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Specialities, galore

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Straw hats?

On the face of it, this shop only seemed to sell lanterns. As noted in an earlier post, shops in Guangzhou seem to have very narrow specialities. The shop next door to them, sold only umbrellas. Most certainly understandable as, Guangzhou can, at times, be a very wet place to live in. As for lanterns, the occasion only comes once a year. Maybe twice.

 

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and umbrellas?

Straw shoes and umbrellas: A Korean folk tale telling of two brothers. One who sold straw shoes, the other, umbrellas. One trade favoured the wet (umbrellas) while the favoured hot, dry weather (straw shoes). Their mother despaired that neither could prosper at the same time.

It rained today, he had a streak for frying pans

It rained today, though only enough to be annoying. I refused to take one this morning, hoping that it would be alright. So when it did rain, I perched my hiking backpack over and on my head as a barrier to at least keep my head dry. Feeling pretty good at having beaten the odds by cheating, I headed for the school gate. My shirt still got wet though.¬†Walking out the towards the bus stop, I passed some third graders from my school. They were going home too. An umbrella hung over two of them, though unable to cater for all 7 of them. Held over one of the student’s heads was an honest to god frying pan. I looked, and kept looking as I followed them down towards the intersection. The group of students said hello to me at the crossing as we waited. Innovative thinking indeed. Such a pity that when he goes to work for a big company, he may loose this streak of ingenuity, this flair to be different. I nodded back, said with a smile his fry pan was good. I really hope the student doesn’t loose his knack for improvisation.