Thursday, June 17, 2010

a great wall day

Today (Thursday) we went to the Great Wall. This is a mandatory tourist event and it takes about eight hours. First you buy your ticket and wait on a bus. Today had rain early on so it wasn't the popular day to visit the Wall. As a result we had to wait an extra hour for the bus to fill. These folks don't waste empty seats.

Except for one other couple, everyone on the bus was Chinese and the tour guide did not speak English. This turned out to be a blessing. The first 40 minutes of the bus ride she spoke nonstop and fast. Then she stopped for five to ten seconds to ask the driver a question and then started up again. I have never seen someone talk so long so nonstop and so fast.

We had to stop at a jade factory, which consisted of a ten by ten room where a couple of guys were cutting jade and a humongous room where dozens of women tried to sell you jade.

We spent a couple of hours at the Wall and the sun came out for us. Now we are really tired. Not so much from today but from yesterday: eight hours on our feet on concrete at Tienanmen Square, The Forbidden City and Jingshan Park.

Be blessed!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

moving across twelve time zones.

Mrs. B. and RB leave for China on Monday. We have the visas in our passports, tickets for international travel, tickets for China domestic travel, lodging reservations (with copies in both English and Chinese) as well as a Beijing Metro map.

We are scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon in Beijing, play tourist for a few days, and then travel to see MissBeee in Weihai (point A on map) on Saturday.

In the meantime we are busy with all the last minute stuff to get ready.

Be blessed!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

just being helpful....

For a context listen to this sermon.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

on leadership

Scott Adams, creator of the cartoon Dilbert, in Saturday's Wall Street Journal,

When companies make money, we assume they are well-managed. That perception is reinforced by the CEOs of those companies who are happy to tell you all the clever things they did to make it happen. The problem with relying on this source of information is that CEOs are highly skilled in a special form of lying called leadership. Leadership involves convincing employees and investors that the CEO has something called a vision, a type of optimistic hallucination that can come true only in an environment in which the CEO is massively overcompensated and the employees have learned to be less selfish.