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May 10, 2011 by admin

I just found out that the Chinese don’t base their seasons on a time calendar or a lunar calendar. They consider summer to be here when the temperature is at or above, something like 27 celsius (give or take a degree) for 4 days in a row. I totally get that. I, however, base summer on the first day I am comfortable wearing shorts, flip flops and my hair is not only frizzy but the area near my neck is curling like a pig’s tail.

That was today…and what a day it was. First, a young boy passed me on the escalator and yelled a big “helllooooo” to me. Then, I was walking the dogs around the park and a girl walking her new little dog stopped to chat me up.  Not long after that, my 17 yr. old language exchange “friend” called me to tell me that she was accepted to summer school at Cornell…and she’ll be studying animal biology.   The woman who sings in the park on Saturdays decided that she’d come dressed in her full Ancient Chinese regalia and put on a show…I was in heaven.   Sadly, not everyone was in Chinese heaven.  The launching of the Ipad 2 at the Apple Stores in Shanghai and Beijing is causing some havoc with the Beijing location actually having some violence between the employees and some customers.  I remember years ago this type of thing happening in the States, during the Christmas holidays when a new cabbage patch doll was being released onto the market.   I mean, we’re talking important stuff here.

I’m just waiting for the dust to settle.  And I mean literally waiting for the dust to settle because apparently the dust storms from the north, Wulumuqi, Gobi Desert, Beijing area, and anywhere else there was a speck of dirt on the ground, was picked up by a strong wind and carried over to Shanghai where it could then join forces with our gnarly pollution situation and create a respiratory/allergy bomb bar none. Ken is battling a head cold and I’m taking something the doctor gave me that he refers to as Claritin but is clearly not spelled the same on the box.  Oh well.

Time to get out your summer jammies!

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