The following is an actual conversation I overheard earlier this evening in Zamalek.
“How do you get her started?”
“The bigger one doesn’t work. You have to use the small one.”
“But I can’t figure out which hole it to put it into. I just keep putting it in all the holes.”
“Put it in the one in the middle. It always works. Just don’t use the big one. It won’t take.”
Just to be clear, we were discussing how to ignite our gas ovens. Despite first impressions, it won’t start automatically like the burners do, while the long lighter we were given by the Institution isn’t the best method for ignition. Matches, I learned on Friday, are far more useful.
Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.