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Monday, November 21, 2011

The whisker vote

So over the past few weeks, Adrián once again decided to grow a beard:

I think it makes him look like a hot professor (which he is).  But even though he claims immunity, he too is susceptible to vanity.  He doesn't like the white part that insists on erupting on his chin, like the greying muzzle of a weary, faithful dog (which I have, too, and is the whole reason I no longer experiment with facial hair, but at least I admit my motives) and announced a few days ago he planned to shave it off.  That's something he didn't do when even he was compared to this man:

But this time, he claimed, his resolve was cold and steely.  The reason:  he felt his facial adornment is uncomfortably similar to this man's:

Mariano Rajoy is Spain's new prime minister. 

No hace falta meter el dedo con Rajoy en el buzón.

 There was much gnashing of teeth in our household as the elections approached and poll after poll showed the conservative party, the Partido Popular, surfing to victory on the crest of a wave of economic misery.  Somehow, the PP is much better at getting campaign literature all the way to California than the socialists, PSOE, the party that generally gets Adrián's vote.  The PP now has 186 out of 350 seats in parliament and faces the task of convincing the world that Spain won't follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal down the financial toilet.

"There will be no miracles," Rajoy said. "We haven't promised any."  But besides promising austerity measures that are hoped will help the country right its economic ship and convince Angela Merkel not to spank them, the PP certainly has suggested many things, among them undoing Spain's tough new law prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places (which makes our visits much more pleasant and aligns Spain with, well, the rest of the developed world) to annul Spain's law granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, which conceivably would undo our marriage.  Rajoy has said he'll hold his tongue until the Consitutional Court rules on a challenged filed to the law by the PP.  One family law expert predicts that the court will uphold the law.  If not, couples who married since 2005 would be likely to stay married while new same-sex couples would be unable to marry... which is exactly the situation we face in California, though in this case the interviewer wrongly says Californian couples are in legal limbo.

Here's a BBC story about the election:

Despite his indignation, Adrián never found time to go to the consulate to vote.  But when I woke up this morning, his beard was gone.


  1. His beard works for me.
    I'm just sayin'!

  2. We were in Barcelona for the vote and the one or two people we talked to didn't seem happy about what the impending outcome would be. Stuff like this bugs me to no end. Just so you know, I help Bill's hand and showed him affection from Barcelona to Mallorca...screw the conservatives!

    Oh, and I LIKEY on the whiskers. Bill can't seem to get past a couple days before he feels the need to shave. You go, Adrian!