B. is in Shanghai. 6000 miles away, 15 hours time difference, on the other side of the Pacific. I get text messages on my phone from him. He types onto the little cell phone he carries in China and the words show up on the little screen in mine in San Francisco. It amazes me.
Update. B leaving Shanghai to fly to Tokyo. High speed train from the city to the aiport. Five bucks, nineteen miles...8 minutes. Average 142 mph. As my grandma used to say, "Clever, these Chinese."