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ZUMAYA explains bullfighting to RICK

ZUMAYA

Mi cara, we must go to a bullfight! Eeez beautiful! Eeez majesty. Eeez Basque.

RICK

Marquess of Queensbury Rules?

ZUMAYA

My cousin, Xavier, he broke all rules. He left Asturías to be a bullfighter. He no speak the Spanish, but anyways el toreador, he speaks with his hips & his eyes.

RICK

Baseball pitcher’s do the same.

ZUMAYA

Yes, like a cobra. And he no break the rules only in the ring. The ring is all la regla, el ritual.

RICK

I make it a point to follow the rules.

ZUMAYA

So funny too, he make the president, the picador, even the bulls, laugh — the little ones — before he kill them.

RICK

The pick-a-whos?

ZUMAYA

They are there to make angry the bull.

RICK

Oh, the undercard.

ZUMAYA

You will see their horses and maybe one does not take a gore.

RICK

Well Joe Louis just about ….

ZUMAYA

We must sit there early for the low seats. It will be hot. Bring that handsome new hat we bought. I have the opera glasses. We’ll lunch before to save the money.

RICK

I’ll wear my straw hat. You wear your red dress.

ZUMAYA

I hope we have always the bullfights, and not the war they say.

I hope it’s the bulls we fight, not ourselves.

RICK

The bulls might argue that point. They get killed right?

ZUMAYA

We must get there early to hear the band play before the bull fight starts.  I  have reserved tickets in the low seats on the shady side.

RICK

Why the shady side?

ZUMAYA

At the hour of the bullfight, the sun is in such a position that half the arena is in the sun and the other half in the shade.  That is by design of the round bull ring.  If we sit in the sunny, it will be very hot and the glare of the sun will bother our eyes and besides the more aristocrats sit in the shady.

RICK

OK but I will still wear my straw hat.  You wear your red dress.  I am sure the bulls will love that. Eat lunch before?  why?  Don’t they serve a bull meat menu after the fight.

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