When I took Spanish I in high school, our weird Vietnamese teacher spoke four languages better than English and quit during the middle of a semester. When she left, we had just finished studying the section on food translations. When the new teacher arrived “” I think her name was Mrs. Dunn “” she thought we were just about to begin the food section.
As a result of this great moment in public education, about the only thing I remember from Spanish I are the names of foods. My favorite was “La Mantequilla,” which is Spanish for “Butter.” I just thought it was a cool-sounding word. It didn’t sound like you were saying “Butter.” It sounded like you were saying something eloquent and smooth, especially when you added “Te Gusta” (you like) in front of it.
This resulted in an odd fascination with phrase “Te Gusta La Mantequilla.” It was my own substitute for the 1990’s staples “Shah, Right,” “As If” and “Regulators!!!!.” My fascination with the word eventually got me in some trouble. During a Spanish test that I didn’t study for, I wrote “Te Gusta la Mantequilla” (You like Butter) as my answer for every question. This resulted in the teacher accusing me of insulting her, and me getting placed in in-school suspension.
Anyway, the reason that I bring all this up is because “Te Gusta la Mantequilla” is the first thing that popped in my head while I was thinking of headlines for this post about Patty Shaw, a former entertainment reporter for our local Telumundo affiliate KTUZ-TV30.
First of all, the original intention of this post was to introduce the OKC masses to Patty Shaw, but because somebody at Channel 30 made a huge mistake, Patty no longer works at the station. This can actually be a good thing, because it now means that some other local channel can hire her. Maybe even one that broadcasts in English! That would be awesome.
Need proof? Just check out her Twitter page. Her user name is PattyMayonaze. Mayonaze? I don’t know what that means, but I like it. She also sends us tweets like:
July 26, 2010: @TheLostOgle I think you are forgetting about the potential over at the Hispanic news station… just a thought 😉
Yeah. Te Gusta la Mantequilla.
Anyway, I don’t know what Chanel 30 was thinking by letting Patty Shaw get away. Unless you speak fluent Spanish or Randy Terrill hates you, girls like her are the only reason to watch Telumundo. That and maybe some dude screaming “GOOOOOOAAL,” but that only happens once every four years.