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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…
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Chinese New Years Photos

Yesterday Mr. Li brought some Chinese New year’s gifts for us, including a hanging fish decoration and a string of light up lanterns. He also gave me a pound of coffee beans, in a red package. Everything has to be red. I took…
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Dixie is doing fine

So many people have written, called, emailed, asking about my dad. Thanks for asking. He is doing fine, handling chemo far better than most seem to. He just took a week off his regime because he wanted to be strong for two gigs, including…
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About that long train ride...

We have offered to buy Yoo yong a plane tcket after reading this. BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Migrant workers in south China are wearing adult diapers on packed trains heading home for the Lunar New Year holiday because they have no…
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Gongxi Facai -- Happy New Year

Chinese New year is getting under way now. The official new year is next week. I’m not sure which day, but it basically goes on to some extent all of this week and next. Next week virtually everything shuts down-- restaurants, grocery stores,…
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Mighty Steelers Nation alive and well in Beijing

We are five strong. The few, the proud, the brave... the Steelers Nation of Beijing. Made it to the Goose and Duck in time for the 4:06 am kick off. Three guys from Squirrel Hill, one guy from upstate New York who loves the Steelers…
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You get to vote again -- Steelers Nation column?

Ok, Read this and tell me what you think.. should I get my ass out of bed and get down to this bar at 4 am Monday morning to watch the game with this lunatic to see what happens and whether or not I can get a good end to this column? Or should…
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Thanks for the feedback

...those who have offered it. To be clear, if I decide to use this for a column, it would be about half as long and not so much about the people I know. Dixie writes, Now that you know promoters and a really bad band can do it,how about…

Important: Cast Your Vote

Let me know if you think the Backstreet Boys story in a greatly edited form, maybe cut in half and with some facts and quotes from the concert guys added in would make a good column. cast your vote soon.
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Backstreet Boys Report

I wouldn’t cross the street to see the Backstreet Boys back home. Yet there I was the other night crossing from one end of Beijing to the other, probably passing by about 8 million people in route to see the past-their-prime boy band perform…
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My head hurts - learning Chinese

Ow. My head hurts. I just finished my first Chinese lesson in a month or so. It was depressing how much I forgot but actually kind of encouraging how much I remembered (which is anything at all). It was only my second class solo, since Tom,…