The singing bowl purchase

Trip Start Jan 15, 2007
Trip End Feb 23, 2007

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Monday, February 5, 2007

So did I mention I went to a singing bowl shop?  Last night not long after arriving.  I arranged for a purchase.  And the owner made the mistake of saying it was ok to change my mind and so of course i did.  i went back today with a firm resolve to change the purchase but the changes i made only made a small difference in price.  So I switched out two bowls and we kept the original deal which included shipping.  Oh well.  They are very nice.  Originally i was purchasing the biggest bowl he had (he said was the biggest one there was) which weighed 11 kilograms.  So I switched out an ordinary bowl for a "master" (old) bowl and switched the big bowl for one weighing only 9 kilograms.  It's pretty extravagant but i enjoyed working with him.  A very good salesman. We talked about singing bowls. He told me that when there was political unrest in tibet and nepal people would put their food in the bowls and if there was any poison in it it would turn green.  Hadn't heard that before.  i told him about karma moffit in san franciscio who played a concert with singing bowls and tibetan horn and electric guitar and also about Ruth Kobl in Austria who used them for music therapy at Bad Blumau.  I also told him of a great recording of singing bowls by Deuter called Nadahimalya and after leaving the shop while he was preparing the DHL shipment slips I found the CD and will go and give it to him when I am done here.  He turned me on to a danish musician who uses them called June Winther.  Got her url address.

signs and shirts in Nepal:

bathroom signs:  He/She
at airport:  It is illegal to pass 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal (?)
orange juice container:  orange juice with orange sacs
there was a sign by the elevator at my hotel (Vaishala) noting the times when the power is out.
t-shirt:  no hashish
             no rickshaw
             not tiger balm
             no change money
             no one rupee
             no problem
(and i can certainly identify with that--always here in Thamel (district in Kathmandu)
people are saying  excuse me followed by one of the t-shirt items)

At the tibetan singing bowl shop there was an englishwoman buying 500 kilograms as well as an indian merchant wanting "something different" who was looking at gongs.

When i was talking about omitting the 11 kg bowl with the owner, Tok,  he said but look,
with this bowl you can have people stand in it while you play it.  Makes very strong vibrations all the way up the body.  Today he had me stand in it while he played it but it didn't really make me interested in getting it so i went for the puny 9 kg bowl instead which sounded better to me.

Last night i was singled out by a beggar who was very clever.  He asked me where I was from and when I said America he said "Washington DC.  I know all the world capitals. Ask me another."  So i said "turkmenistan"  He told me the capital and then told me to ask me another,  a harder one. That was too easy.  So we did this for a while and then,  of course, he asked if I could buy him milk and biscuits for his baby.  He was very persistent.  He said he didn't want the 50 rupees I offered.  if i gave money he could just go and buy drugs or something.  He needed food for his baby.  So I did and it actually was rather expensive (400 rupees--nepalese rupee rate is now 69 to a dollar).  But I felt like that was fine.

an old note:

Kind of a dicey transfer of flights in Delhi.  By chance i saw a sign that said "Transfer desk" and i thought--Do I need to go to a transfer desk?  So I looked around and found Jet Airways desk and they said they had been looking for me.  Nice to know.  The problem was i arrived in the domestic terminal and my next flight was in the international terminal so I had to catch one of their buses to drive between airports.  Once there they just dropped us off without a word.  I realized after we had to go through security again because we were leaving the country but an explanation would have been helpful.

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