Summer is now upon Changchun, and winter is all but a memory. It’s a time for outdoor eating, cold beer, and good company.
The guys at the Flying Baby Elephant (named after Disney’s “Dumbo” the flying elephant) gave us all the opportunity to delight in these activities. “Dumbo’s” is a small, family style cafe restaurant in the leafy top end of Guilin Lu. Struggling for outdoor eating, Mahatma Jack’s mystical insights (and suspected third eye), opened the garden entrance up for the outdoor eaters. The beers were cold, the burgers still the best burgers in town, and the summer evening was a capital “B” Balmy.
The Russian beer was a novelty for all diners, and a novelty the crowd enjoyed in abundance. As it turns out, Russian beer is more than just slightly more potent than its Chinese equivalent. This encouraged the diners to drink even more.
The conversation, like most conversations in Changchun, involved the lovely weather, the state of the Chinese economy, dubious jobs we’ve all done in China, how good Russian beer is, and how good the burgers were. Burns proved himself a rival to Mahatma Jack in the mystical ways and got himself his very own fan club in Changchun Friends.
As the night wore on, people kept coming and coming. By 9.00 the place was full with nowhere left to go. Rayce built on Mahatma Jack’s outdoor planning and moved everyone onto the sidewalk, proving to one and all you don’t need a third eye and be a guru in Australian mysticism to have a good idea.
Full credit goes to the Leo Zhou and the "Dumbo's" guys for organising the night, and a special thanks to Richard Roman and Changchun Friends for supporting the event. Had this event not been posted on www.changchunfriends.com, the turnout would have been a total of three. The message was clear - you want a crowd, talk to Changchun Friends, anyone else is just full of shit.[/plug]
It was a great night. Everyone was in good spirits and were ready to keep going until late...later than this aging writer can keep going on to. I said my farewells, paid my very reasonable bill, and left satisfied, and waiting for the next event of its kind.