I got out of bed at 5:15 this a.m. Even though I'd only gotten a total 6 hours of sleep (not enough to make up what I have been lacking but better than nothing), I was ready to get up and get going. That's when I saw the innocuous looking piece of paper. I assumed it was instructions / information about checking out as we're supposed to change hotels today. Emphasis on supposed to. Here is what that malevolent (can paper BE malevolent?) sheet imparted.
16 August 2012
Kindly [kindly? really?] be informed that the Hong Kong Observatory has hoisted Typhoon Signal No. 8.
Only limited flights and public transportation are available, please contact the airlines for the updated flight information before departure.
The hotel management recommends all guests to stay in the privacy of their own room, have their window curtains drawn and do not stand near the windows.
In order to protect yourself from any personal injury, please do not leave the hotel under these severe weather conditions.
Should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact our Guest Service Centre on extension 0.
Best personal regards..... [really? best regards?!?!?!]
Typhoon Kai Tak, I hate you....
Hello, Guest Service Centre? Yeah. I'm gonna need some further assistance. I am a little concerned about needing to change hotels. I am let down that I don't get to see Po Lin monestary and eat my way throught this delicious city, and although it is really disappointing that we can't take Aiden to Disneyland today and hugely alarming that we will have to entertain him ALL DAY / NIGHT / HOWEVER LONG without any real activity (and he's a very active boy), that's not why I'm calling. I have a pretty significant concern you need to address. I need to fly out of here at 7:30 tomorrow morning because I need to go get my son in Changchun. Turns out, I AM going to require some extra help to solve this dilemma. Thank you.