Filed under: Cultural Differences
First day of school is Sunday. So, I woke up early today and before our intern came over went to Office Depot to buy school supplies.
The Middle East is so weird, man. Office Depot was like….Bizarro Office Depot. On the surface, most of the externals looked right. See, check out the sign. Logo is totally familiar and recognizable. And there were aisles of merchandise, divided up reasonably – bigger ticket stuff like PC monitors on the left, smaller items like paper and pens on the right side.
But something’s just….off. For starters, the whole store is smaller than a “Staples Express” in New York. I mean, it was kinda big….but if this is meant to be like the flagship Office Depot in Israel’s 2nd largest city of Tel Aviv, well then it was really tiny man! And it just looks like cavemen organized it. It’s really hard to put my finger on it, but….the gloss is missing; that 21st century artifice of plastic and mall culture consumerism and fancy pants $$$MONEY$$$. I dunno, I’m not describing it well. If you’re an expat American-cum-Tel Avivan, please weigh in.
Anyway, got my stuff. The binders are MAMMOTH! Most North Americans won’t know this, but Israel (like all of Europe) uses a paper size called A4 instead of the 8 1/2 x 11 we are familiar with. I guess if most of the world uses it, Americans and Canadians are the retards, but to me the shit is just weird. My binder looks like it belongs to Hagrid from Harry Potter.
And, there’s something else…
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