I flew home last night to the "America's Most Livable City" with The Prof in tow, and we plan to relax and eat our way through the weekend with my family...celebrating my stepfather's further matriculation and visiting the Nona (who unexpectedly went into the hospital last week. She's home now.)
Until I return, a few things to ponder:
– has anyone seen the Beijing Olympic's mascots, the Fuwa? I like the amount of thought that went into these little creatures...they'll definitely make the world forget that the games are being held in a heavily polluted, Communist country. And they even teach phonics!
"Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals -- the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow -- and the Olympic Flame.
Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name -- a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.
When you put their names together -- Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni -- they say 'Welcome to Beijing,' offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games."
– City Yard Sale...why did I not think of this idea? (Thx P. Natty for the link)
– SATees...no word is big enough to express their cuteness!