Life in the 'Zhou - How much can you take?
Guangzhou Travel Blog› entry 24 of 30 › view all entries
Life out here can be mercenary.
Friendship is often the great facilitator,
My allies are almost always fiduciary.
And relationships are transactional.
Surely there are exceptions to the rule - but not in my last 3 days…
72 Hours in Guangzhou.
1. Slept 7 hours.
2. Had 2 business dinners that have left me intoxicated: “Gan Bei!”.
4. Avoided a local guy 3 times who is hunting me down. I made a deal with him to join another gym near me within 24 hours after my arrival in Guangzhou… which I subsequently broke after a friend talked me into another place. Naughty boy. I found out afterwards that his name is Lucifer. Ooops. Like the good lawyer I am, I didn’t read the fine print in that contract - I wonder if there is a clause about my soul in there? *wondering*
6. Jumped out of a lift on the wrong floor after getting hustled by local chicks: “No, I don’t need another girlfriend”. Then I got home and looked at my emails. One of my friends thought it would be amusing to forward me a chain email placed by a local Chinese girl in his social circle entitled: “Foreign Boyfriend Wanted”. I went to sleep wondering what my market value here is and whether the fall in commodity prices has affected my net worth?
7. Spent scores of hours in an office, mostly talking to people on 3 different continents. About the fall in commodity prices. I resisted the urge to send them information about the rising demand in the commodity trade of foreign boyfriends.
8. Travelled 6 hours in a car with military plates, avoiding tolls, inspections, and roadside checks on the road between major cities in mainland China. No one wondered what the military could want with the suited white guy in the back seat.
9. Worked a 15 hour day in 30 degree heat in a factory with Chinese labourers. In my suit. In that time, no one asked me any questions. The market must be very bad if wall street types sweating through their shirts are normal scenes in the Chinese labour markets.
10. Received news that a delay in obtaining urgent materials I had been waiting for was due to the fact that my supplier crossed the road and got hit by a truck. He is now in a coma. All things considered, he got off lightly.
11. Lost my marbles and had an altercation which turned physical with a very large middle eastern man outside my apartment door. Out of the way, crazy white guy coming through, and its not even Halloween. The conversation was brief and meaningful… until he backed down. Apparently good manners require fists of fury in my apartment block.
12. Now I’m watching my back, because these guys always come back.
Welcome to the ‘Zhou.
Now it’s the weekend, I can work on getting you guys a story… lol