Single Male Seeking Petite Asian Female…

Single? Come to Shanghai! Men seem to be looking for women in this town. On our way to M50 art gallery we spotted this nice bit of graffiti art. I saw this on my first day out on the town.I love it. I think it’s hilarious. This area is one of the only places in town where graffiti is actually allowed. No worries… my graffiti post will be coming shortly. I went on a run in this neighborhood yesterday and there are already some new tags. Oh… I love graffiti art.  Especially when it’s clever… like here.

I believe that this is called the Marriage Market. It’s located in People’s Park on Sunday. Basically it’s a bunch of single men with their height, weight, and other contributing attributes on a piece of paper with a phone number. This place was packed with Grandma’s. And you know that they were all on their cell phone talking to their single granddaughter’s telling them about this interesting “catch” that they found in the park. In the picture below, you can see some ladies talking to the head guy… kinda like a pimp. But not. haha. Well… I guess this could be easier than dating.

Despite what this picture shows; it was actually packed. There were a ton of people here… all with their umbrella’s as it was a very hot day. And when it’s hot… well, you just have to have your umbrella. It would be horrible if anyone got a tan in this city — I hope you can hear my sarcasm in every drop of that last statement.

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Today I am thankful for: feeling a little bit better. I don’t know what’s been wrong with me lately. I stayed at the apt today and didn’t go into work. I wonder if pollution sickness has finally gotten the better of me. I’ve had an upset stomach, sore throat and cough, and lately I feel achy. But I did take a 4 hour nap today… and I can’t figure our if I’m better or worse for it.

These were the pills the pharmacist gave me. It looks like something you get at the door of a Rave. I’m suppose to take 6 “balls” (as the lady called them) three times a day. I’m more concerned about the wifi signal on the cover of the package. Maybe I’ll send off a better signal after I take some of this medicine—-balls, I mean. Oh, chinese medicine, do your magic.

A Wonderful Weekend

So, I must apologize for not blogging… life has been hectic — mid-term reviews, and all — and as I’ve always been told, “School comes first”. Anyways, you might remember that sometime last week I had one of the best weekends ever. And it lasted only 24 hours. I came home for a friends 40th birthday party and had so much fun at this totally cool venue and restaurant called the Cantina (where I must go with Food Team). I got to catch up with old friends and coworkers. There was a DJ, awesome food, and an open bar — Need I say more???

Then my Boyfriend and I were invited to a Mountain Bike Race by one of the sponser’s of the race, Red Mountain Rovers (and they are some totally cool guys). The race was at Stoney Lonesome, check it out here.  We had sooo much fun, even if it did involve waking up at 5 a.m. in the morning. I never voluntarily wake up that early — that would be miserable. Here are some pics from the event. I think I might want to give it a try during the next go-round.

By the way, this car is pretty BAD–in a good way – ya know?

Pre-race talk (+/- a few participants). They even had a canon to start the race.

Our new friends, post race, discussing the difficulties of the course. I love that they have beverages 🙂 — but the beverages started shortly after arriving — it was just that kind of day. Hearts of a champion 🙂 After the race and race activities we caught lunch at an awesome place on Highlands called Rojo. Might have to be a new weekend favorite 🙂 Gosh, I sure am happy, look at all of these smiley faces.

After we went to Rojo for 3 hours we were exhausted, water logged from more beverages, full from a delicious lunch, and yet we wanted more… So we went to Railroad Park. It was just such a beautiful day. And the park was packed–it was beautiful–who ever thought that an urban park would be successful–hmmmmm?

You know I had to find some street art.

Then after Railroad Park we went to both our momma’s houses. The first was planting tomatoes for the coming summer! At the second, we met up with neighbors and drank more beverages until it was dark. The neighbor’s girls’ were still playing on the tire swing, the dog still wanted the ball/frisbee to be thrown, and there were still good conversations to be had — and after an hour or so we had to go home and crash. What a good weekend! But alas, it had to come to an end… and I had to go back to Clemson the following day – bright and early.

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Today I am thankful for: getting to go by one of my favorite sushi restaurant’s – DOZO.

Prague, Czech Republic : John Lennon Wall

I am in a creative slump. I still have the blue’s over Summer being over and no matter how hard I try, I want to be back home with the one’s I love. So to help inspire me and move me away from the negative, I wanted to remember how I felt when I stood in front of this wall on a very cold day in October.

John Lennon Wall : 2009

Remember to spread the good word:

P. L. T. W.

Get Tagged Asheville

Everyone knows Asheville as a laid back Mountain Community full of hippies and art, right? But have you thought of it as a community of high graffiti art? Now, I’m no one in particular to be discussing the evolution of what is high and low art, although I have taken several classes on it. I will say though, I know good art from bad art. I like art that has emotion, intellect, skill, and creativity. I like art that is thought provoking and brings a little something new to the table. I also love it when you see something you didn’t quite expect or predict. I found that in Asheville, its walls have been tagged by some amazing artists.

W. Walnut St. near the Mellow Mushroom

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Downtown Asheville : next to the coolest art gallery

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Detail. A little something unexpected.

The Little Prince

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Located in Traveler's Rest, SC on the street in "Downtown"

Photographs provided by NR and AC.