It’s a long story, but I’m in Beijing for a short visit. The inbound flight path from Detroit to Beijing yesterday took us over the mountains to the northwest of the city, where the alpine events of the Winter Olympics will be held in 2022. They’re getting ready!
We’re heading up the freeway and along the north shore of Lake Superior today for our annual Thanksgiving getaway at Lutsen Resort. It will be 5 days of relaxing, eating, and enjoying the scenery. Hopefully a bit of snowshoeing as well, since we have a big snowstorm raging today. I also plan to put away […]
Shortly after I moved from Changchun to Beijing in 1998, I began studying one on one with a Chinese professor at a local teachers college. On the first day of class he told me, quite matter-of-factly that, since he was not a member of the Chinese Communist Party, we could talk about anything. He wasn’t […]
I was in the Los Angeles area last week for meetings. During our Friday afternoon lunch break, we walked to nearby restaurant called Spitz. Along the way I spotted what I thought was a quintessential California scene. An oversized apartment building in faux-Spanish architecture. Palm trees. A 1960s VW Beetle. But wait….what’s with that chain? The […]
Ten years ago today I had knee surgery in Hong Kong to re-align a knee-cap. A couple of friends from the US happened to be in town that day and accompanied me to the hospital. Both of them have had more than their fair share of surgical procedures so they had lots of advice and […]
Yesterday, for the third time this year, I found myself on a flight to Los Angeles. And because I am a map and geography nerd, I always make sure to nab a window seat. I am fascinated by watching the geography and topography change as we make our way southwest across the western half of […]