My mother arrived at the airport two hours ago for her flight back to Houston. I arrived in Las Vegas 48 hours ago. This morning I slept in til nearly 9am Las Vegas time. I feel extremely accomplished for that feat. Yesterday I made it to about 6am after going to sleep around 9pm Thursday night. My adventure from Beijing to Las Vegas included very little excitement. I slept on the plane, looked at “The Town,” “Secretariat,” and an episode of “Mad Men.” The gentleman sitting next to me only breathed his less than pleasant breath on me for part of the flight.
The largest difference between this trip and the one in October was that I did not require a wheelchair. That trip occurred only 2 days after my bicycle/ van collision. I enjoyed some good food, some relaxing activities, and a bit of sightseeing with my mother in the two days that she stayed with me. We stayed at Treasure Island. We ate one meal at a steakhouse in the hotel, another one at Sinatra’s, and our breakfasts don’t even warrant writing about.
The weekend before my trip back to Las Vegas included a Saturday and a Sunday hiking trip. I believe that I will continue to hike with my Saturday folks regularly and only occasionally see the Sunday group. Two long days in a row every weekend for me appears to be a little much. I did make a few new friends on Sunday. I’ll see them all again… just not every weekend.
Tomorrow night (Sunday) I set-up for my first of two shows before picking Tony up from the airport. I hope to be on schedule by Monday morning. Based upon my last night’s sleep schedule I should be fine. The sixteen hour time difference does mess me up so I have enjoyed these last two most relaxing days. I look forward to today’s continued relaxing time.
Photos to follow…..
Saturday in China turned out to be a work day because of the holiday. I missed my hiking like a crack addict misses his crack pipe. I found a fix! Sunday hiking group…… It’s similar to my Saturday group. They’ve been hiking a bit longer. I found out the the Saturday group split off from the Sunday group because a few people preferred to get out on a Saturday versus a Sunday. The best news of the whole thing is that I now have the option to go hiking every Saturday and/ or Sunday depending upon my mood and schedule. The folks welcomed me as one of their own almost immediately. I believe that these hiking groups will see to it that I never ever ever leave China for more than a few weeks at a time. Photos can be viewed from some of the Sunday scenery by clicking this link. We drove in the snow for nearly two hours to our destination. We arrived at a remote area near the Great Wall of China. The hike up the mountain to the wall took over an hour in the snow. The snow made the trek a bit more adventurous than normal. The trip down included a few short slips and only one short fall on the slippery trail.
We all receive the mass e mailings. Every so often I read an article sent my way. This one is one of those. I crave entertaining reading more than I used to now that my address reads Beijing, China. Each day I learn at least one new thing about Chinese culture. With each new friend I make and every relationship created, I continue to grow as a human being. I think about Max Spector, my old boss from my high school job. Max told me (when he was in his eighties) that he never stopped learning. Every day of Max’s life he learned at least one new thing. Max made it past ninety. I’ll always miss him.
This article provides insight into some of the many many many differences between Chinese and western cultures. I’m not certain how many folks will understand it. It may be reserved for westerners who spend a considerable amount of time in Asia.
I nearly forgot…. January 22, 2011 three Texans and two lovely Chinese young ladies celebrated Justin’s birthday by having a traditional Chinese dinner.
The dinner occurred near the start of the Chinese new year celebration. Jonathan arrived at dinner after having spent several hours at an end of year work party with his co-workers. That means that Jonathan enjoyed spirits nearly all day and evening long. I arrived at Jonathan’s dinner fresh off a hiking group dinner which closely followed a beautiful afternoon of hiking with my most wonderful hiking group. Annie (in red scarf,) Justin’s young lady friend, and Amara, Justin’s flat mate also joined in the festivities.
I accompanied a family to sunny Sanya China. I compare it to a Mexican city except everything is less expensive and the people are much more friendly.