Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Man

If you're from here in Spain, you would say San Geraldo has lost 20 kilos. If you're from the UK, that's 3.1 stone — or 3 stone, 2 pounds. And if you're from the USA, he's lost 44 pounds. It's a lot of weight and he's still losing. (And he won't strike a pose for the blog.) He's got a closet full of clothes that are too big. I've given him some of my shirts and sweaters (that were a little too baggy on me and look better on him anyway). Otherwise, his old shirts look like muumuus. And he and I could probably fit — together — in a pair of his jeans (which is an idea).

Everyone has been telling San Geraldo he needs to get some new clothes (especially jeans). But he hates to shop. On Tuesday after morning coffee, Linda, Tom, (sister and brother-in-law) and I nearly got him to the department store, El Corte Inglés. There's one just a few blocks from our house. But we three turned the corner and San Geraldo, being no longer "in the mood," did not.

Elena said she was coming over at 10:00 Friday morning to drag His Highness out to shop. He had Spanish class, so wormed his way out of that, too. However, he earned major points Thursday afternoon.

BEFORE AND AFTER... SO FAR.  (CLICK TO ADD WEIGHT.)

We were running errands and passed the main El Corte Inglés. I suggested we stop and, to my shock, San Geraldo agreed. He tried on five pairs of store-brand jeans. None fit correctly. It wasn't fun. For either of us. I entered the store with Felíz (Happy) and I left the store with Gruñon (Grumpy). A name brand would work, but Levi's are about 100€ here. We can get three pairs for that money when we next visit The Dowager Duchess. He's got some Scottish blood running through his veins. Maybe I'll buy him a kilt. Or, as our grand-niece Eloise would say, "Ummmmm, maybe not."

SAN GERALDO'S GRANDPARENTS (28-GREATS).
"YES, DEAR, YOU DO HAVE NICE LEGS. BUT IT'S TIME TO BUY SOME BIG BOY PANTS."

28 comments:

  1. Good for him, but ouch on the price of Levi's there. I have a wee bit of Scottish blood in my veins too but none Royal, must explain why I call myself Cheapchick :)

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    1. Cheapchick:
      San Geraldo isn't called "San" Geraldo for nothing. In his veins he's got lots of royal blood, lots of saints (Queen Margaret, pictured, is the Patron Saint of Scotland)... and none of their money. Otherwise, he'd buy those Levi's.

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  2. Good on him, but maybe you could start a sideline business of black market Levis and undercut the chain stores for a tidy profit?

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    1. Bob:
      That's a great idea, but since it's not legal, let's not tell anyone.

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  3. It seems that Ken and Walt usually pick up clothes like that when either of them do visits to the U.S.-- I guess that's why!
    Super duper congratulations, again, to Jerry on such healthy choices. Too bad about the darn pants!

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    1. Judy:
      I love clothes shopping here, but I also love clothes shopping when we're in the U.S. (And I miss those Premium Outlet malls.)

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  4. Congratulations to San Geraldo! 44 pounds! Now I can appreciate his fear of those 'cyclonic winds'!!! He may blow away!!
    Really though, that is quite the achievement Mitchell. Yes stock up on your next NYC trip.
    We have never had that problem.....we could always share our clothes, being the same size has its benefits! Hell, that's why I stuck with Ron all these years....he has great taste in clothes and taught me all I know!! lol

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    1. Jim:
      Yes, San Geraldo has suggested he could be blown away in those cyclonic winds. I told him to put rocks in his pockets.

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    2. It sounds as though there plenty of room.

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    3. Marty:
      So much that I'm thinking of putting in a hot tub!

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  5. Congratulations to himself.
    That's serious weight loss.

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    1. Jean:
      He's been amazing... and hasn't complained at all.

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  6. If you send sizes, I will ship Levi's or Lee's or anything else you want from NY........just sayin'!

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    1. Carole:
      Thanks so much. Our nephew said the same thing. Now he's got to get to the store and try them on to see what size he needs!

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  7. Why are jeans SO hard to fit...for men or women? If you want to totally frustrate yourself, go jeans shopping.

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    1. Susie:
      If you know your brand and stick with it, it seems OK. But you're so right. I were a 32. I have three pairs of Lucky Brand jeans in size 32. I paid between $60 and $130 in the U.S. They're all supposed to be the same fit. One fits fairly well. One pair is a bit saggy. And the last pair is so loose, it looks like I'm the one who's lost 44 pounds. Thursday, Jerry tried on three pairs of the same brand in two different shades of blue. One was way too tight. The others were enormous.

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  8. Good for him. If I'd lost that much weight I'd be eager for new clothes.

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    1. Stephen:
      I enjoy any excuse for new clothes. San Geraldo wants a personal shopper. And he wants to be served wine and grapes while his personal shopper does all the work... which is why he's got a closet full of old clothes that are too big.

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  9. I have bought Levis over the net from the US for half the price they are here and they were fine.

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    1. Andrew:
      I hadn't even checked online. I'll look into it. We can get them so unbelievably cheap in the States (especially in South Dakota) that it might be worthwhile to wait.

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  10. Congratulations! That's a very serious achievement. I'm sorry he's not having the fun of shopping....When are you going to the states next?

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    1. Kristi:
      I wouldn't mind an excuse to buy an entire new wardrobe. We're planning to go for a visit in June.

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  11. I vote for a kilt. Should be entertaining in the cyclonic winds ...

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    1. Michael:
      A kilt ... and long underwear.

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  12. I know you don't cook, but San Geraldo is withering away. Or is it all the healthy food at the tapas bars in town?

    As soon as you know his right size you can shop online.

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    1. Peter:
      Among other choices, San Geraldo cut out all bread, sweets, pastries, desserts, and fried foods. He IS a saint. Unfortunately, he's no saint when it comes to clothes shopping. And he has to try everything on, so online doesn't work for him... unless he's already tried it on in the store and knows exactly what works... which is an idea.

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  13. That is wonderful news to hear. Good for him.

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    1. Laurent:
      Thanks so much. He definitely deserves praise.

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