Thursday, July 31, 2008


One of the white-uniformed flunkies who has to try to wrangle passengers through the subway "security check" at one of the stations I've been using most regularly of late was wearing such an extravagantly long face when I passed her this afternoon (I was exiting, and there had evidently been no incoming travellers for a while) that I couldn't help teasing her a little, to try to coax a smile out of her.

"Cheer up," I said. "It's only one more month."

"TWO months," she corrected me, miserably.

Ah, yes, I'd momentarily forgotten about the sodding Paralympics. Life won't be getting back to 'normal' for us here in The Jing until October. Sigh.

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