Steven Pinkert Can’t Believe How People Monkey Around in Beijing

As Steven Pinkert has discussed in his personal blog elsewhere he is currently working in Beijing, China for a week.  Last night he was at Bellagios for a late dinner.  Bellagios located in the Workers Stadium are of Beijing is a very upscale bistro style restaurant that serves excellent Szechuan and Taiwanese style food at a fair price.  Bellagios is a great place to know about in Beijing as unlike most Beijing restaurants that close at about 10:00 pm, Bellagios is open until 4am most days.

At his home in Miami Steven Pinkert is usually asleep by 10:00pm, but when you travel to Asia from the United States you are sometimes so jet lagged that you fall asleep, miss dinner, and wake up at midnight with the only option being room service.  The answer – at least in Beijing is Bellagios.

Steven Pinkert finds a Monkey at Bellagios

As I was leaving Bellagios I passed by a table of 4 young guys and unbelievably one of the guys has a monkey actually eating at the table while sitting on his lap. Unbelievable – and he allowed me to snap his picture.

Beijing Monkey

Monkey in a Beijing Restaurant Copyright 2012 - Steven Pinkert

Steven Pinkert’s summary – “Only in China”

Steven Pinkert Encounters Swimming Pigs

Recently I was in the Bahamas for a few days staying with my father on Harbor Island.  Harbor Island is just 2 miles East of Eleuthera. In case you are interested here is nice link to a map of Eleuthera.

Harbor Island is a bit for the jet set (which I am not).  It has very famous spectacular pink sand beaches and some pretty darn good restaurants.  The water surrounding the island is just a beautiful blue and indigo. I guess Harbor Island is kind of the St. Barts of the Bahamas.

Steven Pinkert and his father took their boat to Staniel Cay which is in the Bahamian Exuma Island chain.  Staniel Cay’s fame is the Thunderball Cave where the  1965 James Bond movie was filmed.  It is still quite beautiful to snorkel in this cave and I highly recommend it. Staniel has a yacht club – a small quiet resort island.

Steven Pinkert Meets the Pigs

But on way to Staniel we passed an island that was incredible.  There were pigs on the beach and as we sailed by they actually swam out to meet, eat and greet our boat. It is quite an amazing thing to see.  Here is good a link to an excellent you tube video taken by a vacationer. Swimming Pig Video.  I will post some of my photos of the pigs shortly.

Steven Pinkert says “if you are in the Exumas – don’t miss seeing the pigs”

Princessa Our Feral Cat

Hard for Steven Pinkert to Appreciate a Feral Cat

Steven Pinkert’s wife, Sherma, pointed out that Steven neglected to mention their feral cat Princessa, in his earlier pet story. Perhaps there is a reason…

I really don’t care for this cat. I mean I don’t hate it but we are not shall I say very attached. It lives outside of our home and my wife has adopted it by plying it with food.  And now their “intimate” relationship has extended for over 7 years.  Lets face it, me and Princessa got off to a rough start. In the first week that it appeared it would hiss at me whenever it saw me in my backyard.  You couldn’t approach it (even today you still can’t approach it but now it no longer hisses). It lived outside, was feral, and not too friendly towards anyone.

Princessa the Feral Cat Copyright 2012 - Steven Pinkert

But we got off to a much worse start.  One day in the first few weeks when it was hanging out – on and off in our backyard, and Sherma was out of town, I noticed that the cat had disappeared from the backyard for a few days.

That night I heard a cat crying and upon investigation found that Princessa was hold up in one of our bathroom, screaming in the corner and getting even more agitated when she saw me.  So I called a service to remove the cat – I mean it wasn’t our cat. It was a stray feral cat, right?  They captured Princessa with a noose at the end of a pole and safely transferred her to a cage in their truck. Goodbye Princessa I thought.

Sherma called to tell me how much fun she was having with her friends in Los Angeles and so I casually I told her the Princessa story. (Come to think of it I don’t think Princessa quite had a name yet.) Anyway, she was furious.  I mean furious – kind of like Princessa was when I walked into the bathroom to investigate. Hissing and all.

Sherma hung up on me and unbeknownst to me she called her secret cat network friends.  Oh yes she really has cat people friends who have a kind feline network or something.  Anyway when I woke up the next morning Princessa was at the back door and has remained there ever since.

Okay, maybe Princessa has a good reason not to like me.

 

Steven Pinkert’s Pets – Bear, Thunder and Indy

Steven Pinkert has great pets

I realized that to have a family website and not include my pets is sacrilegious.  Certainly Sherma, my wife feels that way.  I have to admit I have a pretty good relationship with all three of my pets.  Bear is our 13 year old Westie, Thunder is an 8 year old Cornish Rex, and Indy (named after Indiana Jones) is a 28 year old African Gray (parrot).

 

Steven Pinkert's Favorite, Bear Copyright 2012 - Steven Pinkert

Bear is my buddy.  Always there, always hungry, always acting like he doesn’t understand what I say unless I offer him something he likes such as food or a car ride or a trip to Home Depot. Bear sleeps in our bed every night and thankfully gets groomed every other week. Bear really likes me but he likes Sherma even more.  When I come into the house he ignores me, but when Sherma walks in he is all over her.  As I mentioned earlier, Bear is a West Highland Terrier.  We actually purchased him from a breeder named Jesus in Barcelona Spain.  He was shipped air freight and arrived perfectly healthy. Jesus is one of the most famous breeders of Westie show dogs though Bear is by no means a show dog as his tail is way too long for a Westie.

 

Steven Pinkert's Cornish Rex Cat, Thunder Copyright 2012 - Steven Pinkert

Thunder is sometimes my friend and sometimes a monster. He is very playful which is common in the Cornish Rex breed however out of nowhere without provocation he can turn on you and attack.  We do not let guests pet Thunder unless they first sign a liability release.  (For an excellent discussion of the Cornish Rex click on this link: Wikipedia Cornish Rex Cat.)  The unusual characteristic of the Cornish Rex is that they are a short haired cat so they look weird, don’t shed and are relatively hypoallergenic.  I won’t emphasize how weird he looks – you can see his photo and be the judge.

 

Steven Pinkert's African Gray, Indy Copyright 2012 - Steven Pinkert

Indy is our African Gray.  He is extremely smart but won’t speak – only whistles.  Recently he has been spending time in the kitchen and I have been making him wheat pasta – his favorite dish.  We hand raised Indy and he is very friendly – but when he is molting he can bite.  Again we do not let guests touch Indy (Well only Calrie Marsh, my law partner, has mastered it  – Indy really likes Calrie.)  Sherma, my wife lets Indy out of the cage on a perch in the garage when she works out.  It is pretty funny to see Sherma, Bear, Thunder and Indy all in the garage during her morning workouts.  Sherma adores animals which is obvious, I suspect –