Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time Flies Like An Arrow...

As Groucho Marx said:

“Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.”

Our friend Miguel stopped by for a visit from Sevilla this week. After Wednesday morning coffee at Cafe Manila, he and I took a walk to the zoo (Bioparc Fuengirola). San Geraldo had to go to school... Spanish class, so we went without him. Unfortunately, it's been perfect fly weather here on the Costa del Sol — not hot, not cool. The flies annoy me, but they drive San Geraldo almost over the edge. He's taken to sitting with a dish towel on his head while having his coffee. He gets a lot of odd looks, even from the staff at Cafe Manila who already know how "special" he is. They've taken to calling him the Sheikh.

SHEIKH GERALDO?

At the zoo, Miguel and I came across a chap, I mean a chimp, who was as annoyed by the flies as San Geraldo. I wish I could have tossed him a dish towel.



All this talk about flies makes me think of fruit flies and that brings me to fruit. Miguel and I were lucky to have timed our walk through the aviary just as the keepers were serving mid-day snacks. I hadn't been much of a fan before of the fruit bats (flying foxes) but they were actually kind of cute climbing down to grab a chunk of apple. Obviously, fruit bats like an apple.

21 comments:

  1. LOL! Now we have to call San Geraldo 'Sheikh' Geraldo as well. Getting to be quite the LONG title! Great videos Mitch and interesting critters.

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    1. Jim:
      He was re-christened yet again today (it's not enough that I have a new nickname for him every day). Richard at Cafe Manila had never seen the towel on his head. He walked out on the terrace this morning, took one look at Sheikh Geraldo and said, "My God! It's Mother Teresa!"

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  2. Seems to answer the question that arose in my mind as I began to watch the bats, can they eat while hanging upside down. They can.

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    1. Andrew:
      Someone should have a talk with them. My mother always told me eating upside down was bad for the digestion.

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  3. San Sheikh Geraldo?
    But at least he ain't got no flies!

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    1. Bob:
      AKA Mother Teresa... You'd think he'd be kind to the flies.

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    1. Frank:
      Welcome to our hell... And you thought it was easy living in Paradise!

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  5. A miracle! Mother Theresa has risen!

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    1. Raybeard:
      Hilarious! See my reply to Jim at top!

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  6. San Geraldo is a man of many identities.

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    1. Stephen:
      I have so many names for him... some I don't repeat here.

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  7. That poor chimp looked so sad sitting on the pillar like an old sage.

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      I knew the kind-hearted Ms. Sparrow would react that way. It was siesta time and those flies were driving him nuts. Other than that, the chimps (for being in a zoo) have a beautiful environment with lots of climbing space, little caves to hide in for privacy, and lots of company. At another time of day, you'd see them having a grand old time (and getting into fights, too).

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  8. Saying 'fruitbat' has given me the giggles since junior high school. It still manages to make me smile.

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    1. Spo:
      Oh, you're so easily entertained...

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    2. and easily distracted by shiny objects
      Dumb and dizzy, that's me darling.

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  9. Oh man! We were having fruit fly issues at our house last week. I hate them with a passion. Regular flies are horrible too. I feel San Geraldo's pain... Glad to catch up on your blog! : ) Hope you guys had a great weekend!

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    1. Brittany:
      So glad we haven't had a fruit fly problem. I hate those even more! Yep, good weekend. Hope yours was the same.

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  10. Awww, I am a big fan of any and all bats!!

    Maybe the Sheikh needs something like the fly masks horses wear around here in summer! :)

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    1. Knatolee:
      Here, they have what look like little tennis rackets. They're battery operated. You swing them in the air and they zap mosquitoes, flies... you name it. A fly mask (or a tail) would be a lot less work.

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