If you don't get out much, as has been my misfortune of late, you start picking up all sorts of "rubbish" information. For example, were you aware that "soap operas" - now shortened of course to just "soaps" - got their name because the original sponsors of these long running fictional dramas were the major soap companies? I certainly wasn't.
Another feature of soaps - not that I watch them, but as I have been told - you can be watching one over a period of time and then not do so for a matter of months, but when you come back to them you can apparently pick them up virtually from where you left off. You don't seem to have missed much.
So it has been for me! Before I took to my bed Barack Obama was President of the USA - but under "serious threat" from Mitt Romney. I recover to find the USA still has President Obama. The battles in Syria go on, albeit despite the dangers globally they have taken a back page. Egypt still hasn't found any solutions as a result of the Arab Spring - but seems to be degenerating, which was the other option if they didnt get their act together. The Eurozone still hasn't bitten any kind of bullet, as a result of which they are in disarray, which was the expected outcome of not taking any action. China has established its new leadership to cover the next ten years. Although it is only new to the extent of confirming what everyone already knew some time ago.
So, what did I miss in the last six weeks? Precious little, it would seem. The moral of the story? Take a holiday. Have a break if you can still afford one and have a job to come back to, and you will find not much has changed.
And, of course not to be outdone at home - Hong Kong's beleagured Chief Executive C Y Leung is still facing questions about illegal structures, bus and minibus drivers still drive too fast without due care and attention, and the focus on business and those little things that might drive Hong Kong to retain its important role in Asia, get pushed further and further backwards and swept up in the general news.
Just as an example, a little over a week ago the UK press picked up on a report issued by the highly regarded Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). The CEBR report said that "London has lost its crown as the world's financial capital by number of finance jobs to New York. And it will fall to third place behind Hong Kong by 2015". (The bold script is mine). Did this get reported by any of our Hong Kong media, or were they too focused on a highly intelligent member of our Legislature, who wears totally inappropriate T Shirts to the Chamber and throws things at people? Oh! Perhaps I missed it!!
The report is actually good news - but we do seem to have trouble in bringing ourselves round to the point of publishing things that are good. Is it because we don't really believe them?
I do seriously wonder if there is any possibility that we will get to the stage where the "Government" can work together with the Legislative Council, and perhaps the business community in its broadest sense, to the overall benefit of Hong Kong and it's future.
Publish the good news and the successes, damn it, and put some serious thought into keeping Hong Kong's status highly regarded in the world. Then there will be no need for the front pages of our newspapers to focus on silly shirts and relatively minor issues, or for people to feel the need to wave an old colonial flag.
This does not mean sweeping the important things under the carpet. It does not mean ignoring the calls towards establishing a democratic process for the election of some, hopefully, appropriate legislators and a Chief Executive, but it does mean leaving room on the front pages for some of Hong Kong's achievements.
We are becoming just like a soap opera - close your eyes for a month or two and nothing has changed. We do not have the luxury of floating in a sea of inertia.