Okay folks, first of all, the entire time it was being made functional, she was in the bathroom, either

  1. to maximize the surprise factor of what it would look like
  2. so that she wouldn’t get in the way of the installer
  3. she wanted to clean the tub/bathroom and she really doesn’t give a rat’s patutti about this.

Here is the first picture of her newest acquisition. It certainly adds to the living room decor, don’t you think.

Happily at play

Hope you are all just as excited as she is.
Now then, to fill up the rest of the space, some thoughts.

1. Right hand turns. Imagine, if you will approaching the intersection of Hastings and Renfrew Streets (or any major intersetion of your choice) on a bus. There are two lanes going west and two lanes going east. You are heading west on Hastings. The light ahead of you is red. Your bus driver wants to make a right hand turn and go north but there are three cars stopped in each of the two lanes ahead of him. He stops and waits, right? No, he simply pulls out into the oncoming lane, passes the stopped vehicles and makes his turn. You look at your spouse, partner, significant other and simply laugh — Traffic in Jiaxing on a Friday evening.

2. “Nigah, Nigah” We often hear this expression when listening to people talk. Terry, in her innocent, naive perspective on life believes they are just saying “um, um”. I’m not sure.

3. Doing Business in Jiaxing So yesterday I was at Starbucks and watched as a business deal was consummated between a Chinese ladder manufacturer and an American importer of some sort. There were two Americans (one was Jewish, which I add only because he felt the need to loudly announce to everyone in the place “I’m a Jew”)  and a translator for about half an hour and then a Chinese man and woman showed up with a couple of extension ladders. Interestingly, they were in their own product boxes with German writing on them. Over the course of the next forty minutes or so, the Americans did everything to test them, short of climbing on them. (One would think that might be a standard test of a ladder, wouldn’t one?). At the end they wrote up a deal for ten thousand of them (I thought that might be high for an initial order, but what do I know.)  I’m not sure why they chose Starbucks to do their business – other than the manufacturing plant is a 3 hour drive.

Each of the metal bars is a rung which collapse and expand vertically. It collapses into an item totally flat and about three feet high. They have two models, one with heavier duty rungs.

4. Doing Business in Jiaxing, Part 2. For the past week this has been the view outside Starbucks. It was set up a week ago Thursday and last night we saw that they were taking the cars away (there were two) and beginning to dismantle the display centre. I guess it moves around from city to city in order to generate some interest. Our mall is quite large and this was on the plaza in front of it.

The Beetle comes to Jiaxing

5. Riding the Elevator  Finally, last night we went to our  favourite restaurant, Krabi Thai, which has been written about in this space previously. As usual, it was both fabulous and cheap. (Dinner for 4: 7 dishes, plus rice, plus fruit plus 3 16 oz beer for $85 – and no tipping allowed). What was unusual was the elevator ride down. The restaurant is attached to the third floor of the mall. There is a bit of a lobby in front of the elevator doors and some 6 inch x 8 foot strips of heavier plastic which separate the lobby from the mall proper. As we are standing there and just before the elevator doors open, through the plastic comes a motorcycle and a motor cycle rider with a cigarette in his mouth. The door opens, he drives on and away he goes, leaving the four of us slightly stunned. Just as the next elevator arrives, another motorcycle shows up (no cigarette), but we are quicker this time and Terry, Puneet and Wes get on. I stay behind to get the photo. Remember, we are on the THIRD FLOOR!

Riding the Elevator

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