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  Washington Square NYC, 1980: Here’s another photo from one of my former lives, digitized from a black-and-white contact sheet.


Photos of the day – July 22

Moving out – a few remaining people move through the abandoned lanes of the condemned Shuijingfang neighborhood, Chengdu.


Tuesday, July 21

Published on July 21, 2009, by in Architecture, Travel.

Disney Hall in 2 frames, Los Angeles I’m trying hard to maintain my cool demeanor – and my sanity – in the heat and humidity of summer. I was feeling some heat exhaustion after the close of the Summer Camp last Friday, so I’ve done my best to stay indoors, mostly in my air-conditioned bedroom. Unfortunately, I still have to venture outside for my evening Business English classes Monday thru Thursday, but I’ll try to be brave. I fixed myself a hot-weather treat for lunch yesterday – diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, tuna, and cheddar cheese with a little olive oil and shallot, all wrapped in a flour tortilla, which is a foreign delicacy here. It was a nod both to the traditional “pan bagnat” of southern France (minus the hard-boiled egg, parsley, and garlic) and to my former addiction to tortillas. My waistline doesn’t need any more white flour right now, but they’re SO-O-O-O-OOO good. Besides, what would I do without white-flour Chinese noodles, and bao zi, and jiao zi, and pastries, and….?


Photo of the day – July 9

Published on July 9, 2009, by in Architecture, Chengdu.

carving detail, Wuhou Temple Day 4 of English Summer Camp, 7 more days to go. Too tired to blog….


水井坊 Shuijingfang District, 成都 Chengdu – door detail

Published on July 6, 2009, by in Architecture, Old Chengdu.

what remains – Shuijingfang, Chengdu Summer School started today. Thankfully, it wasn’t unbearably hot. We had an opening ceremony with the 82 students, then moved outside for a group photo. Finally, there were 3 short classes for the teachers to introduce their subjects. I’m the reading teacher, and I was unpopular because I gave them their first homework. The teaching day was mercifully short, but much of the rest of this week will be 8-hour days at the summer camp, which is 30 minutes away at the new campus.