Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

Knock knock

I lazed around a good portion of the morning yesterday. I was just getting set up to start working on the last square dance piece when there was a knock at my door. I couldn't imagine who would be paying a call on me at 10am on a Saturday morning, but it was a man in a nice suit, so I thought at first it was the NHK guy. It did seem a bit early, though. The NHK guy usually comes around to collect my money in the evenings. (Note: At this point, I am wearing my sweats and my hair is still wet from the shower.)

It was, in fact, a Japanese Jehovah's Witness. I probably should have pretended I couldn't speak Japanese, but by the time I realized who it was, it was already too late. Plus, during the short conversation I had with him, he mentioned that some of the girls from my school are part of his group, so he might have easily figured out I was faking it. Anyway, he asked if he could come back and talk to me again. I was like, "Ummmm...." which in Japanese is the equivalent of "You're bothering the heck out of me, so get out of my face." Being Japanese, he of course picked up on this subtle nuance, and at that point graciously took his leave. (He did suggest that a female member could come back and talk to me instead, probably thinking that I was uncomfortable talking to a man.)

I really don't know how to handle situations like that. On the one hand, I don't want to be mean, but on the other, what's a culturally appropriate way of saying "I'm perfectly content with my beliefs, thank you"?

Anyway, I returned to my sewing, and by evening I had the blouse finished. Just in time, too, as my second spool of thread was just about to run out. With this piece, I had a chance to try out the tape makers I bought; cut a rectangle of cloth and run it through the device, and it folds the edges into neat decorative trim or bias tape. I hadn't known such things existed before. There are so many fascinating implements at the craft store...
Tags: culture
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