This morning I walked down to Lime Tree restaurant, in the brilliant sunshine, for some eggs, toast, and free wifi internet. (Besides, I'm avoiding doing dishes on the housekeeper's three-day weekend.) On the way back I stopped at two stores without finding what I was looking for. But I did buy from several street vendors, without really intending to. I bought two DVDs (ETB 30 each) from two of the regular DVD vendors near Friendship Center (a mall near my house). I bought the new Time Magazine (ETB 20) from the magazine guy in front of Fantu supermarket. I bought some asparagus (ETB 8) from the strawberry-and-asparagus guy who is in front of Novus every single day. This is the only place I have ever seen asparagus in Addis in a year of living here. While getting the asparagus I said "no thanks" four times to the keychain-and-necklace guy to whom I've said "no thanks" on every trip to Novus in the last year. Hope springs eternal, and you have to admire the entrepreneurial spirit of the guy, and the rest of the street vendors here. For each one, their store consists of a couple of plastic shopping bags. Their marketing plan is a big smile and a few words of English.