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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Make Adaptive Changes

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 07:15


  4. PETER is studying files.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Let me examine if the witness being subjected to a Quarantine Order is a key one.


  6. Perusing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I've satisfied myself.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The pandemic has caused new administrative problems in all walks of life.

  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Interested parties have to work together to execute the solution.


  12. Peter takes a look of the documents near him.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The default situation in my case is that I've to take the lead to tackle the challenge.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. ESTATE PARK - 14:45


  16. Jogging along a track, Peter sees two white pigeons in front of him.


  17. PETER (V.O.): They're the same couple we saw the other day.


  18. Recalling.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife thought they're well-fed.


  20. Recalling.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did see someone feeding them with breadcrumbs.


  22. As Peter jogs near them, one pigeon is particularly forthcoming.


  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Maybe he or she doesn't have lunch yet.


  24. As Peter puts his hand into his carrier bag, the forthcoming pigeon is particularly attentive.


  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, I don't have any breadcrumbs with me. I just want to take a picture of you!


  26. Seeing Peter taking out a smart phone, the forthcoming pigeon just looks away.


  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): He or she knows I won't cause any harm.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): These urban pigeons have made adaptive changes. Aren't they intelligent?


  30. Having checked the image on screen, Peter parts the pigeons.


  31. INT. RESTAURANT - 15:00


  32. Eating and drinking his usual afternoon tea set, Peter checks his smart phone.


  33. PETER (V.O.): I don't expect any early reply, although I've faxed my letter to all interested parties as early as I could this morning.


  34. FLASHBACK


  35. INT. STUDY - 09:10


  36. Peter engages in a lengthy phone conversation.


  37. PETER (V.O.): The solutions I cooked up are actually non-starters in light of the current pandemic developments.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But it's good that I've learned about the latest procedural practice.


  40. Peter is typing frantically on his laptop.


  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've to notify the court that one witness can't appear tomorrow because of a Quarantine Order.


  42. Having checked the draft on screen, Peter clicks the "Print" button" and sees: No toner.


  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): That can't be right. There's toner inside.


  44. Peter clicks another "Printer" on screen and sees:...printer needs attention.


  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): This one is new! And it has worked before!


  46. Peter goes to open the lid of a printer, unload and reload the toner a couple of times.


  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): A support community says that it's a way to solve the printing problem.


  48. Hearing some sounds, the printer begins to print. Peter looks relaxed.


  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, I've to fax it. But the new printing and faxing machine has just shown error messages.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Should I enlist my wife's help? She's on leave to sleep late on a Monday morning!


  52. END FLASHBACK


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. STUDY - 22:30


  55. PETER (V.O.): In the pandemic and work-from-home context, we need new learning for problem definition and solution implementation.


  56. Thinking.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): More and more, I realize the ability to make adaptive changes is the true measure of intelligence.


  58. Reflecting.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And good attitude and wise choice empower all to do and live better.


  60. THE END


  61. FADE OUT







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