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"How does it work?" he shouted over the noise.
"Great! Fantastic!" she cried loudly. "It sucks!"
"Glad it does the job," he smiled.
It was a tough decision. Having to choose among different colours, sizes, shapes, brand names, and gadgets, anyone would get easily confused.
With less than 30 minutes before closing time, they had to decide quickly.
"Why don't you ask the sales guy?" she urged.
Women like to ask and bother others. Men like to be independent and figure it out themselves. She knew this about men and women. She also knew that it was impossible to make trade-offs of such dimensionality when the prices ranged from 45 Euros for a Daewoo to 395 Euros for the famous Dyson.
"Okay. Okay," he conceded.
While he was talking to a salesman, she got distracted by a clip of "The Terminator" on one of the wide screen TVs.
"AEG is the best buy," he concluded after his consultation. "But I don't like the colour."
"Never mind the colour," she pleaded. "Does it suck?"
"We don't know. We'll just have to buy it and try it out."
"Will it be noisy? Can we find replacement bags easily?" she asked knowledgeably.
"They are all the same now," he replied.
"Is 1600 Watts powerful enough?" she asked.
"Yours is 1200 or 1400 Watts, isn't it? And it works just fine."
"Okay, then let's get it," she said.
Just before the sales register closed, they rushed to purchase the 89 Euro, bright blue AEG vacuum cleaner with a year's warranty.
With that, they left the store to discover the power of the new dust buster.
8 February 2004 Sunday