Me and Chairman Mao
  Market forces.
Maybe it's just me--does anyone actually mean it's just them when they say that? I didn't think so--but it seems like these days everyone on the Internet is all excited about video-sharing sites like YouTube, Google videos, and whatever else. (Apparently I'm not excited enough about them to actually know of more than two sites--oh well.) So, since there's nothing I like better than following the rest of the hoi polloi (I would have also accepted "unwashed masses" there), I have decided that I should start posting videos, too. If you want to view this is a desperate bid to try to prove that I am as cool as everyone else, go ahead, because I'm totally above all that crap. I buy my fake Lacoste shirts because they're comfortable, not because of the little alligator. Or at least that's what I tell myself, mostly in the morning, since in the afternoon the crappy-ass fabric they're made out of makes me start itching. Wait--I shouldn't have said that last part, should I? Oh well.

Anyway, as I said, and as you can no doubt see below, I'm going to start posting videos. (I'm cooler now, right? RIGHT?) This first one is me walking down one the many, many aisles in
Xiang Yang Market, the big knock-off market here in Shanghai. I have to admit that it's not the most exciting video ever, but hey, they can only get better from here, right? If nothing else, it will give you an idea of what the market is like. I'm not sure how easy it is to see what's in the various stalls, but you will probably see (in roughly this order): fake Gameboy games, fake bags, fake sunglasses, more fake bags, fake shirts, and more fake shirts. And, if you're observant, you might notice someone asking me "Hi sir, watch?" around the 20 second mark. Have a friend follow you around repeating either that or the closely related phrases "Hello, DVD?" and "Hello, bag?" every ten seconds and you'll have a pretty good idea of what it's like to walk through the market. But for now, you can just watch the video:

More exciting videos coming soon, I promise. As soon as I take them, anyway ...
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