Monday, July 27, 2009


THE DIFFICULT ONE

Walked into a Tibetan Buddhist store yesterday, just killing time while Woohoo and her friend shopped for jeans a block away. We're at that phase where she doesn't need me to help her shop, but needs the rides, so I find myself enjoying parts of my own city I've previously ignored.

The Tibetan man that owns the shop (we go way back, he used to be in another location), was talking to two people, a man and woman, about singing bowls.

In a deep southern accent the woman said, "Now we just need to arrive at a price. I was in here last week, I also bought a bunch of stuff from you at Saturday Market yesterday, what can you do for me?"

I would never in a million years suggest to a shop owner (in Portland, Oregon) that the price ON the item was not the price I was willing to pay, so my ears perked up.

"You will be very happy," the man said, his two long braids giving an extra swing as he smiled from ear-to-ear.

"You never know about me," she drawled.

"Oh, she's tough to make happy," her husband said in his matching drawl.

"I make her happy with price," said my friend, the Tibetan.

"Well then, I'll need to pay attention to your technique," quipped the husband good naturedly.

All three laughed: the shop owner, the husband, and the wife.

I thought, That's why their marriage works. They agree on which one is the difficult one.

My next thought was, STM is lucky to be married to the easy one.

Now to convince him.

14 comments:

jess wilson said...

ha! i am, absolutely, positively, without doubt (not) the easy one.

pixiemama said...

You know what? J and I agree beyond a doubt that he is the easy one. And I STILL cannot be pleased.

Wanda said...

Haggling has NEVER been my forte. Does that make me the easy one?

Jerri said...

STM is lucky.

You, too.

Jenny said...

Hee hee, you're funny.

I didn't know those bowls were called "singing bowls" . . . very cool.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Love me some southern wisdom (and I bet that wifey got her a deal)!

drama mama said...

I LOVE THIS.

i'm a little high maintenance. does it show?

She said...

It's only me, and I KNOW I'm not the easy one! ;-)

Lori said...

I suspect he knows you're the easy one. :)

My husband's married to the easy one, too. He's the one who would argue the price. He argues with telemarketers on the no-call list laws, so I think there's plenty of evidence to condemn him!

Deb Shucka said...

I think at some level STM knows just how lucky he is. He just forgets sometimes.

courtneywrites said...

You crack me up.

Amber said...

LOL! That is awesome. :)

Kory and I HONESTLY take turns being the difficult one. HONEST! ;)

This reminds me of these financial CD's I am listening to, Dave Ramsey. He totaly says you should try to bicker price on everything! LOL His wife hates it. But then, he has lots of money. So. ;)

:)

Nancy said...

I'm easy...not like that...on some things and soooo very difficult on others. Brad is the opposite and easy where I'm difficult and vice versa. It's all about balance I suppose.

kario said...

:-)