When my husband and I bought our townhouse in Spain in 2010, we were required to get homeowner's insurance for the property. As a result, we have been paying an annual premium of over €300 ever since for this benefit. Up until this year, we have never filed a claim. However, this summer our awning … Continue reading Filing an Insurance Claim in Spain: A Trip Through the Bureaucratic Jungle
By Anthony Jones Balthasar shuddered as the whip cut into his flesh leaving a bright crimson welt as record of its introduction. He smelt the mixture of Chanel and vodka as the Baroness leaned over his shoulder, “And now, leibchen,” she murmured, her tone deepening to a husky contralto, “I shall teach you to scream … Continue reading Paperback Writer
By Anthony Jones Painting of the Raft of the Medusa A sail on the horizon! A sail, a sail! Please God let them see us! “Au secours! Au secours!” we shouted, although our cries were more desperate croaks. We sounded and looked like a murder of crows, our skins blackened by fourteen whole days under … Continue reading Help!
Editors Note: I am in a writers group with John here on Costa Blanca. Before each meeting, we get different prompts in case we don't know what to write about. This week the prompt was: "My hands shook with anticipation." What John wrote in response to the prompt was so funny that I laughed until … Continue reading My Hands Shook with Anticipation
The old man in the nursing home screams out obscenities at least once a week His booming voice carries throughout the neighborhood I can hear him 3 blocks away as he screams over and over Motherfucker! Son-of-a bitch I speculate his children put him in this nursing home to solve their "difficult parent" problem But … Continue reading Our Neighborhood Pottymouth
"England and America are two countries separated by a common language." ---George Bernard Shaw Growing up in Chicagoland, I am a native English speaker. However, now that I live in Spain, I have learned lots of expressions used by British people. The part of Alicante Province where we have retired is filled with retired Brits … Continue reading Learning English Expressions
I went for a walk with the dog this morning. I took our rescue terrier Tess through a nearby park and then down to an adjacent park with a playground. But the playground has plastic tape around it. No one is allowed to play there now. On our way back home, I saw a man … Continue reading Day 12 of Spain’s Lockdown
I am not going to cite depressing statistics about how many Covid-19 cases there are now in Spain or how many deaths. After being in lockdown for one week, it's time for some humor. It's the only way we are going to keep it together during this crisis. I have reviewed funny memes, cartoons, posts … Continue reading Keeping Sane During the Pandemic