BEIJING DISPATCH: Silk market, Peking Duck and Oregon's Olympians
By Dr. Bob Elliott
It was afternoon thunderstorms and pouring rain in Beijing today, making travel into the community difficult.
So, we decided that it was a good “indoor day” for sightseeing. We spent hours in the Silk Market, rubbing shoulders with browsers and buyers from every corner of the world.
This multi-story market contains six floors of merchants who sell silk, jewelry, clothing, toys and electronics for the discriminating buyer and for those who want true bargains with counterfeit merchandise. \
Most of the merchandise could be purchased for about 25 percent of comparable cost in the U.S. if you are prepared to bargain.
As we walked through the narrow aisles, aggressive young women (very few men) either shout at you or grab your clothing or arm to coax you to stop and inspect their bargains. If you are claustrophobic, this is not the place to spend your day!
Friday morning, track and field competition begins.
The Chinese will be focused on Liu Xiang, the 110 meter hurdler and one of China’s most celebrated sports stars. Liu Xiang, whose legs are insured for $13.3 million dollars, will be challenged by Cuban phenomena Dayron Robles, whose times have been faster than Xiang in recent races.
We will also have the opportunity to watch American sprint star Tyson Gay in his first challenge of the Summer Games. Gay sustained a hamstring injury during the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, and has not competed since that time. However, he states that his training has been going well, and has declared himself 100 percent ready to run.
On this first day of track and field competition, two qualifying rounds in the men’s 100 meters will be run.
Future articles will report on the events, stories and results of our U.S. track and field athletes, including Oregon competitors Nicole Teter (800m), Kara Goucher (10,000m) and Amy Yoder Begley (10,000m), who are scheduled to race Friday.
Just before my dad's grandma passed back in 1985 (I think it was) she gave my mom a start off of her yellow climbing rose bush. Mom was so happy to have it but dad didn't want to deal with another plant.
This phone was found in the yard at, River Bend by my husband yesterday. He didn't have time to run it inside to the front desk. He will be taking it there this morning. The phone is locked still. This is the picture on the lock screen, of the potential owner/s of the handset.