Seattle To Shanghai And Back Again

We did it! After a little bit more than a year back in the United States, we culled through the combined posts from this blog and my wife’s blog, as well as a few thousand photographs, and have published a book documenting our time living in Shanghai. It is available from Blurb as both an eBook for the iPad, or as a 6″ x 9″ softcover book.

Seattle To Shanghai, And Back Again
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Day 315: Mass Transit

Workers consulting on a mass transit project in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Workers consulting on a mass transit project in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Seattle is expanding their mass transit footprint with the expansion of a light rail system. This station is on Broadway, in Capitol Hill, and will connect with the University District station up north next to the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. Eventually. Unlike in China, the worker do the metal grinding was wearing a safety shield over his face and using ear protection.

Day 309: Where is She?

Little girl hides from dad.

Little girl hides from dad.

Thoraxis and I took a long walk in the rain, I introduced him to the International Fountain, the Monorail, the EMP, and the Space Needle as we meandered through the Seattle Center. As we headed back toward the apartment I spied this little girl playing by the Armory sign, her dad’s attention completely focused on his smart phone. The little one wandered behind the sign just as mom stuck her head outside the Armory door and asked dad where the baby was. He didn’t have a clue.  I’m amazed so many children survive childhood.

Day 308: Welcome Home

A homeless man trying to stay warm and get some sleep.

A homeless man trying to stay warm and get some sleep.

Welcome back to America, the world’s richest nation and home to way too many people trying to survive on the cold, hard streets. This man is around the corner from our apartment, tucked out of view alongside the Uptown theater. He’s surrounded by apartments renting for $1500 to $3500 per month, and rising. The economy is recovering, albeit, unsteadily and unequally; the stock market is roaring full-speed ahead, and corporate profits continue to break records, but the average wage is stagnant, or falling and more and more people fall through the cracks. Yesterday’s election will not improve things for those who need it the most. Welcome to America 2014.