Listening to: NPR podcast
Reading: Ghost of Stalin
Watching: Battlestar Galactica
Eating: Ajisen instant ramen
Drinking: Lactobacillus stuff
Illogical choices are the cornerstone of society in this country. Many mistakes made in the past are simply ignored and repeated making one wonder sometimes how anything gets one here.
For instance when a place spends so much money on the Olympics then proceeds to insure in the typical Chinese manor that any kind of big event like this will remain a event for the rich and famous the same way a music concert or any kind of large international event can only be attended by people with "guan xi" or relations, meaning you know someone that can get you something or have some relation with someone in power which means you don't actually ever have to do something.
Guan xi is a big part of what makes things move here, which is a big reason why the Chinese animation industry is having such a hard time. "I know someone who is the producer of some animated tv show, and even though you know nothing about animation i will get you a job making cartoons."
This is why Chinese tv and animation really blows and why so many places here its hard to find real professionals who know their stuff. You have people who don't know anything about what they are doing and run businesses into the ground.
Which sets me up for this, the newest bone headed thought to come out of beijings guan xi peeps.
Because of the Olympics now in Beijing you cannot have a dog over 35 centimeters tall. What does that mean? A mass exodus of "tall" dogs designed to keep the city orderly and clean for the Olympics. The police will even come to your home to make sure you have got rid of it, up door check is enough though, have to go in and make sure the thing really is gone! Chinese people really like their dogs so this has effected a lot of people. Frankly it makes you scratch your head wondering who would have thought up this solution...maybe someone new who just came in from working at mcdonalds.
Which brings me to another interesting point. Chinese people are starting to realize that the olympics only lasts a few weeks, much shorter then the eternal glory that so many are expecting it to bring. The sticker shock is setting in and as more and more people will be avoiding beijing and the rush so many are starting to ask at what price has their soul been sold by someone else with guan xi?
In the mean time however people buy flags on the streets to show their patriotism. One side the red Chinese flag, the other side a white banner for the Beijing Olympics.