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26 11 2009

So a couple quick notes.
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope you eat your fill of whatever it is you eat on Thanksgiving. There used to be a point where god-fearing Americans could depend on their neighbors to eat turkey and mashed potatoes, but now since the hippies took over, we feel no such comfort. So enjoy your tofurkey or your tofam, please. In Nanjing, it’s horribly smoggy, so we’ll celebrate our Thanksgiving with a Chinglish-covered facemask. (If we find some in time) I don’t think we mentioned this, but we played some songs at Don Quixote the other night. Don Q is a sort of Chilis-like ex-pat bar here in town which has some instruments set up for people to play, so we cobbled up some John Denver and the like, and it went well enough. It would be nice if we could actually get a set down, but both of us are so busy that it hasn’t happened.
Lastly, I went unplug the computer today and all the power in the house went off. After spending awhile tinkering our fuse box – thankfully, in the apartment and not down six flights of stairs – I was able to get everything on again. Oh, China.
Hope you all are doing well.


Thanksgiving preparedness

23 11 2009

OK, so I’m not going to rise to the bait and comment at length about the state of healthcare in the U.S., since it would probably alternately bore people to death or anger them or get them fired up, and since this post is about Thanksgiving, I feel it’s not in the right spirit of things. But I’ll just leave you with this one comment: We need more than two parties, as revolutionary as that sounds. Other countries do it. Moving on…
Being so far away from home, we tend to focus more on stuff that reminds us of home. This week, it’s Thanksgiving, naturally. We have been told that the holiday season is difficult here because the only people who celebrate it really are the Westerners, which makes sense, of course. Missy and I are both doing a presentation on Thanksgiving. We decided to avoid doing the “Then the pilgrims put up anchor on a rock called Plymouth” crap that the kids have probably had a few times already. Instead, we’re focusing on food, so there are lots of pictures of cranberry sauce, turkey and the like. We also dug up some video of people cooking, and some stuff related to the Macys Thanksgiving Parade. Lastly, I found some video of people falling down, because to Chinese people (and Missy, for that matter), falling down is comedy gold. But let’s be honest: Who doesn’t like a good blooper video?
So for the holiday itself, we’re going to this German restaurant that generally has acceptable pizza, as weird as that sounds, which is having a full-on Thanksgiving feast. It’s a bit expensive, but they’ll have the whole shebang, which is exciting. After that, some friends are having a Thanksgiving party, which should be nice. On Friday, we’ll attend our first Chinese wedding, then Missy (and possibly me as well, we don’t know yet) will head to another little-known Chinese city of 5 million to judge a speech contest.
We hope all of you enjoy a relaxing holiday. And don’t get sick! -Jeremiah