Archive for August, 2008

Russia’s Looking Good

August 15th, 2008

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Never mind their current turmoil with Georgia, lets talk about their sweet Olympic tracksuits. Now remember this is a county who’s flag has the same colors as ours, but by dropping the blue and only using red and white their sport wear is visually more graphic and strong. I love it! The other thing that I’m really impressed with is the Chinese motif that they’ve used throughout their clothes. I don’t think any other country has done anything like this, but I think it’s brilliant. Why not embrace the fact that your athletes are performing in China. Several years down the road you’ll look at other countries’ clothes and be hard pressed if that was for Athens or Beijing but not Russia.

The red motif on the Russian’s clothes is common in traditional Chinese paper cuttings (that’s what the 3rd photo is of). I don’t know how old paper cutting dates back, but I think they’re hundreds of years old. So this post is for the comrade who came up with the brilliant idea. You deserve a medal; do you think you could defect to the US and help our boys and girls in red, white, and blue (well maybe we can drop the blue). Now the question is where can I get one?

Gem’s Little Brother

August 13th, 2008

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Some good news. Our little family of three is about to become four. We’re adopting again! We started the processes last year about this time to adopt again from Vietnam, and through some serious miracles we’ve been matched with a cute little boy, Tuan. He’s almost a year old and will probably be the same size as Gem when we get him home (6 months from now). We’re all really excited. Gem keeps asking about “baby Tuan” and that she wants two babies (meaning her and a little brother).

We’ve kept it a secret from pretty much everybody until just a few weeks ago. With the Vietnamese-US agreement for adoptions expiring on September first it’s been a big gamble hoping we’d be matched before Sept. 1, and it’s paid off. I’m certain only with some divine help though.

Of course nothing is final until we have him back home in the states, but I’ll be sure to keep my blog updated with any new news, and certainly you’ll be able to watch as it all unfolds when we travel. Let’s just hope it’s before Christmas.

Olympic Beauty

August 12th, 2008

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We at our house have really been enjoying the Olympics. I mean combine our love for China and the excitement of watching the talent and strength of professional atheletes you can’t go wrong. Plus it’s the once every four years that I’ll even want to watch a sporting event.

China is doing it’s best to really shine too, and for the most part I think they’ve done a pretty good job. As I’ve been watching though I’ve noticed that just about every volunteer is beautiful. I mean every volunteer, every girl holding a sign, and all the performers are very handsome and quite pretty. So much so that Susan and I both have said they must of hand picked them. And today’s news of the little girl who sang “Ode to the Motherland” lip synched it at the opening ceremonies because the real girl that sang it wasn’t cute enough proves our theory.

To us in the USA this probably seems absolutely appalling, but it’s common practice in Chinese culture. Next time you fly one of the Asian run airlines you’ll notice every single on of them is tall, thin, and beautiful (try that Delta). An if you go to a monument and there are guards on display (marching, flag raising, etc) you can count on every one of them being over 6 feet and handsome. I’m not saying it’s right. My heart is really sad for the poor “ugly” girl who sang theme song but was “hard to look at”, but the discovery shouldn’t come as a big surprise. This little girl probably isn’t the only victim of not being beautiful enough. I’m sure loads of people were looked over, turned away or hidden away under a box to perform, and the West being out raged probably won’t change Asia’s discrimination on beauty.