Word of the day: prize. I believe in premios. I am Queen of Los Premios. I used to bribe my children with premios on a regular basis, as in, “If you don’t cry in the dentist’s chair, you’ll get a premio!” Now, most dentist offices’ have their own treasure box of premios so that was a freebie for me. But every year, my family receives a fair number of foreign premios. Salad servers, cheap pearls, chili paste from Yangshuo, you get the picture. The premios change depending on the country and it’s a fair bet that European premios will be muy pequeno since I am no longer a princess and cannot actually shop for them, I’m so busy doing laundry. Dilemma, dilemma.

Today I surpassed my 100th fan on Facebook, a woman named Chris referred to blog by Guadalajara Sherri. As soon as she sends me her address, I’ll be posting her a premio. I have yet to make it to the post office so that would be a good challenge.

Herewith, a spot-on internet joke (author unknown) sent in to me today from Lady Tea, one of my favorite BrIt chicks:

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’
‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’

A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two
groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:

1.. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2 The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself
spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model..

The women won.



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5 responses to “Premio!

  1. mood ring mama

    I HEART PREMIOS!!! You really are the queen of giving the best ones, but I’ll try not to disappoint when I come visit. xoxoxo

  2. MCV

    You are an excellent premio giver, I concur. One of my favorites happens to be a red napkin holder in the shape of a RAT.

    MCV was here.

  3. My latest and greatest premio is a garden decor with sprays of colored glass beads. This woman is the queen of premios . She has very generous heart. If you know her, you are lucky.

  4. Princess Ai Lin

    she is indeed “la reina de los premios”. i have shanghai’s biggest kitchen trash can thanks to her!!!

  5. MCV

    PAL, I read your comment AFTER reading the post about Shingles and Shingle Berry. Anyhoo, I was impressed that Shingle Berry could bring you such a large trash can (the largest one in Shanghai at that) . . . but then I marshalled my thoughts and realized that it was Expat who gave it to you. No surprise. She is very generous. Although it wouldn’t have surprised me in the least if Shingle Berry brought you a large trash can either. I have an image of her on a flight trying to stuff it in the overhead bin.

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