Thursday, August 11, 2005


Today was the seventh day of the seventh month of the year (七月初七) according to the lunar calendar, and that meant that today is the Chinese version of of St Valentine's Day, called 七夕 and covered on Wikipedia. Walking around town today we saw lots of couples, and the girls were often carrying big bouquets of flowers.

I met Jodi at the Jinjiang Park metro station after work. We went out to dinner at an all-you-can-eat buffet downtown in the Shanghai Center that was obviously modelled on the buffets in Las Vegas; the give-away clue being that its "subtitle" name was 维加斯, which is the phonetic spelling of Las Vegas, except that to me it sounds a lot closer to the "Wages" in the "Lost Wages" parody name. Back to the buffet, we independently arrived at the conclusion that it was pretty average and not worth going back. After a walk down glitzy Huaihai Rd back to the metro, we rode up to People's Square and got 2-for-1 double-scoop ice-creams at the Svensen's in Raffles City: blueberry-cheesecake/strawberry for me, green-tea/blueberry-cheesecake for Jodi.

I saw this joke on Slashdot today:

A policeman pulls Werner Heisenberg over on the autobahn for speeding.
Policeman: "Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"
Heisenberg: "No, but I know exactly where I am!"



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