Among My Souvenirs

Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
Trip End Mar 04, 2006

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Sunday, March 5, 2006

The yard needs mowed. The kids are in front of the computer, but they stop long enough to give me a hug and ask what I brought back.

Got some cheap watches for the boys, a necklace for the wife, some magnetic puzzles that just look cool, a teapot, some tea and some cups from a shop that Yang Kai liked.

Some of the DVD's I bought in China work, some don't. "Walk the Line" works in the computer. "Good Night and Good Luck" works in the DVD player, as well as "The Last Drop." Not sure if "Brokeback Mountain" works, I gave it to the neighbors for their Oscar party tonight.

Doesn't matter if they work or not - I bought them for the novelty and the hilarious packaging.

"The Last Drop" - "A Full-Fledged Masterpiece!" - san francinco chionicie.

This budget WWII movie, which will probably never flicker against a real movie theater screen, will remain an elusive masterpiece, especially to the readers of the san francinco chionicie.

The DVD album containing "Good Night and Good Luck" suffers from multiple movie personalities including:

"Now with even version not shown more potty mouth!" - Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazines.

A big, swinging party with a can't-miss guest list." - Michael Wilmington ('big swinging party? Joe McCarthy and Edward R. Murrow?)

The text description of the movie is in French.

The Bonus Tracks box seems to be from "Thelma & Louise."

The credits are from "Exorcist: The Beginning."

Even if I never get it to play, the box is a keeper.

Everyone's heard of Chinese Pirate Videos. What's weird is to actually see what Hollywood's been bitching about. If you can get them to run in your DVD player, they're a deal. The boxed units are $1.50; the budget minded can get theirs in clear envelopes for 75 cents. Boxed set, First season of The Sopranos? Six bucks.

And the pirates do their best to stay current. The Bruce Willis thriller "16 Blocks" went into wide release in the United States on March 3, 2006. I could have purchased the DVD from a sidewalk vendor in Dongguan, China on March 3, 2006, but I'm not much of a Bruce Willis fan.

The teapot and cups I bought are cool. The pot has Chinese characters engraved on it, probably some deep thoughts on Tea and Life. Or it could be instructions on how to make tea, who knows. Yang Kai selected a green tea with a hint of lavender in it for me to share with my office mates. We'll give it try later this week.

China? Bursting at the seams, new construction, avoiding mistakes. For every Purchasing Manager that demands 'The China Price' for parts there's a tiny factory working 12 hour days to make it so. For every 12 hour day worker there's another plant offering 11 hours a day for the same money. Soon it will be eight hours and a free lunch.

I'm home for a few weeks. Next scheduled stop - Hayward, California.
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