Sunday, April 18, 2010

It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!!!

If there is a doggie heaven, then I think I died and I'm there. As you can see, we started out the day in Uncle Steve's lap. He watches TV (although I'm not sure how he does it with his eyes closed), and I bask in the morning sunshine. The only improvement I can ask is that Uncle Steve get a bigger bladder. We had way too many interuptions so he could go to the bathroom.

They went shopping for a little bit so I could get some more resting in, and then we all went for a walk around Lake Harriet. It was a gorgeous day, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It seemed like half of Minnesota was walking around the lake, but I was still the cutest dog there! (At least it seems like it since so many people told me how cute I was.) Uncle Steve was paying attention to the young ladies in their really itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie bikinis, but he still got me back to the car.

After dinner, we had a web cam with Uncle Steve and Aunt Kathy's granddaughter, Ellie. I got sort of upset. The baby would cry, and I wasn't sure where she was. Everybody started laughing at me. I was just trying to help!

After the long walk, this blog is going to have to be shorter. I am pooped, and need more beauty sleep.


The Speckster


At 12:37 PM, Blogger Speck said...

Dear Speck,

Yesterday, we went to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. The tram car that we rode to the top had a sign in it that it was the car that the Seventeenth Living Buddha rode in when he visited the Great Wall in 1999. So we got that going for us. When we got up to the wall, they were having a celebration at the top, and there were people carrying two giant silk dragons, and then two other two-person dragons. They were dancing around on the top of the wall, and there were drummers playing. It was super neat. We walked to the last tower before the wall is too dangerous to continue. It was okay, that last tower was a doozey, with 450 steps to the top. After that, we ran the gauntlet of Vendors who all "wait for us, long time" to sell their t-shirts and souvenirs. We lost your grandpa a couple of times to them, but in the end, got him back (along with a bag full of great wall t-shirts, and a picture book).

The Ming tombs were interesting. They only have one open to walk into. It's the Dingling tomb. They called it the Underground Palace, although, your Grandma was wondering why we still had to walk up a bunch of stairs to get to it. After the tomb, we went for a walk down Spirit Way, it leads up to the tombs (like the Avenue of the Sphynx in Egypt) and is lined on either side with pairs of Stone Animal and Soldier Statues. The Spirit Way, lines up with the tombs, which are also on the same line as the Forbidden City (way over in Beijing) Tian'an Men Square, and even the new Olympic Stadium The Bird's Nest. They call this line the "Dragon Line". It's really important to the Chinese for things to be laid out with respect to Feng Shui, so this whole line thing makes the layout of all of these things very good luck. Finally, a whole lot of people who are more superstitious than Mom!

Our taxi driver for the day was named Robin. He was a really nice guy. He had a cricket named John in a little jar that chirped next to him all day in the car. John was pretty cool too. We showed Robin your picture on Mom's phone so that he could see that there are much cuter pets to have out there, and he told us that he has 4 Chihuahuas at home too!

Now, onto your walk around the lake. Sounds like a nice walk, but you should tell US that it's okay to admire the little bikinis, but really not a good idea to have written evidence of it!

Well we're now in Shanghai and getting ready to go out to eat. We'll be sure to talk to you soon!

Give AK and US a big wet kiss for us!

Love Mom and Dad


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