Año Nuevo

When I first went to California I could not handle words with a little squiggle above the N. This symbol changes the pronunciation of  Año Nuevo from Anno as in Latin to Anyo as in er, well, you know.  Thus Cañada is not verbalized like the huge country with Mounties but is pronounced Canyada. I do not know why, but I always stumbled on such words indicating that I was a no good greenhorn. Now I can say them easily and it makes me feel Californian.

What do you mean,you don't like sponge cake?

What do you mean, you don’t like sponge cake?

We go to Año Nuevo to watch Elephant Seals. I also used to think that Elephant Seals only hung out on remote islands in the extreme South Atlantic and could only be seen following a very strenuous sea voyage during which you wore wet clothes for weeks on end,  developing terrible chaffing and skin fungi in intimate parts of the body.   Here you can eat a late breakfast of Eggs Benedict on Haight, get in the truck, motor South, stopping off to get body  lotion and be amongst the Elephant Seals at 12:00.

Is there any point building yet another neutrino experiment?

Is there any point building yet another neutrino experiment?

Mummy Elephant Seal suckling two new borns. Crow anticipates

Mummy Elephant Seal suckling two newborn. Crow anticipates

Ben is not an Elephant Seal

Ben is not an Elephant Seal

Sailor James

Sailor James

Sun goes down on another perfect day in California

Sun goes down on another perfect day in California

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to Año Nuevo

  1. ZedMac says:

    Beautiful boys… HNY to you all. xxx

  2. Ian Calder says:

    Quantum potes , tantem aude – as St Thomas A had it. Go for it.

    I presume Zedmac is talking about the Elephants, but James and Ben look well too. We hear that the rest of the USA is frozen.

  3. Ian Calder says:

    It is wet and windy, as well as grey and cold. However, we get occasional beautiful clear days, like today, which make it seem worthwhile.

  4. Mike Taylor says:

    Don’t you just adore dem Spanish squiggle things ? Love ’em tilde end of time.
    Feliz y prospero año nuevo by the way.

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