Last week I made my first big-ticket purchase. Kind of. It was a sweatshirt I found in the Old City and I fell in love immediately.
It all happened so fast. I saw it hanging up on the wall in a dirty alleyway and knew I had to have it. I wasn't smart enough to play it cool, so the shopkeeper knew that I was going to buy the sweatshirt no matter what. He wanted 80 shekels for it, but as he was folding it and putting it into a bag, I talked it down to 45 shekels (about 12 dollars), and swore sweet success. The whole thing probably lasted about 90 seconds, and as I walked away, I realized I wasn't sure who won in our purchase showdown.