Walking and texting

11 years ago

To the editor:
Spring is now in Guangzhou. Early spring marks the beginning of the fog season and each morning as the sun comes rising up over the horizon you can see the sun melt away the mist that covers the city. Slowly the contours and features of the city are revealed and the city begins to move about.
Rush hour is interesting. Lots of standing and waiting. When you enter the metro stations, there are signs and alerts posted about the rush hour period. 7:45 to 8:45 is the peak. Schools open at 8 and workers in the stores are trying to get to work before 9. The train carriages are packed to the rafters. While the trip between stations is no more than three minutes it can feel like a lifetime.
The typical rush hour denizen learns to step into any available opening. Sauntering to the carriage will earn you a severe glare from other members of the crowd. This includes the fools who are perusing their smart phones. There are not enough tickets in the world for the people who are looking at their magic boxes instead of keeping their heads up. If you thought driving and texting was a foolish thing, walking and texting is just as bad.
The end of the world will come and people will be complaining about not getting a text message to that effect. Suffice it to say that images of a gigantic pustule come to mind as the next train’s doors pop open and the mass of humanity oozes forth. Yep, this is not for those of delicate constitutions. Your nose needs to be disconnected at times. If you are patient, you can get a ride and to your destination. The nice thing is that the metro authorities are very adamant that the trains move on time and that there be a train every three minutes. This helps keep tempers even. Best to adjust your schedule accordingly.
Leaving the station behind and walking the streets it is now easy to see the new spring leaves coming forth. Flowers are blooming and the mist reveals all the new growth. Nature is lovely. What a rush.

Orpheus Allison
Guangzhou, China
orpheusallison@mac.com