Recently, on a trip to Beijing as we were unpacking at the hotel, Greg realized he had left his iPad in one of the grey tubs going through the security screening at the Shanghai airport. We quickly wrote it off based on any and all experiences from the U.S.
I did send a quick text message to my assistant, Evie asking if there was any chance someone would have turned it in at the airport. She asked for a description of the case and the screen saver and within 15 minutes she texted back that the iPad was at lost and found and that she had asked Kenny, our driver, to meet us there when we returned, and help with any translation. Incredible.
When I got back to the office the next week, I was explaining to Evie how that would never happen in the States. That either a passenger behind us or someone from security would have picked it up, never to be seen again. She asked “what about the cameras?”
You should know that there are cameras everywhere in China. Much like in the U.S. of A., they are on the street corners, on the elevators, in restaurants, in lobbies, everywhere. Greg and I have even been suspect of the “smoke alarm” in our bedroom as every once in a while it flashes a bright light in the middle of the night.
Not so different that everything is on video, it’s more what is done with the video that makes China different than the U.S. – anything here deemed as suspect would most likely be turned in to authorities.
Today, we attended our first tai chi/yoga class. Greg, Meredith and I grabbed our newly purchased yoga mats and headed down for the first offered class in our gym.
The tai chi part was nice. Easy, slow motions that are meant to help one find his or her inner Qi. Qi (pronounced CHē) is the circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine. I’m not sure I’ve found mine yet but I intend to keep looking.
The yoga part was the real challenge. Not being all that flexible, 2 of the 3 Saints became the students most in need of help from the instructor. Greg required the belt to help reach his toes and I required repeated instructions to just relax.
I’m okay with being coached. It’s always a good reminder to take a deep breath and relax.
I giggled at the move where you’re sitting with legs crossed, torso long and chest open, and you are asked to grab your foot and bring your big toe to your forehead. Not going to happen for me. Not on day one. Maybe never.
Where I really lost it, is when I was in a pose that required you to have the side of your head and one shoulder to the mat, one knee on the ground and the opposite leg lifted to the ceiling. Okay. Tough but I could feel the stretch. And then, we were instructed to lift the opposite arm to the sky. Now imagine if you will, all your weight is really on just one knee, your chest, shoulder and head are pushed into the mat and one leg and arm are in the air.
That’s when it happened. All in slow motion. This “long lady” as the instructor had called me earlier, while helping me with a different move, slowly rolled and fell to the floor. Embarrassing alone, but with the added sound effect of the body hitting the hard wood floors – well that’s just devastating.
It reminded me of the Youtube video of the fainting goats. Seems whenever these goats feel a certain level of excitement or stress they just faint. Yes. All in slow motion they just fall to the ground. Check it out.
When I came to, I turned to see if anyone had noticed. Meredith was in convulsions with laughter. I then quickly looked to the “skies” to see how many cameras were placed in the studio.
I spent the entire cool down and meditation time, laying on my back, breathing, trying to relax, staring at the cameras and thinking about how I might ask the manager to delete the video recorded from 10 to 11:00am in our gym.