Monday, December 8, 2008

Revisit: 'Attack and Muder at the Drum Tower' [Updated]

Back in August, I wrote a blog entry about the attack that occurred in the second level of the Beijing drum tower.

I received a comment on that story that I deeply hope is true, but ... partly because it was anonymous (see update), and mostly because there have been no further news reports that I've been able to find, I have no way of being sure. Here is a copy of that comment:

"I am a Canadian who was in Beijing and had worked with the guide who was injured in the attack. I am happy to report that she is OK, and getting married very soon. While she underwent surgery shortly thereafter, she has recovered well from her wounds. Her brother is a doctor, and I can attest to the fact that she received excellent care, as I visited her in the hospital on two occasions. While I know she still experiences physical pain, this young Chinese girl has an indomitable spirit, and I am certain she will make a full psychological recovery. I too was frustrated that for 2 days while in Beijing I could find no information on her status. I feared she may have died, and hardly a day goes by that I don't think of the courage of my Chinese friend. Her name was Olivia."
By this, I understand that her chosen "English" name is Olivia and that she is fine. I do so hope this to be true. It bothers me still that there has been zero coverage of her story.

In any case, I thought this was significant enough to post.

Update: The comment came from Heath Sterling, who contacted me separately through another site. Now that the comment is no longer "Anonymous" to that level ... I have a much higher confidence that it's true. :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Meme

So my mother sent me this set of questions in e-mail. Like all internet memes, the idea is to copy the questions, and fill in your own answers, and send that out to all the people you know. I don't often do these, but it's Christmas time, so I figured it's good enough to go up on my blog (and, by extension, Facebook). So, here are the questions with my answers:

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

    • Wrapping paper (or Sunday Comics)

  2. Real tree or Artificial?

    • Artificial (by order of the Fire Marshall)

  3. When do you put up the tree?

    • Probably next year, not this year.

  4. When do you take the tree down?

    • After I put one up!

  5. Do you like eggnog?

    • Yes, but I like it thicker than most places sell it.

  6. Favorite gift received as a child?

    • Wow... so many to choose from.

  7. Hardest person to buy for?

    • Mom

  8. Easiest person to buy for?

    • Mom

  9. Do you have a nativity scene?

    • No

  10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

    • Wait, e-mail is a valid option?!

  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

    • I actually can't think of a bad gift I've received.

  12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

    • A Nightmare Before Christmas

  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

    • Soon (the procrastinator's answer)

  14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

    • Not yet

  15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

    • I can't think of anything I like that is only available at Christmas these days.

  16. Lights on the tree?

    • Yes, the smaller, the better.

  17. Favorite Christmas song?

    • Christmas at Ground Zero or
      I Believe in Father Christmas

  18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

    • Travel, if possible.

  19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?

    • I get stuck, is it Donner or Donder?

  20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

    • Either is fine

  21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

    • Morning.

  22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

    • Repeating Christmas music everywhere

  23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

    • Anybody else's theme.

  24. What do you want for Christmas this year?

    • Just the things I need.

  25. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

    • Something simple.