Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Cows And Chickens Are Going To The Dickens

San Geraldo is another year older today. Well, we're all another year older today than we were on this day last year, but this one counts for San Geraldo. As for me, every day with San Geraldo counts and should be celebrated.

THE BIRTHDAY BOY WITH HIS SPLURGE (NOT ON THE DIET) SCONE.
(TOGETHER 32+ YEARS AND HE'S ONLY 28.)

I had originally written a typically sarcastic and still loving post in honor of San Geraldo's birthday. It was completed last night and ready to go. But, when we woke up this morning, shortly after I sang "Happy Birthday to..." him, he sang a different song to me. And then we went to Café Manila for a wonderful birthday morning of song and cards and scones and candles. And then we went for a walk. And then we got home and I discovered I had lost my wallet. And then I headed back out walking twice as fast and covering even more ground by finally heading to the police station to report the loss. And when I got home, San Geraldo had been worried about me being hard on myself and told me he would make calls for me. So, I sat down and made a list of the cards in my wallet. And then I got back to this blog post and decided that, today, there's no room for sarcasm.

San Geraldo is kind and generous, and loving, and playful, and patient. He shops. He cooks. He's funny and fascinating. He laughs easily and laughs at himself even more easily. I am so grateful to have (so far) spent 33 of his birthdays with him.

Here's the song San Geraldo sang to me this morning. I was going to share one of the more appropriately bawdy (and better) versions, but then I came across this saccharin-sweet and sappy clip from the "Lawrence Welk Show." What could be more appropriate for the boy from South Dakota? A couple of the highlights of San Geraldo's exciting and exotic childhood: He saw Lawrence Welk live (if Lawrence could ever have been described as "live") at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota; and Myron Floren (the show's accordion player) visited San Geraldo's Sunday school. (Click here to learn more about all that.)

To paraphrase Lawrence Welk, "San Geraldo is wunnerful, wunnerful."


43 comments:

  1. Many happy returns! May this next be the best year yet!

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  2. Happy Birthday San Geraldo! (That's a lovely photograph, Mitch.) xx

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    1. Elaine!!! So good to see you. Thanks so much. Yes, I liked that photo. As usual, San Geraldo complained as I tried to get a good shot.

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  3. Happy Birthday San Geraldo!
    Have a great day guys!
    One of the first songs I learned as a child....A Bushel and a Peck.

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    1. Jim:
      I love that song. After all these years, San Geraldo can now remember the first two lines. Very impressive.

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  4. Happy happy joy Joy to San Geraldo ... and I won't even get into the hidden subtext of "bushel and a peck."

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    1. Bob:
      I don't know another meaning for a bushel, so you might have to educate me. But I so know there are 5 pecks in 1 bushel and that wouldn't have made for such a catchy tune, "I love you... Five pecks..." Thanks for the happy joy joy!

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  5. Happy Birthday to San Geraldo (aka Jerry)! He looks great! And congratulations on celebrating 33 of his birthdays together. You are such a wonderful couple. Best wishes to you both - and Los Gatos. ((Hugs))

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    1. Jo:
      Thanks on his behalf! He does look great. I've been passing him MY hand-me-down shirts

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  6. Mis muchas felicitationes a S.G., who wears his years very well indeed....... considering.

    I wouldn't blame him one bit if he's confused about the imperial measurements in the lyrics of this song, one of several sad casualties in being removed for the film version of 'Guys and Dolls'. Frank Loesser was one of those extremely rare people - like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, a genius with both words and music - though for some reason his name is far less widely known.

    Btw: Shouldn't it have been YOU serenading HIM this morning?

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    1. Raybeard:
      San Geraldo has gotten younger over this last year. It makes me so happy to see. If I serenade him, he's got to sit through an entire song. When he serenades me, he never remembers beyond the first two lines (max). Much quicker.

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  7. Happy Birthday to San Geraldo! Sorry you have lost your wallet though.

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    1. Just read the post before this. Now you are scraped, bruised, laughed at by your cat and walletless. I would recommend staying in bed tomorrow :)

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  8. Deseandole un feliz aniversario a San Geraldo...please convey my wishes to him.

    saludos,
    raulito

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  9. Happy Birthday to San Geraldo... and best wishes for all the years to come. I had to play Bushel and a Peck for Bill... that's one of those corny things we often say back and forth to each other... I don't think Bill had ever actually heard that song before. He had a big grin on his face when it was playing ;-) As for 33 years birthdays together... wonderful!

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    1. Sharon:
      Thanks so much. Glad to be able to put a smile on Bill's face!

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  10. Happy birthday to San Geraldo and congratulations to you for having such a great guy! Hope you find the wallet.

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    1. Damien:
      Thanks so much for the kind wishes (and for finding my blog)! As for the wallet... so far, no luck. Argh!

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    2. And... I will write back to you under whatever name you write to me...

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  11. ¡Feliz cumpleaños, San Geraldito!

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    1. Daniel:
      ¡Muchisimas gracias! And even more for the visit!

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  12. As my little sister would have said "Happy Birthadaaaaaaaaay San San"!
    What a sweet tribute to your love Mitchell, thank you for sharing it with us. I hope that all goes well with getting the loss of your wallet straightened out.

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    1. Jacquelineand....
      Thanks from San Geraldo (and me). I've got a lot to be grateful for. The wallet is just a headache. I'll stop by the police station again tomorrow on my way to the office to start the process to replace my residency card. Maybe I'll be lucky.

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  13. Awwwwwww :) Happy birthday, Jerry! And, I'm so sorry to see that the wallet got itself lost, Mitchell! Deeeeeeeeeep breath. Deeeeeeeeeeeep breath. :) These things happen. Jerry, you're such a good guy to be so supportive!

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    1. Judy:
      I dealt well yesterday with the wallet loss but was a bit hard on myself this morning. Oh well. Jerry couldn't have been better and his birthday was wonderful.

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  14. Such a sweet post! Happy, Happy Birthday to Jerry! The saintliest of all San Geraldos. :)

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    1. Michelle:
      He IS the saintliest, isn't he? Of course it helps that there's only one.

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  15. Happy birthday San Geraldo, from down under.

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    1. Andrew:
      Thanks! I think he'd like to be enjoying some of your summer heat right now. (But it's really not bad here.)

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  16. Happiest of Birthdays to a fellow Aquarius! (I first wrote Aquarian, but spellcheck wanted to change it to "antiquarian" which I thought would not please San Geraldo.)

    And I hope your wallet is found....One of the few places I was ever robbed was in Blanes, the beach near Barcelona. Not a good feeling. And they stole my "lucky" stone (along with my purse and all its other contents) which I had carried around for 24 years. I keep thinking it will return to me some day, but it was taken in '98 and I'm still waiting.

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    1. Kristi:
      Spellcheck knew what it was talking about (except for the "fellow" part). He actually told someone today that he was "antiguo"; so he wouldn't have taken offense.

      Still no wallet. Will check with the police again tomorrow. I keep hoping someone will phone. I would miss the lucky stone more than anything else! I lost a signet ring on the beach when I was 16. It had been given to me by my aunt and uncle. I still imagine going back to that beach and finding it!

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  17. Happy Birthday distant cousin San Geraldo, and Mitchell, I am glad to see that you are unbroken despite being bereft of your wallet and beaten up by a cat.

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    1. Kirk:
      Your cousin thanks you. Yes, I remain unbroken. A bit damaged at moments, but no worse for wear.

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  18. Muchas felicidades Jerry. Que suerte despertarse con canciones y un estupendo desayuno.! Y felicidades tambien a los dos por los 32 años juntos.

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    1. Gema Guadalupe:
      Muchisimas gracias de nos dos... Fuimos a comer por la noche con dos vecinos. Un buen dia y buena noche.

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  19. Many happy returns to the dear fellow. Auguri! Best Wishes!

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  20. I remember my Mom singing that song to me when I was very little. Thanks for the memory, and a very happy birthday, although belated, to Jerry!

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    1. Carole:
      Oh how I would have loved to have heard that! Thanks and more belated wishes to you!

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  21. Happy Birthday to San Geraldo... ooodle ooodle ooo.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I take it that's what those chickens say in France! Thanks from the saint.

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