WHAT A FUSS over the 'election' date for the Chief Executive. Forget whether Thursday, March 28, 2002, was chosen for the convenience of golf-playing rich folk. The date itself was the area of dispute among callers to a radio phone-in programme on Wednesday. Some complained the date - 3/28 - might have been chosen by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa because it is an auspicious date in the fung shui calendar. Three means life, two means easy and eight - which sounds like fortune - is luckiest of the lot. But legislator James Tien Pei-chun pointed out that he and Mr Tung are both Shanghainese, and eight has no significance in their dialect. But nobody seemed to remember that the date will be just as lucky for any other candidate. However, one caller did point out that 'easy life' could be read to mean 'time to relax - you're out of a job'. Or put another way, 'your number's up'. Still on the numbers game, there has been a lot of smirking over the hotline set up by Customs and Excise to let people ring in to tell tales about their employers if they are still using pirated software after next Wednesday, when software provisions of a new copyright law come into force. The first two digits of the phone number are two-five. The words yee-ng in Cantonese mean 'betrayed'. Figuratively speaking, in this case. Word is circulating in newspaper circles that Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui plans to invite crime reporters to a meeting at his official residence. Can this be a fence-mending exercise after his less-than-happy start in the job? The previous commissioner, Eddie Hui Ki-on, and his predecessor, Li Kwan-ha, never invited a crime hack across the doorstep during their time in the job. Mr Tsang was at the helm when the controversial decision to stop giving out details about suspects and victims was taken - and swiftly reversed - in February. That did not enhance his popularity. Maybe things will be different after a harmonious exchange of ideas. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong leader Tsang Yok-sing faces a dilemma: he would like to expand his party's international ties and is planning a trip to America in July. But this is a difficult time in Sino-US relations, and if the two countries are still exchanging harsh words then, it might be more tactful to stay at home. Democrat leader Martin Lee Chu-ming is criticised as 'pro-US' by pro-Beijing ideologues, and Mr Tsang wouldn't feel comfortable tagged with that label - not that there is much prospect of it. However, plans have to be made in advance, so there's a lot of guesswork going on about what the diplomatic climate will be like in the summer. Mr Tsang has requested a meeting with US President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the party aims to raise money from US supporters while he's over there. But given the existing tension, this may not prove a very fruitful journey. Democrat legislator Sin Chung-kai is complaining about his 'painful Easter holidays', which he spent with a Legco delegation to Britain and the US to study finance and securities issues. It was bad enough being jet lagged through transatlantic and transcontinental travel but was made worse when Hong Kong hacks called him up at all hours to ask questions. On one occasion, he was roused from slumber to find himself being interviewed live about his views on the row over intellectual property laws. However, he had plenty of time to rest on his return when he flew to Malaysia to join his wife and two children for a four-day holiday. This time without his mobile phone.