I was having coffee at an outdoor cafe in Saigon’s District 2 when my friend’s nine-year-old son spotted this cryptic sign, which reads “LIGHTNING PROTECTION TEST LINK” and has what looks like a doorbell beneath it. “Do you think we should press it?” said the nine-year-old.
“Better not,” I said.
For the next week, every time I walked by, I was tempted. Last night, I gave in and pressed the button. As far as I know, nothing happened. But I’m still wondering what that sign means.