Friday, 31 August 2012

712. What we mean is what we don't say (70)

We say:  Can I borrow your pen for a minute?

We mean:  It won't be for a minute, and it's no longer yours...

What it says about us:  I may walk off with it by mistake because I don't lend my pens to anybody.


Thursday, 30 August 2012

711. Celebrity Quotes (8)

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.
- W C Fields


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

710. Morning routines

Wife (32):  This morning you put the boy's trousers and gym shoes on back to front and the wrong way round - did you realise?

Gustavo (39):  Are you sure it wasn't him standing the wrong way round?

(Gustavo's comment:  For goodness sake I get up at 7.30, but I don't wake up till at least 11 a.m....)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Monday, 27 August 2012

708. Comebacks (1)

Hey, I may be fat, but you'll always be ugly, and I can diet.


Sunday, 26 August 2012

707. What we mean is what we don't say (69)

We sayFor my sins...

We mean:  What I do is frightfully important, but I want you to see how modest I am.

What it says about us:  Sin had nothing to do with, I deserve it.


Saturday, 25 August 2012

706. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (82)

My grandfather who worked at Navigation colliery, Crumlin, was known as Billo Top Note for his singing (in)ability.  At other times he was Kettlehead because of the way his bald head would steam in cold weather when he removed his cap.  I also have an uncle who was nicknamed Cabbage - I presume after his naivety or 'greenness' at some point in his life.

Alun Parker, Magor

Friday, 24 August 2012

705. Hotel Story

Recommendation:  If you have been allocated a room in a hotel on the 9th floor, and returning from dinner with bursting bladder you remember that you left your magnetic card - the one that unlocks your door - inside the room itself, going down nine floors to explain the situation and coming back up again in this condition is not a very satisfactory state of affairs.

(Gustavo's comment:  I didn't follow my own advice)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

703. Put downs (5)

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.
- Anon


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

702. What we mean is what we don't say... (68)

We sayHave you heard of the new grapefruit diet?  I hear it's very good.

We mean:  God Almighty, have you been using a bicycle pump on yourself or what?

What it says about us:  As a slim person myself, I thought you should know - I'm sure you don't want to look ugly...


Monday, 20 August 2012

701. Questions & Answers on an Australian tourism Website (15)

QWill I be able to speak English most places I go?  (USA)

A:  Yes, but you'll have to learn it first.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

700. The Hoody Kid

Gustavo (39):  Yes, look, if I put this hood on I look like a young hoody thief.

Daughter (12):  Hoody thief maybe, but not young...

(Gustavo's comment:  Cute, very cute)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Friday, 17 August 2012

698. It's raining, it's pouring, the old man's snoring...

Office Worker 1 (40’s, female):  It’s St Swithin’s Day today, 15th July, and it’s raining – that means we’re going to have rain for another forty days...

Office Worker 2 (50’s, female):  What a load of rubbish that saying is – it’s just an urban myth.  How can you believe such an arbitrary piece of information?  How could it rain for 40 days just because it rained on a nominated day?

Office Worker 1:  Well I believe it, I’ve seen it happen and...

Office Worker 2:  (Interrupting) Anyway if you want rain or a change of weather, it’s best to go to the Christian calendar.  Where I come from there’s San Isidro, the patron saint of agriculture. He regulates the rain, so if you want the rain to stop you should pray to him.

Office Worker 1:  Oh, OK then.

With thanks to Nick


Thursday, 16 August 2012

697. What we mean is what we don't say (67)

What we sayYou've lost weight, haven't you?

What we mean:  Not sure, best be on the safe side...

What is says about us:  I want to be liked.


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

696. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (81)

1.  Dai-Central-Eating had one tooth in the centre of his mouth (Glyneath);

2.  Will Cacs and Dai Cacs were two sewerage workers (Hirwaun);

3.  Dai-Brew - his father worked in the Brewery (Penywaun);

4.  Dai-Dust was N.C.B. Dust Inspector;

5.  Dai-Short-Tape worked in Duffryn Colliery and mis-measured an important piece of steel;

6.  Tommy-Up-and-Down worked on the open cast because he was always up and down in the driving seat of the 'navy' to see if the muck as building up in the machine.

Rees Mansel, Penywaun, Aberdare.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

695. No Wii?

Wife (32):  Did you see the link I put in Facebook?

Gustavo (39):  Yes, I commented, remember?

Wife:  It didn't reach me.

Gustavo:  I actually said it to you a while ago when we were in the supermarket...

Wife:  Ahhhh - it didn't reach me anyway.

(Gustavo's comment:  There's no signal in the supermarket)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012

692. What we mean is what we don't say (66)

What we sayYou're kidding!!!

What we mean:  You'll be more likely to respond to me if I widen my eyes and over-react, that way you feel more interesting.

What it says about us:  I want to be liked...


Friday, 10 August 2012

Thursday, 9 August 2012

690. Gustavo at work, Buenos Aires

Work Colleague (28):  Your new haircut has totally changed your face - I saw you from behind and I didn't recognise you.

Gustavo (39):  Whatever... but my face is always on my front side, OK?

(Gustavo's comment:  my new haircut is a cross between My Little Pony and Ricky Martin... yeah, it's not all that macho, shall we say...)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

688. Celebrity Quotes (7)

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
-  President Harry S Truman


Monday, 6 August 2012

687. What we mean is what we don't say... (65)

What we sayI don't believe it!

What we mean:  I'm merely slightly surprised, but if I told her that, the conversation would become less exciting.

What it says about us:  I'll believe anything, but the point of the exercise is to get more gossip out of her...


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Saturday, 4 August 2012

685. Overheard on the train

Sincere young woman (33):  I really don't know why he puts up with me - because I can't cook, I take all our washing to the laundromat and I'm always in a bad mood... but he's lovely and I look after him...

(Gustavo's first comment - perhaps she looks after him like Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes did in the film Misery, so he won't escape?)

(Gustavo's second comment - and she wasn't pretty or even had big knockers...)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Thursday, 2 August 2012

683. Put Downs (2)

Why don't you just open your mind and shut your mouth - both are empty anyway.


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

682. What we mean is what we don't say... (64)

What we sayI was speechless...

What we mean:  I couldn't believe what I was hearing, and I kept telling him so.

What it says about us:  I wasn't speechless.