Howdy everyone, some of you noticed right away that I didn't send my Wednesday night update this week.
Well, there's a pretty good reason for that.
just pick up from last update. The weekend was the normal routine, not
much exciting, though Bob and I did try a German restaurant in town,
and had their "giant pig knuckle" which was great. They also had a nice
coffee machine inside, so we ordered a cup of joe. It was the nicest
cup of coffee I've had in a long time. Afterwards I did my usual
shopping. Check out the picture of this HUGE durian. You could smell it
from a mile away!
This week has been very busy workwise, deadlines and big management
meetings coming up have stretched me pretty thin. Between work, home,
and Kody, there wasnt much time to punch out an update. I also finally
did join the Gym by the house and went to my first spin class there. I
dont know if it was me being out of shape, no fans in the classroom, or
the lack of AC, but I only lasted about 30 minutes. The room is dark
like US spin classes, but has LED strobes all over the place like a
trance club. That, combined with EuroTrash Techno exhausted me. I
decided to leave before I had seizures from the lights.
This Wednesday evening, I went to bed, and for some reason forgot to
power off my Houston cell phone. I always power it off. About 12:30
midnight, phone rang, it was my neighbor. I answered, completely
incoherent, and he was paitent enough to let me get my bearings, and to
tell me I had a major water leak in the house. Nick has been checking
on the house regularly, along with my Mom and stepdad, and Dayna, so the
house usually doesn't go for extended amounts of time without people
looking in. Well, the water leak started at the water heater (defective
rubber hose), and leaked all over, caving the ceiling in at the guest
room, and leaking down the hall, to the office, dining room, living
room, and kitchen. I'm so fortunate that my Mom and Step Dad , and Nick
and my contractor friend Mark, all stepped up to the plate. I called
my insurance agent, and the same day, Mom, Darrell, Nick and Mark, and
the insurance company had come out, done estimates, brought in fans and
dehumidifiers and were starting the cleanup process. Felt really nice
to know I'm in good hands. The damage is pretty extensive, floors,
sheetrock and plumbing repair. Still waiting for the final estimate.
Thank goodness for insurance.
To top that off, Friday morning, Kody and I went for our usual 5AM
walk. Except this guy, walked out the door without his house keys. So
here I am, sitting outside the door of the apartment, flip flops,
shorts and a Tshirt with Kody. I had my wallet but no cell phone. And
knew nobodys phone number here. I hadnt shaved, showered or even
brushed my teeth. I was going to walk down the street to the Holiday
inn and wake up bob, and have him call my admin who has a key, but it
would take two hours to get her to the office, get the key and then come
unlock the door. On top of that, they probably dont allow dogs into
holiday inn. So option 2 was to take Kody in a Cab and head to work,
and twiddle my thumbs still 8am when people came to work to get a key,
but most cabs dont allow dogs. So the last and final option, was to
bother a neighbor. I had met two neighbors, the one on the first floor,
who is VERY nice,but not sure how nice anyones going to be at 5:30 in
the morning. The second neighbor lives above me, we met once, but the
important part is, since he lives above me, I know what time he gets
moving. Which was about 5:30. I knocked on his door, and asked him to
lock kody up while I went for keys, and he said that he and his wife go
to work at 7. So that wasnt an option. Then he remembered that there
was a flyer for a locksmith at our West entrance to the compound. He
ran down with me, we got the number, and 15 minutes later, the locksmith
arrived, wearing cutoffs, no shirt and carrying with him a hammer and a
metal rod. Using the hammer and his scooter key, he punched out the
peep hole, and the metal rod was shaped exactly like the door handle.
It took him less than 5 minutes to get in. Total cost? 100 RMB= 16
dollars. I was back inside by 6:15 AM.
So, here I sit writing this email on Saturday at 2pm from work
(deadlines due!) and looking back, thinking about how very fortunate I
am to have so many great people around me. People that I can not
express how grateful I am, people that have stepped up, offered help,
and responded when called on. So for those of you that have offered
help on the house, thanks so much, but its under control so far.
This weekends plans are to look for a microwave, and go to the used
furniture market (the renter grade furniture just isnt cutting it), I'm
In other news, SiriusXM.com works in China, so I
can listen to Satellite Radio from my desk, and get a taste of US
music. I'm working out regularly and just finished the first season of
Arrested Development. Presently watching the current season of Hell's
Kitchen too. So I'm able to keep sane. Kody is doing good, he's
enjoying sharing my after dinner popsicle (Chinese sweet green bean).
Weather here is nice, mid to upper 80s but its stays very humid!
I miss everyone, and I hope this note finds you very well.
peace and love,