One of the greatest expressions in Spain-Spanish is ¡OJO! Literally, it means “Eyeball!” (Okay, I will provide a cultural translation: Watch out!) Or all you have to do in Spain is tug at the skin under your eye, and everyone knows that you mean ¡OJO! (Not recommended for women as you get older and start spending all kinds of money on eye creams to keep the skin taut…)
So, why the ¡OJO!, you might ask? Look at us – in a matter of six posts Lisa and I have moved towards conformity! Argh! First me, then her, then me, then her. And then she goes and joins the PTA? Okay, let me just say I have PAID the PTA, and never attended. Damn! I never put my record on….!!
Spaniards like to think themselves complete and utter non-conformists. It is part of the pleasure they get out of life. They work to survive, not to compete with a neighbor over whose kid got into the more prestigious college. They live for today, with some minor planning for tomorrow. They, yes, smoke, and drink, and eat food we are told is “bad”. They do not eat MickeyD’s several times per week. Instead they linger over lunch at 2 pm (with a glass of WINE or BEER!!!), and make sure their employers allow them that personal time to spend talking and eating.
We had a great meal tonight – Seafood Chowder Casserole from the latest Eating Well magazine. I prefer to Eat Well, with good flavor, and I have to say that this magazine usually provides some 3-4 recipes per issue that make the subscription price worth it! Dinner tonight was delectable! And so was my Twenty Rows Cabernet Sauvignon (2007 Napa) as I have chatted about eyes and Spain and eating tasty food.
Our new challenge, Lisa – ¡no ser conformista! The view from the outside is always so much better!