(Blogger’s note: Posted on November 23, 2013, on the blog www.tourguizhou.net by John S. Porter. www.Tourguizhou.net is about the lives of expats in Southwest China. Screenshots are as they appeared on Chinese TV.) More
I was impressed by the locks at the Three Gorges Dam on the Shanghai River, though I hadn’t expected to be. After all, I’ve seen the Soo locks, haven’t I? Plus innumerable canal locks in England, and the Welland Canal that stair-steps ocean ships past Niagara Falls. But like so much in China, there’s a difference in the sheer scale: The gigantic problems of controlling floods and seeking gigantic amounts of electricity have brought forth a gigantic solution. More
As a lifelong independent traveler with a yen to see China, I overcame my resistance to group tours and signed up for a 14-day China Tour and Yangtze River Cruise, with Gate 1 Travel. My travel buddy George came with me and we had a wonderful time even if it wasn’t always what we expected. More
(Blogger’s note: Posted on November 9, 2013, on the blog www.tourguizhou.net by John S. Porter. Tourguizhou.net is about the lives of expats in Southwest China.)
Well I have bowed to requests and removed one picture of a rat. After all my experiences with rats I get kind of a warm fuzzy feeling when I see a dead rat, or even a live one that is hopelessly trapped. So my perspective is a little different. This blog about living in Southwest China is supposed to cover what life is really like, what we struggle with, what we like. So this is the definitive story on rats, at least in my life.
(Blogger’s note: Posted on Oct. 26 on the blog www.tourguizhou.net by John S. Porter. Tourguizhou.net is about the lives of expats in Southwest China. CCTV has created a news channel which is entirely in English and aired in mainland China.) More
A number of readers from the right have accused me of operating under false pretenses as a moderate. I fully intend to comment in the future on the foibles of the left, and perhaps that will balance their perception. But I have to admit that at this point in our political history the tea party adherents continue to serve up commentary that begs for discussion by self-respecting moderates. And the responses I receive to one blog often trigger a topic for the next. This is an example. More
(This post is copied from my blog at www.tourguizhou.net and was published October 21, 2013. The thrust of that blog is issues relating to expats living in Southwest China, which includes me at this time.)
The USA’s inability to govern in a coherent way is embarrassing to all Americans living in China (if not all Americans). Unlike many Americans, I don’t blame this on the politicians, but rather the people themselves who, in a democracy, are charged with self government. The loathing expressed by our politicians for each other is inspired by a sympathetic loathing from the general public. I have noticed the loathing of Bush, mostly by Democrats, and a similar loathing by Republicans of Obama. This feeling runs wide and deep in America, from the highest office in the land to the lowest of local politicians. I used to be a township supervisor. More
Here are several denouements you are unlikely to find anywhere in literature … and that’s a good thing too!
This is a Western. Billy Goodheart and Black Bart have been rivals for the hand of Little Nell. A duel on Main Street is imminent. As Billy and Bart walk toward each other Little Nell notices a rifle barrel extend from a store window and aimed at Billy’s back. She quickly seizes a pistol and fires at the shadowy form by the window. Bart is distracted but Billy is hard of hearing so he maintains his composure and shoots the pistol out of Bart’s hand. More
To its credit, the Record-Eagle meticulously publishes a balance of op-eds on various topics. Typically, someone like Pat Buchanan on the right is balanced by someone like E.J. Dionne on the left. But I wonder about its editorial judgment in deciding to publish the October 8 opinion piece by the justifiably obscure Doug Patton. In it, Patton deplores the closing of the WWII Memorial as a part of the government shutdown. I happen to agree that this was an unfortunate and clumsy piece of theater by the administration. But there is a difference between strongly expressed political views and demagogic ranting. More
Liquid gold spills across the calm lake as the sun rises. Yesterday the wind was shaking trees, pelting the deck with beech nuts, breaking their bristly shells and scattering nuts. The driveway and lanes are covered with rich brown acorns, rolling and crunching as we walk on them. It is October and fall is here. I find it a time to reflect, to enjoy the harvest of apples and grapes and to walk in the woods whether they be calm or in windy turmoil. More