Category Archives: Travel

So, This Is My Daughter

That’d be Jia Xi. Or Jacki, to those of us born on the East Side of the Pacific. It took a little while for us to link up with her. A year and a day, just about. She likes her … Continue reading

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The Coffee Bean Has the Best Wifi in Shanghai

They were formerly known as “Gloria Jean’s Coffee Bean”–I remember them from Maryland, like 20 years ago. Same company, pretty sure, though it might be the way 7-11 is owned by Ito Yokado in Japan now*. For today’s weird story: … Continue reading

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Going to China

From March 1-28. Visiting Shanghai, Nanchang, Guangzhou, and Shanghai again. Site should run fine, do have updates planned, and supposedly a 3G USB stick from China Mobile–we’ll see if that works. Cheers.

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Sadly, Poe House Is Third Literary Landmark in Sowebo

To fall on hard times. Of the other two Southwest Baltimore spots, The Mencken House has been closed to the public for years, and Dashiell Hammett’s teen-year residence on Stricker Street is long-gone (the “Baltimore Orphan’s Asylum” in that link … Continue reading

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And I Am Home

Unlike 100,000 or so other lucky Pepco customers, we have our power back on, so Dusty can stay in her house again. Fun.

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Last Day in China

Just gonna go hit The Bund and Nanjing Lo today.  Be back late tomorrow.  Well, OK, tomorrow evening./International Dateline.

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Know that Feeling You Get

When you’re in a Chinese city, and there’s no wifi, so you’re forced to update from a PC in the business center–but the business center’s like I.E. only, and it also has some kind of weird “download controller” thing that’s … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Books Are A little Early

At least your time.  It’s 11:30 a.m. in China.  Got a flight to Lijiang, via Kunming in a couple hours.  And while I’m sure there are places to use Internet in Lijiang, there are other, more social activities as well. … Continue reading

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Know What’s Cooler Than Getting into Email Again?

Not much, actually. On the downside, here by the New World Center in Shanghai, it’s not only raining, but there are too many damn Laowei’s in suits. Like, I should talk to them about the extraordinary increase in value of … Continue reading

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From the Xujiahui Electronics Market

There may be pictures, some day. Wife’s tired, so I just hit Xujiahui–the big Shanghai electronics market.  Well, not that big.  Akhiharbara in Tokyo is a teensy bit bigger, filled to the brim with 3rd-shift factory product, and I’ve heard good … Continue reading

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