Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Great Terra Cotta Warrior Mark Up

Here's why you all may want to consider taking a quick trip to China to do your Christmas shopping...

A National Geographic catalog recently came to our house in the mail. As Julie was paging through, she noticed there were some small Terra Cotta Warrior figurines being offered. Apparently, National Geographic has this marketing thing down pat, as there is an exhibit of the real Terra Cotta Warriors on display right now at the organization's headquarters in downtown DC. So, taking advantage of the opportunity, National Geographic is offering you the chance to purchase a set of four small replicas for thirty five bucks. A perfect gift for the Terra Cotta Warrior fanatic in your household who has everything!

Now, rewind the clock a few months. On our two trips to Xi'an, we purchased a dozen or so boxes of Terra Cotta Warrior figurines that are similar to the National Geographic collection. Our figurines are a little bit smaller, but there are ten in each set. They will make great Christmas gifts.

Our price? Ten kuai per box. That's less than a buck-fifty each...

~Steve

PS: There's the xiao tanr (street stall) where our collections came from...You are witnessing the negotiations as they unfolded. If only you could bargain with the good folks at National Geographic!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Congratulations To Z-man...

...For winning the fall Character Award at school!

~Steve

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Damn Yankees!

Thanksgiving vacation meant that it was time to make good on the World Series bet I had made with Grammy. If the Yankees would have lost the World Series, I would have been on the receiving end of a bag of sour cream and onion chips. As things (unfortunately) turned out, it was a bag of Wise potato chips for my happy (but misguided) mother...

~Steve

Sunday, November 29, 2009

"We Could Be Halfway To China By Now!"

This was the only thing I could think to say on the day before Thanksgiving, after we had just spent nearly six and a half hours traversing the two hundred miles from Silver Spring, MD to Rahway, NJ. Let's just say that I wanted to saw my right leg off at the knee after all that riding the brake...

~Steve