This week’s resident faculty note read “¿Llegar a o tender la mano?” We hope it was a clue, and not a Spanish language test. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, the Squirrel ranted on Gingrich and the Antisocial Media in Furthermore!, addisnana mused about Aging and Technology in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan shared The Circumpolar Current and Climate Change in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive affirmed that Obama Was Right to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline in Morning Feature, the Squirrel critiqued the notion of No Room for Debate? in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: Lizard Leaders! in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Improving Efficiency of Batteries, Fuel Cells, Water Purification in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive told A Tale of Two SOTU Speeches: Obama 2012 and Clinton 1996 in Morning Feature, the Squirrel asked if we are Exceptionally Exceptional in Furthermore!, addisnana shared Canoes, Paddling, and the State of the Union in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan revealed Genetic Manipulation for Cheaper Biofuels in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began Telling Our Stories with Simple, Unexpected, Concrete in Morning Feature, and winterbanyan pondered Growing Up or Growing Old? in Midday Matinee and reported on Early Warning of Ecosystem Collapse in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued Telling Our Stories with Credible, Emotional, Stories in Morning Feature, and winterbanyan celebrated that Houston Joins Better Buildings Challenge in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded Telling Our Stories with Born on Third Base in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Are We Balanced? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive offered Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we survived Silly Sunday: Filling the Void in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan shared our Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline activism in Things We Did This Week.

That leaves only the clue left by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. At least we hope it was a clue. Their note read:

¿Llegar a o tender la mano?

Chef recognized it as Spanish by the punctuation, and muttered as she tried to recall her college Spanish. Your lowly mail room clerk had knocked a bit of the rust off our Spanish several years ago during a visit to Mexico and Guatemala, but the rust had returned and we were equally stumped. The Professor of Astrology Janitor hoped this was not a test, as his only exposure to Spanish has been soccer announcers shouting “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!” His sharing that sent Pootie the Precious scampering for cover, until she realized he was not upset.

At this point the Squirrel pulled out his Blewberry and brought up an online translator. Llegar a translated “reach to,” while Tender la mano brought up “extend the hand.” Both phrases seemed to describe a similar thought, and to confirm his guess the Squirrel switched typed “reach out to” in English and switched the translator around. Sure enough, that brought up the two phrases the resident faculty had written.

Assuming this was not a language test, this week the resident faculty will discuss why Democrats must continue reaching out to the Latino community and recognize that immigration, while important, is not the most important issue among Latino voters.

If this was a language test … we hope we passed.


Happy Monday!