A couple days ago I was out and about, sightseeing and such. A hot day, of course…..most days are hot. Lots of walking…..end of the day and I was tired. So, before heading home I went into the local ‘grocery store’ (mostly where one goes to get the household items one needs: soap, shampoo, t.p., those yummy crackers that taste like the “Chicken in a Biskit” crackers I loved when I was a kid…..you know, the necessities..). I needed water (you have to buy water here because what comes out of the tap oughtn’t be drunk). So, I picked up a few items and, with arms loaded up went in search of the bottled water. It’s not a big store, really, and I searched high and low, but just couldn’t find it. The lady at the counter was busy, so I didn’t want to bug her, but then, Ah!, I saw it! It was a different brand than I usually bought, but at this point I was tired and just wanted water. Period. It was right by the front counter all stacked up pyramid style. “Well, that makes sense,” I thought. “Of course it’s best to put the water right by the cash ‘register’. People will go into the store to get their goods and then grab the water – which is heavier – on their way out the door.” That just makes all kinds of sense, right? It’s right by the front door so you don’t forget it on your way out – everyone needs water,….right?!
So, I put my goods on the counter and grab a bottle of water and place it on the counter, too. I’m still not quite familiar with the cost of things here and nothing’s marked with a price. So, when I paid the woman, the price seemed all right. It was around $10-ish and I had got quite a few items. Seemed sort of comparable to what I would’ve paid in the States. Fair enough. I paid her and tromped home. Hot. Tired. Just beat….
I make my way up the four flights to my room, sweat dripping off my face, set everything down and, finally, I’m so parched, Yes!, a nice big swig of water……
My mouth was instantly aflame!! I spit it all back into the bottle….
….I guess I’ll keep it around. I can always use it as a disinfectant…..
….or a bookend….