At least I am not the only one not ready…

25 07 2008

Thankfully, I won’t need to get a visa. My credential acts as a visa for entry into the country. I still needed to make a trip to the Chinese consulate in NY. My colleague and I need to register the camera gear so that we can get through customs when we land in Beijing. We went in today, and what a pain in the ass. After waiting in line in the visa hall, we were told that we need to apply for a visa. Of course, they were wrong. So they sent us to line #1, which is 30 people long. There is a lot of yelling and arguing in chinese at the front of the line. After we realized that was not where we needed to go, we found our way to a different entrance. To get in that door there was a phone. And a phone directory. Written in chinese. I guess we looked clueless enough in the security camera, because a nice man came out to help us. Long story short, after waiting in a room for over 2 hours that was clearly being monitored (they were watching us) they finally told us we’d have to come back. Maybe next week. So, in the mean time, as I anxiously await the call, check out this video. I’m leaving the swimming trunks home…


T minus 10 days…

23 07 2008

dirty desk

So, I leave for China in 10 days. Months of research and procrastination, the whole time, I didn’t believe we would actually go. While every other newspaper in the country is cutting back, we are sending more. So, while I still won’t believe it till we are on the plane, in the air, it sure seems like it’s gonna happen. I have more on my to-do list than I can possibly handle. Shit, I can’t even see my desk anymore. But thoughts of my trip to Athens, the land of flat wooden spoons, ouzo, cheese pies, shared showers, flooded bathrooms and most memorably, “do not flush toilet paper” signs made me realize that I need a blog. So, since the predicted 3″ of rain washed out my round of golf today, I’ve decided to ignore the to-do list (for now) and make a blog.

But first, I’d like to apologize to the people of Athens.
Despite your signs, I flushed.

As for the list, in no particular order…

  1. clean my desk
  2. make list of camera gear for approval at Chinese consulate
  3. get shots
  4. make appointment to get shots (oops)
  5. buy video camera
  6. expense video camera before I leave so Kristen doesn’t kill me
  7. get her to agree to Tyree
  8. ultrasound
  9. clean off computer
  10. pack
  11. buy super size package of Imodium A/D
  12. don’t drink the water
  13. learn how to use the new blackberry
  14. figure out how much I have forgotten to put on this list.