What is a hip swinging dude in his early thirties do when he arrives in a major North American metropolis? Why shop of course! Here is a list of the most significant items I have acquired in the last ten days while in one of the technology capitals of the Western hemisphere:
- An electric toothbrush (my old one only ran on 220V)
- A soap dish which attaches with a big sucker thing
- A couple of really old video games at like $3 each
- Some soap
- A big tupperware thing with a crisper tray to keep the bunny food in the fridge. This was the most exciting purchase of all.
I wanted to buy a local two prong plug to put on my external drive, but I could not find one. The supermarkets didn’t have them. The hardware stores didn’t have them. Radio Shack, which is a specialty electronics shop, didn’t have them. In the end I had to cut a local kettle cable and splice it to the old South African cable. Veeeeery nice.
In other news, I now have a local bank account. But until I get a social security number (which I can only do once I get my work ID), I can’t get internet banking or a credit card. But they will give me a nice big car loan if I like. So I’d better go back to swotting that rules of the road booklet I got so I can get my driving lessons going.
The weather has been very nice – clear, but the sun is still at a low angle, so the light is orange and the shadows are long. The leaves are falling, and piles of pumpkins are out for sale outside the grocery shops.