“No eunuch flatters his own noise more shamefully nor seeks by more infamous means to stimulate his jaded appetite, in order to gain some favor, than does the eunuch of industry”… Karl Marx (although I stand to be corrected on the source of this quote….)
It is noted in my ‘Lonely Planet: Shanghai’ travel guide that Shanghai is both the economic engine of China and, vis a vis, is also the most spiritually polluted city on Earth… Since the industrial engine of Shanghai (and thus all of China) is situated a mere 8 floors below Tomasz’s living room (where I ‘attempt’ to sleep on the floor), the noise from this eunuch is becoming rather poisonously unbearable. The persistent shrieking of metal grinding against metal begins at about 5 am, is quickly accompanied by the high-pitched whistle that begins the work day for the train yard workers immediately situated below my abode, is soon joined by the symphony of sound (out of key, I should note) produced by a combination of welders, mechanics, machinists, bull-horn mouthpieces, crane operators, jack-hammerists, junk collectors, commercial bus operators, and of course, the thousands of train operators that man-oeuvre the train cars into the work-yard. The trains, mainly decrepit junkers on their last legs, roll into the station shrieking for mercy, and on numerous occasions I have yelled at the train operator to shoot the god-damn beast, to mercifully put it out of its’ (and all those residing within a 3 mile radius’) misery… My cries of desperation ultimately go unheard, and so the eunach of industrial (dis)euphoria continue until the work-day is over, which lasts until sometime just before midnight.
And I roll back and forth, in and out of sleep, waiting for daylight. Today I woke up at 4am with a sore throat, no doubt the result of a weekend spent with Tomasz and his cronies in Wuxi… I’ll spare you the details, but as the weather proved to be unfavourable we were forced to spend our time consuming the gifts our gracious host provided. For the official record, although I was held the entire time against my own free will, temptation was not entirely futile 🙂 But a severe lack of vitamins, hydration, sunlight, nature, fresh air and solitude (and pretty women in outrageously high heels) are wrecking havoc upon my vibrations, both of the body and spirit.