Warning: For those with a more conservative stance, this story may not be fit to read. It deals with a shop that sells sexual wares. Enough said.
I just got out of an important meeting with the state Secretary of Tourism for Santa Catarina in Brazil. My team and I believed the half-hour presentation went well despite that fact that most of my preparation was built upon visual aids. Because it's a government concern, they did not have the digital availability of Facebook access and youtube access. Miguel, Andre and I plowed on. We got the meeting and dazzled the Director as he assured us that his department would surely back our project with money, support and hubris.
We enjoyed a spiritual if not emotional high as we came down to earth and debriefed each other at the local Padaria or corner bakery. As Andre had other obligations, Miguel and I continued our backslapping at my house and then into the village center of Lagoa de Conceicao for further boasting. The droplets of rain that started could not diminish our spirits. Once the drops decided to increase in volume and intensity, we rushed toward Shopping da Lagoa – a two-story gallery of small boutique stores that sell a variety of wares.
One of the stores happens to be called The Sex Shop. A few weeks ago, the former female staff member of a local joint I go to said she would be working at there in the future. Now of course, I have no desire to loiter around any sex shop, but I did want to say hello to my friend. It's important to note that I do not know her very well. Miguel was off somewhere buying an umbrella. Sheila recognized me right away, welcomed me to store and immediately went into some sort of sales pitch.
N: I don't ordinarily come into places like this, but its sure smells good.
S: How do you say, smell in English.
S: Do you like the place?
As I was trying NOT to look around, a person could not help but notice apparati that should be rated somewhere.
N: My friend and his girlfriend like to come to places like this...um...um
S: You should come too. There are many sex toys that you can enjoy by yourself.
N: triple cough...
S: Let me show you our newest toy
I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I could not move, I could not escape. I was frozen. Sheila removes this device that looks like a U-Ring. Its rubberized and probably measures 2.5 inches on opposites side of the unit. Then she turns it on.
S: In has nine speeds.
S: It suppose to be when a man and a women..
N: I have to go. I think my friend is looking for me. But, nice to see you. Good luck.
The purplish hue on my face made no sense to Miguel. He just passed it off as a great meeting at the Tourism Bureau.