You can't always get what you want

By Michele Burgess
This item appears on page 48 of the February 2015 issue.

This month’s winner is MICHELE BURGESS of Huntington Beach, CA:

As a tour leader who hates flies on the tour bus, I always like to have a flyswatter handy. In Oman in 2013, however, my flyswatter broke and I had to buy a new one. 

I found a sundries shop in a small beach town, but no one spoke English, so I resorted to pantomime. Along with vocalizations, I acted out a buzzing fly with my hand, then pretended I was holding a handle and hitting the buzzing thing. 

The clerk’s face brightened and he hurried off to get just what I needed. Success!

He came back with a badminton racquet.