Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Silly Monkey Stories #260 – A hand in the dark

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Canada30/Aug/2014 – Juan (15)
Both Juan and Carolina got a job at Tim Hortons a couple of months ago, and they have been very dedicated to their new jobs during the summer. It’s been very common for them to take shifts that began at 5 or 6 in the morning or –especially in Carolina’s case– shifts that would require them to work through the night.
This past weekend was no exception, as both of them had to work Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Juan had a shift beginning at 6 AM on Saturday, and he asked me if I could drive him to work. I said of course, and since I had to work Friday night, I decided I was going to stay up until 5:30 AM, take him to Timmies and then go to bed.
I started to work and luckily I was done by around 3:30 AM. “What do I do now?”, I thought. “If I go to bed right now, there is no way I will get up at 5:15 AM”. So I decided to watch a movie on my laptop, just to kill some time…
It was 4:40 AM and I was watching the movie in the dark, in my basement office, with my noise cancelling headphones on, when a hand grabbed my right shoulder…
Once I climbed down from the ceiling and took my medication, I found Juan there, all dressed, with his longboard (you know, those skateboards on steroids) in hand.
- I might have forgotten to tell you that I was going to go to work on my longboard…
- YOU THINK??!!!
Teenage kids. Always so considerate… sigh.
Argentina30/Ago/2014 – Juan (15)
Tanto Juan como Carolina consiguieron trabajo en Tim Hortons hace un par de meses y han estado muy dedicados a su nuevo empleo durante el verano. Ha sido muy común verlos tomar turnos que comenzaban a las 5 o las 6 de la mañana, o –especialmente en el caso de Carolina– turnos que duraban toda la noche.
Este fin de semana que pasó no fue la excepción, ya que los dos tuvieron que trabajar sábado, domingo y lunes. Juan tenía que entrar a las 6 AM el sábado, y me pidió si yo lo podía llevar. Yo le dije que por supuesto, y ya que tenía que trabajar el viernes por la noche, decidí que me iba a quedar levantado hasta eso de las 5:30 AM, después lo llevaba a Juan y me acostaba a dormir.
Me puse a trabajar y por suerte para mí ya había terminado mis tareas a eso de las 3:30 AM. Qué hago ahora?”, me pregunté. Si me acuesto a dormir de ninguna manera me voy a despertar a las 5:15 AM”. Así fue que decidí ponerme a mirar una película en mi computadora para hacer tiempo…
Eran las 4:40 AM y yo estaba a oscuras en mi oficina del subsuelo, mirando una película con mis auriculares ‘noise cancelling’  puestos, cuando de pronto se posó una mano en mi hombro…
Una vez que me descolgué del techo y tomé mis medicaciones, me lo encontré a Juan, ya vestido, con su tabla de longboard (una especie de skateboard con esteroides) en la mano.
- Es posible que me haya olvidado de avisarte que me iba a ir a trabajar en mi longboard…
- DE VERDAD??!!!
Gracias, hijo. Tan considerado… me emociono.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014


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CanadaA couple of days ago I ordered Chinese food at Ming’s, my favourite restaurant in the region. As I mentioned before, I have become so predictable that the lady takes my order even before I say anything. She says she recognizes me because I’m the only one who says ‘please’ and the end of every sentence (What? Aren’t we in Canada?). This time was no exception.
Now I had a surprise when I started to eat: my fortune cookie was empty inside. I read somewhere that this is an sign of bad luck. But if we are literal, it should mean that I have no luck, right?
So… what is it? Am I out of luck or just plain cursed? Meh, like I would believe in these things…
Hace unos días pedí comida china en Ming’s, mi restaurante favorito en la región. Como dije antes, me he vuelto tan predecible que la señora me toma la orden incluso antes de que la pida. Dice que me reconoce porque yo soy el único que dice ‘por favor’ al final de cada pregunta (Pero cómo?, No estamos en Canada?). Esta vez no fue la excepción.
La sorpresa me la llevé cuando comencé a comer: mi galletita de la fortuna estaba vacía por dentro, no tenía papelito. Leí por  ahí que eso trae mala suerte. Pero si somos literales, la aunsencia del papelito debiera significar que no tengo más suerte, no?
Así que… en qué quedamos? Se me acabó la suerte o estoy maldito? Bueno, como si uno creyera en estas cosas…

Source: Keriosity
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WW#337 - Sea foam

A big storm in my hometown (Necochea, Argentina) has sent the sea foam all across the beach
and into the streets. Look at those umbrellas, it looks like the ‘sea of foam’ is a good 1.5 m (5 ft) tall!
All pictures by Analía Rodriguez

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Silly Monkey Stories #259 – Pun wars

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Canada08/Aug/2014 – Carolina (17) 
Both Carolina and I like to play with words, especially if they turn into really bad jokes. Lately, we have been engaging in pun wars in which we only use names of cities, states or countries. During our trip to Ottawa, we had one of our typical battles:
- Are we gonna stop soon? I’m a little Hungary…
- Oh, that was so clever… let me get a Pennsylvania to write it down
- You don’t have one? Alaska Mom…
- I had a few… but it seems that they have been all stolen… Oregon…
The quality of the jokes was decreasing fast (well, it wasn’t that great at the beginning anyway)
- You know… Santi owes some new soccer shoes, but Iowa New Jersey
- I think I’m going to have a Turkey sandwich, because they’re not too Greece-y
- Take your time. No need to Russia
- There is Norway I’m going to Finnish my food right now. Kenya help me?
- No, sorry. I’m Ghana go now
Suddenly, I got inspired:
- You know, I have been reading a lot of books lately. I am about to finish one right now.
- …
- It’s Paris Hilton’s autobiography. You know what’s the title of the book?
- No…
- Idaho!
Game, set, match for me. She totally conceded at that point.
I hope I don’t have to explain this one!
Argentina08/Ago/2014 – Carolina (17) 
Lo lamento, este post no se puede traducir al español de manera efectiva. Espero que puedan leerlo en inglés! :-)
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