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July, 2010

  1. Mrs. Cravitz

    July 11, 2010 by admin

    I’m at my bedroom window staring out (from behind the curtains) as I often do because with 18 plus million people in this city I’m bound to see something interesting at least every 15 minutes.  For about the 20th time since we moved here they are replacing the flowers surrounding the “Haibao shrine” at the park across the street.   I’m standing with amazement at the truckload of flowers being delivered, it was completely full.  And then I saw the man in the hard hat unloading everything.

  2. Guess what

    July 11, 2010 by admin


    So we had this kitten “stuck” in our back deck area for about a week. By stuck, I mean she managed to get herself in but the walls are pretty high and she couldn’t get out.  What was my quaint little area where I grew herbs and could sit with Bernie in the morning and sip coffee while we sunned our toes had become this cat’s prison.  She was a pretty-eyed, white-haired fluffball with caramel patches and a growl/snarl that made Bernie do a double-axil backwards flip when he got too close.   I fed her and gave her water, from a distance mind you, but really just wanted her to get out to the courtyard complex to join her mother and siblings and the million other cats that live there.  Which would explain why I’ve never seen a rodent.  Finally today, with Ken’s genius and my nerves on their last end, we got her from the back deck door to the front yard door and out she went to freedom. I already miss the furry and feral little hisser.

    In tomato news:

    I have managed to not kill the tomato plant…yet.  We’ll be having a few in our salad soon!

  3. The circus came to town

    July 7, 2010 by admin

    Ken and I went to see the “circus” last weekend, ERA Shanghai It’s not the kind of circus where lions are jumping through fire hoops, clowns are standing on galloping horses and elephants are balancing on a pin cushions, because I despise those horrid things which I consider to be animal abuse.  But more than that, I just hate clowns.  HATE them.

    This was more like a Cirque de Soleil type show minus the $200 million budget for set design, lighting, music, costuming and hair and makeup.  It was pure raw talent and a lot of fun to watch.  It’s theme is past, present and future China combining traditional Chinese acrobatics with modern technology.  There are many different acts including acrobats, plate spinners, trampoline jumpers, etc., with beautiful live music in the background.  The finale is a huge metal Ball that 8 motorcyclists enter and ride around in.  It’s truly unbelievable.

    Important Hint:  Before the cyclists enter the ball they ride around the audience using the pathways you take to enter the seating.  Make sure that after intermission you STAY IN YOUR SEAT, otherwise you may get mowed down.

    You can get more information and tickets here ERA Shanghai

  4. It’s getting hot in here

    July 7, 2010 by admin

    1. He’s on his way to the studio to work on choreography for the upcoming Shanghai production of West Side Story.

    2. He’s upset because he was told there was going to be a poodle parade coming down the street today.

    3. It’s just plain hot outside.

  5. Oh my

    July 7, 2010 by admin

    These beautiful creatures are popping up everywhere around town and I thought they were cute lady-bug-like things until one landed on me and all of it’s 15 creepy legs came out.  When Bernie puts his nose to one of them they rear up like a horse.  I wonder if they bite…

  6. Freedom (?)

    July 4, 2010 by admin

    Happy 4th of July America!

    It just so happens that while America is celebrating a birthday and American’s their freedom, I signed up for a VPN service allowing me to open Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and many of the other “blocked” sites here in China.  I mean, I was always able to access any of the news channels so it wasn’t like I couldn’t find out (biased) information on anything and everything that was going on in the good ‘ol USofA.  I never twittered because I’m not interested when Britney Spears goes to Starbucks or where Kim Kardashian is eating lunch, but I did enjoy clicking on friends pictures in Facebook and sending a little hello now and then.  But having to do without it now for the last 10 months, I have to say I really wasn’t missing much.  But that’s not the point.  YOU have the freedom to log into whatever, whenever you want!  So celebrate that  America, only please celebrate that right responsibly for goodnessakes (unless you’re reading my blog, for that you are forgiven).

    We had a really fun BBQ at our house this weekend with all the American accoutrements one could ever want.  Hamburgers (Australian meat), hot dogs (German), Budweiser, Ore Ida Country Fries, California wines, Ruffles, Fritos…how’s that for globalization.

    Side Note: We oven-baked our fries because we understand that while the Chinese have mastered the art of frying, Americans still tend to burn their houses down during this process.

    My Contribution


  7. Travel is Important

    July 1, 2010 by admin

    The summer after I graduated from high school I went to Europe on a travel/study program for 5 weeks.  Back then, the entire trip cost what is today a pair of jeans.   My best friend, I won’t mention any names (Alison) went too.  Our very first evening was in Rome and we were walking around a park taking in the beautiful sites.  An older (30’s?), handsomeish, Italian man came up and started chatting with us.  As he wedged himself in between the two of us, he put his arms on our shoulders and we walked as he told us about the history of Rome.   All of a sudden, I started to notice that as we walked his hand was running down my back and over my butt!  After about 15 minutes of this (well, I didn’t want to jump to conclusions!), we said our goodbyes.  As we walked out of range from the man, Alison pulled me by the arm and said, “that man had his hand on my butt the entire time!!!”.

    And the moral of this story is?

    a. when your girl’s graduate from High School, send them to China.

    b. you can learn and have fun at the same time.

    c. two hands are better than one.

    I don’t know,  I really don’t know.

    Let’s now focus on some pictures I took today while walking around town.