Disclaimer: This is a very long, boring, and pointless rant.
I went to this HUGE bookstore today..looking for 3 things..
1- books about knitting
2- vegetarian cooking book
3- a specific Arabic lit. book
and they have a huge part for crafts stuff so thought I'll also pick up some set of needles..or some circulars if I didn't find a set..
I go there and I go to the crafts area first..and there're supplies for EVERY kind of craft..EXCEPT KNITTING!!! I ask about it and the guy working there says they don't have any..so I thought oh whatever..it's a bookstore anyways..they don't have to have that stuff...and go towards the books section..
I look for the knitting book first..and again I go to the 'hobbies and crafts books' section..and there're books about quilting..crochet..painting ceramics...making things with corks!!etc. and no knitting!!
so I approach the man working there..he's a brown guy so I ask about the knitting book in english (mind you I'm currently in an arabic-speaking country)..so the conversation goes sometihng like this:
me: hello..I was looking for knitting books..do you have any of those?
me: umm..you know..knitting..no?
him:(he proceeds to tell me about various other books they have in VERY poor english..totally ignoring my question about knitting..)
me: (i ask him about it in arabic)
now I have a very important question..if you're in an arabic speaking country..WHY ON EARTH DO YOU HAVE AN EMPLOYEE WHO DOESN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?!?!?!fine fine..the guy needs a job...but at least get someone who's good in english!! someone people can COMMUNICATE with!!
so I pull out the project I have OTN in my bag and show him wut knitting is..and he still gives me the blank stare..except now he's just saying 'no knitting' repeatedly..
I walk away and go ask another person..and the other person had to go through the whole story again with the same guy cause he's the one who knows the books in that section!!!!!!
so I decide I'm gonna look at all the books myself..and I find only 1 book..ONE BOOK! in a two floors bookstore as big as a small mall!! and I didn't even like the book..so I think fiine and go looking for my vegetarian cooking book..
and they have 2 books to chose from!!! only two!! mind you they had 2 whole walls filled with cooking books...oh..and the two books are the same book..just one has a hard cover and the other one doesn't
but thank god I find the third book I was looking for!!
my memories of that bookstore is back when I was little..my dad used to drop me off at that bookstore and I'll be there for an hour or so looking at books and he'll come by to pay for the books and pick me up! it was always so big and pretty in my eyes!! it came right after candy stores for me!!
and today I go there and I'm majorly disappointed..ugh..so glad I'm going bk to canada soon so I can buy all the books I want!!!