It’s Christmas 2008 season and it looks like I’ll be in China again this year. Very disappointing since the rest of the fam is meeting up in Dubai, where my sister moved this fall. Would be nice to get some sun, sand and heat, but we’ll still have a good time here in Shanghai.
Rachel and I put up a tree the other night and we’ve got some other lights to put up on the balcony, but I guess that’s about it. Now it’s time for shopping. And at least Shanghai has the commercial aspect of Christmas down. Malls are full of Christmas gear, prices are reasonable on both fake and genuine items, and bargaining is always fun.
In fact, I just helped a newcomer to Shanghai purchase a slick briefcase of poker chips (it’s a small, attache style case), complete with a dealer chip, dice and cards. We’ve started a texas hold ‘em night (Thursdays) and so far the turnouts have been large. A lot of teaching to newbies, but since I won the other night, I’m happy to coach the talent of tomorrow for a fee today. I haven’t played poker for a long time, since I don’t do the online junket, and haven’t been home to play with the boys for a while, so it’s nice to be back in the saddle.
Guess that’s all for now. Just a short update, that I should be doing every few weeks, but haven’t ever gotten around to. Guess you can catch me on twitter, facebook or the /china site most of the time. If’n I don’t post for a while, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!