Yesterday I received an email from Antonio Singh that I could see the Dragon of Beijing today between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. The location was in front or the ARC Mandarin store. Now I didn’t know what I might see, but it sounded interesting and I set my clock to be at ARC Mandarin at 8:55 AM.
This is where cultural differences comes into play. Another person said shewanted to go with me and I said fine, and told the time of the event. Everyone that has known me for any amount of time knows that I am never late except when things happen beyond my control.
So at 8:30 AM I am beginning to think that my fellow viewer is running behind schedule. To make a long story short, wegot to the ARC Mandarin at 10:00 AM. The performance ended at 10:02. GRRRRR!
Not that this is a big thing in the grand scheme of things, but it is a cultural difference that I run into all the time with Panamanians. You will even hear them joking about whether you are measuring time on Panamanian time or not. That means, something that is scheduled for 9:00 may begin at 10:00. Something that is scheduled for tomorrow may happen in a week. Something that is scheduled for nex month may happen in 6-8 months and may in a year. Well, you get the gist.
Now back to what the post should have been about. The event was a group of Chinese dancers in traditional dress doing the dragon dance. I did manage to get two photos which follow.
You can see all of the red in the photo. That is from fireworks. I missed all of the fireworks. I tried to shoot a video, but it lasted for about two seconds and then it was over and they boarded the bus and left. I tried to find out the next stop, but the directions I received were not correct and what you see above, was all I got.
I am not sure my type “A” personality is ever going to completely adjust to Panamanian time. I guess a Panamanian would just have gotten there late and said, “Oh well. They will probably come back again next year.”