Alexander and friends ride the waves (if you don’t see the video below).
Haz clic aquí para ir a YouTube y ver a Alexander y sus amigos montar las olas (si no ves el video de abajo).

Karma, It’ll Bite You In The Ass

So, I was sitting on the toilet Friday morning. Yes, that really is how this story begins.

So, I was sitting on the toilet and Dudo decided, as always, it was a perfect opportunity for us to spend some time together. First, he forcefully pushed the door open with his front paws. He checked to make sure I wasn’t getting into the shower and then ran for a toy. (The usual routine.)

I threw the toy. He fetched it. I threw it again. He fetched it again. The third time, he returned with a long knotted-up string. We had a tug-of-war. I threw it. He fetched it. He tired of that and then raised up on his hind legs to head-butt my thigh. I took the hint and stroked and petted him. He clearly wanted to hop up on my lap. That was not about to happen.

I stopped responding to his head butts, assuming he’d leave me in peace.

Then I yelped.

DUDO, OUR LITTLE ANGEL.
(CLICK FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE.)

Annoyed by my lack of attention, Dudo bit me on the ass! Well, more precisely, he gave me a love bite (with his sharp little teeth) on the upper thigh.

The message: “Don’t ignore me, goddammit!”

I of course gave him a stern lecture. He apologised.

Show me your teeth…

Wimoweh, Wimoweh, Wimoweh, Wimoweh

Sunday afternoon, I had the great pleasure of Skyping with My Mother The Dowager Duchess and… drumroll please… The Kid Brother!

When I spoke with him during the week, he said he had an appointment Saturday. So I suggested he visit on Sunday and he immediately agreed. Dudo was happy to see him, too. When he hears The Kid Brother’s voice, he knows he’s going to get a treat. I put the laptop on the kitchen floor so the cats can see him and he can see them when they get their treat. (Click here to learn about Kid Brother CatSkype.)

The Dowager Duchess and The Kid Brother went out for lunch (across the avenue, which is quite a walk for the Duchess) and even did a little shopping. So, everyone was happy this weekend. (Oh, yeah, and the Dowager Duchess is amazing.)

DUDO AFTER SEEING THE KID BROTHER.
(SLEEPING OFF HIS MEAL)

Monday Morning’s Magic…

Don’t fear. I’ve been sleeping a lot better recently knowing The Duchess is doing well and the Kid Brother is back to his routine.

Note: The Tokens were from my neighbourhood in Brooklyn. I went to high school with their [also very talented] sister (Maxine Margo Rubin), who is host and executive producer of the radio show/podcast “The Many Shades of Green.” Check it out here.

Dudo’s Ha-Ha Moment

The American Wild West is a popular theme at fairs and kiddie parks in Southern Spain. There’s currently a ride on a nearby plaza complete with horses circling Native American totem poles, cacti — And a camel.

For a time there were camels brought to the American West from Tunisia, Greece, Malta, Turkey, and Egypt — beginning in 1855 and lasting only into the 1860s.

That said, I don’t think the designer of this particular ride was aiming for historical accuracy, especially considering the ride was called “Far West” instead of “Wild West.” I’m not quite sure where in the world the Far West actually is.

When I got home from my walk I told Dudo what I saw. When I mentioned the name of the ride, he burst out laughing. (Click any image for a closer look.)

THE WILD WEST?
CACTI, PALM TREES, A TALKING TREE… AND A CAMEL.
DUDO, FASCINATED AS I EXPLAINED ABOUT THE CAMELS.
AND AFTER I TOLD HIM THE NAME OF THE RIDE.

If only Dudo could carry a tune…

Ruth Buzzi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl2TYCoMOQ8