皇后棋王.微笑.檔主哥哥

The most political decision you make is where you direct people’s eyes. In other words, what you show people, day in and day out, is political…And the most politically indoctrinating thing you can do to a human being is to show him, every day, that there can be no change. ( By Wim Wenders )

皇后被「清場」之後,愛丁堡廣場已經被大型水馬隔開。要進入大會堂的話,就必須經旁邊的大會堂紀念公園。我在那裡看到了一、兩天前,還在皇后碼頭下棋的幾位老伯,地方換了,棋還在下。一位大會堂的護衛員在旁看了一會,就走開了。一位在下棋的老伯,好像有點不高興是的,抬頭看了一下護衛員離開時的背影。想起電影《棋王》裡的話,大意是「人家下大棋,我們下小棋。」

進入大會堂,沒法騙人的是,那清涼的冷氣依然依舊。正門和側門都被封了,公事式樣的文字這樣告訴人們。好奇心驅使下,我跑到詢問處,帶著禮貌的微笑,向帶著同樣微笑的女職員查詢:「請問外面的香港規劃及基建展覽館是否已關閉,嗯,我的意思是,即使辦公時間也暫停開放?」女職員一邊保持微笑,一邊禮貌地回應道:「嗯,先生你先等等,我幫你問一問。」我趁女職員打電話的空檔,順手拿起放在一旁的香港交響樂團的節目表翻看著。正當我看到關於馬勒的曲目時,一直帶著微笑的女職員回到詢問處。我帶著微笑抬起頭來看著那名帶著微笑的女職員,期待著那個心裡已預設了的答案。女職員帶著微笑跟我說:「先生,已經幫你問過經理了,那個展覽已經暫停開放。」聽到這個答案,我繼續保持微笑,先放下馬勒的曲目,然後對那一直帶著微笑的女職員說:「嗯,唔該你」。然後,然後我就帶著微笑離開了大會堂。

從大會堂紀念公園出來感到面部肌肉有些僵硬,嘴也有些乾,於是就走去外面的小檔買水喝。下班時間剛到,附近的人不多。只有一、兩個帶著相機的人,以及幾個路過的人。小檔的檔主是位三十多,四十歲的哥哥,皮膚曬得黑黑的。天氣很熱,那檔主哥哥顯得有些無聊。我打開那瓶770毫升的礦物飲料,喝了幾口,然後不太經意地問那位檔主哥哥:「哎,今天的生意不太好吧?」檔主哥哥沒什麼表情的說「嗯,昨天比較好。」我又喝一口水,接著問檔主哥哥「你的小販牌是流動的吧?可以去其他地方做(生意)嗎?」檔主哥哥還是沒什麼表情的回答我:「嗯,可以。」

4 comments

  1. ducky tse chi tak says:

    I feel the same as you…so sad and sorry .I like your words.Good luck.

  2. Horizon says:

    Ducky,
    那天晚上和皇后很接近,心理上卻又有些抽離。謝謝你來訪。祝好!

  3. Luri says:

    You’ve impssreed us all with that posting!

  4. Although the ‘black market milk’ thread has been pretty thoroughly covered, I just wanted to add that it does indeed exist. A girl I knew in college pumped extra milk and once or twice a week shipped it packed in dry ice and a styrofoam cooler overnight. I don’t believe though that she was paid for it (except supplies and shipping) … she was very much into breastfeeding and the Le Leche League and such.

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