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February, 2010

  1. This picture says it all

    February 10, 2010 by admin

    Best bar in Shanghai, El Coctel.  If you haven’t been, don’t go, it’s busy enough already.


  2. World Wide Web (of lies)

    February 8, 2010 by admin

    When I first started in corporate america (cough*20 yrs ago*cough, cough) before everyone had email and we used to use rocks as eating utensils, I remember my boss getting those weird letters from Lagos, Nigeria about the $8 million they had tied up in a foreign account and needed a business partner outside the country to transfer the money to, and don’t tell anyone about this blah, blah, blah.   The first time I read one I was like, “is this for real?  wow!!!”.  I was young.  Later, when everyone had email, I would get these SAME letters saying the SAME thing but now of course they would just make me laugh at how stupid they are.  You know what I’m talking about because you got them too.

    I got one recently that came through a little differently.  It was from a 23 yr. old girl in a Senegal.  She likes dogs and wanted to know what kind of dog I had.  She was a student.  Her father had died and she was living in a refugee camp, one with a computer and internet access apparently.  Then, I got a second letter, it included her picture.  She said she didn’t have anyone in her life except her pastor.  She included his telephone number because she could be reached through him.  She wanted to go to college, continue with her studies and then she said, I have an uncle who left me 8 MILLION DOLLARS IN A FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNT AND I NEED YOU TO HELP ME GET IT OUT.  WE WILL SHARE IT, BUT DON’T TELL ANYONE ABOUT THIS.   Gawd this is getting old…20 years or more…Stop it already.  Although, asking about the dog is a welcomed change.

    On a positive WWW note, I received an email from the editor at the Pakistani Spectator. I know, I never thought I would be typing that either.  They are sending out questionnaires to bloggers from around the world to post in their blogging section.  I assumed they would only want smart, serious, innovative bloggers but I guess not because they posted mine.

    Blogger questionnaire


  3. It’s like Mexico…

    February 3, 2010 by admin

    but without the margarita’s, drunken “spring breakers” and general murder and mayhem. Mexico has always been my favorite place for fun in the sun, so imagine how excited I was to find my “Chexico”.

    We visited Hainan island this past weekend with friends and had the most amazing time.  It’s a beautiful, large island at the southernmost tip of China.  We were in Sanya, known for it’s beautiful hotels and beaches.  We passed through small farming villages, fishing towns and lot’s of lush vegetation.  There were animals roaming freely, a family of pot-pellied pigs, chickens, oxen, cows, etc.   The most delicious fruits grown locally and fresh caught fish.  The weather was warm and perfectly tropical.

    Yalong Bay in Sanya

    My sweet Chexican

    I rented a jet-ski but it’s regulation that a “staff” person ride on the back.  So there’s basically a 12-year old boy with me, holding on for dear life.

    Free Range

    On the boat to the fishing village (it’s starting to feel a little “Apocalypse Now” if you know what I mean).

    Captain on the lookout!

    Fisheries

    Very large squid.  I will have to pass on that.

    Little Chexican’s

    Lunchtime!

    Phillip and Kate

    Not at the fishing village anymore