Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weird Weather Day

Saturday, 14 March, 2015:

First sign that the times are starting to change at La Hacienda . . .

Shoes in our now shared closet

My two pair to cover all of my needs in España for six months are on the right.

On the left, what Laurie brought to fill her needs for the next two and a half months.

Notes from the newspapers . . .

MARCA is Spain's daily, sports only periodical. On Friday they published an article on the ten highest paid athletes in the world based on a combination of their athletic contracts and endorsement deals. 

MARCA further broke these money totals down as to how much money they make per second, 24/7, all year round.

The list with dollar per SECOND amounts:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid, $2.54
2. LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers, $2.29
3. Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona, $2.05
4. Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers, $1.95
5. Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons, $1.39
6. Zlatan Ibrahimović - Paris Saint-Germain, $1.28
7. Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls, $1.16
8. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions, $1.05
9. Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos, $0.86
10. Cliff Lee - Philadelphia Phillies, $0.80

So how much is this really?

If you do the math ($/second x 60 seconds x 60 minutes x 24 hours), then every day of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is banking $219,456 while Cliff Lee has to try to survive on a paltry $69,120 daily.


Saturday's Big Deal-of-the-Day was a Junior team BBQ at the home of Tanke, the Junior team Head Coach and Senior team Center. Laurie and I were excited about going but, because of our late night food fest at Don Gomez and lack of sleep/jet lag we didn't wake up until 11:15 a.m.!

The BBQ was scheduled to start at about 12:30 p.m., so we were definitely running late.

We did not have a ride, so we needed to walk to the bus stop downtown in front El Corte Inglés to catch the #30 LAT bus to Beniajan where Tanke resides.

Unbeknownst to us, it was raining as we left La Hacienda and would come down harder with every step that we took.

When we finally got to the bus stop we were pretty well soaked. We waited for about 45 minutes under cover but no #30 bus appeared to whisk us away to the BBQ. Finally, at about 2:00 p.m. and with no #30 bus even being mentioned on the bus stops message board the announces incoming busses up to 15 minutes in advance, we gave up and sent Tanke a text message.


So, we decided that the rest of the afternoon should be spent showing Laurie around Murcia's Centro.  

A Bride by the Ayuntamiento

The rain would not stop this señorita's happy day.

We were near the Cathedral, so in we went to both see it and get out of the weather.

Snakes with Teeth

Huge Baptismal Font?

We were hungry as we had not eaten in anticipation of feasting at the BBQ so, we headed to Bar Los Zagales.

Marinara, tortilla and a vino tinto

The good vino tinto de la casa came
from the huge barrel on the right

A Bride by the Episcopal House

My Bride by the Cathedral

The weather had definitely changed for the better.

Laurie liked these two saints . . .

. . . and this steeple too

Murcia's Army of Penitents and
Festiva de la Primavera revelers

More Penitents

Laurie noticed the Casino's architect's
signature on the Casino's wall

I noticed this woman walking in
front of the Casino

Laurie in the Casino's entryway

Laurie by one of the Casino's meeting rooms

Cubans in Murcia?

Laurie liked this dome as the Sun
started to really shine

We return here for Murcia's
first bullfight of 2015 in a week

I think that Laurie really enjoyed both what she saw and what she ate.

Murcia is indeed a great city but I still wish we could have made that BBQ. 

Laurie went ga-ga over these shoes

It looks like I'm going to have to get rid of at least one pair of my shoes soon.

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