Sashimi, Pharmacy, Intellectual Property Rights and a Movie
I slept in today until about noon. Had an early dinner of Sashimi and tempura with a friend in the Hexi district across town at one of the many authentic Japanese restaurants there. The Japanese reportedly stay in hotels there for business. One hotel is so old an famous that the streets around it incorporate its name along with a compass direction.
Visited a pharmacy in the neighborhood where I asked for an antibiotic to attack my sinus infection that might be moving into my chest. He gave me some Amoxicillin capsules 0.25g, 2 capsules, 3 times daily for no more than 1 week. I mentioned that I would prefer the Azithromycin, given the utilitiy of Zpacks and Zmax at home, but he suggested, several times, that the quality of this manufacturer was better than that of my preference. So I took his advice and moved on.
Watched a DVD that I had purchased previously for about $1.50 of a recently released movie. As I loaded it into the computer, my Chinese friend said, " You know that this is an illegal copy--they all are. We can get the latest released movies on Baidu.com" (though the software required was incompatible with my MacBook and Safari). Then I recalled the public service announcement that I had read in Beijing subway the day prior: "Protecting Intellectual Property, Regulating Market Environment, and Building a Harmonious Society" (I guess that two of three aren't bad).
The hot shower ran a lot that night in an effort to breath better as I questioned my choice of antibiotic.