Too long in China?

You know you have been in China too long if…

01). The footprints on the toilet seat are your own.

02). You no longer wait in line, but go immediately to the head of the queue.

03). You stop at the top or bottom of an escalator to plan your day.

04). It becomes exciting to see if you can get on the lift before anyone can get off.

05). It is no longer surprising that the only decision made at a meeting is the time and venue for the next meeting.

06). You rank the decision making abilities of your staff by how long it takes them to reply “Up To You”.

07). You no longer wonder how someone who earns US$ 400.00 per month can drive a Mercedes.

08). You accept the fact that you have to queue to get a number for the next queue.

09). You accept without question the mechanic’s analysis that the car is “Broken” and that it will cost you a lot of money to get it “Fixed”.

10). You find that it saves time to stand and retrieve your hand luggage while the plane is on final approach.

11). You can shake your hands almost perfectly dry before wiping them on your trousers, or you have your suits made with terrycloth pockets.

12). A T-Bone steak with rice sounds just fine.

13). You believe everything you read in the local newspaper.

14). You regard traffic signals, stop signs, and copy watch peddlers with equal disdain.

15). You have developed an uncontrollable urge to follow people carrying small flags.

16). When listening to the pilot prove he cannot speak English, you no longer wonder if he can understand the air traffic controller.

17). You regard it as part of the adventure when the waiter correctly repeats your order and the cook makes something completely different.

18). You have more knick-knacks than your grandmother.

19). You are not surprised when three men with a ladder show up to change a light bulb.

20). You understand all the above listed references.


About Stranded Mariner

Marine Engineer and passionate sailor and cruiser, working in the marine business in China.
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