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Living with the Presidente.

A tongue in cheek account of living with the Presidente, OR how to survive and extended 'family' of 183.

How to learn Spanish..................from the sharp end !!
24 June 2008 @ 13:48

One of the joys of living with the Presidente is the endless opportunity to learn something new.

The doorbell this morning heralded the arrival of a rather irate Spanish gentleman. The Presidente, of course, was missing ( see earlier post about the sink full of dishes !! ).
Now my Spanish is limited, although I can get by and can understand a lot if it is spoken at a reasonable speed. This gentleman was anything but reasonable AND he was shouting ( in Spanish ).
The gist of the matter seemed to be that 'someone' had said his son had broken the door closer on the main back door. Certainly, the door closer is broken beyond repair, how this was achieved I will never know, but it has been achieved and will now need a new one costing at least 200€.
So I tried my 'tranquilla' por favor. Obviously my Spanish was not his Spanish and the vitriol continued. Still no sign of El Presidente. 'No mas' I said repeatedly and attempted to explain that as far as I knew, no one was blaming his son or anyone else. But this gentleman wasn't having any of this and he certainly was NOT going to speak any English...................which was strange really, cos this was the same gentleman that I was conversing with in English last Saturday evening at a local social do !! So he shouted some more and I tried to retreat away from my open front door and he stuck his hand on the door jamb so I couldn't escape without breaking his hand ( and the thought had occured to me, even though I am not a 'physical' person).
A couple of faces appeared from other doorways along the corridor, here's some help I thought. Wrong, they'd just popped out to see what the shouting was all about. 
Our community seems to have a complete 'no involvement' policy when it suits them!!
At some point in my observations it occured to me that the gentleman had shut up, so I again, tried to explain to him, in Spanish ( mostly ) that no one was blaming anyone. He turned away, then turned back and with an illuminating smile said 'Okey Dokey, Bye Bye'.
Exit one Spanish gentleman down the corridor to the right..........................entrance El President from the corridor to the left.

Is there a problema, says El Presidente?         Not so you'd notice said the one who lives with El Presidente.  


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2 Comments

tess said:
24 June 2008 @ 23:13

Karensun I'm loving your blogs - Go girl Go!


Feely said:
18 July 2008 @ 02:29

You're mental !!


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