A ponytail on a man of any age - let alone his - would occur to me as an odd look to go with. He was short, in his mid to late 40s, and he had reddish-brown hair pulled back into a ponytail. His mouth was frozen wide open, baring his teeth.
He spoke quietly.
'Do you sell those containers for hot water?'
'A thermos?' I proposed.
'No, it heats it up.'
'No, not a kettle. You plug it in.'
'... an urn?'
'... you're sure it's not a kettle?'
'Not a kettle.'
'If it's electrical, try appliances, up that way.'
He moved in that direction. His mouth was still plastered in that grin.
Minutes later he reappeared, clutching a red box with the picture of a kettle and containing the word "KETTLE" in a bright, blazing white font
'This is what I wanted.'
I gave up and took his money. He left with the not-kettle, one dollar in change and that goddamned ponytail.
Unrelated news - I got through to the Queensland state final of Raw Comedy. Didn't make it any further - the prize of the night went to Geoffrey Windle, who I think deserved it given the time and effort he's put into working on his act. Top stuff, Geoff. Naturally, I'm disappointed I didn't get to go through, but the last two weeks have yielded my best performances/audience reactions to 'Anne', so I'm really happy with that. Thanks to my friends and family who came out to watch and support - you make me feel loved.
But now what?