It seems impossible that this trip is half over already. I will not be able to post anything over the weekend however because I am taking that jaunt to Mainland China. I need to pick up my Visa today. When the office manager and I were walking to the Consulate the other day, I caught my right foot in a construction dip, and went sailing. I fell particularly hard on my left knee, and scraped it up pretty good. So I am hobbling around a little. I just hope it doesn't heal completely before I get home because I don't want to miss out on the sympathy I expect to get, particularly from Bill :) When I came to Macau, my two toes on my right foot were still healing from being burned when I spilled boiling water on them. It's good to pick up a new injury now that my toes are all healed. Keeps me feeling normal.
The newspapers here today all full of Obama's win. Had I brought Obama buttons, I could have sold them for a pretty penny. I am amazed at how enthusiastic the people in Macau are about our election. Having been involved during the 60's and 70's for the civil rights movement, I feel particularly proud when I read comments by Roger Wilkins and other civil rights leaders from that time. I also feel particularly proud of my generation, those "hippies", who truely did change the face of the United States. It was our generation, the generation of Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement who said emphatically "no more Jim Crow". We now have the responsibility of passing on that legacy. I have told students here how when I was in high school in Waterloo, Iowa in 1966 there were no students of color in my high school, although the city was 25% non white, and how when we compare that to today, our students at John Deere couldn't even imagine schools being segregated. We are on the right path. I do so wish that two of my heroes, Jackie Robinson and Edgar Mevers would have lived to see this day.
Yesterday one of our students brought lunch to me. It was Curry chicken and rice. Yum. I want to know why, with all of the steps I climg and hills I trudge up, that I amnot a size 3 by now. I guess it has to do with the Curry and rice, huh?
Thank you for reading my posts. This is quite the adventure.