September 10th, 2003


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Old Bush Shui Xian
In 2002, at a mountaintop in a remote area of Wu-Yi Mountain in China, thirteen ancient tea bushes were found. Three of those antique bushes--windswept and magnificent--were ripped up and displayed in front of a tea factory as decoration. With an extraordinary stroke of luck, Roy happened to walk by them, and instantaneously sensing something special, he inquired about them. After much efforts and no spare of money, he was able to protect the ten remaining ones. This year we are able to bring to you, from the ten antique bushes, this sublime expression of the Wu Yi Yan Cha. It displays the strongest "Yan" flavor (a Wu-Yi idiom connoting boulders and wildness), bright orange brew and the most pronounced honey-peachiness we have ever tasted.

Me, either.

It's pretty extraordinary stuff, and priced that way, too. Still, the one ounce sample was utterly worth it for me. The story about the Chinese waste of the three bushes just seems so typical of the Mainland that it just infuriated me. I'm glad Roy found them and got to them before they could all be destroyed. The tea itself is astonishing, especially when prepared gong-fu style, it'll do a good five steeps and still have a rich depth to it. My.

In many ways it's like drinking Story.
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Jet's Pre-School Orientation

It was okay. We picked Jet up from Joan's, and, for once, he didn't want to leave there, either. But we got him out, into the car, and over to Wendy's. He decided to jump from slab to slab along the walkway to the door, and when inside, he went right upstairs, which isn't where the school is, and proceeded to steal flutes.

He also left a box of car fuses somewhere. He wouldn't eat the snack she provided. He did, however, play and play nicely with the one other boy that showed up. Another girl, Jet's age, is supposed to be going, too. So it'll just be three kids and the teacher, which is a darned good ratio. After going through all the paperwork, kind of freeform, we headed out back, and Jet got to climb, play in the sandbox, see a pumpkin, pick elderberries, and eye a cat that hid itself between the porch and the roof of the shed under the porch.

He had a good time, and I think he'll do well. He really liked making Nut Fairies, which had hair and a head and a body. When he was first given one, he tried to pull the 'hair' off, as he wanted just the nut, but he was dissuaded and when he got convinced that they were 'people' he stopped trying to take them apart. He managed to 'make' six of the things, with wings, coats, hats, and all kinds of other stuff while the other boy lost interest halfway through one. We finally had to stop him from using all the felt and 'people' so that the third child might have a chance if she showed up, though she never did.

I think Jet'll like the craft part of it all, he certainly liked playing outside.

We chased off a few mosquitos as it was cloudy out. I don't think Jet got bit. He got bit twice yesterday, but with the cooler weather, they say that West Nile has already peaked and is going down in the area. DEET is not only cheap, now, but free. Wal-Mart's giving it away to everyone. So I DEET'ed Jet up as soon as I knew that there were mosquitos out and he did just fine for the rest of the evening.

Yesterday, John never managed to get Jet down for a nap. We thought he'd be exhausted, and he went to bed at 9; but he was up three times last night. Bah. They were quick, but it was still three times of waking up and having to get back to sleep again. Bah.

So I'm mildly cranky today. I also have an assignment that I have to get done for tomorrow. So I can't nap while Jet's napping.
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