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Pegman – Under New Management

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw. This week we’re in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It took ages to find a reasonably old-fashioned-looking building. It’s all so new-looking! Also, sorry to be fixated on American oversees territories, but I needed to find a reasonable timeline with a starting point in Puerto Rico. I wanted to get in a dig at the British and their pie and mash and warm beer, but it was not to be 😦

I did a lot of Wiki research 🙂 and the timeline appears to be – Puerto Rico became American in 1898 (ex-Spanish), the Danish West Indies became American (American Virgin Islands) in 1917 and Guam became officially American in 1950. Apart from that, please ignore historical inaccurcies 🙂

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“Hey, Juan, yesterday we were Spanish, today we’re American! This world, eh? I’ll celebrate with a sangria!”

“Any excuse, Alejandro, you varmint.”

“Why are you suddenly talking like that? Urk, yeuch! What is this muck?”

“It’s called ‘Bud Light’. It’s what we serve here now.”

“Since when?”

“Since now.”

“Humph. Give me food to wash away the taste.”

“Today’s special. Enjoy. Ya varmint.”

“What? What is this? Where’s my paella? Stop saying ‘varmint’.”

“It’s called ‘hamburger’. It’s actually cow.”

“Amigo, this nationality conversion is playing havoc here at the taberna.”

Bar, this is a bar now.”

“I can’t keep up. I’m moving to the Danish West Indies.”

19 years later…

“Hey, Viggo, yesterday we were Danish, today we’re American! This world, eh? I’ll celebrate with a mead…”


After finally getting fed up with hamburgers and Bud Light, Alejandro moves to Guam in 1949…


  1. September 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I’m pretty sure you can buy a Big Mac in Paris so what’s the world coming to? 😀


    • September 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

      I know, right? Un Mac grand, s’il vous plait…


  2. September 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    There is no escape from Bud Light or burgers, I’m afraid! Very funny stuff.

    In other news, I’m terrified of the spider that’s turned up in your Instagramatron. Yowsa!


    • September 12, 2017 at 6:37 am

      They’re everywhere! There are at least three McD’s within 10 miles of where I’m sitting right now…
      The spider – I was terrified too! Though I cleverly managed to catch it as it scurried across the floor 🙂

      I’m glad you liked my story 🙂

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  3. September 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    This gave me a nice chuckle, probably because I’ve always wondered how people felt when they got “transferred” to another “national entity.” I got pissed off when they forced me to change banks. I can only imagine how I’d feel if they made me switch nations.


    • September 12, 2017 at 6:38 am

      It must be really weird. Conversely with Brexit, we’re taking our “identity” back, whatever that means.


  4. September 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Funny take on the prompt!


    • September 12, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  5. Merbear74
    September 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    LOL! Varmint asshat!


    • September 12, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Hee 🙂 At least the bartenders’s getting into the spirit of the thing.


  6. September 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Haha! This made me laugh! Give me British draught beer at cellar temperature in preference to Bud Light any day…Alejandro was one unlucky varmint!


    • September 12, 2017 at 6:40 am

      It’s like he’s getting chased around the globe by America 🙂


  7. September 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Varmint? Did Yosemite Sam lead the charge into San Juan?

    Alejandro may want to try North Korea next. I doubt we would ever take over that hole in the ground once the varmint in charge is blown to smithereens…


    • September 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Yosemite Sam was at the fore!
      North Korea sounds like a good idea. He might have trouble getting in though, and even more getting out.


  8. September 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    You know that food and drink tastes better at room temperature, right? Our beer may be warm but it tastes a lot better than Bud Light! 🙂 Humourous take on what must have been a tricky – and unsettling – situation in real life. Nicely done


    • September 13, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Maybe Alejandro should have come here instead. I bet he would’ve enjoyed some real ale 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it! I can’t imagine waking up one day to find out I was suddenly a different nationality.

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      • September 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

        It’s weird, what the powerful do to their citizens – I wonder if they think through the consequences for the ordinary fok first?


  9. September 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Hehe Alejandro, bad timing 🙂


  10. Adam Ickes
    September 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Poor Alejandro. He just can’t catch a break.


    • September 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      He’s one unlucky ex-Spaniard.


  11. September 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    This was really funny. Think of all the paperwork, new flags and revising passports! 🙂


    • September 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Ooh, yes! It’s not all about the food and drink, I guess 🙂


  12. September 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

    2017…Looks like nothing really changed…varmint 😀 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤


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