Saturday, July 29, 2017

They Can't Get It Up / No Pueden Levantarlo

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

EVERY YEAR AT the end of July or the beginning of August, the City of Sevilla brings a hot-air balloon to our neighborhood beach, Los Boliches, in Fuengirola. It's a bit of publicity for Sevilla. They give people free rides while tethered — the balloon, not the people.

Two years ago, they got it up — but it didn't last.

Last year, they couldn't get it up at all.

This year, they got it up several times. But something went wrong, so they tucked it away and went home.

They have my sympathy.

CADA AÑO A finales de julio or principios de agosto, la ciudad de Sevilla trae un globo de aire caliente a la playa de nuestro barrio, Los Boliches, en Fuengirola. Es un poco de publicidad para Sevilla. Le dan a la gente paseos libres mientras están atados — el globo, no la gente.

Hace dos años, lo levantaron, pero no por mucho tiempo.

El año pasado, no podían levantarlo en absoluto.

Este año, lo levantaron varias veces. Pero algo salió mal, así que lo guardaron y volvieron a casa.

Tienen my simpatía.

LAST YEAR: IT LOOKED PROMISING.
EL AÑO PASADO: PARECÍA PROMETEDOR.
THERE JUST WASN'T MUCH THERE.
SIMPLEMENTE NO HABÍA MUCHO ALLÍ.

THIS YEAR: THEY GOT IT UP!
ESTE AÑO. LO LEVANTARON!
BUT IT HAD NO STAYING POWER.
PERO NO TENÍA PODER DE PERMANENCIA.

22 comments:

  1. Viagra for hot air balloons perhaps - now that would be a novelty !

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    1. Heron:
      I wondered about that. But there's that potential side-effect that it would never come down.

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    2. Oh dear that would not do ;-)

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  2. there is a joke about men in here, isn't there? (wink wink)

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    1. anne marie:
      I don't know what you could possibly mean. I'm clearly talking about balloons.

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  3. Hot air balloons can be tricky. I've ridden in a few and I do enjoy it.

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    1. Stephen:
      I've never done it. I think I would enjoy it.But, Jerry would definitely not join me.

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  4. ♫ ♪ Up, up and awa-a-a-a-y .... oh forget it ♫ ♪

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    1. Bob:
      Or simply ... ♫ ♪ Up, up and forget it ♫ ♪

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  5. "You ain't got nothin'!"

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    1. Wilma:
      And now the song is in my head all over again! Is that YOUR little sister?

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    2. I am the little sister. ;-) That explains a lot, doesn't it?

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  6. I feel deflated. Nice colors, though!

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Imagine how they feel? Three years!!!

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  7. There is not enough Viagra in Spain, for something the size of that - - an insulting complement.

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    1. Travel:
      Do you suppose the Pentagon would donate some?

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  8. That's one thing I would not like to ride. That high up in a wicker basket? Heck no

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    1. Adam:
      I waffle on this one. Every time I think I'd love to do it, I hear about some awful disaster. And, now that you mention it, our friend Judy did go up in one. What she seemed to focus on when she described it was that the was in mid-air in a ratty wicker basket that she could see right through to the ground. So, um, maybe not.

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  9. Air balloon Viagra might be warranted at some point, I suspect!

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    1. Ron:
      Viagra seems to be the consensus, but I'd worry about the potential side-effects. Seeing blue flashes might not be bad for a balloon but never coming back down could be.

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  10. Indeed, no one worries about that anymore it's all done with pills and sponge rubber.

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    1. Spo:
      I hear some still uses inflators.

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