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Stories of Beijing--Part One

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Stories of Beijing--Part One

We are on The Great Wall after our climb.
There's a larger area here where you can get souvenirs and even engraved plaques
that read, 'I climbed The Great Wall of China'.
We're met with a group of high school students.
They are from Chicago, and part of an orchestra of some kind.
There are lots of giggles and shy glances.
And guys in the background with looks of, 'whatever....'
One of the girls asks me, with overly animated hands,
"Ummm, we were wondering ... are you a model?"
Before I can answer, my brother chimes in,
"Yeah, he models underwear. You've probably seen him in Calvin Klein. I'm his agent."
I give him a look that says, "YOU ****!"
He gives me a look that says, "Just roll with it."
So, they ask my agent, "Can we take a picture with him?"
He considers this, like a good agent would, and joyfully declares,
"Well, of course you can!"
This whole exchange makes me feel somewhat violated.
Shortly after, I'm getting my picture taken with twenty beaming young ladies.
My agent is leaning against the wall with a look of victory on his face.
And maybe somewhere in Chicago,
there's a picture of a bunch of girls and one redneck from Arkansas ...
that will be pointed out as,
'the Calvin Klein model we met on The Great Wall of China.'
Life is funny that way.

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  1. Date: 5/7/2013 8:47:00 AM
    Cheer up... You made their day... and they gave you a compliment... But great story... PS. I have a face made for radio. They'd see me and turn away... LOL... Just go with it, like you did. Tho, I'd whoop that 'agent' later...

  1. Date: 5/6/2013 1:12:00 PM
    Smile, it could have been worse, he could have said you were the Fruit Of The Loom Model, this is too adorable, thanks for the interesting verse, going to picture it now, Yep! Good one! xxx

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 8:09:00 PM
    lol. On a dash to part 2. :)

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 10:44:00 AM
    Well you made their day and mine. This is so cute and funny. Now for part two

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 12:36:00 AM
    This is hysterically funny and entertaining to read Caleb. Can't wait to read part 2. Thanks for the laughter! Brothers are like that.

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 10:49:00 PM
    Mystery solved! You see a photo and wonder...Ok...this guy looks really good! What I can see of shoulders seems like he's done some lifting weights. Hmmmmm...then here comes the poem to say...YOU WERE RIGHT! ;) Silly you..complaining about having 20 giggling teenagers ogling you! Go with the flow cause time ain't too kind, my friend. Take it from someone who knows! :(

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 5:19:00 PM
    Great story ; I could feel the atmosphere . People Who see how others live are very lucky .

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 12:11:00 AM
    Very entertaining! It reminds me of my time as a "shakerboarder" (another word for sign-holder). Three girls came up to me cause they liked my moves, and right there beside a busy street, she took a photo of all us smiling. Three girls next to a guy wearing a dirty safety vest. I'm really enjoying your off-the-wall stories... you seem like a person that likes to go places. Off to part 2...

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 9:39:00 PM
    All that's going thru my head is woody harrelson in cowboy way..what a hoot!!!!

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 3:12:00 PM
    hahaha, well look at YOU. Poet, husband, father, hunter, and an underwear model to boot!!! I can believe it. Very interesting story . on to part two.

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 12:21:00 PM
    Hahaha love this! You're right, life can be very funny -- thanks to hilarious people like your brother. To answer your question, I tried LOTS of interesting foods in Taiwan. I promised my brother I would try everything at least once, so I ended up eating stuff like pig intestines, hearts, squid, congealed blood, and the freshest sashimi I have ever had... Most of it was delicious, to be honest!

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 12:03:00 PM
    Oh! There I was thinking that you would post stories on how you were helping out and reaching out to other people there-- way too funny, when all this time it was about you being a Calvin Klein Model, haha-- way to go for your witty agent brother though... but ok I see this is just part 1 ;)