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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Useful Tool

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 09:00

  4. PETER opens the door for a HK Gas STAFF.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm staying home today so that the old meter can be replaced.

  6. Soon, an OFFICER appears at the door.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He needs to get some stuff from me today to get a case better prepared.

  8. Later, after seeing them off one by one, Peter focuses on his smartphone screen.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm waiting for a reply from a learned friend.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We need to file a paper to court. The deadline is today.

  12. Peter looks rather nervous.

  13. Act 2


  15. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY (Yesterday)

  16. Referring to a desktop printer, Peter speaks to his WIFE.

  17. PETER: Is this new printer working?

  18. PETER (Cont'd): The one in my study refuses to print most of the time.

  19. WIFE: It refuses to connect. I haven't the time to contact the dealer to fix it.

  20. WIFE (Cont'd): You should go back to your chambers and ask secretaries to help.

  21. PETER (V.O.): It's my last resort, as it's time-consuming to travel.


  23. Checking his incoming emails, Peter sees one from the

  24. PETER (V.O.): An appointment notice as a Panelist in a domain name dispute.

  25. Reading.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was in the domain name dispute settlement context that the "hiredkiller12" threatened to take my life in early 2020.

  27. Typing a reply.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What is good about the task is that everything is done on-line. I don't need to print anything to fax.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ha, I mustn't forget to issue my decision within 14 days.

  31. Then, Peter sees a WhatsApp message.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ok, the learned friend has come back. I can accept the track changes in the file, print a copy and fax it to court.

  33. Working on his laptop, Peter clicks "Print" and then focuses on his printer.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG, it's naughty again!

  35. Checking, Peter sees a "No toner" message.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're toners. New ones too! Should I go back to my chambers?

  37. Thinking.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me restart my old laptop and see it might tame the printer.

  39. As the old laptop has restarted, we see and hear the printer printing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's still a useful tool.

  41. Later, we see Peter scanning the printouts and faxing them.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Met one deadline.

  43. Then we hear his phone ringing and "CAT Office".

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's nice to hear from them.

  45. Engaging in a phone conversation, Peter checks his phone calendar.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's good that I haven't fixed my July travel yet.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I want to research further coming Monday before my mid-week court appearance.

  49. Peter then sees an incoming email: University Council Gentle Reminder.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, yes, I've a full day Council meeting coming Monday...

  51. Act 3


  53. Peter works on his laptop.

  54. PETER (V.O.): I reckon that I can get side-tracked with other responsibilities.

  55. Clicking a "case file for Panelist", Peter begins to read texts and draft on screen.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Reminders serve as a useful tool to help me remember important tasks, events or deadlines.

  57. Continuing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Apart from staying organized and on top of my commitments, reminders and start working help reduce my stress and anxiety too.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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