Entries by AlanPaul

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To answer your questions…

This is the photo on my Chinese press pass. Glad I like it. The shot on my Riviera ID card was taken in our final, sleep-deprived 100-degree, stress-filled days at home and you can see all that in my baggy, bloodshot eyes and bewildered expression. That’s the one I have to look at every day. […]


Another little story on Slamonline

.. except it’s just a version of what I posted here yesterday. Nonetheless,… http://slamonline.com/links/09052005/ Didn’t have time to finish the zoo story today because our first shipment arrived, via air… the big one comes on friday. We unpacked and put away everything with the help of our home ayi, yoo ying. very nice lady. The […]


Our trip to the Beijing zoo -part One

We went to the Beijing zoo on Saturday. We had a nice time but it was pretty odd in a few ways. First, it was probably the most “Chinese” thing we’ve done here, with almost no tourists or other Westerners in sight. It was really crowded and just getting tickets and getting in was sort […]


"I very like Slam"

To do anything official in china you need a seal or CHOP, whatever that stands for. Gov’t issues it and you need to place it on everything and anything you submit. Here is the new, official SLAM CHOP. I have already suggested to the magazine that we hold a contest and the first person to […]

One last katrina rant

I’m still seething and amazed about new Orleans and this whole fiasco. It didn’t immediately strike me that when Bush left the ‘ranch” last Tuesday it was not go to Washington or the Gulf but to fly to California to make another insane speech comparing Iraq to WW2. Not to mention the head of FEMA […]

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More about school…

More about the schools. As many of you know, my sister Laura lived in London for a few years and experienced real British schools. There, her kids were deemed too young for WE kits and did gym class in their skivvies. Honestly. Here, there is apparently no such thing as too young. Even Anna has […]

Another NOLA katrina rant

Here’s an interesting link about how budget cuts in recent years left the levees unimproved and contributed at least somewhat to this disaster. The money had to be diverted to fight the war on terror. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050901/pl_nm/weather_katrina_funding_dc How is it possible that in the United States of America people don’t have a drink of water four […]

My TMac story, NOLA RIP and more on the kids’ school

My day spent roaming around Beijing with Tracy McGrady is recounted here: http://slamonline.com/links/08292005/ I just wrote a long entry and lost it to computer whimsy, which is quite depressing. I just want to reiterate how sad I am to see the destruction of New Orleans, one of my favorite cities in the world. It is […]