So a guest is flying in today, braving the risks of transport in a motorized cigar tube with wings.
Our guest is Finnish, and therefore it is most important that he be well looked after.
If Finns are not cared for properly they have a tendency to develop badly, and bad things like this can happen...
...and this particular Finn's parents tried to have reindeers finish him off while he was still in the créche... ...so he is especially vulnerable.
So, imagine my chagrin when I look out the window and note that weather conditions are worsening. Rain is falling, cloud levels are dropping, and there is a yet another typhoon hanging out near Hong Kong.
The other day we even went to a temple where incense was lit, as seen in the photo at the top, which I would have thought was good enough to guarantee sunshine and happiness. Apparently not.
But if the rain does not abate, then there will be no views owing to the wonderful refractive qualities of water, and the sheer volumes of the lovely stuff that can fall here in Hong Kong.
Our Finn might have a view like this blue little fishy has,
which is to say next to no view at all.
Deprived of appropriate stimulation, our Finn might revert to familiar Finnish forms and norms...
(I still cannot believe that Lordi won 2006's Eurovision song competition.)
Aside: Finnish culture is amazing.
You should try their mousesqueak cheese (aka Juustoleipa, which, I believe, is the last sound a mouse makes when it dies, according to Finnish folklore) and the Finns eat this with cloudberry jam (which we call bakeapple jam or confiture de chicoutai in Canada).
Mmmm. Juustoleipa is very interesting and quite nice once you acquire a taste for the texture and the sound it makes when chewed (hence its name, mousesqueak cheese...).
But the weather continues to darken, and your scribe worries about what form the Finn will change into... Time to return to the first image and hope for sun again.
Your humble scribe, your worried heroine, and your terrified hero