Jan 24, 2008

Those of notorious and unsavory reputation

Those of notorious and unsavory reputation need not apply for tickets to the opening or closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. The various Nazi outback law-enforcement agencies involved are conducting thorough background investigations of each and every ticket applicant. Any undesirables will be run down like dogs. Passport numbers and photos of applicants will be printed on admission tickets.

Sarcasm aside, the extreme measures will probably be a good method of keeping the hooligans out of what should be a highly publicized event.

This is the form you've got to fill out and deliver to the Bank of China if you've been fortunate enough to be someone who:
1. Has an address and credit card in China to buy opening or closing ceremonies tickets and
2. Is not a person of notorious and unsavory reputation. Here's a screen shot of it, click to enlarge:

Note for non-readers of Chinese: the first screen shot above with the mug shot of a dog is sort of a subtle joke about the relatively uncommon last name "Gou", which is written as 苟 but sounds the same as 狗, "dog". Hope someone gets a few yuks out of that one.

Jan 22, 2008

Earsock man

There's a curious character that I sometimes see as I walk to the light rail station in the morning. One of the breakfast food vendors has a unique piece of winter clothing, which I refer to as the earsock. It looks like a long, thin, knit sock that's open at both ends. It goes under the chin, and then slips over the gentleman's ears. I wonder why he chose this accessory rather than traditional earmuffs or a hat.

This girl is also very curious about his earsock:

Here's a close up:

If you're good at knitting or crocheting, you could make an earsock yourself. If you lack those particular skills, you can always just put regular socks over your ears like this guy:

Jan 21, 2008

Winter fun in Beijing

Here's some of the fun you can have at a frozen pond in Beijing:

You can push yourself around on the ice while sitting in a folding chair.

You can pedal around in a jury-rigged ice bicycle.

You can swim a few laps in an ice-cold swimming pool cut out of the ice.

You can pose with a friend before going for a swim.

Be careful skating on the rink right next to the makeshift pool. If you skate out of control you'll be going in the drink.