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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

Holiday shows pictures

Here are the first of a bunch of pictures to come from the fairly elaborate Holiday shows they did at the kids' schools. Anna's school had a party and then they sang a few songs in our clubhouse.Jacob and Eli were in separate big productions,…

Wow, they're still coming

Carrie writes: Alan-I happen to agree w/ you - so farForeign Exchange tops them all. btw-am I okay Monday w/o car seats? Do people back there use car seats? I forgot all about them. Can't we just have all the kids sit on each other's laps?Meanwhile,…

More ideas...

Ripper writes, Column should be called "heh-heh-heh." To those keeping score at home, if you have to ask, you'll never know. Well, you can call it heh-heh-heh... and me Fu Man Jew. Beijing Fats is also acceptable. Thanks for remembering, Rip.Aunt…

Vote? What do you think this is, Iraq?

Carrie writes:Well, if you don't post your Dad's, AR's, Dave's and mine, how is everyone going to vote? - or is going to be one of those unilateral decision things?Oh - here's another bad one:Expatriately SpeakingI never, ever said this was…

Clarifying the parameters....

To reiterate, the title needs to be generic and not China based. Something like exchange rate or foreign exchange, but i think we can do better.Here are Unc ben's suggestions. Number 2 would be a winner under different circumstances. Thge rest…

Naming my column

Okay, I need a name for my WSJ.com column. I had suggested China Moments, which is a phrase people use here to describe things going screwy. You know, finding out what you have to do to get a driver's license is a China Moment. They like the…

Dave Wells joins in

The latest welcome addition to our elite bald brigade is Dave Wells. He was going to buzz it off after Thanksgiving, inspired by hanging with Dixie but hung back. But once he saw that non-family member Hank Stamper buzzed, he decided to join…

Gmail is kind of creepy

It is starting to wig me out how Gmail searches your email and posts related ads. Especially freaky to me is how the search displays signs of a brain, actually interpreting what it is in the message and synthesizing it to come up with things.What…

Start saving your pennies

It looks like I will be starting a column about living in China as an expat for WSJ.com soon, hopefully even before the New Year. The Journal is a sub-only site, so you freeloaders better start saving your pennies now. It will be a slightly…

Hank Stamper buzzed -- picture added

Hank Stamper, lead singer of Stamper Lumber, is the latest to take his hair off (and hat), wishing Dixie Doc the best of luck. He is the first non family member to become one of the bald brigade.....this is expected to spread among friends of…