Well I must say it was awfully nice of Bobber, Raine and the 4F staff, to send this blogger to China to report on the Olympics. Its dreadfully exciting, though I'm unsure as to why I was the chosen one, since Velveeta's "sports" interests tend to include only flower arranging and needlepoint. And despite my ex-husband, Root, desperate attempts to attract me to NASCAR and some vulgar conflagration called Ultimate Fighting Championship - all were a dismal failure.
But China! Beijing! City of ............ um............ er.............. ah.......... Lights? No, no, that's Paris. Well, anyway. Its a large city, filled with many busy people and tons of smog! Though I've heard that the smog situation is well under control, at least its not as bad since the strict government has cracked down on people driving.
Millions of residents have been driven off the roads because of a partial ban on cars, while tens of thousands of workers have been forced to move away because their factories were relocated.
I landed at Beijing Capital International Airport just after midnight and was taken to my hotel accommodations by a taxi driver who, curiously, did not say much. (Sadly, it seems that the owners of said blog must be strapped for money, because I am staying way outside the city limits in what can only be described as a rather run-down Youth Hostel. When I informed my driver that I was reporting on the Olympic Games he asked why I was staying so far away! Well, I am quickly trying to befriend the Germans and Danes that I'm sharing a room with. Though its odd, they seem unaware that the Olympics are even taking place this year).
I don’t suppose I’ll be able to see our pResident, George W Bush, or, as I like to call him, Wush - it seems simple, like the man - when he arrives in a few days to attend the opening ceremonies. In fact, I don't seem to have a ticket to the festivities. I'm sure a minor oversight by the 4F staff, and I’m confident a ticket will be at the "will call" window.
Anyway, Wush will be arriving next week, and as this AP article states:
The heart of the trip is in Beijing, where Bush is to spend four nights and days.
His challenge, like the way he describes the U.S.-China relationship, is complex.
Complex? Well that's
an understatement!! I'd say its more like the relationship a whore has with her pimp - and if you consider that a "complex" relationship, then so be it.