This seems like the perfect way to get back into blogging. Today’s Wall Street Journal has a great article that, I suspect, will resonate with many readers: How I Spent Squandered My Summer Vacation (registration required). One of the things at the top of my list was to learn Chinese (OK, a few phrases) via fluenz (a DVD) and chinesepod (a podcast and online lessons). Confession: I didn’t do it.

But heck, according to the WSJ, neither did comedian Andy Borowitz learn Italian before a planned trip to Italy next month. Instead, he ate pizza several times as a way to “practice Italian.”

Onward… I’ll land in Beijing on Sunday, Oct. 14th, Chinese phrases memorized… or not.