That explains it
American? That explains it!! You want to destroy everything, just like Señor Bush.
Quote from the waterheater repairman who, on arriving to figure out why I had been living without hot water for a month, discovered that I was opening the tap ALL the way. Hard.
Open this tap halfway and you can have all the hot water you want, as it turns out. Something about pressure.
I waited a month of cold showers for that advice.
But I did like the Bush quote.
And his closing comment, delivered with a huge, friendly grin:
Anything else in the apartment you need me to explain??
I got the feeling he desperately wanted to give me a class in how not to mistreat Spanish appliances.
Catchy Spanish saying of the day:
Se me ha ido el santo al cielo.
Literally, something like: The saint has gone to heaven on me.
And it means? You've forgotten something. That great idea or brilliant thought you had on the tip of your tongue just a second ago is now nowhere to be found.
I've grown quite fond of it, although in the annoying way I have of mixing up my languages, I keep catching myself thinking "dang it, my saint took off" in English.
Doesn't quite carry the same punch.