Taking my case to court / Llevando mi caso a los tribunales

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

THE KID BROTHER WAS IN rare form this week. After being elated last week by a gift and “funny pink pig” card he received from my friend Susan, whom he has never met, he just received a postcard from David the Travel Penguin (click here), my blogging friend (also, whom he has never met). He said it was a “really funny” card of a “volleyball net.” (I’ll have to get clarification from David.)

He asked, “Who’s the guy?” I told him a bit about Travel Penguin and that he’s a lawyer from Washington DC.

The Kid Brother said, “Uh oh. A lawyer? Better watch out.” And then it began: “Where ya goin’ with that case?” he asked [pretending I’m carrying a suitcase].

“I’m taking my case to court,” I knew to respond.

Then he cued me. “Your turn: Where ya goin’ with that ladder?”

So, I repeated, “Where ya goin’ with that ladder?”

He replied, “I’m takin’ my case to a higher court.”

We laughed and I began to ask about his week, but he interrupted, “Hey, you forgot one!”

“What did I forget?”

He asked one more question: “What are ya doin’ with that coat hanger?” And he followed with the punchline: “It’s a hung jury!”

IF YOU’RE WONDERING HOW The Kid Brother is doing during the pandemic, I can tell you he’s doing as well as anyone can. Since there’s no bowling league this year, he goes bowling by himself every Saturday. He continues to go to work. And he follows all guidelines set out for everyone’s safety (not just his own). As he put it so succinctly: “What’s with these jerks who don’t wear masks?!? Are they stupid?!?”

Kindness abounds. Thanks David and Susan!

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EL HERMANITO ESTUVO EN FORMA rara esta semana. Después de estar eufórico la semana pasada por un regalo y una tarjeta de “cerdo rosa gracioso” que recibió de mi amiga Susan, a quien nunca conoció, acaba de recibir una postal de David the Travel Penguin (haz clic aquí), mi amigo bloguero (a quien nunca ha conocido tampoco). Dijo que era una tarjeta “realmente divertida” de una “red de voleibol”. (Tendré que obtener una aclaración de David).

Él preguntó: “¿Quién es el tipo?”

Le hablé un poco sobre Travel Penguin y que es un abogado de Washington DC.

El Hermanito dijo: “Uh oh. ¿Un abogado? Mejor ten cuidado.” Y luego comenzó: “¿Adónde vas con ese caso?” preguntó [fingiendo que llevo una maleta].

“Llevando mi caso a los tribunales”, supe responder.

Luego me dio una señal. “Tu turno: ¿Adónde vas con esa escalera?”

Entonces, repetí, “¿Adónde vas con esa escalera?”

Él respondió: “Voy a llevar mi caso a un tribunal superior”.

Nos reímos y comencé a preguntarle sobre su semana, pero me interrumpió: “¡Oye, te olvidaste una!”.

“¿Qué olvidé?”

Hizo una pregunta más: “¿Qué estás haciendo con esa percha?” Y siguió con el remate: “¡Es un jurado colgado!”

SI SE ESTÁ PREGUNTANDO cómo le va a The Kid Brother durante la pandemia, puedo decirle que lo está haciendo tan bien como cualquiera. Como no hay una liga de bolos este año, juega a los bolos solo todos los sábados. Sigue yendo a trabajar. Y sigue todas las pautas establecidas para la seguridad de todos (no solo para la suya). Como lo expresó de manera tan sucinta: “¿Qué pasa con estos idiotas que no usan máscaras?!? ¿¡¿Son estúpidos?!?

La bondad abunda. ¡Gracias David y Susan!

It’sown Sririt of Adventures

It’s Feria (Fair) in Fuengirola this week. I went and saw the beautiful costumes and horses today and took about a gazillion (maybe a few less than a gazillion) photos.

San Geraldo and I met for lunch, because he forgot stores would be closed and there’s no food in the house. Today was the Día de la Virgen Del Rosario (Day of the Virgin of the Rosary).

For no good reason, I went to bed awfully late Tuesday night and I was up early Wednesday morning taking pictures of the sunrise. After lunch, I had a three-hour siesta. It wasn’t a very productive day. So, long after Wednesday’s sunset, here’s Wednesday’s sunrise.

(Click any image for the awesome.)

AND THEN THE VIEW FROM BACK IN BED.

And I’ll finish with a T-shirt I saw emblazoned with my new motto — which I don’t understand.

“LOOK HERE: IT’SOWN FREE CLOTHING THE SRIRIT OF ADVENTURES DESIGN.”
My Sririt Spirit of Adventures is You

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