Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What's Spanish for "Cringe"?

I meant to link to this NYT travel piece a few days ago, which retraces, with mixed success, Ken Kesey's months on the lam in 1966 in Manzanillo, "a city of strip malls and cineplexes, dive shops and all-inclusive resorts where the help wears uniforms," as the piece describes it today.

But Manzanillo then was jungle outpost, a nowhere port town on a two-lane road from Guadalajara. It was a place where a gringo — even a famous novelist gringo accompanied by family and friends, an abundant supply of drugs and an International Harvester school bus covered in Day-Glo paint and blaring music from a sophisticated loudspeaker system — could reasonably expect to hide out for a while.

Yeah...that's Me-hee-co! Anyway, what jogged my memory was the latest newsletter from the Spanish school the Missus briefly attended when we stayed in San Miguel. I went to one open-house lecture there myself - which should have been titled "How to talk to your maid" - and had an immediate skin-crawling reaction to the guy. Kind of a Bob Crane vibe. But so now he's posted a series of vocabulary-builder videos - including ones for fucking and wife (see what I mean?) - performed in the guise of his alter ego, "Don Juan de la Boca" and filmed in La Manzanilla, which is not the same as Manzanillo, but is of course located near it, for maximum confusion.

They're too good not to share...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This guy is a grade-A asshole....that's asshole with a full, round "o" as in mole, not asshule, with a "u" which could be understood as azul, or blue, and we certainly wouldn't want people to think you were talking of a grade-A "blue," when you meant "butthole," whch this guy is the king of.....Who in the fuck ever ordered tortilla of sand, anyway? What about teaching the subjunctive, asshule!.

Burro Hall said...

Anon: I'd like to offer you a guest-blogging position while I'm tied up in New York.

Donald said...

Yes, this guy is kind of creepy. Funny 'Bob Crane' reference, I never would have 'snapped' and put it together, but once you see the smile, you can't miss it...