|Pretty typical neon in Shanghai|
|Pretty typically large video displays (20 stories)|
|the five of us at the dinner theatre.|
My final day in Shanghai was incedible. Jeff and I both did four presentations yesterday, two at each of the two campuses, which are a little more than an hour apart at NASCAR speeds, on roads where lanes are merely a suggestion. I did sessions on Web 2.0 and Podcasting, and Jeff did some hands-on sessions.
Last night David and Kim Gran, art teachers from New York, took me out for dinner with M (do not remember her name) and Yeu (sp) here husband, both from Japan. The restaurant was actually a dinner theatre of sorts, where a fire-breathing dragon of a dancer came and amazed us all with his traditional moves. The music was fantastic, but the most interesting part was that his mask kept changing, magically. He would swip a fan across it, and he would have a new mask with new colors and designs. I am convinced, now, that it was some trick of nano-technology.
It is impossible to spend a week in a place like Shanghai and not leave with regrets. For instance, if I stayed only one more day, I could have witnessed the Chinese New Year. The fireworks I’ve seen so far point to a magnificent display, matching the enormous energy of this city. But I’d really like to have seen Jeff Utecht present. Shanghai American School is going to be a real interesting place, and if I’ve done my job, then Jeff, and the other tech folks are going to be busy.