Thursday, May 29, 2014
The case of the missing hair dryer
Rand and I went to England several years ago when I was presenting at a conference in London. We looked all over that hotel room for a hairdryer...and finally went across the street to the pharmacy and bought one.
It gave me a chuckle this morning as I recalled a memory I had not thought of in a while. I think it possibly a cultural difference. While I personally am all about hiding utilitarian items in boxes, baskets, behind doors, etc., I am used to traveling and finding a hair dryer hanging on the wall of the bathroom. Even where I have stayed in hotels or guest houses in South Africa, the hair dryer hung on a hook--albeit generally closest to a plug, not in the bathroom where there might not be a plug.
It is a tidy solution, and with the labels, should save the frantic search and trip across the street in search of a place that sells hair dryers. I still have that hairdryer (safely stored out of the way under the bed, waiting for another trip abroad) and it has accompanied me twice to South Africa since then. Although I have to use a plug adapter, the voltage is correct and saves me having to use the transformer to dry my hair.
Differences: it's what makes the world go round.