Walking the Dog
I do feel for those of you stuck in the cold and snow and ice somewhere. I really want to rub it in I really don’t want to rub it in but it was another stellar day weather-wise here, topping out in the low 70’s. Chewy got to go out for a long walk around the neighborhood. I took along the camera and a few lenses and I even remembered the tripod for a change.
This dog loves kids. Well, this dog loves everybody, but especially kids. Here, she is watching some kids on the playground. She really wants to join the fun but I am making her stay with me. Many folks here are afraid of dogs and very leery about dogs around their children. She doesn’t know the meaning of stranger, having never met one, so we always keep her on a leash. Tomorrow, she’s going to meet three little American boys. I suspect she’ll OD on juvenile testosterone giggling.
Want to Play?
We found some flowers on the common grounds of the complex where we live. I used the 100 f2.8 macro lens, the tripod and timer to get this one. I am trying to get out of my photography comfort zone. I hardly ever use this macro lens or my 17 – 40 f4 L so I am forcing myself to put them on the camera during my break. I am not completely happy with this shot but it’s an improvement over previous efforts. Anybody know what this flower is?
Not A Clue
This is from last night, again right here in the neighborhood. It sometimes surprises folks outside of China but KFC is huge here. In fact, The Colonel outpaces the Golden Arches by more than double on the mainland and is the largest fast-food operation in the country.
Illuminating The Bucket
The Chinese government recently released data showing that China’s GDP growth fell to 6.8% in the fourth quarter of 2008. Given that double-digit growth has become the norm that’s a huge drop. The government spin doctors experts will argue that possessing an economy that grew at all, let alone by nearly 7 per cent, should be “mei wenti” (no problem). The truth is that in a country of 1.3 billion, tens of millions enter the workforce each year, many migrating from the impoverished countryside to cities on the eastern and southern seaboard. Providing that mass of humanity jobs and food and housing means that China must run simply to stand still. Some experts are saying that, in effect, a growth rate of 6.8 per cent leaves China perilously close to outright recession.
Even the Colonel is not immune. Fourth-quarter same-store sales in China were up just 1 percent compared with the previous year’s growth of 17 percent. As a friend of mine recently wrote, “OMG we had better buy more KFC…”. Reminds me of the Chik-Fil-A “Eat More Chikin” campaign, which I always found mildly amusing. Something tells me Harland Sanders and company will be OK in the end.
~ by Expatriate Games on February 7, 2009.
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