Recently I took a business trip to Hong Kong. Although I had almost no time to look around or shop, I did manage to get a jacket made in blue Thai silk (with an orange lining of course!), some fab ebony and silver chopsticks and dinner at The China Club (Thanks Chip!).
I was there right after the quake/tsunami/radiation crisis. The news from Japan dominated the TV, newspaper and water cooler talk. Everyday was worse than the last. I confess that I stopped watching the news and never opened the free newspaper delivered to my room every morning.
Around the middle of the week, a rumor swept Hong Kong that the radiation leak in Japan would make the world’s salt supply permanently radioactive and that salt could offer some protection against radiation. This caused long lines at all the stores and an exponential price increase. People were even buying soy sauce so that they could get the salt from it. Crazy.
Anywho, I digress …