I Really Shouldn’t Laugh, But ..

November 30, 2007

.. this is kind of cute and keeps me amused. There’s a little cake shop near my apartment which I sometimes stop off in on the way home if I’m feeling like a treat. Unfortunately, the lady who works there is very deaf (but very nice). I never like to keep repeating myself, or to shout at her and she doesn’t like to ask twice what I’d like, so I always have this glorious ‘lucky dip’ moment when I get home and open the bag to find something completely different than what I’ve ordered!

Yes, I could check in the shop and yes, I could go back, but luckily their cakes and pies are all nice so I don’t mind the surprise.

Today I got a choc-chip cookie. I’d asked for a pecan slice 🙂 Wonderful!

Bing Lee and the Escalator of Crushing Disappointment

August 14, 2007

Forgive me for getting a little too ‘local’ here, but have any of you been up to the Bing Lee store in Pitt Street? Every time I go there (and I guess by now I really should have learnt my lesson) I come away crushed by my failure to find any of the items I’ve set out for.

Going into a shop and coming out empty-handed isn’t exactly a novel experience, but I think what heightens my false expectation here is the long escalator ride you have to take to get up to the store. You head slowly up two or three floors on the one enclosed escalator, past pictures of happy smiling people with the latest and greatest gadgets. As you ascend, your mind fills with endless wonders of tech greatness just waiting for your hard-earned dollars.

As if to heighten the tension you then have to go up a second mini-escalator before you reach .. the temple of electronic dreams!

And then .. *crash* .. the reality hits as you recognise that – once again – they are out-paced technically by the 2002 Target catalogue, at twice the price. Genius!

Or maybe I’ve just summed up Sydney shopping for us of a geeky disposition?