Archive - Jan 25, 2007

Chinese home cooking

One of the highlights of the trip to China was a home-cooked meal put together by a friend of our co-host Micheal, Xiao Miao, a former professional cook. It was fun to watch him slice the pork and the veggies very quickly and accurately.

These critters were squirming when they, in the words of Micheal, voluntarily committed suicide by jumping in the wok. And oh were they good.

Twins err

The Twins made two predictable errors in the past weeks, signing washed up pitchers Sidney Ponson and Ramon Ortiz to contracts for the upcoming season. Ortiz was given $3.1 million, despite his record as the second-worst pitcher in the National League last season.

And back to Suzhou

If you get the feeling I am running through my pictures finding ones I have missed, you're right. Here is one from the garden city, Suzhou. The trunk of a tree planted in one of the courtyards intermingles with the distinctive Suzhou limestone which is used so prominently in the major Suzhou gardens.


To contrast with the frivolity in Shanghai, here is the seriousness of Beijing. The enormous building in the background is Mao's tomb. You can go see what's left of him, if you wish. We did not.

Up close, the soldiers looked too young to take seriously. They also looked like they were from another part of the country. They had distinctly round faces. But we could only speculate.

Modern Art in Shanghai

For some color on a drab January day, we turn to the MoCA, the modern art museum in Shanghai.

The museum is supported by private donors. However, the government has allowed it, and that is no small thing.

As is usually the case when I visit a modern art museum, some of the things I understand...