In New Mexico the Spanish word SAPO, or Toad, has always meant someone who was very lucky. The audience will call someone Sapo when he or she makes a long shot in a Basketball game. You are Sapo if you win the lottery. You are Sapo when you walk away unharmed from an accident. But most people here have forgotten why they use the word Sapo or Toad that way.

Calvin told me he used the word in Madrid, Spain, a while ago and the people he was talking to wondered how he knew about Sapo. He explained the usage in New Mexico and that nobody seemed to know where the word came from.

In Spain many bars used to have a toad-shaped stone container by the bar and people walking in from the street would throw a coin at the toad. To hit the opening was a long long shot and it rarely happened and everyone in the bar would call out “Sapo!” when a person got a coin into the toad. That person also received the pot, that is all of the coins that had been thrown at the toad and which had missed.

Masculine – Feminine

From an interview I read in Surface* Magazine with Gaetano Pesce, on of my favorite designers:

-Pesce predicts that we will move into a “feminine” epoch in which everything that has been masculine – serious, monolithic, rigid, totalitarian, monochrome, barren, minimalist, immutable – will become multidisciplinary, supple, adaptive, translucent, resinous, elastic. Design will speak through color, imagery and emotion.

Alright then, bring it on, I am ready! I think that we probably live in one of the most masculine epochs ever. I’ll go out on a limb and will say this: I feel that most advances women have made in the past century, they have made by adapting themselves to a masculine world and not by making that world more feminine. I feel that we are more visually (I think that eyes equal scanners=masculine and ears equal receptacles= feminine) orientated than ever. The world is also noisier than ever – men and their noisy toys: roaring cars, planes and motorcycles, loud car stereos that proclaim the proximity of powerful boys, household appliances that make much more noise than they should….etc…..

The other day I asked a women why bombs and hurricanes used to always have female names. She answered that bombs were made by men – period.