Carlos el inventor

Today is Spanish Friday so this post is in Spanish. If you participated in Spanish Friday on your own blog, leave your link in comments. English translation below!

En las últimas semanas, los pájaros se han vuelto locos. Cómo es primavera, los pájaritos están peleando, enamorando, y buscando lugar a dónde pueden hacer el nido. Bueno, uno de los pájaros es más tonto que los otros, y sigue tratando de entrar a la ventilación del horno que está en el exterior de la casa. Cada mañana escucho unos sonidos de rascando y de alas furiosas del pájaro tratando de entrar. Cada mañana salgo de la casa gritando, “Nooo! Vete! Vete ya, pájaro bobo!”

Un día tuve la idea ingeniosa de dibujar un búho, y coloque el dibujo con cinta adhesiva cerca de la ventilación. A la mañana siguiente, el pájaro estaba haciendo la misma cosa – no tuvo miedo de mi dibujo. Tal vez no es tan bobo como pensé. Mi siguiente idea fue colgar cerca un carillón, pero eso tampoco funcionó.

Carlos me había visto luchar con este problema y me preguntó si quería ayuda. A veces puedo ser terca y quiero hacer las cosas solita, pero esta vez acepté. Carlos se quedó mirando la ventilación, pensó por un momento y luego entró a la casa. Segundos más tarde regresó con la bolsa de los limones que es una malla de plástico. Sin herramientas, con no más que sus manos, sujetó la malla cubriendo la ventilación.

Gracias al ingenio de los salvadoreños, no he oído el pájaro desde entonces.


Carlos the inventor

In recent weeks the birds have gone crazy. Since it’s spring, the birds are fighting, falling in love, and looking for a place where they can build their nest. Well, one of the birds is a little stupider than the others, and it keeps trying to enter the oven vent on the outside of the house. Each morning I hear the sound of scratching and the beating of furious wings as the bird tries to come in. Every morning I run out of the house screaming, “Nooo! Go away Go away, stupid bird!”

One day I had the idea to draw an owl and tape the drawing near the vent. The next morning, the bird was doing the same thing – not at all afraid of my drawing. Maybe it’s not as dumb as I thought. My next idea was to hang a wind chime nearby, but that didn’t work either.

Carlos watched me struggle with this problem and asked if I wanted help. Sometimes I can be stubborn and prefer to do things by myself, but this time I agreed. Carlos stared at the ventilation, thought for a moment, and then went into the house. Seconds later Carlos returned with the bag from the lemons which is a plastic net. Without tools, with nothing more than his hands, he attached the plastic net around the vent.

Thanks to the ingenuity of Salvadorans, I have not heard the bird since.

Posted on March 16, 2012, in el macho, en español, humor, Salvadoreños, Spanish Friday. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Amiga, you could’ve ended up with “smoked” pajarito! I love it. Often times solutions are easier than we think. Good thinking. Aqui te dejo me enlaze. : ))) Feliz viernes!

  2. Very clever! Sometimes the boys are just so smart! :)

  3. This is why Salvadorans never throw anything away. They can find a constructive use for just about everything. Nice save Carlos. Here’s my link

  4. Sometimes having a different Point of view changes everything! Love posts where one spouce humbles the other, because I don’t feel as bad when my wife does it to me. Here is my link:

  5. Tuvimos que hacer algo parecido alrededor de la ventilación de nuestra lavadora cuando era niña.

    Hoy vino mi papi a la escuela donde enseño:

  6. What a great idea! Isn’t awesome to have husbands that “think outside of the box” and can come up with cool inventions! Go Carlos!

    Here’s my link:

  7. Estoy tarde con mi Spanish Friday, pero mejor es tarde que nunca! Me encantó este post, tu esposo es bien creativo! Dices que los Salvadoreños no botan cosas. Yo también tiendo a hacer lo mismo, lol.

    Aquí está mi Spanish Friday.

  8. I love it…I have a hard time throwing those bags away too…now I know at least one use for them!

  9. nice save! I would have never thought to use that… will keep that in mind is our noisy birds try anything crazy!

  10. Nice! Carlos is a clever guy to have around!

  11. its something in the genes, no? Luckily your kids should get it too. it is a wonderful ability to think creatively and solve problems. i am half-clever like this, jaja.

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