Lulu the pirate queen / Lulu la reina de las piratas

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

THE STATUE OF SAN RAFAEL has been settled atop its much shorter column and, I think, looks great at the new height and in the new location. I was surprised, but pleased, they didn’t remove the bird crap. After all, the statue was modelled after an egomaniacal, self-aggrandising, crooked developer (click here).

I’m working my way happily through the chocolates Lulu gave us. There’s one remaining, which I’ll enjoy this afternoon. Then it’s on to the gingerbread. San Geraldo, who has lost about 45 pounds (20 kilos; 3.2 stone), has lived up to his sainthood.

As I mentioned recently, I’ve willingly taken over responsibility for the “gardens” on our terrace and at our entry. That includes two large planters of aloe vera. They have grown so large that all the new growth below the original plants was overwhelming the planters. So, I’ve been pulling out the volunteers. I’ll start saving them in another pot for Kathleen and Pedro for the day when we can see them again. I love trimming and feeding and doing all kinds of plant care and, since this has been San Geraldo’s baby for the past several years, I’m really enjoying being back at it again. So, it’s no wonder I’ve been shoving my bare arm into the aloe as i work on it. I did some major damage (to myself) yesterday. I thought it was ironic to use aloe vera (I had plenty of pieces on hand) to treat the wounds I received — from the aloe vera. But it worked.

When I showed San Geraldo the scratches yesterday evening, he was in shock. “Didn’t you even think of wearing a long-sleeve shirt?!? he asked incredulously. I told him I had. “But then I figured, what the hell, it can go in a blog post.”

We had coffee with Lulu this morning before she met a group of friends to go sailing in the hopes of seeing dolphins. They’ve been spotted a lot lately. People tell us they see them all the time off our coast. We’ve lived here nearly 8 years, on the beach, with an unobstructed view. We have never seen a dolphin. Anyway, Lulu wanted to show her pleasure and appreciation by dressing for the occasion. You can see that below.

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LA ESTATUA DE SAN RAFAEL se ha colocado sobre su columna mucho más corta y, creo, se ve muy bien a la nueva altura y en la nueva ubicación. Me sorprendió, pero me complació, no eliminaron la mierda de gaviota. Después de todo, la estatua fue modelada a partir de un desarrollador corrupto, egocéntrico, y autoengrandecedor (haz clic aquí).

Estoy trabajando felizmente a mi manera a través de los chocolates que Lulu nos dio. Queda uno, que disfrutaré esta tarde. Luego pasa al pan de jengibre. San Geraldo, que ha perdido alrededor de 20 kilos (45 libras; 3.2 piedra), ha estado a la altura de su santidad.

Como mencioné recientemente, asumí voluntariamente la responsabilidad de los “jardines” en nuestra terraza y en nuestra entrada. Eso incluye dos grandes maceteros de aloe vera. Han crecido tanto que todo el nuevo crecimiento debajo de las plantas originales abrumaba a los plantadores. Entonces, he estado retirando a los voluntarios. Empezaré a guardarlos en otra olla para Kathleen y Pedro para el día en que podamos volver a verlos. Me encanta podar, alimentar y cuidar las plantas de todo tipo y, dado que este ha sido el bebé de San Geraldo durante los últimos años, disfruto mucho volver a hacerlo. Entonces, no es de extrañar que haya estado metiendo mi brazo desnudo en el aloe mientras trabajo en él. Ayer me hice un daño importante (a mí mismo). Pensé que era irónico usar aloe vera (tenía muchas piezas a mano) para tratar las heridas que recibí del aloe vera. Pero funcionó.

Cuando le mostré a San Geraldo los arañazos ayer por la noche, estaba en shock. “¿¡¿Ni siquiera pensaste en usar una camisa de manga larga?!?” preguntó con incredulidad. Le dije que sí. “Pero luego me di cuenta de, qué demonios, puede ir en una entrada de blog”.

Tomamos un café con Lulu esta mañana antes de que ella conociera a un grupo de amigas para ir a navegar en un barco de vela con la esperanza de ver delfines. Han sido vistos mucho últimamente. La gente nos dice que los ven todo el tiempo frente a nuestra costa. Hemos vivido aquí casi 8 años, en la playa, con una vista despejada. Nunca hemos visto un delfín. De todos modos, Lulu quería mostrar su placer y aprecio vistiéndose para la ocasión. Puedes ver eso a continuación.

• Like a KitKat, only so much better.
• Como un KitKat, solo que mucho mejor.
• This morning’s sunrise. A calm and gentle start to a beautiful day.
• El amanecer de esta mañana. Un comienzo tranquilo y suave para un hermoso día.
• For anyone writing to The Kid Brother, this is what I write every week. No need to write more. His reading level is very basic. And I am sending you all enormous hugs!
• Para cualquiera que escriba a El Hermanito, esto es lo que escribo cada semana. No es necesario escribir más. Su nivel de lectura es muy básico. ¡Y les envío enormes abrazos a todos!
• When she pulled the glasses out of her bag, I said, seriously, “Lulu! They’re missing a lens!” Arrrrrr! The T-shirt says “Rich,” which she thought went with the pirate theme.
• Cuando sacó los vasos de su bolso, dije, seriamente: “¡Lulu! ¡Les falta una lente!” ¡Arrrrrr! La camiseta dice “Rica”, lo que pensó que iba con el tema pirata.
• I was out of bed today too early even for Moose. Or maybe he was doing his own pirate imitation.
• Me levanté hoy demasiado temprano, incluso para Moose. O tal vez estaba haciendo su propia imitación pirata.

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¡Perdóname, a continuación hay una broma que no tiene ningún sentido en español!

A pirate walks into a bar with a ship’s wheel sticking out of his pants.
“What’s with the wheel?” asks the bartender.
“Arrr,” says the pirate. “This wheel is drivin’ me nuts.”

What Nao, Victoria?

When San Geraldo and I were walking to the gym one afternoon last week, we spotted a 500-year-old ship in the harbour. He wondered aloud, jokingly, if it was the Santa Maria, while I wondered if it was the Niña (no votes for the Pinta).

A FIRST GLIMPSE.

It was enough that San Geraldo was walking to the gym, so I wasn’t going to tempt fate by asking him to take a sidetrip. Instead, I took a walk on my own a day later and discovered that the ship was a replica completed in 2011 of the Nao Victoria, the first ship to circumnavigate the globe. “Nao” means “carrack,” which was a three- or four-masted sailing ship developed in the 15th century.

The Victoria was built in the year 1512. The Spanish expedition, which began in 1519 and ended in 1522, was commanded by Portugal’s Ferdinand Magellan (who died during the voyage). They set off with five ships and a total crew of 265. Only the Victoria completed the journey, returning to Sevilla with 18 of its original 42-man crew returning (and its hold filled with exotic spices). Crew members scattered, mutinied, died, or were killed — either by each other or by native populations.

The replica was completed in 2011. For 3 euros, I was able to board and explore. Not a lot to see, really; it’s amazing how tiny these sea-going vessels used to be. But it was definitely worth the price.

SUNDAY MORNING, I AWOKE TO THIS SIGHT AS THE VICTORIA HEADED
FURTHER INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.

Victoria, Victoria, Victoria, toria…

What’s He Saving For?

I think I may have told this story from my childhood before. If so, forgive me for telling it again. I’ve  got some new data.

When I was a boy living outside New York City in (or as we said, on) suburban Long Island, I remember riding in my father’s car as we headed to Arcadian Gardens, The City of Glass, a large greenhouse nursery where my mother would get her regular green-thumb gardening fixes.

Or maybe we were driving to Walt Whitman Mall, a shopping center on Route 110 in the town of Huntington Station. We would pass what I remember as a low brick savings bank — although that was probably simply my interpretation of the building given its rooftop billboard.

In huge, white, block letters on a red background, the billboard read…

I thought it was a bank advertisement, like:

Jesus Saves. So Should You.
Open A Savings Account Today!

It wasn’t until years (and years) later that I realized the error of my ways.

But yesterday, as I walked along the paseo in the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine, I discovered I was right in the first place.

(CLICK TO ENLARGE.)

Jesus was saving for a sailboat!