Monday, November 28, 2005

Why does everything have to be so hard?

I don't think we're ever going to get kerosene for our heater.

We went to the gas station two days ago to ask if they sold the blue plastic containers that are used to store kerosene (ugh, kerosene, arimasu ka?) They didn't have any, but the attendant told us that if we came back today that they would have them.

I went back today to pick up my container and to buy some kerosene. Yeah right. I used my stellar grasp of the Japanese language to ask if they had kerosene and this time the attendent just stared at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Oh wait a minute, I was.

He had no idea what kerosene was, never mind the blue container.

What can you do but smile?

2 comments:

Greg in the Philippines said...

You've probably figured this out by now, but try asking for toyu (toe-you) next time. Good luck. I enjoy your blog.

Saipan Chamoale said...

Thanks!