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Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Oct 03 2006

My brother Kevin, who is running for state represe…

My brother Kevin, who is running for state representative in Kentucky, sent me a link to his new campaign website. He certainly has the background as well as the 1337 people skillz to pull it off. I wish him luck. On the left is a picture of me, Kevin and our father at Kraft Gardens in Winter Park, Florida in the 70s. Kevin’s eight years older than I am, but I feel far more than eight years behind him, at least in terms of actual accomplishments. We’ve travelled very different paths, however, so it’s really apples and oranges. We had some good times growing up.

Preparations for my One-man Retaking of the Mainland continue. I got a larger backpack to carry back all of the Mao hats I plan to buy, and I picked up my tickets from Lorenzo before I went in to work today. Tickets! Do you realize how long it’s been since I’ve seen my name on air tickets? Far too long. It’s been so long I’m not even sure what they do and don’t allow inside carry-on luggage these days. I realize that in areas like the US and Britain there are many extra things you can’t even on board these days, but here things should be a bit less strict.

I’ve been offered a place to stay in Shanghai, and Brendan has given me a bit of advice on where to find cheap, centrally located lodgings in Beijing. I still don’t know whether I should bring my 20D or not. If I do, it will be just with one lens, or maybe my beloved 10-22 and the 50 1.8 (might as well) so I can fit it in my bag without too much added weight. I don’t need much in my quest to walk around, just my cameras, Mp3 player, a notepad, a couple of books and some anti-acids, just in case. The rest is just clothes, basically.

Sounds like some kind of cryptic life motto: “The rest is just clothes, really,” he said, staring off into the distance.

posted by Poagao at 4:10 pm  


  1. Bring the camera! You will totally regret it if you don’t.

    Comment by mwalimu — October 4, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

  2. Just watch out for God of War. That game’ll suck you in.

    Comment by Mark — October 4, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

  3. I’m a big believer in carryon-only travel, and I do it whenever possible. It’s just such a joy, a) to travel light, but even more so, b) to walk past all the people waiting for their bags to come off the conveyor belt, or struggling with overladen cards, and just think “Suckers.”

    Would offer you a couch at my place, but it is not a comfortable couch, being basically some cloth taped onto a couple chunks of plywood. I’ve been meaning to move it out onto the balcony – it’s my landlady’s – and replace it with something more guest-friendly, but have been too broke/busy/lazy to get around to doing so.

    Comment by Brendan — October 5, 2006 @ 7:01 am

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