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谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

The last night

August 7th, 2008

I’m in a hotel near the airport.  Actually, Air Force One just touched down a few minutes ago, just a mile or two away.  I’m enjoying the sounds of planes taking off and landing…it’s not an overwhelming sound, but it’s sort of majestic in its way.  Tomorrow, I’ll be on one of those, headed to San Francisco and my cousin’s wedding, and then back to Columbus.

It’s a bittersweet feeling leaving this country.  Of course I think there’s a lot of rotten things about the government, and there’s quirks of the culture that I’m not too fond of, and the food?  Mostly terrible, to be honest.

But what I’m feeling mostly right now is that I really want these Olympics, and by extension, the whole process of building a modern, prosperous (and hopefully one day politically free) China, to succeed.  I tear up when I hear “We Are Ready“, I love the Fuwa, and my fondest wish is for clear, blue skies for the opening ceremony tomorrow.  There are millions and millions of totally guileless, long-suffering people who are extremely emotionally invested in these Olympics and the success of China’s athletes.  We’ll talk about Tibet, Taiwan, the environment, Darfur and the rest in a few weeks.  My feeling is: let them have their moment.  It’s not their fault.

2 Responses to “The last night”

  1. Mom

    I have waited a long time to see “0 days” to go on your countdown timer. This is very exciting!!

    I love you!

    Mom

  2. Michelle

    Well said!!!

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