For the first time, I am blogging to you direct from Beixing, my wife's home town. A neighbor of my in-laws has Internet. Cool!
Any romantic notions I had of having a romantic sort of visit to the countryside were quickly dispelled when I saw a child squat and take a piss on the street. Then a person sitting behind me on the bus made a mess in the aisle between the seats that upset even the driver. (I have to admit that it seems strange to see the Chinese get upset about others' driving and messes.)
Tony was happy to see me when I arrived.