The Spanish Lesson


She didn’t have a face and if she did, it couldn’t have been an impressive¬† one and he never knew her name so as far as Ethan was concerned she didn’t exist.

That’s why he would sit in the seat next to her or in front of her on the train and screech in his cheesiest¬† over the top Spanish complete with an extra helping of cheese accent¬† to his friends – “Hola Hombres! ” he didn’t stop there. He’d honk through his nose ” Como Estas? Como Estas? Hola Amigos, what’s up? ”

Ethan’s goal was¬† to show the world that if you spoke Spanish loud enough, gut busting laughter was sure to be experienced by all.

” Dude”¬† at least one of the¬† three guys he’d sit near or with would say, ” cut it out.”

They’d try to shoot apologetic¬† sideways glances at the woman with dark hair and improbably dark eyes that Ethan would swear had no face, but for the most part they just hoped she didn’t think they actually knew Ethan.

She knew.

One day last week Ethan banged his way down the aisle and as he made his way to his seat the train jumped a little and then it started to move. Ethan’s back pack swung out and hit the woman on¬† the side of her head.

She didn’t look up.

” So sorry Senorita!” Ethan honked through his nose. ” I am so sorry! ” he bellowed in his best¬† over the top, isn’t Spanish a funny language accent.

The commuters sitting around her thought it was the woman who said ” mi nombre es carnicero ”¬† but¬† no one could be sure it was¬† even a woman’s voice they heard. They weren’t positive, they couldn’t swear to it because the voice they heard was¬† just a sound, almost a whisper that touched¬† the back of their necks and fell into their ears with a chill.

Ethan plopped down with a thud¬† into the seat in front of her and they rode together until they got to Ethan’s stop about 20 minutes later.

As he stood up he turned to the woman and said at her ”¬† Pardon me again se√Īora¬† I am so sorree. ” He laughed and brushed by her, tickled to death with his own cleverness.

She waited for him to move aways down the aisle and then she said as she stood up. ” Bald headed men are so rude aren’t they? ”

The woman sitting¬† next to her looked up in surprise. Why,¬† what was this?¬† The woman with jet black eyes had a heavy British accent. ” Oh that guy? The guy that just went by? He IS a jerk but¬† he’s not bald¬† ” she told her gently, almost apologetically.

The woman adjusted her jacket then she reached up and pulled down her dark brown canvas bag from the rack above their seats.

She touched something inside of it and nodded . ” No he isn’t.¬† Not yet.”


Inspired by The Tale Weaver Prompt-315- The Bald Man

Good Luck Percy!

Today the Perseverance is landing on Mars.
I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER excited- check out the landing if you can. It’s going to be a EPIC.
anita marie

Watch the Feb. 18 Landing Broadcast

Tune in live at 11:15 a.m. PST / 2:15 p.m. EST / 19:15 UTC

LIVE Landing Broadcast: Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars

Channels that will carry the live broadcast include:
YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, Theta.TV, and NASA App

Spanish-language show

Clean feed of mission control on YouTube

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  • Mission Name:¬†Mars 2020

  • Rover Name:¬†Perseverance

  • Main Job:¬†The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

  • Launch:¬†July 30, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

  • Landing:¬†Feb. 18, 2021

  • Landing Site:¬†Jezero Crater, Mars

  • Mission Duration:¬†At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days)

  • Tech Demo:¬†The¬†Mars Helicopter¬†is a technology demonstration, hitching a ride on the Perseverance rover.

Perseverance Landing Day Milestones

 Step 1 | Cruise Stage Separation

 Step 2 | Atmospheric Entry

 Step 3 | Peak Heating

 Step 4 | Peak Deceleration

 Step 5 | Parachute Deployment

 Step 6 | Heat Shield Separation

 Step 7 | Radar Lock

 Step 8 | Terrain Relative Navigation Solution

 Step 9 | Backshell Separation

 Step 10 | Powered Descent

 Step 11 | Rover Separation/Sky Crane

 Step 12 | Touchdown!

Toolkit Resources

Photo:NASA Jezero Crater

Explore Jezero Crater, the future home of NASA’s Perseverance rover


Perseverance on Mars:¬†‚ÄčThis illustration depicts NASA’s Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance will land at the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater a little after 3:40 p.m. EST (12:40 p.m. PST) on Feb. 18, 2021. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Name Ingenuity
Main Job A technology demonstration to test the first powered flight on Mars. The helicopter will ride to Mars attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover.
Launch July 30, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Landing Feb. 18, 2021
Landing Site Jezero Crater, Mars
Length of Mission One or more flights within 30 days

Photo NASA: Ingenuity

Music To Land Your Rovers By

Do you know there are songs about NASA and the Rovers and they are pretty awesome? Well, if you didn’t know it here is your chance. Dig it, Daddy-O

anita marie

All kidding aside: