Landed in Beijing a little a day ago. I found it interesting that I had more of that excited-to-visit-a-new-place feeling stepping off the plane in LAX than I did stepping off the plane in Beijing International. It feels like Beijing is more of a home to me than America. I got to my apartment with no problem, and was greeted by my English buddy Sharky, who was house-sitting for us, as well as those two mangy ratcatchers 烤串儿 and 哥们儿, the house kittens. Although it seems like they’re only going to be kittens for a short while longer.
They have gotten much bigger, but most striking is that their faces and personalities have definitely developed. They are also big climbers now. They can reach everything, and sleep on top of the cloth portable wardrobe in addition to their normal spots on the beds and sofas and chairs. Those two have more of a legitimate claim to ownership of this apartment than I do.
As I finally bested the front door in the obligatory struggle to open it, I am greeted by a big welcome back hug by Sharky, followed by an even bigger can of Budweiser. I am glad that at least in the beer facet of adopted foreign culture in China the American-sized beer can made it over the Pacific. I barely had time to get my luggage in the door before Sharky called up the second of two English people that I know in China that are tolerable for any extended period of time. By the time the 28-bottle box of beer arrived, so had Bob. These are just the fallen soldiers killed in action during Sharky’s two week stay at our place.
After turning about a third of that box into love handles, beer guts, and uric acid we set out to Paddy O’Shea’s, one of the oldest and most traditional Chinese bars in all of Beijing.
I hope the above overt sarcasm translates over the internet. Paddy’s is an Irish pub. They have good Guinness at Paddy’s. They have good Stella at Paddy’s. Neither matters nearly as much as the fact that they are going to be playing XLIV this Monday at Paddy’s. At 7AM. It’s going to be a hell of a morning. GO SAINTS!!!