Live like a local.
So, we have had a few visitors, and all would attest to the fact that our front door cannot be opened easily. You can easily put the key into the lock, turn, open the door, but then you spend the next 5 minutes forcefully trying to pull the key out. Of course, while you are twisting, pulling and swearing, you’re saying to yourself, "the next time I’m at the store, I’ll buy that lube that we all have on the shelf in the garage". Then I get inside, and within seconds poof, the thought is so far gone from my head. It never reappears until the next time I’m at the door trying to desperately remove the key.
Not today. Oh no. I decided, no time like the present. Down to the corner construction store I march. I look around and see caulk, tape, nails, wood, paint, and other construction building materials filling the shelves… I can picture the can of lube, but I don’t see it anywhere. It’s blue and yellow. I know where it would be in my garage. I’m reduced to walking up to the counter and asking for assistance… ummm …. “Do you have any KY7?”
He gives me the strangest look. It’s true, sometimes my accent throws people. Maybe it’s an American product that they don’t use here? But without missing a beat, he looks me straight in the eye and tells me they don’t sell that here. I can’t believe it. “If not here, then where?” I explain (since we moved in 20 months ago) I’ve been so frustrated, and I thought for sure they could help. He smirks and asks me what is exactly the problem? I explain, using hand gestures, “It goes in fine, I wiggle it, but then I can’t get it out. I need some sort of lube for the lock”. He bursts out laughing and says he has just the thing. He walks me over and hands me a can of WD-40. I smile and say, “Yes exactly, that’s what I asked for!” He sheepishly tells me I asked for KY7 – and BTW what is the 7?
If I could have died of humiliation, I would have right there on the spot. I couldn’t help but smile all the way home. I'd wager he and his co-workers have had many a laugh at my expense.
My front door lock is now properly lubed and the key glides in and out easily. The can was super-sized. I have enough lube for every lock for every flat within a 10 mile radius. Just ask.
Don't take life so seriously.
I'm Jody. I love to travel. I love to take pictures. I love to meet people and find interesting places. I also love to write about and post pix of what I've found. But, I've been told that I write like I talk - in streams of consciousness. So, if proper grammar and well composed sentences are a must for you - my posts will make you crazy. If you want to follow my journey as I learn about really cool places and offer some great tips about living abroad, read on!