Brad Pitt & Frankenstein. Sourcing Silver Jewelry In Hong Kong: Part 4

So, here we were in Hong Kong. The Brad Pitt look alike, (okay, I was a little envious since I looked more like Frankenstein, without the nail in the forehead), and me, (Jan Brassem), were on the bullet-train on our way to the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Brad looked tired. Not surprising after a 21-hour flight from NYC, although he looked to be in pretty good physical shape.

In Brad’s defense, I read somewhere that when you board a flight at night, your rational mind expects the night when you arrive almost a day later. Don’t forget, there is an eleven hour time difference between Hong Kong and NYC

So, instead of being ten o’clock at night when we arrived, (we departed NYC at 11 PM), it was ten o’clock in the morning. Your brain is saying to your body – in a manner of speaking – what’s going on here? Why is the sun out?

For the first two or three hours, your adrenalin tells your brain to adjust. After that, you hit ‘the wall’. After a few days of sleepless nights and sleepy days, your brain adapts. The older you are the longer the ‘adjustment’ period. For Brad it probably took one or two days; four for me.

Your brain is saying to your body – in a manner of speaking – what’s going on here? Why is the sun out?

Anyway, we were checked-in by the Peninsula Hotel bellman, who looked like the old-time Philip Morris pitchman. We introduced ourselves, gave him our passports and answered a few questions. We were introduced to the hotel manager, (in his very formal tuxedo, thank you), who led us to the elevators. He escorted us to our respective floors, (ten for me and eleven for Brad).

When the tenth floor elevator doors opened, we were met by our (gulp!) butler, Mr. Lee. The manager introduced me. On the way to my room, (Mr. Lee already had the room key), I mentioned that my shoes needed shinning.

In a haughty tone, Mr. Lee replied, “Yes Mr. Brassem, I noticed that all three pairs need shinning. They will be back in ten minutes.” I was impressed and maybe a little intimidated. Service wasn’t like that in NYC.

In the elevator, I told Brad that I’ll meet him for breakfast, at 7, on the main floor Monday morning. “Be ready to work.” Giving Brad one day off to do some sightseeing — and to adjust — should be enough to get him ready — I hope.

The Fair opens on Monday. We had three appointments Monday and three on Tuesday. Three appointments a day is about the most you can expect to ‘work’. Any extra time can be spent ‘walking’ the Fair. Don’t forget, there are thousands of exhibitors, from all parts of the world, so there’ll be lots to do and see.

In the room, I took out the trip Check List, (I had studied it on the plane), reviewed it again.

I went to bed.

To be continued…

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