To begin this post, a recommendation. I have just finished this series. Started the first on (In The Woods) on Dec. 30th and finished the fifth (The Secret Place) on Jan. 17th. Now, I know have more time than most of you, but that still is fairly quick for 5 books. Terry is also enjoying them. You can read them out of order, but they really should be in order as each one builds on a character introduced in a previous book. (Ed. note; Geoff may have liked them because when he did a quiz on FaceBook about finding his Inner Nationality, he came up Irish.) Strangely, I thought the last one was by far the best, but it gets fewer Amazon reader stars than the previous ones. Go figure.
Terry took these the other day on one of her walks in the neighbourhood.
Then she came upon this fellow. Need keys cut? He claims to be efficient and cheap, apparently, and he has his happy wife keeping him company.
Trains, Buses, Subways, Scooters
This drives us crazy. When you get to the Shanghai train station there are hundreds of seats – but half of them hold people’s stuff, which they are really reticent to move so that people can sit down. We have both started to be more aggressive about making people move their bags so that we can sit. They do so, reluctantly and with thoughts of “White Foreign Devils” clearly running through their heads.
On the subway, I couldn’t resist getting a picture of these two gentlemen in their matching faux fur jackets.
How many of you have ever ridden a subway? They may be fast, they may be efficient, they may be crowded or the may be empty. One thing they NEVER are, however, is smooth. They LURCH! Didn’t seem to bother this woman, though. She came on, got out her mirror and began to do makeup and lipstick.
I watched this guard the other day outside the office. First he shoved that 2 x 2 through the spokes of the scooter and then stood and looked at it. I thought he was trying to figure out if that would stop the owner from driving away. Hey you never know. But no, he was waiting for his partner to come along and help him lift and drag it about 30 feet away to where others were parked. Strangely enough I have often seen the guards dragging them AWAY from where they dragged this one to. Sometimes you can park there, sometimes you can’t – it all depends on which guards are on duty.
So they build this fancy area for #97 buses – same area frequently used by cars. Maybe this driver didn’t get the memo that he is supposed to park ON THE OTHER SIDE of the island.
Aahh, Shanghai taxi drivers. Saturday we were in Shanghai for a friend’s birthday lunch. Had a great time at Shanghai’s Best Mexican Food Restaurant – Maya. (Ed. note: No, I have no idea how many Mexican restaurants there are in Shanghai..). We caught this cab at the train station and as we pull out of the underground he puts his hat on. I’m thinking, oh he is getting ready for when we are in the sun and the brim will block it out – good thinking. No, when we got out into the sun, it was coming from the right hand side of the car. Oh well. We told him where we wanted to go – showed him the address in Chinese and everything. The Best Mexican Food Restaurant in Shanghai is not far from where we usually stay, so we know the way very well.
As we are driving along the highway, he signals to take an exit – No, No I say Jing-An Temple. Yes he nods and away we go.
When we get to the restaurant, he knows we are pissed off and that we know how he should have gone. So, to be fair, he reduced to fare to what it should have been. So either
- He didn’t know Shanghai as well as we did or
- He knew he was in deep s*&t for ripping off the foreign white devils – he knew we had taken down his number.
Think of an indoor strip mall with a Safeway or Save-On foods as the anchor. That is what RT Mart is. You go inside to get to it and you pass 6 – 8 little shops inside. Just inside the doors on Friday is this little shop. I think it is into body stuff – lotions, shampoos etc. Anyway, apparently they do other things – lance boils, pull back hair out, make you look like a cartoon dog…and they do it all right out there in the open and right across from where you can buy hot dogs, waffles, ice cream – something like an Orange Julius! Looks like she is having the time of her life!
The Shoe Blog
Two… uh … treats for you today.
The other day after my rehab. session, I treated myself to a nice lunch of spicy prawns and rice in a rather upscale restaurant – Bellagio. How do I know it was upscale? Well, first, check out that name and second, where else would you find a thirty-something year old woman wearing sweat pants like these?
And finally another entry from our guest blogger Becky. I don’t know if these are:
- 3-d water droplets
- painted on spots or
- Diamonds on the Tops of Her Shoes.