The other day, my dad reminded me we had not written ANYTHING on this blog for much too long. Yeah, I know Dad.
Dad says we are running out of time. Need to write before its too late…How about we try to write shorter stories, but more often? My dad said just think about little pieces of our life here, any topics. Ok, I can do that. Let’s focus first on the mornings. The school bus stop is a good topic but first let’s discuss the “door guy”.
Our apartment complex, private gated community, whatever you call it, is located behind The Guangming Hotel on Liangmaqiao Road. On the backside of the Hotel is a small 7-11 store. Same logo and colors as the 7-11 stores in the USA. It is open 24-7, and my parents sometimes bribe me to run the 100 meters from our apartment door to this store to buy stuff like milk, bread or even beer.
There is a back door entrance to the hotel, just beside this 7-11 and standing by this door, always, is a uniformed door guy. This door guy is always a guy, never a woman. Why is that? When we walk to his door he always opens it for us and nods his head or says, “nǐ hǎo” (hello) or “zǎo” (morning). And that’s it. The guy opens a door for us and that is all he does, for hours, all day. Every day, every night, the door guy stands at that door.
At least this door is enclosed in a glass like bubble so the door guy isn’t standing outside. But, in the winter he does wears a heavy winter coat and hat. Don’t think there is any heat for the door guy.
No way would I want to be the door guy. So boring. I never see him reading a book or sitting down. Ever. I wonder what kind of shoes he wears….He just stands at that door. Although, I have seen him reading his phone. Bet he is not supposed to do that.
Oh, I sometimes see the door guy cleaning. He polishes the chrome railing, by the door. Although, I wonder if that makes the cleaning ladies angry? We have SO many uniformed cleaning ladies around here. (But, that is a topic for another day.)
Why do we need a door guy? We don’t. That door is not really heavy or anything special. Just a glass door.
Maybe the Chinese like having door guys….?
Around the front of the Guangming Hotel there a 2, maybe 7 other ‘guys,’ hanging around, anytime day and night. Like the 7-11 door guy, these folks are uniformed guys who spend their days:
- opening the hotel front door
- open a taxi door
- sweeping or picking up trash- mostly cigarette butts.
- Oh, and don’t forget the human parking meter guys. There are no parking meters in Beijing. Those orange jump suite dressed guys (AND yes sometimes ladies) help people parallel park their cars in front of the hotel and sell parking spaces.
You can’t put a number on how many work the front of the hotel, because it changes but let’s just say half a dozen. Those guys are outside, no glass bubble, to block the wind and cold. Absolutely no way i’d want that job.