On a Mission in San José

I somehow lost my laptop’s mouse. I must not have put it in my bag. Thinking back, the lights were dim, in this, another place that advertises booze to its guests.  Alcohol pushing increases profits.  Let’s milk the tourists as much as possible. It’s simply supply and demand. People want to imbibe.

Other travelers have often commented upon how sleek and efficient my mini laptop mouse was.

Perhaps an audacious, tipsy person snagged it up.  Regardless, it was my fault for being lackadaisical while somehow not securing it in my bag.

As I looked all over for it, and checked lost and found in the huge hostel, I deemed that it had ended up in someone else’s hands.

Many people get by with the laptop’s built-in mouse; but, I work more efficiently with a traditional apparatus.  The person who snatched the little peripheral up was probably a like-minded thinker.

Once I had given up locating the mouse, I decided to venture out into the bustling daytime of downtown San José, to find a computer/electronics store.  I decided that I’d ask around at the sidewalk kiosks.  

I figured that I’d locate a store in no time.  I was wrong.

Directions get muddled when translating from one language to another.    Add that to the fact the locals all over the earth tend to have unique colloquial expressions for giving directions.

I Asked the Same Question Every Time:

Could you tell me where the closest Computer/Electronics store is?”

Answer #1:Two blocks that way.” The man pointed in a direction.  “Then down.

Answer #2:Look! See the corner.  Go there.  It’s across from the Chinolito.”  I never found a Chinolito, probably because I don’t know what one is.  I guessed that I may have been looking for a little Chinese fast food joint.

Answer #3:What kind of electronics store?”


“I’m not sure if they’ll have what you’re looking for.”

“A Mouse.”

He pointed with one hand one way, then another hand another way, and said: “There.”

Answer #4: There and at the corner, and then up 200 meters no 300 meters across from the panaderia.”

Answer #5:  “500 meters up, se llama PC Store.”

The fifth person gave me a name.  As I felt this to be encouraging, I noticed a store that displayed laptops in the window.  It was right next door to the last kiosk.  I went in and bought a simple laptop mouse. It’s similar to the old, worn one, although, not as sleek.  But,  it’s new and only cost $12 and some change.

I’d completed my mini mission in San José.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks! I’m getting used to the new mouse. Getting directions here in Panama City is similar in the way that the colloquialisms still aren’t making sense. 🙂


  2. Posted by Seantonio Verde on March 9, 2011 at 15:01

    Glad to see that your mission came to fruition.


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