shu and joe

beijing fog keeps the winter warmer

Published on January 23, 2006

I noticed the cab driver had a hand-crocheted pale blue cozy for his thermos. All the cab drivers have little portable cups and thermoses sitting in the ridge between the passenger’s seat. Filled with tea or hot water, they are tattered and discolored from years of continuous use. I imagined the cabbie’s wife, sitting at home by the radio, fastidiously looping and threading until she’d made the perfect holster. Based on its fit, she’d probably painstakingly measured the thermos and cast a quick glance at her collection of yarn for the right color.

Today was our first full day as Beijing residents. My eyes feel bleary and my head congested. Not certain if I’ll be able to last here for two whole years.

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