Well here it is Wednesday afternoon and I have taken the old poster “When Life Gives You Lemons make Lemonade” to heart. Got up this morning after popping 4 tylenol through the night to get rid of a very BAD headache – no there was no liquor involved at all – all in how I slept. Terry told me to stay in bed and sleep, but I had to be at the market first thing to get a fresh chicken for dinner.
Now, before I go any further, let me give you a little background on the first issue. When we came back to China from Italy (Ed. note: Oh the life…), we stayed at the Ramada Pudong Airport since it was midnight. The next morning she couldn’t find a favourite pair of earrings despite looking everywhere. She surmised that she had lost them on the airplane. Nevertheless, being the attentive, dutiful husband, when we got home I sent the hotel an email asking if the had been found.
Hello. I hope you can assist me or forward this email on to the appropriate department.
My wife and I stayed at the Ramada Pudong Airport last night (October 11), checking out this morning. We were in Room 708. My wife is quite sure that she left her silver earrings in the room – most likely on the surface near the bath tub, next to the shower. They could have fallen on the floor. The were silver, elongated loops for pierced ears.
Could you please check with your cleaning staff and see if that is where she left them.
Thank you for your help.
Thank you for choosing Ramada Pudong Airport Shanghai.
The reservation 1297263 for Papachristidis Basil has been cancelled.
Talk about something being lost in translation. I hope Basil can find a room when he gets to town!
The next morning began an exchange of 9 emails, with the first saying that the earrings and her pandora bracelet had been found. They are now back in her possession, but only after two phone calls to me in Chinese – when I told them not to phone me but to to phone Daisy our Chinese liaison because I DON’T SPEAK CHINESE! (Ed. note: I could go on about this, but for the sake of brevity, I will leave it there.)
After delivering the chicken home, I go off to Starbucks – only to find that their internet is down. You don’t have any idea how upsetting that is to someone whose only addiction is the internet.
Then it is off to RT Mart to get the necessary stuff for dinner – only to get home to realize I forgot 4 things!
Now – how do you make lemonade out of lemons? YOU WRITE A BLOG!
- On the way back from RT Mart, I heard a bus honking at the car in front of him. Picture this – the car is travelling at a normal speed on an average city street. They are within 75 yards of the intersection. The bus isn’t honking to get him to go faster, he is warning him that he is about to pass him – which he does about 20 yards from the intersection. Then cuts him off and he hits the brakes because he has to stop at a bus stop 20 yards past the intersection, which allows the car to pass HIM. TIC
- You go through your photos from your trip and you remember.
First, a couple from England
Then on to Venice
Followed by Florence
Off to Perugia and Todi
Positano was next
And finally ROMA!
Warning – Adult Content Ahead
Before you look at the next photo, please be aware that I am solely responsible for its inclusion in today’s blog. Terry, Mal and Karen (Ed note: All prudes, I might add) thought that IF I include it I should so some photoshopping to make it less, uh, accurate. I have chosen, in the name of Art and Free Speech and the 1st Amendment and lots of other good reasons, to let you view the original. If you feel you might be offended by imagery, please skip the photo and go directly to The Shoe Blog (Ed. note: which I think only offends Ken, sometimes)
And now something you will never see on wine bottles in the good old BCLB.
The Shoe Blog
Aaahh yes Rome, home of two thousand year old streets, some of which are paved with asphalt, some with concrete but mostly just 4″ cobblestones which leave HUGE gaps. This woman was a disaster waiting to happen – and almost did. She caught her right heel and came out of the shoe. Rather than take the left one off, she hopped around on it trying to get back into the right one and then fought with it trying to get it loose – all the time on her cellphone. I see a hospital visit in her future one day.
Hey – thanks for listening – I feel WAAAYYY better!