I realize this is a strange title for a post, given the fact that we Beijingers are experiencing the hottest run of HOT HOT days in nearly a decade. Even the mere use of the word seems to bring some, if only momentary, relief. Three days ago as I was doing one of life's more […]
I was reminded today of of an important truth: if you are forced to share a table with a stranger at McDonald's, it's best NOT to spill your large coke onto her lap. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way.
Today, for the first time in 11 days, Beijing's air quality was upgraded to "unhealthy." Yes, you read that right — UPGRADED!!! After sliding back and forth between "hazardous" (Warning: your lungs are about to fall out!) and "very unhealthy" (Warning: one of your lungs may fall out!) for over a week, today's "unhealthy" air […]
WHAM! Bam! The Great Wall!
In the previous post I mentioned that my mom, sister, and I had been at the Great Wall the same day that WHAM! was there and thus we might be visible in the background of any Wall shots on the video. That was not the case for either of the videos posted earlier. However…..as I […]
WHAM! Bam! Beijing (circa 1985)
A few weeks back one of my colleagues asked me a question that shook loose some long-forgotten memories from my early days in China. "Jo," he said, "You were in China in 1985. Were you here when the British pop group WHAM! visited China?" Before I answered his question (which suddenly made me feel very […]
Peanut Butter Hamburgers
Warmly welcome to stop by Gracewood Cottage to see what Gracie's got going on her grill this week: peanut butter on a hamburger. Seriously!