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02 November 2006 @ 10:00 pm
...for a seller of stoves  
Today we bought a new stove (to replace the waterlogged old one) from a man selling all sorts of electrical items out of a shop on Belleville. I entered with a rose, and was immediately transfixed by a wall of televisions broadcasting video-clips of East-European pop ballads - all close-ups of teeth, doves and hair in slow motion. But I snapped out of my reverie in time to take the stove from the salesman: it was the display item that he sold us, wrapped in nothing more than an oversized plastic bag. Our hands fumbled over themselves as he passed on the bag. Then, when the transaction was over, I gave the man a rose. At that moment a little person who had been hovering beside the counter burst into shrill laughter that kept reverberating as we walked out of the store.
 
 
 
sockscantmatch on November 2nd, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
odd things to see on television.
I do so enjoy reading of your flowery advendtures, thiel. will they also be published like last year?

elle
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you're enjoying these tales; and, yes, I am thinking of publishing an account of the year, along with the poem...

Remind me.
sockscantmatch on November 2nd, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I will do so. when do you want this reminder, and how often?
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Let's say, um, four randomly-spaced reminders before January 15, 2007?

Thanks ever so much.
sockscantmatch on November 2nd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
excellent. you're quite welcome!

looking forward to it.


elle
shuraiya on November 2nd, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, that's great.

But what happened to your old stove?
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
I washed it.
peppapig on November 2nd, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
washed it?
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It was really dirty.
peppapig on November 2nd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
and you broke it? :) LOL
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah.

It got quite wet.
katescorner on November 2nd, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Your accounts are always so lyrical. It's easy to imagine standing in the background, watching the scene. I'm so glad that your journal was spotlighted. Sometimes people really need that spark of joy.



"Every life, every person is a miracle that changes the world."
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you, warmly, for these very encouraging words. I'm so pleased to hear that you're enjoying my project, and my account of it.
karmic_circuit on November 2nd, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
I really feel that this can't be said enough: you have such a poetic, lyrical style. I love the rhythm and cadence in your sentences.

I find myself stopping in the electronics section of stores all the time, just to watch the walls of TVs--flat screens, plasma screens, giant box sets, tiny travel-sized numbers--all playing the same thing. The same image showing on each screen, in different sizes and dimensions and colors.
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
The TV-walls are entrancing, I agree, especially when they're playing the kinds of things I was watching this afternoon. This one particular woman's hair just kept spinning and spinning.

Thank you for these nice comments about my writing - it's wonderful to know that people like you are enjoying this.
rainpaint on November 2nd, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
... close-ups of teeth, doves and hair in slow motion. But I snapped out of my reverie...
hahahahhaha
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'm glad that you enjoyed this retelling as much as I enjoyed the event itself...
black_sunset on November 2nd, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I always look forward to hearing the adventures of a fellow Aussie. You write really well!
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Warm thanks, comrade! And, don't worry, I'll be back there, soon enough...
black_sunset on November 3rd, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, but living in Europe has many advantages, I came over for a year or so, and I'm still living in Europe 4 years later! There is actually a thing called culture over here!
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm enjoying it immensely, too, and will be back in Paris from February...
cecilyrules on November 2nd, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
Mmm, I think that laugh was an insult. Not very cool.
But you have your new stove to cook comfort food. Cookies, cakes, that kind of stuff. :)

I'm SO glad you'll be back in February! And with a brand new project, too! That you still won't breathe a word about, right?
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Keywords for 2007 project-options are, so far, "saints" and "lemons."

Tonight we used the brand-new stove for soup.
mochaberry on November 2nd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I wonder at the story behind the shrill laughter. Perhaps there was an exchange between the seller and the little person prior to your arrival that made your kind gesture hilarious to the little person. Perhaps it really "stuck it" to the seller and the little person deeply enjoyed it. Perhaps the seller was the last person in the world the little person would say deserved the gift of a flower. Perhaps s/he just thought it was amusing. Perhaps s/he has a mental disorder that causes laughter when the desire is tears.

I'm always wondering about the backstories of the people you see. :o)
thiel on November 2nd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yes - imagining backstories is one of the funnest bits for me, as well.

I rather like the 3rd possible motive that you list, and hope very much that it was true, this afternoon.
buckyinn on November 3rd, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
I always wonder...
How did you find yourself so far away from home? Are you traveling only Europe or other continents as well? Is it for business or pleasure? Have you been to Sweden yet? I spend at least 2 weeks in Europe (one in Sweden, one in which ever country happens to catch my curiosity) ever summer. Good times!

*sigh* Questions, questions!

Enjoying the read, as always!
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: I always wonder...
How did you find yourself so far away from home?

I spent a year studying medieval literature at the University of York, England. During that year I met my boyfriend, French, with whom I am now living in Paris.

Are you traveling only Europe or other continents as well?

I had already spent some time visiting countries in Asia, so this trip is all about Europe, I guess, with a couple of side-trips to the United States. We'll be heading to Australia for three months on Tuesday.

Have you been to Sweden yet?

No, but I did visit Norway, a few months ago...

Thanks for you interest!
precious_junk on November 3rd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Can I just ask...Do you purposely do each entry at 10:00?
Someone may have asked, but I always see 10:00!!
and I'm curious. Why 10??
black_sunset on November 3rd, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
wow, i never noticed that!
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
Which makes it okay, right? It's more about me than anyone else, I suspect.
precious_junk on November 3rd, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
I noticed that the first time I saw his journal...but I didn't ask until now. :p
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh, well - I have a thing about uniformity and completeness, I suppose, but only about the most irrational and meaningless things. I would be distressed if I fell asleep without having given somebody a flower. I would also be distressed if my entries were dated at all sorts of idiosyncratic times. Plus, sometimes I have to post about a flower event a day after it happens, in which case I fiddle with the date, anyway, to keep the blog chronologically readable.
precious_junk on November 3rd, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. Sounds to me like you've got a slight case of OCD. hehe.
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
You surprise me.
precious_junk on November 3rd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, really? Why's that? lol
moon_gurl on November 3rd, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
this may seem as a weird question but what do you mean by stove? like a hot plate (I am from Canada and a stove is the big stove top that you have in your kitchen, defiantly to big to carry in a bag). I love your writings they are a favorite part of my evenings
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
I'm really pleased to hear that you're enjoying my blog - thanks for letting me know!

"Stove" refers to those enormous things here, as well, although in this case it's referring to a much smaller version - with only two plates - that fits comfortably on top of the microwave.