Just beside my apartment there is a family-run Do-It-Yourself store. It is run by an old couple and I think their daughter.
I have got to know them because I pop in a lot to buy odd screws, bolts, rope and such for the boat. They are very Okinawan. They greet me with “Haisai!”
The business is actually divided into 3 parts, like Gaul. First, is the DIY store, second is a carpentry shop and third is a small nursery, specializing in succulents and cacti. All three are run in an offhand, disinterested but very welcoming way. I mean I really don’t think they care if you buy anything; they just like to have you there.
I buy about 6 loose screws and wander around the succulents.
Anyway, as I am wandering around the old man wanders up with a wooden box containing a cactus and some succulents.
He says, “Presentu.”
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