Terry turned 60 yesterday and 5 of her girlfriends flew over to surprise her (she thought we were going to Hong Kong to celebrate it). They are spending the weekend gallivanting around Shanghai – she may let you in one what they did later. Thus I am left to my own devices. What can a man who speaks no Chinese do all weekend? Well, he can spend 4 and 1/2 hours Saturday morning observing what happens at Jiang Nan Mall. However, before I get to today, a brief recollection of yesterday.
I have been trying to cut down on my wine consumption (Ed. note: Terry thinks
a glass whoops, a bottle a day is over doing it. Who knew?) Anyway, in my effort to behave, I have temporarily stopped ordering cases at a time, on the premise that if it isn’t in the house, I can’t drink it. (Ed. note: it’s okay, Rob and Shelley, Terry doesn’t follow the same thought pattern and will be ordering when she finishes what is here.)
While the cat is away, however… Yesterday I dropped in to WalMart, which sells a perfectly drinkable Australian Cabernet Sauvignon for only $15.00. I picked up two bottles and took them to this cashier, which is where you pay for your liquor. She was chatting with a fellow employee and motioned that no, I should take them to the front of the store as she was, apparently, too busy. When I went to take this photo, her friend ran away. She, though, was unperturbed. (Ed. note: I have always wanted to use that word in a sentence. Actually I wanted to use nonplussed, but there is confusion on the internet as to its meaning.)
Anyway, on to today.
Let’s start with this young lady. I saw her leaving with her shopping bags at about 10:1o. Now, I have a pretty good idea what opens when – before 10:00 Starbucks, MacDonalds and WalMart. Suffice it to say that she must have dressed for her shopping at Walmart.
Let’s move on to this pair. I dub them Grandma and Grandma’s friend. When I say to Terry – “Hey why don’t you wear something like that?” she will respond “Age appropriate Geoff, age appropriate.” Now you can’t see Grandma’s face, since she is hidden behind the kid’s face. Trust me, despite the good looking legs, she’s not long before she too is celebrating 60. The other thing is, she and her friend were in Starbucks with their husbands for a good hour and that kid was NEVER out of her arms.
Moving on, these are a couple more. Remember, this is Saturday morning at Starbucks – all happening before 11:00.
Her friend, though, may need a little help in accessorizing.
This woman came in, wandered around on her phone for 5 minutes – and then left. Are those daisies on her skirt?
When this woman came in, it was easy to see that she was wearing two dresses, as the purple one had buttons below the waist. I guess if you get tired with one outfit during the day you can switch up.
Could someone more fashion conscious let me know – is it okay to mix flouncy sleeves on a cream blouse with an orange purse, mint green skirt and bright turquoise shoes (Sorry – the brightness didn’t come out too well)? I didn’t think so.
Let’s talk about cars and a scooter, another way to give you the opportunity to give your head a shake in China.
Yesterday a HUGE truck pulled up into the display/parking area at the mall. It was fully loaded with something that was under tarps and it just sat there for a long time, taking up space. This morning it was gone, replaced with this. This is the weekend to sell Minivans in Jiaxing, apparently. They set up the building, the stage, the HUGE speakers blasting out rap and start selling.
I’m thinking this guy missed the lesson on parallel parking. He must think that empty spot is a place for him to angle through and leave himself partially on the crosswalk so the step down isn’t so far. In the background, can you count the number of #97 buses lined up? Do you see four? By the way, this is a two way street. How about the guy just behind the guy.
I think this guy may have been going for a candy apple green (good colour for an Infiniti don’t you think) but forgot to tell them to make it really shiny. And how about that black grill and symbol…
Finally, I saw these two coming out of WalMart, carrying this purple glass flower arrangement thing and heading to the scooter parking. No I thought. Yes, indeed. Safe to drive with this, I’m sure.
The Shoe Blog
Today an entire package. You get: The nice looking outfit, the backwards coat to stop dust and wind from affecting your outfit and your body temperature, plus the purse and scooter lock sitting in the well. And, no helmet to mess up her hair!