…Soon, my nefarious plans for world conquest will be complete! Now, no one can stop me….BWAHAHAHAHAHA!” Sorry. I got a bit carried away there. It’s been almost a month since I’ve had an internet connection that was outside the office. I got my Passport back, Friday, from the aptly-named, Orwellian agency, the Public Security Bureau. That allowed me to, at long last, set up internet service, as having a Passport for most services in China is an absolute.
China Unicom is pretty efficient, too. Someone showed up the next day (15 minutes late; top that, Comcast!) and was done within 30 minutes and the cost for a very high-speed connection is $23 a month (and yes, Comcast CAN and does, easily top that!) As soon as I can find an ordinary, land-line phone (remember land-lines?) I hope to find out if Vonage is right, that by using their router which I dragged here from Marin, I can make/receive calls using my old 415 number for pennies a minute. We shall see but I have my doubts.
So, here I sit at my dining room table composing my first post from the comfort of my apartment. I do want to talk about my classes as I’m getting into the groove, so to speak. I’ve discovered some very interesting cultural differences that I want to share. But for now, as Marty DiBergi, Director, extraordinaire famously said (yet another, This is Spinal Tap reference) “But hey, enough of my yakking…” As promised, photos of the comestibles selection, for your delectation, direct from U-Center (where I work). Many of the eateries are in the basement where the supermarket is but there are plenty of restaurants spread throughout the six floors of the mall section of the building. Here’s but a small sampling. Bon appetit!