BEIJING — The first thing you see when passing through baggage claim at the airport here is Starbucks. The next thing is Kentucky Fried Chicken. They are signs of how for decades now China has embraced Western culture, and how the decision for a Communist Party to eagerly welcome a market economy has transformed the lifestyle of generations.
I have seen scorpions in my dishwasher, on the walls and near the back door of my Summerlin home. My children always run first to the exhibit of the crafty little arthropods at Red Rock Canyon. Scorpions freak me out like the thought of Tom Cruise running the world.
DAY ONE OVERVIEW – With Day 1 of the Beijing Olympics almost done, the U.S. medal count was nonexistent. Cuba, Uzbekistan and 16 other countries had bragging rights over the Americans. The closest thing to glory was a Colorado resident winning gold for the Czech Republic.
You have to like a Chinese bar owner who writes her own music, leads a rock ‘n’ roll band and sells a bottle of beer for under $2.
It has the potential to be the most-watched game in sports history, featuring Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the U.S. basketball team.
1. This is a country we don’t want to invade. Of the 1.3 billion people, 700 million seem to be dressed as police officers and security personnel while standing at attention. They’re guarding everything from cell phone towers in barren fields to firetrucks outside media village apartments. One policeman just stares at a barb-wired fence all day, a tad more busy than a parking attendant at UNLV football games.