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Totally Awesome Picture of the Week

Foreign Stamps

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 48 All right, my students. So this is how it is. You fill up our prestigious universities and we pay for you to do it. Sounds good huh? It is, of course, conditional. Here, read the handbook: “To begin with, you must give up the absurd notion that KFC […]

Time for President Yes

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 47 Ok America. Rise and Shine. It’s Tuesday night here in the Eastern hemisphere and it’s getting to be morning over there. You know what that means. This little old woman shuffles a mile and a half by herself every morning just to join the other lonesome elderly for […]

The Visionary

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 46 Come one, come all! Witness a rip-roarin’ hair-pullin’ old fashioned good-timey ruckus down here at The Agricultural Extravaganza! Worth the pain and so much more! Less costly than that mini-skirt four-inch stiletto ensemble you’ve been flashing from your bicycle all over town! Created domestically for the domestics! Reduces […]

The Chinese Backyard

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 45 Is this not what your backyard looks like? Do your neighbors not live less than 15 feet away and not use a power saw at 5 am? What about fireworks at 6 am, 7am, 7:15 am and so on throughout the day? No?! How fascinating. Really. You mean […]

Communism’s Finest Hour

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 44 A massive Ikea sign in Nanjing looms over peasants as they weed a city park. Aha! The perfect ominous opening for the Forty-Fourth Totally Awesome Picture of the Week (4 being the unlucky number in China). Nanjing, China’s historical Southern capital city, known world-wide as a location of […]

Making Room for KFC

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 43 Young vs. Old or Making Room for KFC The dustpan to my broom, the thin to my fat, the bank to my river. A team in fact! Dull colors Urging “Get lost! Goodbye!” “You are forgotten.” “It’s so easy to drink and cry.” Don’t goad me Old Land. […]

The Plight of Clean Propaganda

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 42 The latest wave of “dirty” products – this being the season of Tainted Milk – has prompted the Central government to ask local governments all over the country to issue a plea to their people: “Help us clean up our image.” With hopes of feeding off the unbelievable […]

The 2008 Scarecrow Election

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 41 The 2008 Scarecrow Contest. A hundred dollar U.S. cash prize for the best creation. More than many of our neighbors make in a month. My, what an honor it must bestow. Do you know what a scarecrow is? It’s an anthropomorphic object, usually set in a field to […]

Fowl Lexicon

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 40 Rooster – (n) a male domestic fowl; a cock – why so angry? Oh, rooster/domestic fowl/cock (whathaveyou), your tears are indecipherable. Like poetry, your wattle – (n) a colored fleshy lobe hanging from the head or neck of domestic chickens – drapes elegantly, a crimson reminder of wounds […]

Let the Street Cleaners do Their Job

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 39 “Hello! Where you from? USA? Hello! USA do very well. Number two! USA number 2! China number 1! Many, many gold medal. Many many! China win Olympic Games! Go China! USA number 2 in Olympic Games. USA do very good! China maybe have a little more people so […]

Flavor Cannon

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 38 This is it. Today Alaska. Tomorrow China. From the last frontier to the land of antiquity. And how perfect an illustration for this venture: The Flavor Cannon (or canon if you ask someone who knows about Chinese food) indicating GO! visas in order, the land yonder over that […]

The Night Light

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 37 Hello old man standing in your underwear in what used to be a restaurant where we ate dinner only once. Yes, only once, because the food was bad and the service worse. Terrible, in fact. We were the only customers that night and the drunk teenage wait-staff took […]

Good Luck China

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 36 Asia is a pagoda made of Samsung television sets. Personified within this architectural beast’s tapered walls and flashing postmodernist programs is every repressed, suppressed, depressed or otherwise pressed living being – man, animal, and plant – of recent Asian country-itude just waiting for their own opportunity to feed […]

A Constant Reminder

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 35 Big storm made tree go boom. Now, how will I fit it in my room? From our third story window we watched our neighbors gather around the fallen behemoth as though it were a traffic accident or crime scene. Being from the Pacific northwest, we have seen our […]


Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 34 A goat. Or, two goats of differing hue. That’s what we are showing to you. Two goats in the spotlight . One old, one young. Two goats vying for the position of one. To keep horns locked and starve? Or back away? The decision for each has been […]


Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 33 The 4th of July. America’s big day. The day when Americans of all shapes, sizes, colors, dreams and political leanings apply their differences to the true calling of patriotism: Competition. The 4th of July is a day of Bests and Mosts – from Best Firework Display to Most […]

The San ge Pengyoumen

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 32 For those of you who don’t speak Chinese, that’s “the three pengyoumen.” Much like their American counterparts, the three Amigos, these men are comically out of sync with their surroundings. But, this time the roles are reversed. It is the location that is a processed pretender of perfection. […]

Gorging Tiger Gorge

Gorging Tiger Gorge

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 31 Well, we know why the tiger leaped. If you saw a tree hanging over the Long River, stained sanguine with the sauce of your favorite meal, you might leap too. Especially if you were a folklore tiger hungry with the promise of having a relatively well-known landmark named […]

Pets Portraying Patriotic Propaganda

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 30 This useful accessory, a very popular dog here in China, the Pekingese, is about as sorry of an excuse for (hu)man’s best friend as you can find. Maybe I’m biased; after all, having the unconditional love of the most beautiful dog in the world (see insert) leaves little […]

Stronger, Swifter, Higher, Faster

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 29 Men in sport coats. Men climbing blindly. Men grasping the railing. which guides and supports. Up stairs. Stairs to the top. Stairs made by men. Stairs narrow in direction. A direction as firm as the stairs themselves. Stronger, Swifter, Higher, Faster Stronger, Swifter, Higher, Faster The men repeat […]

Beast of Beauty

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 28 Cockroaches, those filthy trash eating hexapods, tanks that creep their way around contaminating even the most carefully cleaned area with so little as their presence. An abhorred symbol of uncleanliness, this cockroach takes its job of befouler seriously. Slyly it approaches the sweet flower, a beauty blossoming with […]

Tall Man Short Pants, Short Man Long Pants

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 27 Ah! The classic juxtaposition of opposites to produce a humorous effect – the left so tall and the right so short! Even the buildings play along – tall in the back, short in the front. Hilarious! No? Well, in that case, let’s try serious juxtaposition. In this picture, […]

Example of a Good Pomelo Rind Room

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 26 Almost every shop on the streets around our house, including – but not limited to – the welders, prosticutters, printers, auto refurbisher, glass cutter, water supplier, plaster distributor, florescent bulb makers, and restaurants operate out of these vertical pull door storage units: garages, wide-open all day to the […]

Life Lessons from an Asian Elephant

Totally Awesome Picture of the Week 25 What tantalizing embodiment of sin could possibly compel both this baby elephant and a full grown man to peer shamelessly into the cavernous zone of stink? Peanuts? Strippers? Shiny? No. This is the wrong approach. I notice now that the baby is crying and the man wears a […]