Off to Beijing

A total surprise, work related. I barely have time to pack let alone post. I’ll be out of commission until Monday. Guest bloggers, if ever I needed you, now’s the time. I won’t even be able to rant about the election. (If we lose, here’s why – read it and tremble in fear. I mean it)

Anyone up for lunch or early dinner on Saturday in Beijing?

Update: It’s not cold yet in Beijing, is it? I mean, I should be okay with a windbreaker and maybe a light sweater, no?

The Discussion: 15 Comments


It’s not cold cold, but a sweater/windbreaker will be necessary. Try to bring at least one heavier item.

And yeah – will be around. 135 5240 9508.

November 8, 2006 @ 12:51 am | Comment

Off to vote – I’ll try to post tonight. Won’t be home for a while though. Watching election returns…

November 8, 2006 @ 1:42 am | Comment

(whispering conspiratorially)

Pssst! Hey, hey guys, Richard’s gonna be away for a WHOLE WEEKEND!

Let’s trash the place while he’s out! HAHAHA!
Dave, you bring the grass (you know some guys from Xinjiang, don’t you?) I’ll bring the vodka.
Some of you other guys, hire some dancing girls.

And then we’ll go nuts while Richard’s gone, just like THESE cats:

(cartoon clip by the studio of John Kricfalusi, creator of the original Ren and Stimpy…)

November 8, 2006 @ 3:20 am | Comment

These are votes lost because a punch card didn’t punch (its chad got “hung”), a stray mark voided a paper ballot and other machinery glitches.

“Except that, under a federal law passed by the very pubbies being attacked here, electronic voting machines are now mandated. So much for this part of the theory.

I guess they’ll just replace it with a rant about Diebold. It sure beats factual analysis.”


November 8, 2006 @ 3:54 am | Comment

Thanks Lisa. Ivan, please behave. Brendan, you’d better be right – after reading you comment I ditched the heavy overcoat for a fall jacket and sweater. Gordon, I invite readers to peruse your blogroll (the first section, “Blogs for Bush”) to see what perceive to be “factual analysis.” Like My Pet Jawa. (Snicker.)

Bye everyone, and sorry I couldn’t be more diligent about maintaining the site the past few days

November 8, 2006 @ 4:33 am | Comment

(hmm, Richard told me to behave. But he didn’t tell me HOW to behave…..)

November 8, 2006 @ 5:51 am | Comment

Well…while I’m not one of Bush’s strongest supporters these days, I maintain the B4B blogroll because I do like many of the blogs listed. Some are kinda kooky, but no worse than this chap who wrote this piece. He’s already making excuses for losing a race that in all likelihood the Democrats will probably win.

Oh well. And so it goes….

Have a good trip.

November 8, 2006 @ 6:08 am | Comment

Its pretty friggen cold here recently, though today’s okay. I’d definitely recommend bringing some warm stuff.

November 8, 2006 @ 10:28 am | Comment

Pssst… Ivan! Is Richard gone yet…. I scored some beers, 1/2 bottle of vodka (I swear it was like that when I bought it).

My Hero ->

November 8, 2006 @ 11:27 am | Comment

Phil…Brendan said it wasn’t cold cold, so I left the heavy stuff at home. Am I going to regret this? (I arrivce in BJG in about 12 hours; I’m marking time in a Hong Kong internet cafe right now – only 7 more hours to kill.)

Gordon, Greg Palast is a smart guy. We’ll see after the election whether there’s much to his story. The Dems are enjoying such a big sweep they havge to win. But it’s quite possible – even probable based on the past two elections – that the GOP will be shown to have suppressed many thousands of votes. But in an election like this, that’s trying to stop Niagra Falls with a bucket.

November 8, 2006 @ 12:02 pm | Comment

Headline from today’s Onion:

“Politicians Sweep Midterm Election”

(or just go to

November 8, 2006 @ 12:19 pm | Comment

I’m good for lunch on Saturday.


November 9, 2006 @ 12:56 am | Comment

It’s cold. Not “To Light A Fire” cold. But still pretty g*&S$mn cold.

Brendan is obviously on one of his “fall is beautiful” spells.

November 9, 2006 @ 1:37 am | Comment

Dammit Richard! I’m in NH this weekend. Back to Beijing on Monday. You around for longer than the weekend? I’d like to take you to this teahouse I know

November 9, 2006 @ 11:38 pm | Comment

Ai ai ai, Richard — you around?

November 12, 2006 @ 4:06 am | Comment

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