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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.
 
 
 
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.