BEIJING -- I had 10 minutes. Ten minutes to get from our office at one end of the Olympic Green to the Olympic Hospitality Center at the other, where six tickets to Opening Ceremony for my colleagues awaited.
All I had to do was pick them up. The offices were less than a mile apart.
This is a difficult place, Beijing, The air is poisonous, your house can be razed from around you, and if you complain, you will likely be imprisoned. So fearful of what personal and political freedom might unleash, the government brooks nothing they cannot control. But the people of China are not the People's Republic of China.
My memory of Beijing will be of the extraordinary kindness of one volunteer.