A Basque in Boise

Don’t try this at home

I’d been holding onto this gem for a while, but I think it’s time I let it out in the open. You might think I’m a horrible person for making fun of my friend so publicly (just hold on, I’ll get there), but the purpose of my post is less about giving her crap, and more about educating people so nobody makes the same mistake again. I swear. Kind of.

On May 17th, Ysabel Bilbao posted a picture on Facebook of her ill-fated calf, which displayed a nasty and seemingly painful burn. She accomplished this feat by attempting to iron her pants while they were still on! With a hot iron, I mean, c’mon! Fine… I get it. It’s 7:30 pm on a Thursday evening and we are all tired, with our bodies still in the work week, but our minds fully set on Saturday night. Well, that’s most people. As far as where Ysabel’s mind was, qui sait!

It wouldn’t be so shocking if she didn’t hold a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Spanish. Plus she has been commissioner of the women’s pala league for the last few years and believe me, it takes a mind to juggle all the players and keeping the schedule running smoothly.

In the end, I guess it all comes down to brain farts. Some – as Ysabel graciously showed us – are worse than others. For this particular issue, I thought long and hard and came up with several alternatives to burning the shit out of yourself when ironing your pants:

1.- Take them off
2.- Steam up the shower by turning on the hot water and letting it run for while. Get in, clothes and all, then come out and smooth out the wrinkles with your hand. (Make sure you turn off the water before stepping into the shower, otherwise you’ll get wet, so will your clothes, which will totally defeat the purpose).
3.- Wear one of those wrinkle skirt thingies
4.- For the love of God, get a Spray & Smooth bottle! Keep it in your house, your car, your purse, whatever it takes!
5.- Change pants
6.- Don’t look back and move on
7.- Use the old “I just got the off the plane” excuse
8.- Even better, use my dad’s excuse: “What, a wrinkle?” It must have just happened!” (This works too when you realize the shirt/skirt/pants you really want to wear has a stain – out of the closet – you hadn’t noticed before).

Please, if you know of any other way to keep our calves scolding-free, don’t be shy and share.

Thanks for passing by: ↓

Diana Ysabel Bilbao Steven Roosevelt Ainhoa Maria Jesusl

8 thoughts on “Don’t try this at home

  1. Henar Chico

    Lucky for you, I had to look it up too: “a hand-held implement with a heated flat steel base, used to smooth clothes and linen.” Weird.

  2. Henar Chico

    Lucky for you, I had to look it up too: “a hand-held implement with a heated flat steel base, used to smooth clothes and linen.” Weird.

  3. Steven Roosevelt

    Trust me. Having an education is no proof against making bone headed moves.

  4. Steven Roosevelt

    Trust me. Having an education is no proof against making bone headed moves.

  5. Ysabel Bilbao

    Very funny Henar! It was an accident that has turned into a medical nightmare! Steve…I am so glad you see it as a boneheaded move. Good thing you have never made a simple mistake to try and simplify your already busy life. Anyway Henar…thank you for graciously warning others!

  6. Ysabel Bilbao

    Very funny Henar! It was an accident that has turned into a medical nightmare! Steve…I am so glad you see it as a boneheaded move. Good thing you have never made a simple mistake to try and simplify your already busy life. Anyway Henar…thank you for graciously warning others!

  7. Henar Chico

    No problem, here to help. I think I told you about that time I got road-burn when I fell rollerskating. I did the same thing you did for the first week, just wait for it to scab. When it didn’t happen, it hurt like a sob, and looked like total crap, I went to the Doc-in-the-box and found out it was a burn. It took FOREVER for my leg to heal. But it will heal. MUSU!

  8. Henar Chico

    No problem, here to help. I think I told you about that time I got road-burn when I fell rollerskating. I did the same thing you did for the first week, just wait for it to scab. When it didn’t happen, it hurt like a sob, and looked like total crap, I went to the Doc-in-the-box and found out it was a burn. It took FOREVER for my leg to heal. But it will heal. MUSU!

  9. Henar Chico

    Well, Ysabel, I guess you can feel a little bit better about yourself now… Conchi, you are crazy, woman!

  10. Henar Chico

    Well, Ysabel, I guess you can feel a little bit better about yourself now… Conchi, you are crazy, woman!

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