Monday 27 January 2014, 12.51pm HKT
11.30am local time, 20°C (68°F), warm and humid
THERE are many things I’m not terribly fond of about my hometown, but most of the time I keep my own opinions to myself because it’s not the done thing to bitch about them in the open.
But sometimes I’m faced with such insultingly insane work specifications (and/or insanely insulting attitude of the customer himself) that I’d rather burn my bridges on the spot even before I get to my bridges.
Such as yesterday morning’s drama with a prospective customer. In the end, it came to this:—
Me: “What exactly am I being called to do here? It’s not cool in the eyes of others to work like that. You’re looking for some general dogsbody to carry your workload, and I’m not it. That hopefully will short-circuit the inevitable ‘like-it-or-lump-it’ discussion.“
B(w)anker (pausing): “Then we can’t use you.”
Me: “Thank you. I’m glad that you can see it from my position.”
(image via c4c)
Sometimes you’ve got to fight fire with fire.
Fire works well enough for the normal run of assholes. Against industrial-strength assholes, napalm is the only answer. Ergo, my ‘short-circuit’ phraseology.
Somebody friendly took me aside and asked that I try to change this personage’s mind somehow.
Goddamit, I don’t want to change his mind! I can’t use or work with a man who NEEDS convincing or persuading — he might just change his mind once too often.
I don’t want to change MY mind either — not after the crap and the airs that he’s been giving everyone once too often.
Uh-oh, here’s comes the digression, like in every one of his post
One of the top things I hate and detest about Hong Kong has always been the way it gets things done.
Don’t get me wrong — The Hong Kong Way gets results, no question about that. It’s just that I don’t like how it gets results. It’s uncool and, not to put too fine a point on things, insulting more than a little once in a while for those at the receiving end.
Now if a place could be sung as a song — for instance, a pop song that could represent the national identity, the cultural psyche — then it’s something that reflects the people and society of that place.
Many songs do exactly that.
There being nothing else to say, that should lead in nicely to my next post, which is about the signature tunes of this ex-British/now-Chinese ring-a-ding-ling colony of Hong Kong.
Be here or be queer for that story.
© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2014. (B14037)
Sunday 26 May 2013, 3.43am HKT
12.25am local time, 26°C (79°F), rain patches
SOMETIMES I get the impression that people just LUURVE to put surrealistic, self-victimising questions to me because I’m too much of a push-over for getting answers out of.
Artwork by Max Dunbar for FutureQuake 21
(via Future Quake Press)
Friday 3 May 2013, 5.45am HKT
12.10am local time, 18°C (64°F), cool with drizzles
SCHOOL life is going to the dogs in our modern world. Degraded education. Degraded academic standards. Degraded conduct. Degraded respect. Degraded teaching. Degraded materials. Degraded everything. Parents blame the teachers. Teachers blame the parents. Students blame both parents and teachers, and themselves. At least be thankful that they’re learning fingerpointing.
Perspectives in Education 21st Century vs 1950s
Parents’ Day: For when a student misbehaves:
21st Century (left):
“My apologies, Mrs Chan, it’s my fault for not teaching the child well.”
“No problem, the child can be taught right over time, and no need to apologise for him”
(Image by HuoHaoYoung.com via — hat tip to WCL)
Wednesday 5 December 2012, 1.23am HKT
Updated 06 Dec 2012
ONE of my neighbours has recently asked me to spotlight those things that regularly exist abroad that regularly don’t exist in this city of Hong Kong that we live in.
As my neighbour explained it to me, that would—
“… let us see what what we think we have but in fact others are having for a long time.”
Not a bad idea, I thought. The only problem I see is that it opens up another front for others to attack me for cherrypicking stuff that seems to promote ‘the outside’ and tread on Hong Kong.
Be that as it may.
I can’t possibly fret over how others interpret or misinterpret whatever I do or say. Just like the war of words going on right now at my other blog — that unfunny, uninspired and practically dormant one called Learn English or Starve.
Can’t fret too much when I work an 80- to 110-hour workweek in that hopelessly hopeless line of business called printing.
Wednesday 19 September 2012, 12.30am HKT
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Wall Street’s rejoinder to Occupy Wall Street protestors
This image of a Wall Street guy’s retort has become a famous Internet meme. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a Wall Street guy, no less.
Now that Quantitative Easing 3 (‘QE3’) is in the offing and our world looks set to completely implode on itself, we need to answer back to this.
(For those who didn’t get the memo, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank announced QE3 a few days ago. QE3 will involve the Fed in open-ended purchase of long-term, mortgage-backed securities at the rate of US$40 billion a month (that’s 40,000 million dollars to you Brits) of mortgage debt. The rationale behind QE3 is to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment.)
What a sharply retarded pile of wrong this is.
Let’s really spell it out for those who still think QE3/4/5/6/etc is a dynamite idea:
- People aren’t angry that investors are investing and bankers banking.
- People are angry that the powers-that-be gave away their tax dollars to the rich.
- And they’re angry at the rich whose wilful incompetence and outright thievery caused the latest financial diabetes.
- The Occupy protestors should demo in Washington DC instead because it was DC that gave the money way.
More: click on the page 2 now:—
Thursday 30 August 2012, 12.30am HKT
People who see practically everybody or everything as a bad influence don’t realise just how much of a bad influence they themselves are to others.
© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image via Rate My Funny Pictures. (B12275)