Sunday, August 05, 2007

In search of the perfect vardig

I'm travelling soon, will be out of town for about ten days, and therefore have I the necessity of acquiring more underpants than I currently possess. Now, Armenia has had a surge of goods and services over the past few years, but it has never shined in terms of availability of well-priced, quality tidy whities...

Once upon a time I had managed to buy some actual Armenian-manufactured ones - that was a few years ago - but some time afterwards they weren't around anymore, so I bought Armenian ones from another company, but they turned out to be pretty bad... Thus, disheartened, I set out on my pursuit yesterday, hoping against hope that, by eventide, I would proudly sport comfortable codpieces to my satisfaction. Not in public, of course, but, you know what I mean...

My first stop was an Armenian textile firmayin khanout. They had Persian ones, for a thousand drams each. I have to emphasise here that I didn't have much expectations from elsewhere, so I went ahead and bought three. Only later did I calculate that each came to about three dollars, more than a hundred rupees! (I surprised even myself by thinking of it in those terms, but there you have it. Old habits...)

Next was a tonavachar which had plenty of Turkish boxers and similar items. I was in a nationalistic mood, however, and declined the temptation. They were expensive, too. Some Chinese ones caught my eye, and - as God is my witness - I actually saw a vardig with a roaring lion's head designed on the front, right... there! Who would buy something like that ? I mean, if you've gotten to the point where you're flashing your underpants to someone, I don't think lions or even llamas make any difference...

Finally, I ended up in that place where I had bought my Armenian nerknazgestk those few years ago, and, sure enough, they were stocking them again. Okay, so they were grey, but they cost 530 drams each, and they're pure cotton, so I immediately bought quite a few of them.

Thus, to put it briefly, came to pass my grand quest to secure some slips.

7 Comments:

Blogger shooosh said...

I have to agree that quality is verrrrry hard to find (unless you're willing to pay Rodeo Dr. prices). I think the only way is to go shopping as often as possible an familiarze yourself with where you can get what...

Also.. sidenote: All donavajars stock up to size 4... all others must where mumu-s. lol

1:14 PM  
Blogger Raffi said...

One of the best blog posts in ages. I laughed my ass off. Especially the lion's head bit...

9:08 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

This was a funny blog indeed, but I think it also is useful in pointing out how much things have changed. Back in '97 one of the Jamboree particpants didn't have his luggage and an entire day was spent scowering Yerevan for any vardig....here we are 10 years later with another person searching not just for any vardig but the "perfect" vardig!

2:18 AM  
Blogger Mariam said...

Consider yourself lucky - you don't need to shop for bras in Armenia.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:15 PM  
Blogger Raffi K. said...

Dear Anonymous,

I got through your first paragraph, and was fine with publishing it, until I hit your lovely paragraph #2. I do not publish comments that tell me I must publish it or else it means this or that. I also do not publish comments which are negative about bloggers - though you are free to disagree with their posts and post counter-comments about them in a normal way. I also, in general, do not like comments that say "Anonymous", but that I don't hold against people.

So try again if you like, but don't add that annoying crap at the bottom. And you're welcome for me (once again) taking the time to explain what out to be obvious to normal, civilized people to begin with.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Skylark said...

(Not the anonymous above)

Would love to receive a sample of those underpants with a rising lion!
At least, they're not leopard-skin or something like that.

1:58 PM  

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