My 77 year old mind

Yes I think about death; I read about it and see movies about it; and, think about my own death. I also see mind images of my past indiscretions, which is the polite word for infidelity!

Some word or idea today will trigger mental visits to my past actions and inactions. My mind will thread through images of past relationships. Most of the time it will start and stop with Lise L and the 20 some years we knew each other, mentally, carnally. I wonder if she is still alive, how she is, what she does with her days?

These days I spend a lot of time thinking about my upcoming trip to Istria and Venice. I will spend about 20 hours in bella venezia! Overnight at the Albergo Doge and take the train from Opatija to Venice and back!

The seaside of Opatija

The seaside of Opatija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Venice (Photo credit: A Roger Davies)

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy (Photo credit: kh1234567890)

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May 10, 1940 only 72 years ago

Top left: German Panzer IV tanks passing throu...

Top left: German Panzer IV tanks passing through a town in France Top right: German soldiers marching past the Arc de Triomphe after the surrender of Paris, 14 June 1940 Middle left: French soldiers on the Maginot Line Bottom left: British and French prisoners at Veules-les-Roses, France Bottom right: Column of French Renault 35 tanks at Sedan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes that was the day that my jumbly life in France began coming to an inglorious end.

I was soon travelling with my mother to fetch my older brother and sister who were in private schools southwest of Paris. While in Verneuil-s-Avre my mother gave birth to my sister Annette on May 16. In seven hectic days we went from life in Paris to being on the run from the Nazi Panzers heading to the southwest of France.

Whatta time! Yes we got out, by the skin of our whatevers. We got out by ship from Bayonne around June 25, 1940 and arrived in Halifax via Plymouth, London and Greenoch on July 13, 1940.

The next 40some years of my life were an uncertain quest for a personal sense of confidence in myself and my future.

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I am 76 and it surprises even me sometimes!



Yesterday, I was introduced to an attractive and much younger Chinese woman, Cici.

When I told her, to answer her question to me, that I was 76 she said that seemed impossible to her. She talked about my mental alertness and clear eye for business detail. I confess I felt flattered again and deep inside my soul a sense of satisfaction that my life didn’t seem wasted to her!

Since I met her with an acquaintance who was trying to recruit me into a new Chinese product pyramid scheme, I admit I am being sorely tempted to join based on her words and appearance. Women do that to me!

When I described the scheme to E she was immediately and derisively dismissive referring to my own past bad experiences with this kind of venture. But here about 10 hours later I can still recapture that nice feeling and her attractive personality. She brimmed with optimism and good thoughts about me and about how I might work with her and her associates. So tempting!!!

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The Bo Xilai affair according to local sources in Dalian

No subject about internal affairs in China has gotten the attention given to the denoument of the last NPC meeting in Beijing which resulted in Bo’s expulsion from the Party and the arrest of his wife Gu on suspicion of involvement in the death of a close friend and British citizen in Chongching.

BEIJING - MARCH 10:  China's Premier and Party...

BEIJING - MARCH 10: China's Premier and Party secretary Wen Jiabao (L) and China's Chairman and Party secretary Wu Bangguo attend a meeting for the plenary session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People on March 10, 2011 in Beijing, China. The NPC will take place until March 14. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

My main Chinese source is a middle level manager in a foreign investment company in Dalian.

Zhongshan Square in the city of Dalian, Liaoni...

Zhongshan Square in the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, Northeast China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is overjoyed that Bo seems to have gotten his political comeuppance. And is not surprised by suggestions of deep seated corruption at the highest levels of politics in China.

National emblem of the People's Republic of China

National emblem of the People's Republic of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The level of Weibo activity is beating all records and it appears that foreign media interest in this story in all its parts “has legs”.

China's FIRST McDonald's

China's FIRST McDonald's (Photo credit: flickr.Marcus)

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How my health seems to have been affected by living in China

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! It is taking me too long to learn how to use the posting and editing process here. I posted some text yesterday and can’t find it today. Grrrrrrrrrr!

On Mar 28 last I went to Vancouver for a few health reasons. I felt weak, short of breath and had a bad chest condition, coughing and nasal leaking my usual rinitis attack. Except this time the symptoms were several weeks old.

So the first thing I did on Mar 29 was go to the Care Point Walk-in Clinic on 7th Ave. Lo and behold Dr. Paul Wilson was doing a locum and was my consultant for the day. He diagnosed an “upper respiratory infection” and prescribed a strong antibiotic. He also gave me a prescription for a battery of tests including an EKG so that McConville would have the results when I kept my appointment with him on April 3.

Conducting passages of the human respiratory s...

Conducting passages of the human respiratory system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Up until Mar 28 I was self-medicating with an HBP med and Metformin that I was buying in a local pharmacy. I believe now those meds were not effective. Western meds are not available in China because the certification system does not allow sale of Western meds although 2/3rds are supposed to be produced in Chinese pharma plants!

May 15 is my date to move into an apt at 855 McBride Boul in New West. Yes, I am ending this part of my China connection!

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