The good thing about this Typhoon was once I finished driving my mrs to work and on the way home to be a bum, I go through Tseung Kwan O tunnel, I pay the 3 dollar fare with a 10 dollar coin, the women gives me my change back so I start of driving, only when i near the entrance I realize that the women gave me 7 dollars in change + the 10 dollar coin. Sweeet Woohooo
Once I go through the tunnel I see a gazillon private cars on the other side (going towards Kowloon) already causing a traffic jam trying to go back to work.
Tiz good to be a bum once in a while.
Last edited by wtbhotia; 14-08-2013 at 10:51 PM.
It's pretty windy here now, windier than during the entire T8.
I'd hate for this thread to become all serious and without the odd tangent. :-)
That said, when I started it I had the intention of it being by the typhoon watchers and for everyone else; people interested in typhoons and as a kind of 'one stop shop' for the latest news.
I hope we can pull the balance back to more storm talk and less storm in a teacup as all eyes turn again to the seas west of the Philippines and the next round of LPAs
As for my view on HKO yesterday...
I believe they were correct to call T8 and invite members to imagine what might have been if several million more people were out and about yesterday.
As for letting people decide for themselves, how many HK bosses would you guess would demand that their employees come in if they could?
Personally, I felt that HKO took T8 down too soon. At that moment, Utor was jogging slightly poleward and there was potential for even stronger winds... Some ferries still refused to re-start service.
Sam Shing harbour remained packed....If you want a good indicator of bad weather conditions you could do worse than take the advice of sea faring folk...The fact that a container ship was sunk off Lantau ought to say something!
I believe 27 trees came down across roads resulting in the fire department having to clear them, in other words, large trees! Imagine if 3 or 4 times the number of vehicles were on the road.....
Most people stayed indoors
Most people secures objects that might be blown away
Most traffic stayed off the roads
Perhaps there was less carnage because the HKO got it about right...
Yesterday was brilliant. Laughable but brilliant. Took the dog for a lovely walk up bowen road with few people on the streets, perfect for a young rescue pup. Stopped for a beer in a crowded bar - where the barman said it had been of his busier days It did start raining at some point, but yeh... cheers HKO! More please...
2pm seems a bit silly - allowing for an hour average commute most staff will arrive 2:30 to 3:00 and end up leaving after just a couple of hours. Mind you, I suspect some staff can get their days work done in two hours if they cut out the Facebooking and Whatsapping... (and geoexpatting, ahem).