Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Peanuts Gang In A Most Unusual Location

Supermarkets in out-of-the-way locations oftentimes turn out to be gold mines for products that are offbeat and unexpected. And so, when we had a few minutes to kill between visiting friends out in Maquanying, Julie, Z, and I ventured into this little marketplace in the center of the village.

After wandering up and down the aisles for a few minutes, Julie hit jackpot...A shelf with a collection of six Peanuts glasses, one each for Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, and Peppermint Patty. Given that Julie just played Linus in her school's production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, this was indeed the mother lode.

Although the eventual trick will be getting the glasses from China to the United States, a more pressing problem was how to package the glasses to survive a day of traveling around Beijing. The girl at the checkout had no newspaper or any other kind of paper that could be used to protect the glasses, so we improvised. I pulled a legal pad out of my backpack, and Julie and the girl made quick work of getting the glasses tucked away nicely.

And so there they are, on our counter in Tianzuo Guoji, a half a world away from their ordinary home...



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