Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Birthday pics

Class party for the big day, last Friday

Here is what 7-year-old excitement looks like

And here is what awesome parenting looks like

Sunday in the Park with...Charlie

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy 7th birthday, dude

We celebrated on Friday, and D was pretty psyched he got pirate Lego chess. It's pirates vs. sailors (they look vaguely British) and the pirate queen has an eye patch. We played once. I beat him--not pretty.
What, am I supposed to let him win just because it's his birthday?
Hmm...that sounds more reasonable now that I've thought about it. Oh well, maybe by his next b-day he can beat me straight up.

Anyhoo, pics to come soon. I left them at home today.

In the meantime...check out how famous I am

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Shanghai custom: Pajamas in public

Good luck getting people to change their behavior for no good reason. Just because Expo started, I bet lots of locals keep wearing their jammies to go outside. Great op-ed piece here on the topic.

D's birthday is this week. The big 0-0-7. Keepin' it mellow at home, then a big sleepover next weekend w/friends.

E is learning to read and write a little. Both are expressing interest in biking sans training wheels. About time, I say, but no pressure. We've got all summer to bike around P-Town.

Over the next few days, I'll be uploading videos from this year to youtube. I'll post again when the first batch is ready.

And can someone please tell my Cardinals to start scoring some runs? Sheesh.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

spring has sprung

We have beautiful days and nights here in shanghai as we wrap up year #2 at SAS. 5 day weekend was super chill. Expo has started and sounds neat. We might go with Janet and Steve when they get here soon. We just found out which apartment we will move to next year, at the Shanghai Racquet Club. Yes, we will live in a racquet club. Fear not--I plan to maintain my "shtreet" edge and will never forget my working class roots. Speaking of which, went bowling the other day for Keller's birthday. Xi Jiao State Guest House (place we did D's birthday last year) has some nice lanes, but I was disappointed with the parenting that day. Kids were bowling out of turn. Kids were running all the way down the lane toward the pins. Kids were "helping" the bowling balls by sitting in the gutter and reaching into the lane toward a rolling ball and giving it a shove. Miraculously, no injuries were reported.

My point here is how strongly I felt myself reacting. As a teen, I took bowling lessons one summer, to beat the heat in AZ, and part of what I learned was etiquette. Let's just say I was the only one following proper etiquette that day. YOU DON'T DISRESPECT THE GAME, PEOPLE! It's just like when A-Rod ran across the pitcher's mound a couple weeks back. You don't touch someone else's bowling ball! (Even when the bumpers are up and the kid who bowled it already ran back to grab another ball to chuck). Of all the places to experience "China rage," as our headhunter Michael Williams called it, a bowling alley was the last one I expected.

Phew. Thanks for letting me vent. What else is going on? Here's a photo of "the gap," to go with a recent post. It is now twice as big--I trust y'all can use your imagination.

And here is another from E's visitation to SAS. He is very excited to be a Pre-K'er.

Sorry for the lag between posts. I have been crazy busy--baseball spring conditioning, some tutoring, lots of wiffle ball in the street, some hoops for me to stay in shape (shot 3 for 3 and played tough D last night, we won 3 of the 4 games I played in).

I head to Vietnam in less than a month with Steve-O. Should be a good trip. Then on my way home, I have a 12 hour layover in Seoul (long story). Some colleagues here used to work there, so I have a nice little mini-visit planned. Will check out the Korean War Memorial.

Then it's Las Vegas to reunite with the other 3 and spend a couple days with Erica. Then, June 25, Portland baybay. Burritos, biking, borrowing books and DVDs from the library, beer, baseball (do the Portland Beavers still exist?)...I can't think of any more B things.

Time to grade some Africa maps. How many countries and rivers could you label? Several of my students can label 48 countries (we skipped some tiny ones, no offense) and 8 bodies of water. Are you smarter than a 10th grader?