|Spring Break in the Colored Sand Forest of China
Love it or hate it, Spring Break 2001 is bearing down on us like the proverbial freight train. Smart locals either get rich during March or get outta Dodge. And then some of us trust to dumb luck to get us off this sand bar for the worst of it and I guess that is the category I would fall into.
By some strange twist of fate, I have been invited to represent SPI,. Texas and the USA in this event and as you may imagine I am pretty darn excited about it. This is a rather rural area of this vast country, pretty far off the beaten path if the limited amount of information I am able to find on the web is any indication. What I have found, however, is quite tantalizing:
Of course, I have no idea if I will get to see any of this cool stuff. Sometimes the organizers of these events arrange for the sculptors to see some of the surrounding area; other times all we see is the stretch of countryside between the accommodations and the sand pile. Something one can usually count on is lots of opportunities to party with good friends in strange and beautiful surroundings -- which certainly would describe a typical spring break experience. Most sculptors I know can drink beer with the best of them, and PARTYcarvePARTY is the unofficial motto at most masters' level contests. For the China event however, we have been warned that the authorities frown on this sort of thing, and we shouldn't be seen imbibing if we want to be invited back. Bummer. I hear the beer in China is most excellent.
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