Monday, November 21, 2011

International Commerce

Given the dearth of quality shopping options in Conakry, and thanks to the miracles of the internet and DPO, most of us at the embassy have turned to Amazon and other sites to fill the consumer needs previously filled by grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and shopping malls, in addition to the ones already previously filled by Amazon. For example, I have recently purchased and mailed myself such disparate items as molasses, chip clips, cat litter, acrylic wine glasses, a staple gun, and an ottoman. This heavy reliance on imported items makes mail day really, really exciting. Whenever I hear that mail has arrived a little thrill goes down my spine, and I feel like this:



Also, when did they remake The Music Man? And WHY? Not that the new one looks particularly bad, but why mess with perfection?

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