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12 May 2008 @ 03:34 pm
I liked it better before they sold out...  
So, despite the horror of a 7+ earthquake devastating the province I'm flying to tomorrow, the good news is I'm all packed and ready for the gig.  Got a call today from work asking me to take 2 more cases of equipment (on top of the 3 I already have- 2 heavy, 1 not heavy ) and was moaning about that when my daughter asked if anyone was hurt in the disaster.  Once I cashed my reality check, I told her that yes, many people were and my having to carry too many boxes was nothing compared with pulling rocks off of  a loved one's body.   (No, I didn't say it that bluntly to her, she's only 10.)

None of our people who are in Chengdu were hurt, though three were stranded in Beijing since the Chinese blocked flights to the province for the time being.  It should be cleared up before I arrive, but we'll see.  I hadn't planned any sight seeing time in Beijing, but fate could have other plans for me.  At least sight seeing in the terminal at the airport, maybe.  I once saw France that way (heading toward a cholera epidemic maybe I shouldn't travel internationally?)
 
 
I feel: chipperchipper
 
 
 
kaleidoscope218kaleidoscope218 on May 12th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Have a safe trip!
j_luc_pitard: Gj_luc_pitard on May 18th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! So far so good. The trip here was long and made longer by delays and imaginary flight times, but otherwise pleasant. I was met in Beijing by a woman named Joy who works in our Beijing office. She was a Joy and continues to be a helpful, if overworked soul. I'll update soon.
Johnflirtaciousj on May 12th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Vaya con Dios, and we'll look for your safe return :)
j_luc_pitard: Gj_luc_pitard on May 18th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Should be back Memorial weekend, but I may need to sleep for a few days... then I'll need a massage!
make_your_move: marital blissmake_your_move on May 12th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Travel safely sweetie and please come home quickly. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
j_luc_pitard: Gj_luc_pitard on May 18th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Will do! So far so good. We had massive delays and imaginary flight times, but otherwise an easy trip. I had a nice girl and a looney Canadian boy (I get to call them that since they were about 1/2 my age and took to calling me "mom") on the 15 hour flight. I'll be home before you know it.
ginevra007: foxesginevra007 on May 13th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Be safe. Hope all goes well for you while you are there.
j_luc_pitard: Gj_luc_pitard on May 18th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm doing my darnedest to be safe, but this is an odd city. It's so wild to see cars driving on the wrong side of the road- I don't mean like they do in England or anything, I mean against traffic- as a regular thing. Pedestrians cross when and where they like more than in most cities and the bikes and mopeds are just insane. No helmets and they compete with cars at every intersection. Wild to watch but frightening to join in as we often do. Still, it's got a laid back vibe going on here and I'm enjoying myself.