Monday, May 28, 2012

Who has a death wish?

Waiting for the light to turn
Shanghai, China
May 2012

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Pedestrians take their lives into their own hands in this city of 19 million souls. The rules of the road so often seem to be mere suggestions, with cars stopping for nothing or no one, drivers leaning on their horns for the sake of making noise, streets filled with traffic coming from whatever direction makes the most sense at any given moment. It's frightening to watch, and even scarier to be in the middle of. I can't imagine walking and texting at the same time, as it would almost be an invitation to becoming someone's hood ornament.

So you can imagine my surprise when I came across this scene at a typically busy intersection. I'm not quite sure how chilled the blood in these people's veins was, but I'm guessing it was colder than mine. I guess you learn how to survive when this is all you've ever known. Either way, I said a little prayer for them all. Just in case.

Your turn: What's the woman on the right talking about?


Ankita Sarkar said...

About how school/work/life sucks.

Tabor said...

I wonder if the drivers of all those vehicles were also plugged in?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What's the woman on the right talking about?

How is her Facebook stock doing?

Max Sartin said...

It’s obviously something of extreme importance for her to be distracted in the middle of a busy intersection. Like … She’s a neurologist and is just getting the news that one of her patients took a turn for the worse. She’s in the middle of giving instructions on how to stabilize the patient until she can get there. Or … Her mother just told her that she’s divorcing her father. Or … That merger between her company and that international one is on the brink of collapse.
Wait, no, you can tell by the look on her face. She just found out that those boots she wanted to buy are no longer on sale.

Good to see that Americans aren’t the only ones that get distracted by their cell phones to the point of endangering themselves and others.

JL Craver said...

Her shoes! They *are* fabulous

mmp said...

it's something really basic, like why such and such wasn't done ...or who said what...and when....and maybe even why....