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A liubo board with pieces, dating from the first century CE

Liubo boards as from as early as 400 BCE have been discovered in China. The rules of the game are unclear – it may have involved moving your “owl” piece to certain parts of the board to allow it to catch a fish, or may have been a more straightforward race around the board, using the L-shaped areas on the board to trap your opponent. Confucius is on the record as stating that playing liubo is better than doing nothing, but he felt that it was a bad habit.


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The sky in Dunhuang

Every January, the stars light up the night sky above China’s Dunhuang city on the edge of the vast Gobi Desert. This amazing inland geological spectacle is expected to greet flocks of tourists during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday.


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Gung hay fat choy!


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The show is about to begin


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Jow Ga Kung Fu Lion Dance


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The buffet needs to open up soon


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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Because Chinese New Year is fun!


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The Tropic of Cancer

I noticed on a map that Cadence's old hometown falls right at the Tropic of Cancer as it runs through mainland China. That's makes it easy to explain where to find it to others, but I still had no idea what a "Tropic of Cancer" was. Becuase I hate not knowing things, I looked it up. Turns out it, somewhat obviously, is the northern line between the tropics and the subtropics region of the planet. Why Cancer? Because the June solstice fell in the constellation of Cancer when this line was named. Currently, it falls in the constellation of Taurus.


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Gung Hay Fat Choy

The Year of the Dog.
The Years of the Dog are: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, (and every 12 years going on).

Born in the Year of the Dog, you possess all that is good about humanity. You are honest, loyal, and trustworthy. Though sometimes selfish and eccentric, you don't much care about money (though you always seem to have it!). In social situations, you can appear to others as cold or distant, but you make a good leader, nonetheless. You are most compatible with those born in the Years of Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.


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We are in Guangzhou

For the curious, we've made it into Guangzhou and are getting settled into our rooms. This is the final stop in China before leaving. We will be meeting our daughter for the first time tomorrow. I honestly have no idea how much time I'll have for blogging after that. Maybe plenty (we are here for 11 days to finalize paperwork and such). Maybe none (we are taking care of a new child!).


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The Streets of Hong Kong?

You betcha! We've been wandering the streets of Hong Kong. Very cool. I was hoping someone would try to pickpocket me so I could get into a Kung Fu fight in a Hong Kong alley..cuz, I mean, how friggin' cool would that be?!? I was all pulling my wad of cash out and looking all clueless and lost, but there were no pickpockets brave enough to try to take the cash. Oh well. It cannot be said that I didn't try.


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My Kung Fu is strong

Here I am poised to run down into the courtyard of the Forbidden City and open a can of whoop ass of solid kung fu action on all the poor unsuspecting people below.



Here I am standing alone after the kung fu fight, relaxing in a shady doorway in the Forbidden City, having bested all my worthy opponents.



Nary a scratch. Surely, my sifu would be proud. :)


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Leaving for China in about 20 hours

I expect to have internet access for at least the last two weeks of the trip, but the first week is sketchy. I don't know that I'll have access. Once I do, I'll be posting blog entries and checking email as time permits.


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The details emerge (UPDATED!)

My wife and I leave on Sunday (the 4th of September) at some preternaturally early time in the morning. We will be returning on Thursday the 22nd of September around 10 PM.

When we come back, we will have our daughter, Cadence, with us. The notice is short, but I want to get there as soon as possible, so I'm fine with leaving right away.


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Going to China!

I just received the preliminary itinerary for my trip to China. Looks like I'll be leaving here this weekend (OhMyGodThatsSoQuickImFreakingOut!) and won't be coming back until the 22nd of September. Specifically, I'm set to leave on September 7th (next Wednesday) but because Denise and I plan to hit Beijing first for 3 days, that means leaving Saturday or Sunday. Seems like I have almost no time at all now.

Current mood: Wow!

Now Playing: Willis Alan Ramsey's "Muskrat Love" Nibbling on bacon, chewin' on cheese (Hey I'm on hold. Don't blame me!)


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I'm somebody's dad!

Her name is Yong Ni Dong (Dong is the name of the orphanage, Ni means "girl", and Yong means "Expressed In Poetic Form").

She was born on August 4th, 2004 and currently resides in the Yang Dong orphanage in the Guangdong province of China in the city of Guangzhou.

As of March 30th, 2005---when the attached picture was taken---she was 25.2 inches tall and 14.75 lbs with both a head and chest diameter of 16 inches...and she had 2 teeth.


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