A Hint of Panic

Unlike certain expats I've met from time to time, I'm not infuriated by the lack of English in Shanghai public life. After all, it's China, and no one is under any obligation to accomodate English-speakers any more than they choose.

That being said, I do like the mind games being played by our building manager, who posted a notice this morning in the lobby that read, in English, "IMPORTANT MESSAGE! MUST READ!" and then had the entire rest of the message written exclusively in Chinese.

On that note, I also present some of my favorite grocery store items:
paper towels = chiefly used in rag
ice tray = composite ice trellis
a block of cheddar cheese = cow brick