I had to review this one. I am leaving this site at midnight tonight.
As usual, you make me laugh, and I enjoy your stories so much.
I can just picture those stores and their wares since I have been to Venezuela several times and I know what you are talking about.
Yes, we Americans are very spoiled. Every time I came back from Italy, or Ireland, or Venezuela, I felt like dropping to the ground at JFK airport in NY and kissing it. And then when I got home I'd take a very long hot bath!
Anyway, I'm glad you are getting your washing machine.