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.
When I travel, one of my favorite things is randomly running into someone I know. Until this morning I had not randomly run into a familiar face on any of my China adventures.
John was determined to watch the National championship college football game so I was fine going along. I casually mentioned that it would be great to see someone I knew at the establishment where we landed. We arrived about a half hour before game time and quickly said hello to all four of the other patrons watching the game. Logan was from Dallas so we felt so much closer to home. The others were from all over the U.S. About forty-five minutes after we arrived Logan’s friends showed up. I could hear them talking. I recognized one of the voices as a gentleman with whom I worked way back in college when I worked for the Texas state comptroller’s office. His name is Chris Conyers and I was recently thinking about him and where he was. His voice was very unique and I really liked that guy. I turned around and saw a guy in a Texas football jersey with his ten year old son in tow. It looked AND sounded like Chris Conyers. I thought there was no way possible for it to be my old friend. I stood up, kept trying to figure if it was Chris and heard Logan say, “Greg, this is Chris.” I responded with, “Hi Chris, I’m Greg Gordon! John, say hi to Chris Conyers. We used to work together!!!!!”
I turned to Cameron and said hello and then began catching up with Chris. This was the most wonderful football experience I have ever had. I am not a football fan. This may make me get out more often to see football games. Maybe it won’t. I have randomly run into familiar people since the fifth grade when my grandparents took my brothers and me to California. We saw Bobby Lett from my class at the Farmers Market out there. I have also run into someone in the subway in D.C., Yellowstone National Park, and Las Vegas. Now I get to add Beijing, China to that list.
The fifteen minute walk from my temporary residence to the subway was cold yesterday morning. Amy, John, and I spent a little time at the hair salon after working awhile and enjoying lunch at the factory.
I went to sleep before ten last night without dinner and then slept in all the way to 4:10am today. I get so much computer work done between 4:10am and 7am that it’s okay to get up so early.