Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oh how I wish someone would have been with me...I hate giggling by myself

I had to go today to get the batteries changed in a couple of watches for the K-man and Issei. The shopping center I happened to be in didn't have someone who could do that so the nice ladies at the information desk told me of a place that would be able to help me.

The shop was very small....only about 8 feet square, give or take a few. Walking into that room, I was magically transported back to, what I'm sure it must have looked like, about 30 or more years ago. The pictures on the wall were all old and yellowed. Watch bands in the glass case that had gone out of fashion more than a few years ago.

The owners lived in the building (I could hear the TV and dishes clanking) and upon walking in I hear from the back room (behind the curtain) "Welcome...I'll be right there." A few moments later, a little man, stepped from behind the curtain and after a quick double-take (not many foreigners go in there, I do believe!), he smiled and asked what he could do for me.

After I got over thinking that he really resembled the old toy repairman from Toy Story, I told him what I needed. He sat down at a small table in the corner, pulled these funky "I'm working on small objects" kind of glasses and got to work.

No music.
No talking.
Just the sound of the rain outside and the traffic on the street....and me trying not to giggle. Wondering if he would be upset if I took some pictures because, really, there were some things that were just screaming to be blogged about...I debated with myself if I should ask to take pictures or just take them on the off chance he had no clue as to what I was doing. The latter won and I got out my handy dandy cell phone and started to take some shots, then remembered that there is a little shutter sound. Damn. In that quiet room, you KNOW it was going to sound LOUD!! What to do? What to do?

Being one to think quickly in situations like I was about to take the first picture....I coughed. And then....I sneezed for the second one. For the third one, I just cleared my throat. There was a fourth one I wanted to take, but I didn't want to chance it...there will always be another watch...another time.

I'm sorry...but, what time is it.....really?!?!
The whole time I was sitting there, that George Carlin routine where he would do the news kept going through my head:
"It's 10:00 in New York, 8:45 in Los Angeles and 2:47 in London."
Oh and yeah...that's a real tortoise carcass hanging up there...Nagasaki is big on tortoise shell items...pins, necklaces, earrings...personally, I'm pretty much against that, but....the man was changing the batteries in my watches....and well, it's his shop. He can hang whatever he wants.
I would like to ask him what that strange machine was starting to look like the
Little Clock Shop of Horrors....and with that thought, I really had to leave because
"Feeeed me, Seymore." jumped into my thoughts and I really needed to giggle.
Note to self: next time, take a friend or Issei, he'd appreciate some of that stuff!


ElPato said...

Funny story! I had the same thing happen to me the other night when I was taking pictures of my Somalian students. I will post pictures soon. But I figured out how to turn the shutter sound off quite quickly...

Busy Bee Suz said...

How funny...some places must be shared. I went to a similar watch place a few years ago, in downtown Naples and the place was just full of old junk and clocks from eons ago...must be the protocal for watch/clock shops.
I am so against the turtle stuff me the heebie jeebies!

smalltownmom said...

If you can't get that sound turned off, give it to your son to figure out. That's what I do!

Janet said...

ROFLMAO! Ahhhh this is why I love your blog so!

3rdEyeMuse said...

thank goodness we can be with you ... at least according to one of those clocks. :)

Karen MEG said...

Master blogger who never gives up a blog fodder opportunity...I think that's hilarious that you used audio masquerade ... ingenious!

What a neat little shop, though.

phd in yogurtry said...

I love salt of the earth shops like this. No glitz, no dayglo signage, no slick advertising, no gimmicks.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That really looks like a tile saw. ????. You're so sly!

hulagirlatheart said...

Hee hee. What fun. I guess you could have covered the fourth shutter sound with the only bodily function left, a fart. Did I just say that?