Friday Fives – so Jamie doesn’t kill me

After your first language, what language would you most like to learn?

English first, and I speak Spanish.  Not well, but enough to communicate whatever it is I am trying to communicate.  Language is very much a ‘use it or lose it’ kinda thing… for me at least.  I need to take another deep trip into Mexico, like I used to in high school and college.  Rather than stew in the Phx sun, for summers I would take my fast food money and backpack around Mexico. Sometimes by myself, sometimes with friends.

Travel is the best thing you can do.  I can not impress that enough.  My parents were smart enough to know that, and allow me my adventures.  And adventures they were!  I love you pizza man, and came back to find him 20 years later to tell him as much in a tearful reunion.

Does your country have a second language?

Oh the whole?  I guess you could say Spanish is a second language of the US.  Growing up in the SouthWest, Mexican culture was all around me.  It is my happy place.  The people of Mexico are the most wonderful and beautiful and sweet people of all the world.  I prefer them over my own.   That is why I spend so much time there.  My heart is there.

How many languages can you count to 5 in? To 10 in? List them.

English and Spanish.  Might be able to fake Italian.  I found my knowledge of Spanish was enough to get us around Italy.  They are SO close, it is stupid.  If you are listening, you won’t necessarily see the similarities, but the written word… they are very very close.

What is the first overseas country you visited? And from where? (ie/ timbuctoo to mars)

Overseas?  So… Mexico and Canada don’t count.  Then, it would be England.  This was pretty cool.  We had just moved to Denver, wifey and I.  She found some CRAZY deal to go to London.   I think an airline was announcing non stop route from Denver to Heathrow.  Wifey didn’t even have time to run it by me.  They had a limited run of $99 tickets.  So, she calls me and says “oh, take off the last week in March next Spring.  We are going to England.”   And we did.

I gotta tell you, the first time we sat on that plane looking down an 8 hour flight, I was totally freaked out.  8 hour flight, over the Atlantic ocean?  Isn’t that the one with icebergs and stuff?  Man, I was freaked the fuck out.  THEN… they tell you what to do in the event of a ‘water landing’.  Let me tell you, a plane traveling 700 mph into the North Atlantic ocean in March is not a ‘water landing’.  A ‘water landing’ is a Jimmy Buffet song… or should be.

What country do you most want to visit? And why?

we have been to lots, fortunately.   What is left?   Ireland, and the South Pacific.  This Spring, we are hitting Eastern Europe for the first time on a river cruise, so that will be awesome!


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