Feb 04, 2008
Dos Pies y Dos Hamacas
I notice that it's 68 and partly sunny in NC today. So don't be a hater.
Photo from the "Hamacas Lounge" at the Hostel Nómadas where I spend social evenings, and where I sometimes take an afternoon nap. There is a nicer hammock about ten feet away from this pair, but the tree it's under has all sorts of pods that do a "Divine Wind" attack any time there's a breeze. So I avoid that one. It's hard to relax when you know you're going to get popped on the noggin at any moment.
Last week I was napping in yet a different hammock (near the mixed dorm rooms) when I heard an urgent whisper from ~15 feet away. "Magda[!]" "Magda[!]". I woke myself up and turned to see a woman's wet head poking out from a shower closet. "Can I help you?" I asked. "Yes[!] I forgot my towel in the dorm and my friend Magda seems to have gone away. Could I ask you to...?"
So of course I did. And let this be a lesson to us all: it's good to speak four languages. (Not me, silly, the shower girl: an Israeli named Nirit.) Nirit speaks Hebrew, French, English, and Spanish. So even if I were some traveler from Haiti or Panama, she had a decent chance of getting dry without getting a reputation.
It's actually raining here at the moment, but for reasons I'm sure you understand, I'm ok with that. :)
Posted by: | Feb 4, 2008 6:15:23 PM
That was Joe V., who's absolutely sure he authenticated to TypePad and put his name and e-mail address in and everything. Lo siento.
Posted by: Joe | Feb 4, 2008 6:18:58 PM
Gracias, Jose V. TypePad can be a real "Zona", sometimes. Toastie hates the captcha on my site and the BCR.
Regarding "Zona", another conversation with Nirit:
Nirit says, "it's nice to travel here where no one speaks Hebrew. I can call them names without getting into trouble."
"What's an example?"
"'Ben Zona' means 'Son of a bitch'. Unfortunately, you can only use it for men."
"So for the women, just 'Zona'?"
"Hey! Of course!"
For all her fluencies, Nirit admits she can make mistakes. She once exclaimed "what a penis!" ("qué pene") instead of "what a pity!" ("qué pena").
In any case, we all have our bitches to scratch. Erm, I mean, "itches".
Posted by: Phil | Feb 5, 2008 2:27:19 PM
OK, so I'm reading this two days late, but I've got to inform you that it's in the 70s here in NC"right now. I was out walking today and I thought "Damn, it's so nice it feels like vacation!
Posted by: Lisa B | Feb 6, 2008 2:59:30 PM
It'll take more than 68 for anyone not to envy that climate. More like 14 degrees here when you were posting that. Maybe it'll be better in Alabama next weekend. Keep 'em comin'.
Posted by: Doc | Feb 9, 2008 1:50:46 AM