I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 251 - Dancing Along the Silk Road

Daily Kup (My Life at 10 MPH)
I love my 4 wheel drive. I want it on every vehicle I ever own. Even my bicycle.

Despite my undying admiration for the robust drive methodology, it still took us over two hours to get to St. Paul during the midst of the storm. On the plus side, I never slipped or skidded. We simply were never able to get going fast enough. If I'd had a really beefy car, maybe I could have driven over the roofs of those people sliding around ahead of me and then we would have made it to the concert before intermission.

We have many delightful friends from my former employer, Porkus, when it was a good place. One of them who left there under much the same situation that I did -- cursed/gifted with too much spine, too high an income, and being female -- is a graceful and talented dancer performing with the Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater.

The MCDT is a small and remarkable group dedicated to increasingly cross-cultural understanding between the Chinese community and other Minnesota residents through dance performances. We have attended their annual performances many times over the years and look forward to them as a family event. In addition to their January dance performances this year, the MCDT sponsored the appearance of the China National Broadcast Choir for one performance this evening.

When our good friend emailed us about the performance, we were delighted to be able to attend. That was, of course, before it started to snow and snow and snow.

Here is an article about the concert from the Asian American Press. Normally, I'd link to their site, but their server seems to be less interested in creating cross-cultural understanding. Nonetheless, the following is assumed to be copywritten by the Asian American Press (http://www.aapress.com/).

Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater presents its “New Silk Road – Friendship
Forever” concert with the China National Broadcast Chorus of China on Friday
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium of St. Catherine University,
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. The China National Broadcast Chorus is internationally known as one of the best professional choruses of China. They
reached a wider international audience in June 2006, when they performed with
the Three Tenors in the Forbidden Palace, and for its work with the 2008 Beijing
Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.

For the past 50 years, the China National Broadcast Choir has had countless international appearances and recordings. With thousands of recordings and hundreds of concerts it is indisputably the number one professional choir in China.

Many renowned artists have started their careers with this group since it entered prominence in 1957, in a stunning concert without any orchestra.

In 1964, the choir performed in the epic musical, the East is Red. In 1988, they entered the International Choir competition in Japan and won three gold metals and one silver. In 1991 and 1992, they performed in Japan and Macao.

The choir held concerts an “Evening in Moscow” concert in Beijing, showcasing Russian songs to rave reviews. In 2000, they staged their multi-media concerts with huge LED screen in the background. In 2003 and 2004, the choir performed Aida and Othello during the Arts Festival in China.
The MCDT performed two dances at the beginning of the concert and, sadly, we missed them. Still, what we saw and heard was absolutely beautiful. It was well worth the effort required to get there. We all need a reminder that it's both a much larger and a much smaller world than we commonly think.

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