Broccoli, China, and Stephen King

I once read that Stephen King could publish his shopping list and people would buy it. What did I buy at a supermarket in China earlier this week?

an evil weekend

The constant rain, that had me wondering how to build an ark, has passed. The sky over Shenzhen is now a bright seasonal blue and full of fluffy clouds. There is that evil ball of flame some call the sun, it’s only purpose to burn me to a crisp, to contend with. Better that than…

friday night profanities

I considered my stock Chinese insults: All involve the driver’s sister, mother, or grandmother, and a foreign resident of China and part of his anatomy.

conversing with a tout

tout (tout) v., tout·ed, tout·ing, touts. v.intr. To solicit customers, votes, or patronage, especially in a brazen way. To obtain and deal in information on racehorses. To solicit or importune: street vendors who were touting pedestrians. Chiefly British. To obtain or sell information on (a racehorse or stable) for the guidance of bettors. To…

Blue Mountain “bog roll”

On the kitchen counter was a Ziploc bag of real Blue Mountain coffee, a gift (or bribe) from a co-worker that had committed a minor transgression.