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Robbie Madison is SICK!

This shit is insane! I think it speaks for itself.



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Shijuku Incident vs Dan The Automator

To celebrate the premiere of Shinjuku Incident today I’m reposting the viral video that was made for the film. The song Let’s Go is by Crudo made up of Dan The Automator(Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School) and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom). This is a viral NOT a trailer made to just give you a taste but reveal nothing! Thaks to Kim Chan for the edit.



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24 Herbs on Nikeskateboarding.com!!

Yeah!!! 24 Herbs got a track on the Nike Skateboarding site. So proud of the fellas and the song is perfect for the footage. Congrats to my boys! Check it out:



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Zeigeist

Some of you may have already seen this. If you’ve got a spare couple of hours, you should check it out. You may believe it, you may not but it will make you think differently about the world. It may open your eyes, it may even motivate you do something but no matter what it will definitely affect you. If you are moved by it check out the addendum here.



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Sichuan- Habiat for Humanity

Last week me and a few boys from my company,Revolution Talent Management, headed up to Sichuan last week to build houses for the quake victims. This was something I’ve wanted to do since the earthquake and I finally got my chance. Habitat for Humanity is an organization started back in 1976 with an aim of helping build homes for the impoverished around the world. As we all know more than 70,000 lost their lives in the quake and millions became homeless. Habitat aims to build over 700 homes for families who lost their homes to the quake. We went to the area known as Xiao Yu Dong two hours outside of Chengdu.
Our first stop was to see the Xiao Yu Dong bridge. This bridge was the only way out of the Xiao Yu Dong area. When the quake hit, this bridge went down. Luckily no one was on it but it’s collapse also closed off the only route into Xiao Yu Dong by car making it impossible to drive in ambulances. So the injured had to be carried one by one throught the fast running waist high river to get them to the other side and off to hospitals in Chengdu. That’s real heroism.
We then went to visit the temporary housing shelters where most of the homeless have been put up by the government. Although conditions are good and clean. Each family only gets a 20sqm(200sqft) room. So many are eager to rebuild and move out.
An outdoor dining room. Although these temporary structures are probably not the best to live in, I found them architecturally interesting and beautiful.
Some have even built their own temporary houses out of scrap wood and materials just so they have a place to store their belongings. It’s interesting to note that although conditions are simple, eveyone has a tv and sattelite dishes. These were provided by the govenrment so they could watch the Olympics.
We then went to a farmers house to have lunch. HIs new Habitat house was being built just next door but in the meantime he built his own temporary house because the govenrment provided ones just couldn’t hold all his stuff! His wife prepared an amazing feast for us made up of food fresh from their farm. In fact I actually saw the veggies being picked and brought straight to the kitchen and the chicken pens were right next to our table. Probably the best and healthiest meal I’ve had in a long time. Organic’s got nothing on this.

After lunch we headed over to our building site to get to work. The houses are actually quite simple. They were designed for Habitat by the Sichuan University Architecture department. They are timber framed houses made of light but sturdy materials. The advantage of a wood frame is that it is much more resiliant to the typical concrete slab construction that was used before. In concrete construction, all the structural connections are fixed making it a rigid structure so when the earthquake hit they just crumbled down. In these wood homes, the connections are bolted together making a flexible joint so when there is an earthuake the structure can sway with the movement of the earth, causing less damage. Even if things start to fall the materials are lighter causing less injury than a falling concrete slab.

We spent most of the day moving bricks and filtering stones out of huge piles of sand so it could be mixed with concrete so we could start laying the brick walls. Here are two volunteers filtering out the sand. Looks easy at first but it’s probably the most backbreaking jobs on site.

The next day we stopped by the shleter again this time to play with the kids. Jun Kung taught them how to play musical chairs as well as sang a few songs to them on his guitar. The kids then sang a couple of songs back for us. It was great to see the kids happy and having a good old time.

We also took some time to look at more of the disaster areas. Check out my albums for more photos of the damage. There are too many to put in this blog. In this picture we are actually on a fault line. As you can see the 50m wide bit of road that is rasied up about 2m. The row of building that was sitting on it was totally wiped out almost as if a giant monster just stomped thoruhg there.
We then headed back to work and my goal of the day was to finish laying a brick wall. Don’ have any pictures of it because I was so busy building it but we finally finished off. The family in the middle is who we were building for. It was such a pleasure to actually be able to see and talk to the ones we were helping. I hoped they liked our work. Special thanks to Brandon Ho (Ghost Style) and Phat Chan from 24 Herbs, Jung Kung, Ken Wong for coming up with me to help. Also thanks to Habitat for their work in Sichuan. You can see it is making a difference. If you want to know how you can go and help or if you would like to donate go to their link above.



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Little David

I’m not sure if this is right or wrong but it’s definitely pretty funny. This kid came from the dentist and the drugs obviously hadn’t worn off yet. He’s high as a kite! I don’t remember trips to the dentist being that fun. Reminds me of kids in highschool getting drunk for the first time.



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Narcissus Pageant

I have no idea what the Narcissus Pageant is but my friend sent me this the other day and all I have to say is if it’s got Bruce…it’s amazing.



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Telemarketers


Calls from telemarketers has got to be the most annoying calls you can get. I usually get them when I’m in a meeting, sleeping in late or away for work. What’s worse are the ones from your own cell phone provider. I got suckered into a call the other day from my cell phone provider. He hooked me by starting the conversation with, “You’re paying too much for you current plan.” He then convinced me to change to a cheaper plan with more minutes…cheaper by how much? 12hkd a month! Not much of a difference to make me jump for joy but since I had already been talking to him for a few minutes, I figured why not? Big mistake. He arranged to change my plan and even sent a customer service rep over to my office to sign the new contract and get the new sim card the next day. After signing the contract I was told to switch sim cards within a few days and the new plan would start.
I switched cards that day but then realized I could only make calls. Somehow the sms function and the email functions on my Blackberry weren’t working any more. I couldn’t make long distance calls either and I assume my roaming function wasn’t activated either. After countless calls and tinkering back and forth turns out the guy that changed my plan, didn’t bother to reactivate all the features I had before. When I changed everything back to what it was before…it all ended up being MORE than what I was paying before. WTF? Wouldn’t you be boiling in your own skin if that happened to you? Nevermind that I was without Blackberry functions for 5 days(that’s a long time for a Crackberry addict like me) and wasted all that time calling back and forth, being put on hold a million times only to have the same plan I started with but more expensive! Seriously WTF? I kick myself now for even talking to the guy.
Right after this happened an old friend coincidentally sent me the following email. It’s from Andy Rooney, that old guy who wraps up every episode of 60 Minutes. I wish I had received this sooner…

Andy Rooney Tips for Handling Telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work !!
(1)The three little words are: ‘Hold On, Please…’
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.
Then when you eventually hear the phone company’s ‘beep-beep-beep’ tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.
These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.
This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a ‘real’ sales person to call back and get someone at home.
What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!

(3) Junk Mail Help:
This one is the best!
When you get ‘ads’ enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these ‘ads’ with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.
When you get those ‘pre-approved’ letters in the ma il for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage ‘IF’ and when they receive them back.
It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the la st increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney’s (60 minutes) ideas.
Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything you send them.
You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.
The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let’s let them know what it’s like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they’re paying for it…Twice!
Let’s help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that’s why they need to increase postage cost s again. You get the idea !
If enough people follow these tips, it will work —- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.



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Change has officially begun!

Wow! What an amazing day yesterday was! I am so excited and happy to see the collective energy present at the swearing in of our 44th president. Truly a historic day in American history and one that will not be forgotten for generations to come. I am proud of what we have done as Americans.
They say there were upwards of 1.5 million people there to witness history in the making. I really wish I could have been there to absorb all the good vibes.
Although Obama’s speech was somber, I think his message to all of America was extremely clear. We need to get off our asses and do our bit to make America a respectable nation once again. The illusion of prosperity of the past 8 years has really screwed things up for not only the country but for the world and it’s our responsibility as a world leader to tighten up our belts and pitch in to help fix what was damaged and at the same time take us into a new era. I am excited!



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Downhill Skateboard = Homesick

http://www.vimeo.com/1654340
Can’t figure out how to load Vimeo clips here. Maybe someone can help me. Anyway check out the video above.

Never thought a downhill skateboarding clip would make me homesick but I used to drive this road at least 4-5 times a week when I was in high school. The highway was always faster, but going over the Caldecott Tunnel from Berkeley back to my house in Orinda was always way more fun. It’s actually a really great road set up for mountain rally racing. I did many stupid things on that road as a kid. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve spun out on that crazy hairpin turn that you see these skaters barely make it around. I think I did skate it once or twice but I think I only had the balls to butt board it down. As you can see in the video here, you go really damn fast!
They call it Claremont Canyon because it ends up near the Claremont Hotel which is the big white building you see near then end of their run. At the very end of the run you can also see the burrito joint I used to eat at all the time as a kid. I still try to stop by there at least once every time I go back.
Actually now that I think about it, this road was the center of my existence as a youngster. I used to hang out in Berkeley on Telegraph Ave after school and on the weekends and then boy race it home back to Orinda when I was done. Sometimes my friends and I would spend the evenings racing though the hills in our cars and then end the night at a cafe down in Berkeley. Fortunately for me and my own personal safety I don’t race cars anymore but I can’t help but reminisce about the good ol’ days. Fun times it was.



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The Red Camera

This amazing and newish Red One camera professional digital HD camera is the brainchild of Jim Jannard, who previously owned Oakley, the sunglass company. With the billions he made from Oakley, he was determined to make an affordable, compact high end HD camera that could rival film. For those of you who don’t know, there is a digital revolution going on right now in the film world as we make the transition from film to digital HD. Everyone knows that digital HD is the future but the technology still hasn’t been able to rival the quality of the light captured on film. The Red comes close and the great thing about it is that it ‘s cheap, well relatively speaking. So instead of a hundred or so thousand (US)dollars for a film camera, only a few thousand can get you the Red. I just think it looks cool..I want one. I’m jealous of fellow AnDer Mark Allen because he has one.

Check out this skate footage shot on the Red One camera. Probably some of the most amazing quality skate footage I’ve ever seen.



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Photoshop Madness

My sister is getting really good with Photoshop. She sent this to my whole family the other day and said she saw it while driving through Tsim Sha Tsui. I believed it for about two seconds but my Mom on the other hand was upset that I allowed someone to put that poster up on a building without getting her permission first. I told her not to worry, she looks still looks beautiful in the picture and it won’t be up for much longer. At her age she has no idea what Photoshop is and that anyone with some time, patience and a home computer can do this stuff nowadays.



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Bad English


I’m sure most have you have seen stuff from engrish.com, the website that publishes examples of badly used English. My sister sent me this one today. It’s pretty hilarious but I am a bit curious as to what this product is because it claims to do quite a lot of different and unrelated things all at once. Anyone ever try this stuff? What else can it do?



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MC Jin

If you bought MC Jin’s latest Hong Kong release ABC, then you might have seen the dvd it came with it. Terence and I produced the three videos for the album and I directed this one.

This song is about Jin and his family but it’s also the story of an immigrant family but it’s also about just trying to get by in life. Which unless you were born rich, most people must struggle with. I thought the lyrics were great because they were intensely personal yet very universal at the same time. Since Jin was releasing his first album in Hong Kong, I wanted to take him out of the American Chinatown environment that he grew up in and place him right into the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, like he belonged there. Because of a super limited budget, I kept the video as simple as possible so that you, as the viewer, can just focus on his words. So it’s just a simple stedi-cam shot of Jin walking home from a long day of work telling you his story. Every man’s struggle, Every man’s life.



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I Love New York

Was back in New York again, this time to finish shooting Clara Law’s film, “Like a Dream”. It’s been a rough and tough few months. We began shooting in July in Taipei then Shanghai and finally here. I’m so wasted from this shoot having lost over 15 pounds. Despite all the suffering I really think this is going to be a good one. I can’t wait to see it. I guess my reward for all the blood seat and tears(literally) is that we finished in one of my favorite cities in the world. Check out some NY images below.

The Guggenheim Museum by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a structure that never ceases to amaze me. I can’t even imagine what people were thinking when it opened in 1937, I know it angered many but it must have really blown people away.

The spiral motif appears all over the place inside.

One of my favorite artists Jeff Koons had an exhibition of his sculptures on top the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love this piece. The Met is crazy big. Even a full day is not enough time here but it’s amazing to see examples of art from the beginning of time to now in just one place.

This piece was part of a special exhibition at The Met entitled “Race and Indentity”. If you look closely, this head is made out of patent leather pumps.

This ad is just silly funny.

Saw this at a private gallery on Houston St. It’s sad to see Grover from Sesame Street end up like this. I wonder what happened? Now he’s broke and a drunk. I wonder if he’ll make a come back like Robert Downey Jr.?

But you don’t have to goto a museum to see art in New York. Nice piece of graffiti here in Union Square.

This is just so wrong. It looked ten times worse in person. But I see this all the time all over the place. Guys and girls from all walks of life. I really just don’t get it. How can you not know half of your ass is hanging out of your pants?

And I can’t talk about New York without talking about the food!!! Had several good meals while I was here in an effort to gain back some of that lost weight. This was todays breakfast. You can never go wrong at Clinton Street Bakery. Usually you’ve got to wait 30-40 minutes for a seat but this time there was a free table just as we walked in. This is the Southern Breakfast. Two eggs, cheese grits, candied bacon and two fried green tomatoes coupled up with some coffee and a glass of fresh squeezed oj and you’re ready to start your day!

I think I fall deeper and deeper in love with this place every time I come here. I’m leaving tomorrow, I wish I could stay longer but I’m dying to get home after being gone for so long.



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I hate this woman!

I know I wasn’t gonna get too political here but I just can’t help it. I really hate Sarah Palin. If McCain gets elected, I might have to shoot myself. He would be the oldest president ever to take office and if he had a stroke or his cancer came back, this is who we’d have running things? Even as a vice president she’s an idiot and embarrassment to all American people. She reminds me of a female George Bush with that stupid smug look on her face when she speaks. I’m an actor, I can detect an insincere smile masking insecurity from a million miles away. The winking and “folksyness” is her playing up a persona. I don’t understand the folksy appeal anyway, I don’t want the soccer mom next door running making big decisions for my country. I don’t want somebody just like me and that I could relate to, I would want someone way more intelligent than me skillfully handling the serious problems that our country needs to face right now. No more fakes please, we need someone genuine and sincere up there running things. Watch her interview with Katie Couric struggling to keep that smile while failing miserably at trying to connect Russia’s geographical closeness to Alaska as an example of her foreign policy experience.

Watch Matt Damon rip her one here:

And this is just the very very tiny little sliver of the tip of the iceberg here about why she is so wrong for America. I could go on and on. Her recent attempt to smear Obama as having “terrorist relations” because he knew a guy that was part of the Weathermen back in the sixties is ridiculous. Just as stupid as when Fox news tried to call Barrack and Michelle’s fist bump a terrorist handshake. I bet she had never heard of the Weathermen until someone on her staff told her to make those comments and she probably still doesn’t. The Weathermen are not the kind of terrorists that we need to be fighting never mind the fact that they don’t exist in that form anymore. What’s next? Would she accuse Obama of being a terrorist himself for considering Malcom X a role model since he used violence in his early days? I’m sure Palin’s logic would probably draw the link. If you’re American, you better vote, this will be probably the most important election ever. If you care about America and want some respectable people in the White House for a change, then you better vote Obama/Biden.



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Shanghai Xiao Yang San Jian Bao

San Jian Bao is a special kind of dumpling, much similar to the Xiao Lung Bao but bigger and less delicate. It’s characterized by it’s crispy bottom that is pan fried after it is steamed.
I had to get up at 4am today for work so we could catch the sunrise. After that scene was done we had some time off and I was craving san jian bao for breakfast. My driver took me to this famous spot called Xiao Yang San Jian Bao. It’s a little tiny hole in the wall shop on a street you normally wouldn’t pass. When we got there , there was a line of like 20 people waiting to get their little dose of San Jian Bao. These ones were very similar to Xiao Lung Bao in that there was a delicious soup inside. The crispy bottom was pan fried to perfection, and along with some hot soy milk, I managed to put down six of them. At only 1 rmb(12cents US!!!) each, this has got to be the best meal for your buck. Actually less than a buck because 6 were still less than $1us. If you’re in Shanghai try them, you won’t be let down!



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Wu Yi Shan- Huckleberry Finn

After reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in fifth grade, I have always had this dream of going on a river raft adventure down the Mississippi River. Since moving to Asia I still kept the dream but wanted to do it down the Yangtze or the Yellow river. Wouldn’t it be fun to build a raft out of bamboo and just cruise, letting the river take you down it’s path to wherever it goes?
Well I haven’t done this trip yet and quite frankly haven’t thought about it for a long time but a few days ago I was in Wu Yi Shan, Fujian province to film a scene for this new film I’ve been working on and I was reminded of ol’ Huck Finn.

Wu Yi Shan is famous for it’s majestical mountains and dreamlike scenery. On the day of the shoot, we arrived at the bank of the “9 Corner River” where you could see row after row of bamboo rafts waiting to be set in the water to take tourists down through the rocky terrain. I was immediately reminded of Huck. The rafts were simply lashed together with wire and made entirely out of bamboo. Even the seats were made of bamboo. They didn’t look that sturdy but once they were set in the water I realized it wasn’t going to be a problem.

Our boatmen skillfully manuevered us to the locations we needed to get to and we spent the morning shooting and enjoying the awesome views. I think the footage we shot is gonna look really cool.

After taking this short raft ride, I’m convinced that my dream of a river adventure is possible. I’m not really sure if it’ll be down the Yangtze or the Yellow River. I think all the industrial waste and the huge shipping boats may make it a bit life threatening but I’m sure I will be able to find a nice river somewhere that will allow me to cruise for a couple of weeks. Hopefully I will get to do this sometime…keep the dream alive!



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Nasty Neighbor

Ever had an unreasonably nasty neighbor? They’re a pain in the ass, kind of like getting a splinter that you can’t pull out. There’s this lady who lives below me and she’s one of those nasty ones. When I moved in three years ago, I was unpacking boxes at around 9:30 at night and she came up to complain about the noise. I told her I was sorry but that I wasn’t actually making that much noise and I would try to be more quiet. Mind you they live two floors below me. Then just as I was about to shut the door she started going off about how her son gets up early and how I woke him up. I felt bad because she made it seem like he was a toddler that I woke up so I apologized again and shut the door. A couple days later I was in the same lift with them and saw that the son was a teenager, I highly doubt he was the one complaining because he had his ipod on blasting music.
So after that incident I thought, well I’m new here so I should be nice, so the next time I ran into her in the lift I smiled and said hi but she had nothing but dirty looks in return. She has also been very rude to my girlfriend as well. One time, while riding the same lift, she even had the audacity to cough back into the elevator while exiting. I mean she actually stepped out then turned her head back towards the elevator and coughed at us. Is that really neccessary? You would figure in the three years that I have living here that she would chill out. I even caught her twice snooping around and looking into the window of my car and the car of a friend of mine.
Then yesterday, as I was carring a very heavy box out of the lobby, she was on the other side of the door about to come in. When she saw me, she decided to take her time going in by slowly blocking the door and then pushed it inwards into me so I had to take several steps back. As I walked past her she told me that I needed to be patient!
Not once in all the times that she has been rude to me or my girlfriend have we ever said anything back. We’ve always been polite and just ingored her nasty comments or looks or actions because I feel that people like that will get what they deserve. She’s just a bitter, nasty, over weight, unhappy divorcee house wife that has nothing better to do than to hold a three year grudge for nothing. When she was messing with me yesterday I wanted to ask her what the hell her problem was but then I decided she did not even deserve that. When you come across idiots like this, the best thing you can do is ignore them because really all they want is attention and by responding you’re just feeding the fire.
I’m moving in a couple months anyway but I truly believe Karma will get her in the end. Most of the people that have been nasty to me have always had something really bad happen to them later. It’s simple physics, an action will be met by an equal reaction. If you’re nice to people they’ll be nice back to you. If you’re nasty to people, nasty things will happen to you.
I know this because I used to be a real jerk when I was younger. I would make fun of people or say really nasty things to get attention. During that time nothing good ever happened to me. Once I got into college, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try to make a change in my life, new people new environment. It could have been less of a conscious decision and more of me becoming more mature but you know what? It really worked. I started to get better grades and lots of great opportunites began to unfold in front of me. Now I’ve got an awesome career and really believe that’s because I stopped being a jerk. Too bad the lady downstairs hasn’t realized that yet.



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Today is the last day of the Olympics and the finals of one of my favorite sports, basketball. Today Lithuania took on Argentina for the bronze and Spain vs. USA for the gold. Argentina won easily but the highlight of the day was watching Spain give the US a run for it’s money. I thought The Dream Team 2 was going to blow out Spain and was expecting a boring game. But right after the tip off Spain turned it up and had Team USA struggling to keep them back the whole game.

Although the Gasol brothers were a dominant force for Spain with their NBA experience. I was most impressed with point guard Ricky Rubio. At only 17 he had an impressive game, dishing out some nice no look passes that left Team USA stumbling. 3 more years and this kids in the NBA for sure.

The half time show was done ala NBA with the Beijing Stunt Team doing crazy aerials. Here’s the Olympic mascot doing an old Michael Jordan move.

In the end Team USA won as predicted but I’m sure they were worried the whole way though. As the score came within 2 points at one point, they managed to fend off Spain for an impressive finish and the gold medal. Finally after 8 years of embarrassment, the best in the world finally showed their stuff.
Both teams celebrating their respective Gold and Silver finishes.Two of my favorite players, Jason Kidd and Dwight Howard heading to the locker room.

This Olympic experience has been so amazing. The whole city, or rather the whole country had Olympic fever in a serious way. I have been coming to Beijing since 1978 and have seen it slowly grow to the present day. I know what China was like before and even as recently as my 1994 trip I would have never thought China could have done what they have done. As a Chinese American, I’m proud of the strides and leaps China has made. There won’t be an Olympics like this for at least another 50 years. Chong Guo Jia You!!! I will remember this experience forever.
On a side note I’ve decided to stop trusting the western media. Outlets like CNN and others obviously have their agenda by trying to play down the amazing feat China has pulled off by dishing off nothing but criticism. I spent a month prior to the Olympics watching CNN broadcast nothing but negative news about China. It scares me because they are running the same fear machine that the US government pulled against Iraq. But what do expect from the conservative right? That’s why we Americans need to get Obama in the office and stop this bullshit. China should be a good partner to the US, why make it an enemy?
If any of you were there please leave comments below about your experience!

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