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 227: Buckets of Rain

Coming down in buckets

Coming down in buckets

Shanghai is experiencing the coolest and wettest summer in 14 years; we had a week of 95 F with 80% humidity (and 106 degree heat index) and that was enough for me, I’ll take wet and (relatively) cool (80 F). One thing about dealing with the rain in Shanghai you not only need an umbrella for outside, but in many buildings you need buckets for the inside. Waterproof building practices don’t seem to be a priority here in China and many new buildings, those with fancy architectural flourishes, seem to struggle with keeping the rain out. Extensive use of glass makes the buildings look modern, but upon closer inspection you are likely to notice significant water damage to areas around the glass walls and ceilings. Repairing the faulty seals isn’t really a priority either judging by the buckets and ‘Slippery when Wet’ signs I see repeatedly deployed in the same locations. In our building, nit only is their water damage to the lobby ceiling, but the exterior glass canopy appears to be sloped incorrectly and the water floods off one section, thus the bucket–outside in the rain–to catch the “excess” water. Remind me to never get on a Chinese submarine.