Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Oympic Games: A Saturday to Remember

  Lucking Out               The free subway map I picked up from the airport Olympic information center was certainly coming in handy.  Not only had I easily arrived at the Shangdi station, which is a few blocks away from … Continue reading

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Day 1 at The Olympics

  A Great Send-off              Zhang Cheng Gan was a very cheerful 48-year-old Chengdu taxi driver.  After catching his cab in front of my apartment this morning, I could n’t contain my excitement of going to Beijing.  Once it … Continue reading

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The Day Before Leaving for Beijing: Being Well-informed and Well-prepared

              T-shirt and shorts?              Check.             Sleeping attire?              Check.             Toiletries?              Check.             U.S. flag?              Double check!             When you’re going to the Olympics, the usual luggage packing takes on a bit more meaning.              I … Continue reading

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Summer Photos . . . and Off to Beijing!

                  My Chinese friends and former students in Luzhou have sent a few messages, wanting to see photos of my last few days in the States before returning to China.  I had emailed them about some special events, … Continue reading

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Learning Hospitality from the Chinese

             The U.S. Olympic articles  are full of surprise and praise:  how welcoming, how kind, how gracious are the Chinese athletes and people toward the Americans!             But foreigners who live here, and the Chinese people themselves, would expect … Continue reading

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A Son’s Move to Safety . . . Or Not?

            My excitement of returning to China was apparent in the taxi ride I took across town to pick up Little Flower two days ago.  I was full of stories from home, my anticipation of soon picking up my … Continue reading

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Olympics, Day 1: The Pressure to Win

             From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., wave after wave of torrential downpours hit our city.  Even Spendid Alley’s mahjong players remained indoors today.  That was certainly a surprising sight as LF and I trekked by the empty gaming … Continue reading

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