That Time of the Month? / ¿Esa Época del Mes?

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OUR FRIEND PEDRO turned 40 this year. He’s got a catastrophic imagination similar to San Geraldo’s. About two years ago, he was having lower back pain (OK, OK, it turned out to be a herniated disk so exCUSE me). However, while we were all at a restaurant, he announced that the pain was worse than the pain of childbirth. Kathleen and their 1-1/2-year-old son were sitting right there! I’ll bet Kathleen was thinking, “You want to feel the pain of childbirth!”

Pedro is currently suffering with neck pain that turned out to be more herniated disks. No more headstands when he wins at cards — not that that happens very often anyway. He explained to us — to San Geraldo and me — to the ancients — to the two friends old enough to be his parents — that now that he’s 40, his risk factors have seriously increased. “Risk factors?” I said in my best New York street accent, “I’ll show you risk factors!”

I’m fine. So relieved that my recent health concern has come to nothing. But, instead of being happy and doing a jig (THAT would be a picture), I’ve been having mentally challenging moments throughout the day and I wake up in the morning (my worst time) not necessarily thrilled to be alive. If I could play the piano, it would be a dirge. I think it’s just the crash after the weeks of stress. Maybe it’s hormones. Do men possibly go through womenopause? Maybe it’s that time of the month? Even if those were possible, I’m a bit old for either.

I continue to have wonderful moments with San Geraldo and some incredible friends. The Kid Brother continues to drive me crazy but I will always love him and will see him again in a few months. But sometimes, as we all know, it’s just not easy. (And I rarely was.)


NUESTRO AMIGO PEDRO cumplió 40 años este año. Tiene una imaginación catastrófica similar a la de San Geraldo. Hace unos dos años, tenía dolor en la parte baja de la espalda (OK, OK, resultó ser una hernia de disco, por lo tanto, ¡Perdóneme!). Sin embargo, mientras estábamos todos en un restaurante, anunció que el dolor era peor que el dolor del parto. ¡Kathleen y su hijo de 1-1 / 2 años estaban sentados allí! Apuesto a que Kathleen estaba pensando: “¿¡¿Quieres sentir el dolor del parto!”

Pedro está sufriendo actualmente con dolor de cuello que resultó ser más discos herniados. No más paros de cabeza cuando gana en las cartas — no es que eso suceda muy a menudo de todos modos. Nos explicó — a San Geraldo y a mí — a los antiguos — los dos amigos que tenían edad suficiente para ser sus padres — que ahora que tiene 40 años, sus factores de riesgo han aumentado considerablemente.

“¿Factores de riesgo?”, dije con mi mejor acento callejero de Nueva York, “¡Te mostraré los factores de riesgo!”

Estoy bien. Tan aliviado de que mi reciente preocupación por la salud no haya llegado a nada. Pero, en lugar de ser feliz, he estado teniendo momentos mentalmente difíciles a lo largo del día y me despierto por la mañana (siempre mi peor tiempo) no necesariamente emocionado de estar vivo. Si pudiera tocar el piano, sería un asco. Creo que es sólo el choque después de semanas de estrés. Tal vez sean hormonas. ¿Es posible que los hombres pasen por la menopausia? Tal vez sea esa época del mes? Incluso si eso fuera posible, soy un poco viejo para cualquiera.

Sigo teniendo momentos maravillosos con San Geraldo y algunos amigos increíbles. El Hermanito sigue volviéndome loco, pero siempre lo amaré y lo veré de nuevo en unos pocos meses. Pero a veces, como todos entendemos, no es fácil. (Y rara vez lo era yo.)

What do you suppose a psychiatrist would have to say? (I don’t think I want to know.)
¿Qué suponías que tendría que decir un psiquiatra? (No creo que quiera saber).

Sweater Weather… Dammit

I’ve just got to say I’m pretty disgusted with “the weather man.” “He” said it was going to be sunny and in the 50sF (10–15C) for almost our entire visit. Well, we haven’t seen much sun. And, although we’ve seen the 50s a couple of times, we haven’t felt it. The wind-chill (we didn’t have windchill in Southern California and we don’t have windchill on the Mediterranean) has been below 40F (4.5C).

But are we complaining? Well, yes, actually. Every chance we get. We were well-prepared, however. We have our sweatshirts, winter jackets, scarves, gloves, layers. No problem really. I just wish I still had my father’s sweaters made by the Dowager Duchess (who was just a Duchess at the time). I’d be a lot more “stylin’.” While scanning old photos yesterday, I came across this shot of another one of my favorite sweaters made by the Duchess. This argyle cardigan was made for my father in 1948. I inherited it in 1969 and wore it until I outgrew it in the late ’80s. It was still in perfect condition. I wonder who’s enjoying it now.