In the U.S. Jan 26 through 31
Folks, I’ll be in the U.S. for most of next week: leaving early morning Saturday, January 26, and returning late evening, Thursday, January 31. Even though this was a last minute, unexpected trip, I managed to get a relatively acceptable air ticket on Northwest Airlines - Round trip Beijing to Baltimore BWI (via Narita and Minneapolis), RMB 6,700 inclusive of tax. Not to shabby. And, I’ll be sharing the first leg to Narita with H. We’re going to do a food experiment, where he gets the Kosher breakfast (there are Asian Jews, you know…) and I get the Muslim breakfast (no comment). I suppose a good result of this trip, if there can be one, is the what was going to be a 9-day work week* (due to Chinese New Year) is now back down to a 5 day work week (Friday Feb 1 through Tuesday Feb 5) - I then fly to Hong Kong on the 6th. Unfortunately, the Narita to Minneapolis, and return, flights are on the older 747’s, which means, us slaggers in the back (economy class) don’t get individual TV monitors. ugh… *Oh, to my friends who don’t know what is going on with the 9-day work week, Chinese New Year is a “Golden Wee” holiday, where we get 3 days off, plus the weekend, plus a shifted weekend, that results in a 7-day straight holiday. The shifted weekend is made up either before of after the holiday. In this case, we make it up on February 2 and 3.