Thursday, April 13, 2017

What Does THAT Mean? / ¿Qué Significa ESO?

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

I had planned to tell you a different story today, but then I told San Geraldo about a conversation I had on the beach and decided to tell you instead about both those conversations.

As I walked by one of the chiringuitos (beach bars), someone came out from the kitchen with a beautiful fresh fish (a dorada) on a plate. He gave it to the chef tending the outside fire. The chef gutted the fish, skewered it, and place it over the fire.

I asked the chef if he would mind being in my photo or if he would prefer I take only the fish. He said, he'd be happy to be in the photo, and then added, "But you have to promise to not give the photo to the police." I laughed and then promised.

When I repeated the conversation, verbatim, to San Geraldo, he said with alarm, "What do you suppose that meant?!?"

"It was a JOKE!" I said.

But then I thought to myself, 'Maybe it wasn't a joke! Maybe the chef is a serial fish killer!'


Había planeado contarles una historia diferente hoy, pero entonces le conté a San Geraldo sobre una conversación que tuve en la playa y decidí contarles estas dos conversaciones.

Mientras caminaba por uno de los chiringuitos, alguien salió de la cocina con un pescado fresco (una dorada) en un plato. Se lo dio al chef que cuidaba el fuego. El chef limpió el pescado, lo puso en un espeto, y lo dejó sobre el fuego.

Le pregunté al chef si le gustaría estar en mi foto o si preferiría que se la hiciera sólo al pescado. Dijo que estaría feliz de estar en la foto, y añadió: "Pero tienes que prometer que no se la darás a la policía". Me reí y luego prometí. 

Cuando repetí la conversación, literalmente, a San Gerardo, él dijo con alarma: "¿Qué crees que significaba eso?

"¡Fue una BROMA!" dije. 

Pero entonces me pensé para mi mismo, '¡Tal vez no era una broma! ¡Quizás el chef es un asesino en serie de pescado!'




25 comments:

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    1. Debra:
      The standard on the beach. Most are old wooden row boats covered in decades of paint. This one is very hi-tech. It turns on its base. In the first three pics the prow was pointing east. In the last, south!

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  2. It doesn't get any fresher than that - I don't even like fish but I bet that was tasty

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I find this beautiful, but I'm not a fan of whole fish. I like mine disguised!

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  3. Looks wonderful. Hope no police read your blog ...

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    1. Wilma:
      The police monitor everything I do! Poor guy.

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  4. bwhahahahaha, serial fish killer! looks dee-lish; I LOVE seafood!

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    1. anne marie:
      I thought I was kind of clever myself... which is never a good sign. If you love seafood, you'd love it here.

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  5. Maybe he is!!!! Seems to be good at skewering things. What an odd way to cook it.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      Every chiringuito has one of these boats for cooking "al espeto." The spits/skewers look more like swords.

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  6. You do always have the most interesting stories Mitchell!
    Robin

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    1. Robin:
      Thanks. I usually have Jerry to thank for that. My muse and the butt of so many jokes.

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  7. I'm sure it was a joke. I bet that fish was yummy.

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    1. Stephen:
      Are you REALLY sure? I'm thinking of crossing the street the next time I pass his way.

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  8. I think the chef is Jimmy Hoffa!


    Or DB Cooper.

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    1. Bob:
      I'm leaning toward DB Cooper; I can't imagine Jimmy Hoffa would still be alive... if her were still alive. We're watching Prison Break, finally. I had forgotten about DB Cooper until now.

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  9. Yes, very interesting way to cook a fish!....upside down.
    Hey, maybe he didn't have his permit renewed to sell and cook on the beach?! Who knows?

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    1. Jim:
      All I know is I won't be turning my back when I walk by HIM.

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  10. H'mm it being Spain you would never know which wanted Mr. X has moved there with his illicit stash ?

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    1. Heron:
      He's done really well to develop a perfect Andalusian accent. No hint of his origins.

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  11. I guess then he'd only be afraid of the fish police? Fishy police? Nah, I'm off my game today...

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    1. Rozzie:
      I'm glad you tired anyway... just for the halibut.

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  12. Yeah, Local Police takes it very seriously when someone carries silverware (a knife) while walking along the Paseo, here in Fuengirola. They even will point at you with their guns. Thankfully, National Police are more indulgent and they will just beat you up, as you can see in this video taken a few weeks ago in Fuengirola. So I understand this cook´s concern. http://www.antena3.com/noticias/sociedad/varios-agentes-de-policia-reducen-a-un-hombre-que-caminaba-por-el-paseo-maritimo-con-un-cuchillo_2017031558c9020f0cf264516cb44aa6.html

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    1. Copy the link above in case you want to watch the thrilling video.

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    2. Petie:
      Oh, we've seen that. I was actually right there about 10 minutes earlier! So glad the guy took my knife. Seriously, he clearly needed some help. I hope he got it.

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