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August 07, 2006

The Next Road

I love all the Bing Crosby-Bob Hope "Road" movies -- Road to Morocco, Road to Bali, Road to Utopia, etc.

My love for the movies was my inspiration in entitling this weblog "Road to Shanghai." At the time, I didn't realize that Terry's and my experience would track Hope's and Crosby's in one critical respect: like them, we never reached our destination (at least not in the way we orignally planned), but we had an amazingly eventful and enjoyable time along the way. You see, Harlan's orignal plan was to send me to Shanghai for three years. When I could see that a decision was slowing down over the high cost of entry in Shanghai and uncertainty about how to get started, I said, "We already have an official representative office in Nantong. Why don't I go there for a year, and then we'll move to Shanghai?" Jim and Jamie said that was great. We hired people and made other plans with that long-range plan in mind. Along the way, though, things changed and Harlan's presence in Nantong (and, thus, mine) became more permanent. As I think Terry and I have both said before, in hindsight we wouldn't have wanted it any other way!

Watch out for the coming attraction: Road to Harvard.

-- Norty

Posted by now at August 7, 2006 05:34 PM