Friday, January 23, 2009

Turns out, the 4th Dimension is bird poo

So last weekend we met our friends Leo, Sue Ann and Keller at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. It's aimed at older kids, really, but there were some things for the lil guys: robots, some places to crawl around on stuff, and several different "4-D" movies. We had to check out one of them. The woman in the ticket booth tried to discourage us, but we figured, it's got pirates, it's only 15 minutes long, so how inappropriate-for-lil-kids can it get?

Well, let's just say that kids don't appreciate 3-D cannons blasting them right in the face, hordes of 3-D bats flying directly at them, or 4-D sprinkles of real, live water (please God tell me that was water) timed to coincide with the on-screen pooping of seagulls. They sat there OK, nobody freaked, and I even got Desi to put his glasses back on once or twice after the cannon "blew" them off. But we won't be back for a few years.

We ate good dim sum after that, which was yum. But since then (and unrelated to the food), this place has been a M*A*S*H unit. Sarah missed 2.5 days, Desi missed 2 (including his class performance--see next post), and Emmett missed 4. Gary was the only one left standing (maybe flu shots work?). Knock on wood.

But we're mostly on the mend and tonight marks the beginning of New Year's break. Woo hoo! A whole week off to watch fireworks and hang out with the fam. It's the Year of the Golden Ox (Gary is an ox, so he has to watch out)

And I'll be blogging more, I promise.

Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year)