I worked the Children’s Satellite Store today. Watching the never-ending lines of people streaming into my store I kept thinking of my blogging buddy Bronx Boy’s latest post An Endless Wonder:
Sometimes in a store if you ask the salesman if they have portable DVD players, he’ll say, “Are you kidding? We have them up the wazoo….
A related expression is “up the yin-yang.”
and wondered whether I could say there were so many tourists they were Up the Wazoo, or would it be better to say Up the Yin Yang…?
We got a new shipment of word buttons.
I wear one that says LUCKY DUCK, which I think is funny because where I come from we always said someone is a LUCKY FISH.
What do you say in your country?
A young Italian couple wondered whether their nine-month old baby’s diaper needed changing. Without missing a beat Mom lifted him up and smelled his bum. “pooh, yes!” she said, and when she saw that I’d watched her she giggled, the baby’s father and I joined her, and the baby, David, thought it was so hilarious he chuckled and clapped his hands.
Tyler, aged four said to the cashier: “I want this volcano, but it’s okay if my Mom doesn’t have $5 to buy it. It’s okay. I want it and I’m going to put it here so you can give it to me. You put vinegar inside here, and it makes bubbles. I went on a plane one day I saw a volcano and lava rocks, so it’s okay if my Mom doesn’t have $5 to buy this, you can give it to me. ”
His Dad bought it for him.
“Hello,” I said to Harry aged four.
“What do you say?” said his Mum
“Thank you!” said Harry.
An English couple with three children who have lived in Paris for seven years. The children speak perfect English, with French accents.
A large school group from Kyoto, Japan who came up to me one by one and asked, “Excuse me, how much is this?” for the same thing. Why didn’t they tell each other the price?
Sandra aged nine who bought a paint set told me she wants to be an artist. She and her older sister explained – in perfect English – that they live in Rome, their mother’s born in Bucharest, Romania, and their father’s from Chicago, and oh yeah they speak three languages.
Why did everyone buy Kaleidoscopes today?
I served a courier from the Louvre in Paris, who had flown out to fetch a painting and two drawings we’d borrowed for an exhibition that closed last weekend.
She asked me why there were so many French people in the museum.
I don’t know…