JUN 23, 15 .. A RAINY DAY IN HONG KONG ..

This Post began its life with the below title ..

JUN 23, 15 .. SIMON .. SIMON .. OH WHERE ART THOU SIMON?

THEN ORIGINALLY IT CONTINED AS FOLLOWS:

Sooner or later I knew I would have to ‘deal-with-this’ but it has taken me more than a few days to finally get down to dealing-with-it.

Instead of immediately dealing with this thorny topic .. allow me to show .. in photos .. why my mood feels on the gray and rainy side of life.

THEN INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH THE THORNY TOPIC I HAD BEGUN .. I WROTE INSTEAD WHAT YOU WILL READ BELOW AND I CHANGED THE TITLE TO ..

JUN 23, 15 .. A RAINY DAY IN HONG KONG ..

TOMORROW I WILL DEAL WITH SIMON .. WELL .. I THINK I WILL DEAL WITH SIMON TOMORROW .. LET’S JUST SEE!

NOT FAIR YOU SHOUT!  O.K. SIMON HAS TOTALLY DISAPPEARED FOR A WEEK NOW .. GONE .. VANISHED .. DISAPPEARED .. I AM HOLDING SEVERAL VERY DISTURBING TEXT MESSAGES FROM SIMON .. ONE READS IN PART ..  “I’M HEADED TO SWITZERLAND TO DIE WITH DIGNITY.”

WHEW CAPTAIN .. O.K. .. NOW WE ALL GET IT .. GOOD LUCK WHEN YOU COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THIS LATEST SIMON REALITY ..

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IN THE USELESS 20-20 HINDSIGHT THAT IT IS .. SIMON DID LOOK A LITTLE PENSIVE THE LAST TIME WE SAT TOGETHER AT PHO TAI TO ENJOY A MEAL .. SO PENSIVE THAT I SNAPPED THE ABOVE PHOTO OF SIMON ..

Below .. Below is My Man Simon!

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Bright as a button and so much fun to be with!

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It is RAINING in Hong Kong. In fact it has been (past tense) RAINING here in Hong Kong for the past several days. When I returned from India on June 4th I was greeted by an absolute ‘chorus’ of friends saying .. “Cap you missed a solid week of RAIN!”

There is (I) RAIN like you get in Seattle Washington and there is (2) RAIN like you get in San Francisco California and then again .. there is (3) RAIN like you get in Detroit Michigan and some rain that I will call REAL (R) RAIN.

The rain that we are having today I would categorize as (3) RAIN.

In Hong Kong and in India I have experienced the ..

(X) RAIN.

Today’s MODERATE (3) RAIN is not even close to the ..

(X) RAIN of the monsoon or the rain of the typhoon.

“Oh Hi Crocodile Dundee.” .. “What’s that you say?” ..

“You are very happy that I KNOW what

(XX) RAIN  is.” ..

“Good to have you here with me. You keep me honest.” ..

“What you have today is NOT serious rain Captain!” .. /s/ CROCODILE DUNDEE ..

“Yes Of Course Crocodie Dundee .. YOU DON’T EVEN THINK OF GOING OUTSIDE IN THE SUPER SERIOUS (XX) RAIN BECAUSE THAT RAIN COMES WITH HORRIFIC WINDS.”

This rain is VERY DOABLE RAIN.

But to defend the PRIDE OF TODAYS’ VERY DOABLE RAIN (Gee Thanks Dad) this rain does come with SWIRLING WINDS that manage to come at you from 360 Degrees and tears at your poor umbrella and tries to rip your hat off your head and gets you soaking wet front and back and left and right sides.

Thanks to the drying effect of the air conditioning here in the Hong Kong Central District Library and a few shivers on my part .. I am now basically dryed out. I must admit that it is tough on my running shoes. In fact I debated wearing flip-flops to save my running shoes the hassle of them getting wet. But I didn’t.

When you live in a place .. make no mistake I consider myself to be living here in Hong Kong .. at least for the good time being .. you catch onto the little tricks of living in your location.

First .. I do NOT ride the trams when it is (3) RAINING.

Quick aside .. Trams! .. Oh Trams! .. Where on earth are you when I really want and I really NEED you? When I shot this photo I did NOT need you badly.

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I do not ride the trams in serious rain because the people are wet and they are all jam packed and crowded-in with their wet umbrellas and some windows are always open so you can breathe but rain comes into the Tram through them. More than once .. before I got this figured out .. I have calmly sat down (Thinking to myself .. WOW! .. Look at that! .. I get a seat in this packed Tram!) in a REAL PUDDLE OF WATER IN THE SEAT.

So today I went via the MTR (the undergound .. the subway ..) where it is dry and wind free and everyone is basically dry. Then I walked from the K-exit of the Central MTR Station to the Library and snapped a few photos en route.

At the end of this Post you will see a map showing the vicinity of Statue Square in the very heart of the Hong Kong Central Business District. All of the below photos were snapped in this area.

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You are not seeing too many brave-souls walking as they will do in less serious rain thinking to themselves haughtly .. “Who needs an umbrella in this drizzle?”

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The Hong Kong Central District main library .. where I now am .. is the building to the immediate right of the traffic signal in the distance below.

Below we have the one brave or poor soul with no umbrella.

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Below is the view from the 6th floor of the library ..

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In the distance above and below is the tallest building in the Hong Kong Metro Area .. the ICC Building across Victoria Harbor in Kowloon.

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This view has become one of my favorite views here in Hong Kong because I look out at this view as I chat with Patti when she is helping me to proof-read these Posts.

Much Joy From A Now Dry .. Cap ..

All of the above photos were snapped in the vicinity of Statue Square in the very heart of the Hong Kong Central Business District and also very close to the Main Library.

 

To the left of the lower balloon you can see the K-exit to the MTR. It is small so look closely. Do you see the K at the end of the words Prince’s Building?

A Big Cheer For Andrej and these wonderful  maps!

The overall view of where Statue Square is located.

 

The upper left balloon shows where I am living in Sheung Wan (pronounced Shenwan as one word). The lower left balloon points to Statue Square in the Central Business District of Hong Kong.

 

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