Whether it is for the building of subways, skyscrapers or apartment complexes;
rudimentary living quarters are set up for workers on the site of the
construction. It is probably a very efficient and convenient way to provide
for the temporary accommodation of those needed to work in such a densely
populated area. Also when they put up construction hoardings they are they
are very sturdy walls of brick, mortar and concrete.
I go to the driving range this morning to swing at a few balls so that my game
on Friday won't feel so rusty. It has been many months since I've swung a
club and I hope a little practice may improve my game. I do hit a few well
so perhaps it won't be too bad.
I have never seen so many people talking on cell phones and when not talking
they are often playing games on them, taking pictures with them or just holding
them in their hand. I seem to be one of the few without one.
One of the things I have often noticed about many of the young occidentals
here is how big they are. Many are head and shoulders above of the rest of
us and their girth is also noticeably greater.
I must be on the well known list of unrewarding experiences for the young
female hustlers on Nanjing Rd. I have noticed some of them pass me by and
approach more likely targets where the chance of success is greater. This
day though I do get two offers from females and in an unusual twist, two
offers from young males. There is also one opportunity to go see a nice "Shanghai
lady" for sex or just to watch. Little do these people understand how undesirable
I find such things and I do my best to avoid such encounters but they can
be quite aggressive and insistent. In spite of this most of the day in downtown
Shanghai is spent meeting and seeing interesting and friendly people.
I'm not sure if it is just by chance or if the marketing of goods is becoming
more difficult, but today I have found some of the ladies in the stores being
particularly aggressive and persistent in their sales tactics. Twice I've
been taken by the arm and pressured to buy articles of clothing that I have
no deisre to own. It was difficult to politely move on and look for a cap
to shield my eyes from the bright sun. I finally find what I'm looking for
and buy a cap with Shanghai on it and a long visor which I can also use for