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October, 2009

  1. In the News…

    October 14, 2009 by admin


    I find this very hard to believe as it would appear the police are good for one thing here and that’s smoking.  But apparently there are different “kinds” of police and this particular branch pulled a Sherlock Holmes on these Bernie Madoff’s.

    CHINESE police cracked a pyramid scheme worth about 1 billion yuan (US$147 million), according to the Ministry of Public Security.

    The company allured (their typo not mine) people into the ring by claiming they were selling highly profitable cell phone chips. With the chips, people could view advertisements on their phones and receive rewards.

    Three chief suspects, Shi Yongbin, Qiang Kexin and Fu Yanping, have been arrested and confessed to their crimes.

    This “confessing” thing happens a lot here.  Hmmmmmm.

    Anyway, we need some of them po po back in the States!

  2. One Big Oyster

    October 9, 2009 by admin

    I can’t believe I’ve been here over a month now.  City life moves so quickly, soon enough I’ll be 80 years old… in Shanghai years.  On yet another wonderful bike ride during the “golden” month of October I caught a shot of the famous skyline containing the Pearl Tower.  To the right of the Pearl Tower is the Mori building, the one that looks like a bottle opener.  The architect, a Japanese fellow, originally designed the top of the building to be a big circle opening.  However, the Chinese thought it would be too much like having the Japanese flag hovering over their city so they made them change it.


  3. The invitation must have gotten lost in the mail…

    October 9, 2009 by admin

    Because apparently there was a pajama party that we didn’t know about.

    Actually, it’s not an unlikely event that you will see someone out walking in their pajamas.  It’s usually men on a stroll but I saw a young girl out walking her dog yesterday in her yellow and red jammies.  It’s always (well, almost always) a nice matching set of a short-sleeved top and elastic waisted pants.  You’ll see them in a fine plaid print or covered in teddy bears, doesn’t matter.  I think it’s great and it definitely looks nicer than some of MY dog walking outfits.


  4. What in foreign country hell is going on here??

    October 8, 2009 by admin

    Okay, so remember a few posts back where I tell you how wonderful it is that the Chinese don’t waste anything?   oh no I didn’t, because Ken and I are walking down the street and it’s getting dark and I notice that a few cars don’t have their lights on.  So I think out-loud, “not only are the drivers bad here but they forget to put their light’s on?!” and Ken’s like, “um, some drivers don’t put them on because they think it’s WASTEFUL!”

    Somebody needs to send me a fedex box containing a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue and some vicodan pronto!

    To take my mind off this subject, I’m throwing in a picture of Haibao stealing my spaghetti.


  5. More dog blog

    October 8, 2009 by admin

    So this is weird.  Twice now in the last week we have driven about 30 minutes to be able to be out in the fresh air and among the green landscape to take Bernie out for a run.  Along the way we met this puppy who followed us for some time, playing and chasing Bernie.  Ken captured a picture of him as he was heading back to his, ahem, home.  I believe his “parents” are living here temporarily while they work on a construction project.   It REALLY was beautiful where we were, I swear, but in this picture it looks like a siberian prison for bad puppies.  Of course I have no other pictures of the bamboo tree forest or the marble-lined stone pathway.  oh well, you’ll have to trust me on this, it was beautiful.

    bernie and puppy

  6. A little piece of Silverlake

    October 6, 2009 by admin

    I’m posting this with Jenny, Mae and Andy in mind, this is one place we will be visiting when you come (hint, hint).   Ken and I rode our bikes along a part of the Suzhou creek that runs through a good part of northern Shanghai.   There is a small street called Moganshan that’s been developed for artist’s galleries.  We went through many of the galleries housing mostly contemporary artists with really interesting paintings, some sculpture as well as some classical works.  The area is called M50 and as soon as they put in a wine bar and cheese shop, we’re moving there.  Here’s a few pics and a link.


  7. Beautiful Country People

    October 5, 2009 by admin

    Zhong Guo Ren is the Mandarin name for Chinese people and literally translates as “middle country people”.  The Mandarin name for American people is Mei Guo Ren, “beautiful country people”.  Can you believe that?  Isn’t that the sweetest?!!  I mean, we DO have a beautiful country, but spend one hour in line at Disneyland staring at the people in front of you and it’s easy to forget that we have a beautiful country.  Anyway, a high-five to the Chinese for that.  Here are just a few things I’ve noticed and love about the Chinese.  For example, they’re smart.  The kids are reallllly smart.  They already know their tea is hot so they don’t need a warning stamped on their paper cup.  They know there are cracks and loose tiles in the sidewalk, hanging electrical wires and quite possibly an open man-hole that would plunge them into sewer water that would kill a small animal on contact.  Do they call their attorney?  Do they blame the tree root that grew too big and pushed the sidewalk up and file a suit against the district?  No, they take responsibility and proceed with (a little) caution and live their lives and keep moving forward.  They also use and reuse everything so as not to waste a thing.  Now if only I can get them to let dogs in the parks…

    Here’s Bernie trying to sneak in a little grass time


    Shanghai’s version of the Wholefood’s Roasted Chicken


    Where I’ll be taking my vegetarian sister to eat everyday…


    Another thing I love about China…