Monday, November 02, 2009

When You Wish Upon a Star

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While on my trip to Istanbul, I was shopping for souvenirs. Because of all the tourists, most of the shop keepers can greet their customers in several languages. This particular shop keeper greeted me in English. I went about my business picking out my treasures and when it was time to settle up I spoke to him in Turkish. Our conversation went something like this:

Wicked H: How much are the real prices?

Shop Keeper (SK): Oh? I thought you were a tourist, for you I’ll of course lower the prices.

Wicked H: Technically I am a tourist but my roots are here.

SK: Really? Is your spouse a Turk as well?

Wicked H: Not married.

SK: Well in that case may I make a proposal? I am 35 and ready to start a family. When will we be leaving for America?

Wicked H: Really? Well first of all I am too old to make babies. Also, if we do get married, I prefer to stay here.

SK: Oh….in that case, please accept this starfish as a gift. You know something to remember me by.

Wicked H: your generosity will not be forgotten. You are indeed very kind.

I am not sure but I may be engaged.

14 comments:

lissa said...

amusing, guess he wanted to go to America...

one of those darned bunco babes said...

You do get into the most interesting situations and conversations, don't you? And while I admire your creativity in most areas, I don't think even you could have conjured this one up!! LOL funny!! Indeed, I have missed you while you have been gone....

Wicked H said...

Lissa: I think so too, although it was flattering at some level. I take it where I can get it.

Babe: My parents were in attendance, I had witnesses. I am good but not that good. We need to get together soon!

sophie said...

What a wonderful story!

Matthew Millen h said...

What a great story, I have often wished I could speak the native language while traveling (for the discount not the marriage proposals!)

Kittie said...

lol
very funny!

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Funny. Are you sure you're not making this up?

sweetromance2 said...

That's funny. You never know what you'll be offered when shopping for bargains. LOL

apples said...

:D

I experienced something like that in Uganda last year. I told the guy I was too young to get married. He said, when he found out how old I really was (23) that "oh, but you're old!".

Damn those gorgeous East Africans.. and "Western Asians" :P

Fhanna said...

Haha. Well at least you've got free stuff no? :)

SilverNeurotic said...

Oh wow, that's funny. Reminds me a bit of an incident that happened to me last year at work.

Marko said...

A really funny story!

How did you like Istanbul? I was surprised at how opened and diverse this city really is.
I will definitely visit it again one day.

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dotbar said...

Great post! I had to laugh!

Anonymous said...

Its never too late. Ann married my Dad at age 60+ and it was her first marriage. BIL