Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bikes in Shanghai? No Way.

So my stuff finally arrived. After being packed (originally) sometime in July 2006. And then packed (for shipping) around February 1 2007.

So aside from the sheer amount of crap I own (my closet is literally overflowing right now - after throwing away a bunch of stuff in Houston, taking a bunch back to Sacramento and still
Link two boxes of clothes are sitting here) - the thing I was most excited for was to get my bicycle here. I've been jealously looking at all the people riding around the French Concession . . .so after unpacking for the last 3 days, I finally had enough room to re-assemble my bike and take it for a spin.

I'd say 95% - 99% of bike riders in Shanghai are using it purely for transportation. There's no join of riding, no one is enjoying themselves. That's fine - but it also means that everyone rides at a snail's like pace. S-l-l-l-l-l-l-o-w. But I suppose it's to be on guard for all the people who just run into the bike lane WITHOUT LOOKING.

I almost hit 6 or 7 people in a two hour ride . . . maybe I'm riding too fast, but people, you gotta LOOK. Sheesh.

I also saw a Maybach parked outside Mesa & Manifesto and a H3 Hummer with spinners.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Who is the Champion of Shanghai?

So who went into the British Bulldog as first time pub quiz participants and came away with first place in the main quiz, defeating 5 other teams - including a team that has won many championships?

That's right. "E is for Idiot"

Final score? 71-68

Mucho props to my teammates who put up with my silliness and had us coming from behind to take the trophy. Although we got smoked in the Jackpot Round

Monday, June 18, 2007

Little Yellow Different

That used to be the tag line for Excedrin. Then a joke about how Chinese aren't like asprin.

Now? Well, aside from the little part - they're my new Nike Football cleats:

Bright, No?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Future of Chinese basketball?

So I was up in Beijing to do some work at Nike's All-Asia basketball camp, and we noticed this kid standing out with his play. HUGE smile on his face, very sharp both with passing and scoring, very high basketball IQ. Then we noticed his (listed) age . . .13.


His name? Luo Hanchen. He currently played for Dongguan New Century.

(That's New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson he's with)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Audacity of Hope

I've never been much of a domestic political guy. From my first PoliSci 2 class at Cal through my years of living in Hong Kong, I always figured whoever the US president was didn't matter THAT much. I mean sure I preferred Billy Bob Clinton to Bush the Elder, but as long as they weren't making a huge mess of things, I would concentrate on understanding international politics.

Then came Chimpy McFlightsuit and the end of "Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity"

It's funny how things work out - I voted for Gore . . .and Kerry, but neither really inspired me. In fact, with Kerry, I was just trying to keep Bush, Jr. out of office. So I was a little worried about the 2008 election. But this past week, I've made my choice of horses to back. I'm not sure he's going to get there, but I have the audacity of hope.

Two reasons I am backing my horse:

1. This fantastic article in the New York Times about Obama and pick-up basketball. You know I'm a sucker for basketball

2. I attended this meeting and Obama spoke over the phone with us . .. and he was fucking inspiring. Seriously. I'm ready now.

Sign me up.