Beijing Dinner, last call

It looks like it will be quite a group. The restaurant is centrally loacted near Kerry Center and they serve Peking Duck! I am not posting the address on the site; please email me for it. We meet at 5:30 PM. [Emile, still haven’t heard from you and I don’t have your email address!! Email me ASAP.]

Sorry for the longest silence since I started this site. My laptop broke in Taiwan, and I was also very busy with the job hunting (full report on that soon). And after a couple of days of frustration, I realized just how relaxing it was not to worry about updating this blog, which can be a full-time job in itself. Last night I arrived in Beijing, which looks absolutely beautiful, at least the quaint Tuan Jie Hu neighborhood where I’m staying. It feels great to be back in this part of the world, and I can tell I’m going to have a hard time leaving.

I don’t expect to get back to regular blogging for a while as I finish my vacation and get ready for the next adventure. But with Martyn and Lisa doing such an amazing job I’ve become somewhat irrelevant. I am lucky to have such spectacular guest bloggers.

Okay, I’ll see our Beijing friends tonight, and the rest of you later.

The Discussion: 16 Comments

Hey, are you still planning to come through Shenzhen? Do you need any advance scouting done? Keep me current.

August 27, 2005 @ 8:00 pm | Comment

Sam, I arrive on August 4 in scenic Shenzhen, already have all my plans made, thanks. Will contact you when I arrive.

August 27, 2005 @ 8:29 pm | Comment

… isn’t that September 4 ?

August 27, 2005 @ 8:56 pm | Comment

Are you going anywhere in between Beijing and Shanghai?

August 28, 2005 @ 1:26 am | Comment

Sorry, that should have read, “Are you going anywhere in between Beijing and Shenzhen?” For example, Shanghai.

August 28, 2005 @ 1:28 am | Comment

Richard, you, irrelevant??? No way, dude, you aren’t slipping out of this so easily! Martyn and I can only hold your place, we aren’t the ones who created it…

August 28, 2005 @ 1:42 am | Comment

It’s nearly 4:30pm in the motherland so I hope you people all have a great evening in Beijing. Emile, James, Will etc.

Some photos would be nice. I’ll wear my Toon Army Newcastle United football shirt for the Shenzhen meeting. Always like to look my best, I do.

Have a good one. By the way, if nobody snaps up James’s thrillers, I would love to get my hands on them if Richard can slip them in his luggage!

August 28, 2005 @ 2:18 am | Comment

Thanks Lisa, it’s nice to think I’m indispensable. But I’m blown away by what you and Martyn have done here this week.

Dishui, as a matter of fact I’ll be in Shanghai toward the end of the week. Email me if you want to get together.

August 28, 2005 @ 2:34 am | Comment

And *blush* thanks for the compliment, Richard.

Okay, I’m going to sleep now. Say “hi” to Beijing for me, my home away from home…

August 28, 2005 @ 2:38 am | Comment

Other Lisa & Martyn really are doing a terrific job of pinch-hitting. Thanks for keeping us all plugged-in during Richard’s absence!

August 28, 2005 @ 6:45 am | Comment

I’ll assume “pinch-hitting” is a good thing Shanghai Slim and therefore thank you profusely. Much appreciated mate.

August 28, 2005 @ 8:07 am | Comment

pinch-hitting – one of the hardest jobs in baseball to do well…

August 28, 2005 @ 11:50 am | Comment

Yah, Martyn. Pinch hitting means filling in for an absent player. Comes from American baseball.

August 28, 2005 @ 9:28 pm | Comment

You Americans….

Thanks for the explanation.

August 28, 2005 @ 11:26 pm | Comment

Mind you, wouldn’t things be much more straightforward and easy if everyone were to speak using the Queen’s English?!

August 28, 2005 @ 11:28 pm | Comment

Okay, what it means is when you make a line-up change, for example, in the National League, where they play real baseball, as opposed to that American League stuff (designated hitter = abomination), say your pitcher (traditionally players who can’t hit well) is coming up and you’ve got a guy on second base and two outs and you have to decide whether to leave your pitcher in or pull him for a pinch hitter (because, say, it’s pretty late in the game and you need that run on second).

Any guy who can come in and hit for a good average under such circumstances has a particular skill – it’s not an easy thing to do for a lot of players, who tend to play better when they are playing regularly and for an entire game.

Have I mentioned that I like baseball?

August 29, 2005 @ 12:38 am | Comment

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