NOW I get it

Our amolador (knife sharpener) whistled his way through our condos this morning, so I galloped downstairs with three knives for him to tune up. As he started on the first one, he asked if I had any scissors that needed sharpening, and I thought, oh yeah, scissors too! Back up the stairs I went, and came down again with our kitchen scissors, about which my wife has been complaining lo these many years. (Why she’s never suggested I take them to the amolador, I have no idea.)

As he sharpened, I looked at the tattered folding umbrella strapped to the back of his bike and wondered why the poor man didn’t buy a new one. I’ve seen that thing on his bike for a couple of years now, looking worse each time. It was in shreds, and couldn’t possibly have provided any protection in a rainstorm. Heck, it wouldn’t provide much protection in the sun.

He finished with the scissors, dismounted his bike, walked around to the back and used them to snip a piece of fabric off the umbrella. Then he held the piece up and snipped it into shreds. I had to laugh. “Agora faz sentido!” I said. (Now it makes sense!)

He smiled and said yes, it’s an effective way to demonstrate the sharpness of the scissors. I paid him and told him to keep the two extra euros for a new umbrella. He wished me good health and walked his bike away, the shredded umbrella rustling in the breeze.

I wonder what he does when it rains?

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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13 Responses to NOW I get it

  1. Paulo says:

    Nice. 🙂

    But what do you think you’re doing running with scissors??

  2. oregon expat says:

    Uh oh, I hope my mom didn’t read this.

  3. Alex says:

    Have you asked him if he fixes umbrellas too? ‘Amoladores’ usually do, I never figured out why. When I first saw an ‘amolador’ I thought the wrecked umbrella was to advertise this service.

    • oregon expat says:

      He does fix umbrellas, which in fact I just learned during this knife sharpening episode. It’s been raining a lot these last few weeks, and he asked if we had any broken umbrellas. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that we don’t own any umbrellas at all.

  4. IsabelPS says:

    And they are supposed to bring rain, too! (See, after all it wasn’t your fault, for washing the car…)

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