Originally Posted by btrayfors
Then, have a drink for me in the Peninsula lobby :-)
Just checking some e-mail and saw your comment here, and remmebered that I wanted to pass on something a while back after I read a previous comment from you about the Peninsula....
Last time I was in HK was in June thru earky July 1997 (for 2+ weeks) to see it one last time before the change, and "enjoy" the "gov't turn-over ceremoies.....we stayed at the Peninsula....
Well, after one busy day walking around town, the afternoon rain showers came-on hard just as we were stepping off the harbor ferry
from HK Island....and walking/jogging the few blocks to the Peninsula, we got soaked!!!
The white gloved doormen greeted us with smiles as usual (with both me and Teresa being pale white, redheads with blue eyse, and her 5'9" height, we did stand out anyway....but soaking wet, we were a sight for the "proper folks" in the lobby.....)
So.....as well walked a few steps, a very nice British man offered us a few napkins to "dab-off" some....we said thanks, and he asked us if we were enjoying ourselves....
Well, we all laughed and we accepted his invite to sit and chat....
Well, it turned out he was Chris Patten, the Governer of HK.....(the last governor HK will ever have, of course).
He was out-and-about town (walking, I believe), and ducked into the Peninsula for a few minutes.....(getting out of the rain???)
We enjoyed our chat (and tea, of course) which lasted close to an hour, and learned quite a bit about HK (and him as well).
It seems that he enjoyed getting out and enjoying his city......(turns out he'd been taking walks around and making visits here-n-there for a while now....)
What a brilliant man!!!
He was characteristically British and his words were optimistic about HK's future.....but even though we'd only just met, I believe I could see in his face a sort-of "bitter-sweet" sadness, which of course he would not disclose to me.....
Years later, I was playing my Hong Kong
version of "Monopoly", and thought of him.....and wondered how he was, and what he was up to these days....
But, oh well....life moves on.....
Anyway, this has NOTHING to do with HF radio
....but just thought I'd pass it on, before I forget again!!!
s/v Annie Laurie