Yes, I am alive and kicking. Yes, I have been (once again) missing. There are a variety of reasons, ranging from health to nothing more than apathy and I will spare you any of the boring details here. What I will say is that I am hopeful I’ll be more active over the next few weeks and months.
I haven’t been able to take any photos of late but I hope to remedy that soon as well. In the meantime, I’ll post a few images of my previous Christmases in China. It’s hard for me to believe that this is already my third Christmas here.
This shot is interesting to me, a Muslim man from Xinjiang Province selling straw, hand-made Christmas ornaments in South China. I remember trying to ask him if he saw any of the irony in that but my Chinese was not up to the task. Taken last year in a busy open-air marketplace here in Liuzhou.
This kid is the son of a faculty member at Liuzhou Teachers College. He is performing a spirited hip-hoppish number at last year’s LTC Christmas bash. The annual show takes place this year on Monday evening. Yours truly will be performing his own hip-hoppish number (most likely with very little hop). There will be lovely back-up singers but don’t expect any photos! Trust me, know one needs to see that. I only acquiesced in the hopes that my students will see a different side of their old teacher and have a laugh.
How We Roll
There is a Santa Claus in China. Turns out there are a lot of them as the majority are made right here in South China. In a market near my home you can find anything having to do with the business of Christmas decoration. Seriously, it’s all here, including this almost life-size saxaphone playing, dancing St. Nick.
I want to say thanks to so many folks who have reached out to check on me and reassure everyone that I (finally) appear to be on the rebound. I’ll try and get out with the camera some next week and do my best to get back into the blog… Peace!