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Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, at 8:50AM

Updated on May 11, 2011

Queen's Road Central Hong Kong

Crossing the road at 8:50AM
Crossing the road at 8:50AM | Source

The pedestrian traffic signal turned green. This was the signal we were all waiting for.

 

Over fifty people stood on my side of Queen's Road Central. Another fifty or so people stood on the opposite side. The pedestrian traffic signal turned green. This was the signal we were all waiting for. Our camp moved speedily and the opposing camp also hastily approached us. The two camps merged in the middle of the crossing. Not a single pedestrian smiled, said anything or engaged in eye contact. The well rehearsed moves allowed non-contact merging of the two engaging streams of office workers hurrying off to their nine o'clock start. I did something less than perfect and ran into someone's shoulder. She gave me a dirty look. I failed to reach the other side of the road before the red signal came on and had to wait in the middle of the road for the signal to change again. I faced my penalty, standing at the back of a mile-long queue in the lift lobby. I could see my boss standing at the front of the queue. He also saw me. Instead of smiling at me, he pointed at his watch, with an expression which was an abbreviated version of shaking his head and addressing me with his gaze, "Good morning, Mr Loser."

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 6 years ago from The Ozarks

      A very well written view in to someone elses daily life! Though it was short, it told an entire story quite vividly! Very interesting! It would be neat if you could snap some photos while you are walking through it to add!

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      Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

      Phillbert

      thanks for dropping by and leaving the first comment.

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      mark chan 6 years ago

      Hello Benson,

      just passing by.

      did you write this? (and the other postings)?

      I may be too rigid in my interpretation in your substituted role, wonder who is your boss?

      interesting.

      mark

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      Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi mark,

      that's half fiction and half life writing. My boss is my alter ego who keeps reminding me what a loser I am. Sigh. Good to see you here. Are you Mark Chan the classmate?

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Great post...

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      Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi htodd,

      thanks for commenting.

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      masmasika 5 years ago

      creative observation about pedestrians. I lived in Hong Kong for three and a half years but that was 8 years ago and I know Hong Kong has changed a lot. That time, people were more friendly

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      Benson Yeung 5 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi masmasika,

      People in HK are still friendly, just a little too tense.

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      masmasika 5 years ago

      Good. Hope I could visit Hong Kong again. I missed the places where I used to go and I miss the smooth and silent flow of people at MTR just like ants on the go.

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