Now, commitment issues aside, buying things in China can be very difficult for me. I can't ask questions, so a lot of the time I just guess. But as I stood in front of over 30 tea kettle options, I just stared and wondered why are there so many options?!
A very kind older employee came up to me and, correctly sensing that I do not speak Chinese, he began miming out why the kettle in my hands was not a good choice. He indicated that it got too hot and I would burn myself. Also that it was too small and too lightweight. He walked me over to a different kettle and then explained, still with hands, that this kettle was better for a variety of reasons. He seemed very concerned that I made a good choice. It was so much fun! I kept giggling and nodding because it was just so amazing how the communication barrier can be torn down. Just like everywhere else I've been, speaking with your hands often works just as well as spoken words. The results are usually pretty good.
I guess getting committed to my new apartment could be a lot of fun.