While out getting some dinner with Julianne I snapped this shot. I’m still trying to capture in one picture the realities of crossing a street in China . . .
I like this photo but because it was raining I only took my iTouch camera with me so the quality is nowhere near what my Canon 400D (aka Rebel Xti or Kiss Digital X) with one of my Sigma or Canon lenses could have captured if I was willing to take it out in the rain . . .
Maybe I’ll just have to stakeout one of the major intersections downtown during rush hour to get my ‘holy grail’ of crossing the street shots, lol.
Anyways, the general practice is for people to wander out to the middle of the street –regardless of whether the light is red or green–and wait standing in a line until either there’s a lull in traffic and you can finish getting to the other side . . . OR you just ignore the large-heavy-metal-objects-that-can-KILL-YOU and cross while ignoring them thus forcing long and sustained honking, swerving, veering, and other collision avoiding maneuvers that cannot be articulated in the English language.
Many expats living in China, myself included, have described it like playing reality Frogger (you know, the old video game).
It’s shocking to me that the Japanese haven’t integrated live Frogger into one of their game shows–or perhaps they have and I just don’t know about it, lol.