Turning 60 and Saturday at the Mall

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.)

"I am far too busy"

“I am far too busy”

Anyway, on to today.

Those aren't Macdonalds or Starbucks bags she's carrying.

Those aren’t Macdonalds or Starbucks bags she’s carrying.

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.

"Age appropriate, Grandma , age appropriate"

“Age appropriate, Grandma , age appropriate – and what’s with those shoes?”

I don't know who would buy this outfit, let alone wear it in public - and again, what's with those shoes?

I don’t know who would buy this outfit, let alone wear it in public – and again, what’s with those shoes?

Moving on, these are a couple more. Remember, this is Saturday morning at Starbucks – all happening before 11:00.

Great look for a Saturday EVENING dinner party. Or, maybe she is going to be out all day.

Great look for a Saturday EVENING dinner party. Well, maybe she IS GOING to be out all day. She did smile at me every time she went by, though – and that was 4 or 5 times. Hmmm…

Her friend, though, may need a little help in accessorizing.

To be fair, it is a Paul Frank hat - or at least a Chinese Paul Frank hat...

To be fair, it is a Paul Frank hat – or at least a Chinese Paul Frank hat…

This woman came in, wandered around on her phone for 5 minutes – and then left. Are those daisies on her skirt?

She really should have a different colour phone...

If she is looking to be “colour” matched maybe she should have a different colour purse and phone…

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.

Dress upon dress

Dress upon dress – this is not an uncommon thing to see in China.

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.

Fashion faux pas?

Fashion faux pas?

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.

Step right up folks. Buy a car, get a TV set, a bicycle or a toaster oven (really.)

Step right up folks. Buy a car, get a TV set, a bicycle or a toaster oven (really – they were all piled up at the side of the tent waiting to go.)

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.

You mean keep it on the road?

You mean keep it on the road?

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…

When I come home, I may get a new paint job on my Infiniti.

When I come home, I may get a new paint job on MY Infiniti…

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.

After I took a couple of photos they saw me and let me know in no uncertain terms that I was to stop! But too late...Ha ha!

After I took a couple of photos they saw me and let me know in no uncertain terms that I was to stop! But too late…Ha ha! Can you see the helmet – no need to wear THAT, of course…

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!

It is a good thing feet don't actually do anything on a scooter, other than provide balance when you stop. On the other hand, today I saw a woman in 4" heels pedalling a bicycle. Try THAT you crazy Canadian women!

It is a good thing feet don’t actually do anything on a scooter, other than provide balance when you stop. On the other hand, today I saw a woman in 4″ heels pedalling a bicycle. Try THAT you crazy Canadian women!

9 thoughts on “Turning 60 and Saturday at the Mall

  1. martincreggguinan

    OK – I already commented but this stoopid wordpress thing loses your comments when you log in…..

    I was nonplussed to see your use of the word unperturbed in such a perturbing situation – also, methinks that the editor and the writer are the same person, since Terry is on the piss in Shanghai. That has to be a violation of the blogosphere rools. As to the wine, I think all the respectives are in the same boat, and the local wine stores are doing a roaring trade in the Lower mainland!

    Cheers,
    M.

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  2. Val Goodridge

    It was reported in the Free Press last week that the US has surpassed France in wine consumption. I think Canada can’t be far behind even with you and Terry out of the country! Do they even sell good looking shoes in China?

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  3. lois and gerry

    Upscale clothes, shoes that glisten, glass thingies, eveningwear at Starbucks..? Is it the nouveau riche again making a statement? What are the street walking men wearing? ♡

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  4. Bruce

    Geoff, I am a little concerned that you know so much about woman’s fashion. I am so proud of you! Keep the shoes coming!

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    1. Judith

      Thank you, Bruce….as Geoff’s “big” sister I was getting a little worried but didn’t know how to bring it up…thanks for relieving me of the responsibility!

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  5. Ingrid

    Happy 60th Terry!!! lots of love Paul and Ingrid.

    Geoff, you know better than anyone-as far as fashion is concerned-anything goes!!! I’m particularly fond of the yellow, mint green and robin-egg blue ensemble.

    We too are trying to scale back on our wine consumption after our yearly wine-cellar top up tour to the Okanagan.

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