Saturday, August 12, 2006


Story #57, in which Doug doesn't hitch-hike.

To hear the story, catch that plane.

To read the story, visit scenic Florianopolis and tell me how it is.

And Happy Birthday to Princess Lucia from


and me

This week (around 9AM EDT) in The Prattler, The Root Causes of George W. Bush.


Minka said...

there ar eno pictures yet...I refuse to have sensible comments.

Ariel the Thief said...

"We are sorry but we can't find the HomePage you've requested." is a very trite sentence, if I were you, I'd try something else.

Ariel the Thief said...

Happy Birthday, Princess Lucia, from Ariel, too. may they make this world a land of icecream and fun for you today!

Anonymous said...

what a GREAT story! (as usual) now, had you been in Costa Rica, having stopped over from a visit in Panama, the reaction would have been exactly the same, (tho' i'm not sure what language she would have shifted into)

i'd like to add my own Birthday Greetings to Princess Lucia, but should i wag my whole body like Willie, or yawn and feign pleasant nonchalance, like Walela? maybe a little of both? probably not. instead, i'll simply echo Ariel's perfect wish in hopes this is a perfect day!

TLP said...

Happy Birthday to Princess Lucia from the Pez'.

Such cute doggies you have. Willie is so adorable.

Great story. Caught me by surprise.

Sweet and Salty said...

The story caught me by "sorpresa" as well! I must be missing something.

Happy birthday, doggie!

Anonymous said...

by the way... obviously i had no idea about this story, the post on the Snark is purely a coincidence (that's my story, and i'm sticking with it...) xo

Minka said...

You know my grandparents live in Portugal and I happen to be there sometimes. On my first trip I had no idea about the arts of appropraite behaviour in Portugal, and I mentioned to a local youth. Your language sounds a lot like Spanish. Which was relied with a "It is nothing like Spanish, a head-tilt and scurrying feet. I never made that mistake again...although ebtween us...They both evolved from Latin, they are closely situated and if insults are uttered to each other, teh language seems to similarize in an instant.
But I´d dare anybody to announce that swiss Germna and German is the same...!

Happy birthday, Princess Lucia!!!

translation I donæt wanna define yet. I love translating and languages, so I find it hard to come up with saracasm about it!

mireille said...

(adding to the flippy tail of Willie and Walela's svelte yawn:)

iiiHappy, Happy Birthday, Lucia!iii


Miz BoheMia said...

Ha, ha, ha, haaaa! Brilliant and quite the thing that happens here in Europa I must say!

Minka, in Spain we often forget the Portuguese are there next door... goes to show you what they mean or the impact they have! Dios mio! But as far as languages go, we can understand each other and speaking French and Spanish it makes it much, much easier for me to communicate with the Italians and Portuguese (or Brazilians for that matter!)...

And Puppybrose, I can vouch for you since I took a little peek in the wee hours of the mornin' here at your brilliant work and yep, there before this hermano's!

I humbly bow before y'all and say kudos a unos trabajos simplemente preciosos... BAILANDO EL BAILE ELECTRICO!



Miz BoheMia said...

Oh Dios mio! Y feliz dia a Lucia! A festejarlo a lo loco se ha dicho!


Doug The Una said...

Minka, if I put up pictures will you leave a sensible comment?

Thanks, Ariel, it's obviously fixed now. I'll let Lucia know that the good people of Hungary are so kind.

Puppy, Lucia is a girl who accepts all forms of affection and appreciation.

Thanks, TLP, I was pretty surprised myself.

Hey, Cowgirl! Weekend pass?

Pavel, welcome!

It's funny, Actonbell, based on Google Images, I'd like to see it too. I had no idea. Before you go I recommend learning Spanish, substituting "Obrigado" for "Gracias" and telling everyone who asks that you speak Portuguese. Lucia saw me wag just last month in Missouri.

Puppybrose, I'll have a look and let you know if I believe you or not.

Isn't that funny, Minka? Of course, ask someone from the State of Kansas if he or she is from the South and you'll get a similar response and that's all in one country.

¡¡¡Zockso, Mireille!!!

¡Obrigado, Hermana!

Ariel the Thief said...

that is a very good story and is told very well. (I love planes.)

Anonymous said...

oh I enjoyed this one very much!

but...why no video clip of Doug? *pout*

The amoeba said...

A young colleague and coworker of mine hails from Argentina. At a meeting back in November, she was in a group with a Brazilian and a Mexican. They were regaling me with tales about how, if it weren't for amoebae (which is why we all were there), they would all find a thousand creative excuses a day for not talking to each other. Damnyank just ain't in it...

At least you got some peace and quiet, Doug ...


Logophile said...

A Doug story, yay!
Happy Birthday to the princess and Walela is sooooo elegant, and Willie is a precious with a cute little TAIL!
Oh mah goodness, gonna make me start baby talking.

Anonymous said...

Belated birthday wishes to Princess Lucia...great story! A real-life "lost in translation," sort of.

Indeterminacy said...

Great story! If you feel like writing a sequel, spend a few days in Catalania, the Northern province of Spain.

Doug The Una said...

It's true, Ariel, awkwardness is rare at 30,000 feet.

Jenna, you saw what happened when I took my own photo.

It's true, O Ceallaigh. I guess there aren't as many amoebae six miles up.

Logo, I do that ever' day. Right, Willie Bear?

Joel, there were a couple things lost in translation from the movie to my story. Like Japan, I mean.

Indie, I've heard that. I don't believe I've ever heard Catalan, but my understanding is that it's much more different from Castillian than Portuguese. ¡Viva Gaudi y Dali!