Amazing to me, China doesn’t really look different then the us

when I was eleven I traveled around the world with my parents for my dad’s job. Back then everything was new and different. Today everything looks like a US city with tall buildings cramming against the sky.

First its amazing that things change that much in the world. You would think that people would want something to stay the same over time but that doesn’t really seem like that it the case.

Its also amazing that China looks so different from what I thought it would be.

day one staring!


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Movies that work

We watched the movie Sunshine Cleaning last night and frankly it was a brilliant movie. I loved the way they brought together the story lines around what people expect and frankly get out of life.

  • The shallow former friends.
  • The father struggling with the fact that this wife left him (a really nice way to put him) alone to raise two girls
  • Two girls that found their mother
  • Add to that a troubled young son and a relationship that should have ended years ago (destructive for both).

In the end the various plot lines tied together nicely to produce an excellent movie. From Julie/Julia to this movie Amy Adams continues to show that she has more range than Hollywood is aware of.

All in all I recommend this as a must see movie!

(PS Netflix – you rock – what a great idea and service).


Time to be thinking, new years resolutions

Last year I had three big goals

  • Lose weight
  • Blog as often as possible
  • Exercise

So its nearing the end of the year – how did I do?

  • 10 pounds lost from Jan 1 to today – hopefully won’t gain it all back on Thanksgiving day
  • 480 blogs for the year (two different blog sites) so nearly a blog a day for the year on both sites.
  • I’ve walked over 600 miles this year

So what are next years goals? Stay tuned!

PS – no reviews today 🙂

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OK one more review but I have to do this one!

Recently I’ve purchased a couple of items online that had issues. Both times I purchased them from Amazon. Now in the past I have purchased items that ended up being defective and have fought with the company for months (not Amazon – traditional retailers) finally giving up my quest for a repaired product (which I suspect was the retailers goal all along).

So i bought a router and a Kindle. Both of them worked but then died. The Kindle after nearly 9 months, the router well within the 30 days of original purchase. I would expect for the router a fairly routine swap, which honestly it was. The person was kind, efficient and got me up and running within 24 hours (shipping my new router overnight). In my book that was great customer service. They even provided a pre-paid UPS label to ship the router back to them – my cost, 0$!

With the kindle, being that it was nine months old – I feared for the worst. Well I have to say the customer service was kind, considerate and I had a new kindle on my doorstop yesterday.

I work in a customer facing, customer service profession and frankly I will be an Amazon customer for a long time now. I will look to Amazon first for anything I want to buy – simply because I know they have my back.

Kudos’s to Amazon support and returns. You guys rock!!!!!

I’ve spent a lot of time over the years complaining about service (EBAY, PAYPAL and Vonage to name a few blogs I’ve posted) but this time I had to post about a great experience.