|Microwave Control Panel|
Electronic gizmos, however, don't care, are remarkably unhelpful and totally confusing. The labels on the controls may as well be written using glyphs from Alpha Centauri for all the good they do. I paid a visit to the washing machine (el machino por laundering la clotheselina) to see if I could figure out how to operate it. The only things on the control panel that I understood were the temperature settings, and that wasn't really enough.
My daughter gave me a local cell phone to use, and while the keypad is fairly straight-forward, the display is all Espanol, all the time, and not one of the words on the main menu is cerveza.
I spent a few eons puzzling out the microwave. The weather is hot and humid so I don't want to overload the air-conditioning by boiling water on the stove and so induce another power failure. But I do like a cup of hot tea in the morning, so I gird me loins and set about the microwave with malice aforethought.
Eventually I determined that pushing the button on the lower right corner of the control panel, the one marked 'COMENZAR INICIO RAPIDO', five times would induce the microwave to run for 2 minutes, which would heat my cup of water well enough to make a cup of tea, or even instant coffee.