Saturday, May 08, 2010
I leave my headlights on for both my scooter and my car all the time, for safety. This has lead to many interesting encounters. In gas stations, attendants, evidently despairing of my ability to speak Chinese, silently slap my lights off without asking me. I am constantly and helpfully warned that it is on. In the market people mention it all the time, apparently the result of a folk belief that running headlights wastes gasoline. I drove out of a parking lot the other day and the cashier broke off her conversation with two men standing by the booth to helpfully warn me my headlights were on. I explained that I always leave them that way, for safety. They laughed at that. My wife reports that too, so she has solved the laughter problem by explaining that the light is broken and can't be shut off.
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