A Word Before We Go

We are about to leave for the train station – on our way to Beijing for the holiday – but before we go I thought I would relate this small story.

Avid readers of this blog (both of you) will recall Xianyi selling one of her photos to an ad agency late last year, and the small amount of trouble it took to extract payment from said agency. The person who finally paid us sent the money along with a very snooty and rude email which stated that we should never write him again, not even to thank him for the money. Feeling somewhat humiliated, I posted our email exchange on this blog as a way to exact my revenge.

Knowing the small and narrow readership of this page, I never thought I would actually get what I was after – publicly shaming the person who had snapped at me. There was no way, I figured, that my tiny little corner of the blogosphere could ever make its voice heard across the vastness of the internet. O me of little faith.

I received this email a few weeks ago:

Hey Rindy,

Long time no email.

A coworker of mine discovered your blog, and in it they found the email exchange between you and me from 6 months ago. I didn’t even realize that you had posted those emails to your website. The link got circulated around to a couple of coworkers, and to be honest, it’s a little embarrassing that they can read that email of mine. I did act out of line, and said a couple of things that I shouldn’t have, but I’m hoping that there are no hard feelings.

Would it be possible if you took that down from your site? I would really appreciate it.

Wow. I am still amazed that this happened. After half a day’s thought, I decided to be a nice guy and remove the post. As Jarrett put it to me, it has served its purpose. And so it has been deleted. But never have I felt the power of the blog like this. We think we are small independent units floating around the universe, but actually the things we say and do have great meaning, and they can be felt by everyone around us. It goes back to Xianyi’s philosophy: “The world is small, so don’t be an asshole.” 😀

Toys R Us, Shanghai

Geoffrey the Giraffe
Geoffrey the Giraffe

Not having much to do last Saturday night, Xianyi and I decided, at Candice’s suggestion, to join her in visiting the new Toys R Us, Shanghai. Da Hai was in town and so he came along with us.

The place, first of all is pretty big. It is inside the Super Brand Mall in Pudong, which is HUGE. There were a lot of people in the mall itself, but most stores seemed to be empty, except for Toys R Us. Perhaps this will mark a resurgence for the Super Brand Mall.

Right at the entrance, Geoffry the Giraffe is there to greet you, along with Buzz Lightyear and Optimus Prime. There are plenty of Legos, including Socialist Legos, and even Chinese versions of popular American board games like Monopoly.

Check out all our pics here.