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Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Eating the local cuisine is one of the great perks for globe-trotting athletes. Except in the instance of this year’s FINA World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai. It seems that, because of instances where 2008 Summer Olympics athletes were sanctioned after eating locally-produced pork, this year’s […]

You Think You’re a Locavore? Try Living This Way…

These days it’s popular, at least in certain circles, to say you’re a locavore. I’m okay with the idea. Shoot, I enjoy fresh produce and locally grown (or hunted) meats as much as anyone. I never thought that I was participating in social activism when I shopped the farmers markets in my area, or […]

The Chump is Completely Stumped; Changing Horses in Midstream

Yes, I’m stumped. Stopped dead in my tracks. Mojo non grata. Staring at a a blank page in Word isn’t helping. Meanwhile, I’ve been having dreams about things I’ve wanted to write into a story. Maybe my brain’s trying to tell me something? Is that possible??

Old Sioux saying: “When you find yourself riding a […]

Trying to Get Home from China; or, the Trip to Hades Revisited

It was the best of weeks, it was the worst of weeks. And it was over. Time to go home…

Stan and I left the Venice Hotel early and caught a cab to the Shekou Ferry Terminal. Well, we sorta caught one. The cabline boss put us in it, anyway. But the driver was nowhere […]

Rainy Tropical China, and a Great Cantonese Feast

The sun comes up early in Shenzhen, and today it brought rain with it. In fact, a deluge. So much rain it had to get an early start, and the thunder and lightning preceded first light by about an hour. That left plenty of room for a second big storm to hit as dawn […]

Visiting Tropical China: Paradise is Where You Find It

Today I got an early start, preparing for the first supplier site visit of the trip. I met Stan at 0700 for breakfast and strategy. The breakfast buffet was outstanding; the strategic planning, not so much. Oh, we covered a nice variety of topics. Since this is a totally new effort, though, we’re not […]

Next Stop, Hades, Part Deux: Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, Oh Boy!

The Roadtrip to Hell Great China Expedition continues from previous post…

Six hours later I was in line to load up. I peeked out the window at our aircraft: A brand-spanking new, Boeing 777-300ER. Not the expected “Queen of the Skies,” my favorite 747. Oh well, I like the Triple-Seven well enough. Just so I […]

Next Stop, Hades; or How I Spent My Summer Vacation Trying to Get to Hong Kong, Part One

Today I attempted the impossible, or so it seemed at the time: I set out on a (relatively normal) business trip to China via Chicago and Hong Kong…

I got up at 3 A.M., as I needed to be at the airport at oh-dark-milddle-of-the-night to catch a United Airlines flight to Chicago. Which brings about […]