Just woke up from a fitful night dreaming about flood waters and alligators/crocodile. Or rather, seeing something that could have been the tip of a scaly snout dip purposefully beneath muddy waters. Usually I would let that kind of thing go, but this morning I’m in an inquisitive frame of mind, so I hunted up an online dream analyzer (found this at Swoon) to see what’s going on:
Flood waters: If the water was muddy and/or the flood a raging destructive force, you can expect to have to hoe a long hard row. If you escaped from the flood, you will be helped to overcome your obstacles.
Alligator: This dream is trying to alert you to an enemy. Be very cautious in any venture. Crocodile: The meaning here depends on the action. If you merely observed a crocodile, it’s a warning that untrustworthy associates may be trying to influence you adversely; stand firm.
Dude. Dude! What’s a girl to do? Strap on my inner Red Sonja/Xena/Wonder Woman/Cat Woman, I guess. Watch out, you crazy-dream-symbol enemies and obstacles! I’m gonna get you!
Andrew had these questions from yesterday’s post about Lupu Bridge:
1) Would you happen to know what’s the name of that Gumby-like figure in the first picture? Is he like the Lupu bridge mascot?
Not exactly. His name is Haibao, which means “treasure of the world”. He’s the mascot of the 2010 World Expo. And he does look a bit like Gumby’s love child, doesn’t he?
2) Noticed that there’s somewhat of a haze around the skyline of Shanghai. Would you say that the air quality is better or worse than Beijing? Better or worse than a major U.S. city like New York?
I’ve become so used to the air quality in Shanghai that as long as there’s a generally, mostly, kind of, clear blue sky out, I’m all thumbs up about what I’m breathing. Same with Beijing, though I will admit that the sky seems just a bit bluer when you’re about twenty minutes outside the main downtown core. I honestly wouldn’t be able to compare it to an American city, at this point, though I will say that the stars are the same, wherever you go.
In other news, I’ve been a doofus and need to pay closer attention to what the heck is going on in the book world. I go to China for a couple weeks, and what happens? My lovely agent, Lucienne Diver, has a new novel out! It’s called VAMPED, looks utterly delicious, and if it were on Kindle I’d be devouring it now. I’ll have to wait until I get home to read it, but in the meantime, the novel is being featured all month long at the Barnes & Noble discussion board, and you check out more with Lucienne at her blog and twitterings.