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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.
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...