“Hey, do you guys need help?” Saved from despair at a 7-11 printing kiosk.
Call it linguistic intervention.
Dave and I were hopelessly trying to conquer a self-printing machine near the entrance of a 7-11 in Kamakura:
Connecting the phone to the machine.
Loading the file on the phone’s SD card, and plugging that into the machine.
Trying to print a picture file when we were actually after a PDF.
The options available to us in the English menu were nearly exhausted; the solution must lie in the much larger Japanese menu. Trial and error would take a while.
A Japanese woman walked through the door and stood behind us. But rather than complain under breath about being stuck in line behind a pair of morons – as I would have done – she piped up in perfect English:
“Do you guys need help?”
She deftly navigated the menus, and soon we had our printouts:
Tickets to a World Baseball Classic game in Tokyo.
Thanks, 7-11 polyglot printing goddess – baseball in a foreign country is on deck because of you.