Monday, April 20, 2009

A case for learning Spanish

It's been a really busy month since we returned from Belize. We got reaquainted with that white stuff that we abhor - snow; had three visits with Brad and Anette in Edmonton; and had a great time seeing family and friends.

Roger spent 3 weeks in Spain in order to prepare a drill for shipment to Albania. While he was there, we accepted an offer on our condo, so I spent the time packing up the remaining things we wanted in storage, and sold the rest.

Brad and I received an email one day from Roger, and we've been laughing ever since.

Roger said he ran out of peanut butter, and didn't have time to go to the store in Seville (a 3 hour round trip). So, he thought he would try some of the ham pate that he saw people spreading on toast in restaurants. He went to the section of a small store that had spreads, jams, etc., and bought 3 cans.

A couple of days later he invited an Australian from the mine over to our apartment for a beer. He showed a can to the Aussie, mentioning that it was pretty good on toast and not a bad substitute for peanut butter.

The Aussie gasped, "That's cat food, mate"!!!

Roger replied, "Well, the first can tasted a little too much like liver, but the second can was better"! And as Roger said to Brad and me in the email, "They didn't even have a picture of a cat on the can to help us poor Gringos"!

Poor Roger. We try not to make "catty" remarks, but there are times we just can't help ourselves!

Roger returned to Calgary on April 12th and left for Panama on April 18th for a few weeks with the company he worked for in Spain. I hope to join him, but if it doesn't work out, I'll head to Idaho.

In the meantime, I've told Roger to stay away from cans with "comida para gatos" on the label!

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