Friday, January 8, 2010
Different sense of humour
Just the other day me and my boyfriend caught a cab to a restaurant in downtown. We could not believe our luck when we realized that the backseat of the car actually had seatbelts that were usable (usually there are seatbelts in Chinese taxis, however, no buckle). Happily we buckled up and chatted away until we, five minutes later, were interrupted by a roar of laughter coming from the front seat.
We curiously looked at the driver through the rear-view mirror, keen to find out what had made him laugh out loud.
He, however, was cracking up so hard that he could barely speak. He simply laughed and laughed, making both of us giggle too.
Finally the words came through:
-He…. Use…. The…. Hahahhahahahahahhahaha! Seatbelt!
-Seatbelt what? I asked?
-Him! A man! His size! Use seatbelt! Hahahahhahaa! Such a strong, tall man! Use seatbelt!
Ahhhhhh, so that’s what it was all about. Out giggles immediately came to a halt, however, then we thought about the weirdness of this situation (an un-buckled-up- taxi driver laughing because we are taking the most basic safety measurements and use the seatbelts available when in a taxi that is completely oblivious to any kind of speed limits?) and it was our turn to start cracking up.
Oh China. Sometimes life here is charmingly absurd.