I'm back at work today. Sort of. I'm using my temporary office without any students or colleagues around, and it's quite nice. It won't stay this way once we're all shoehorned into this too-small space, but I'm beginning to take a wait-and-see approach to things here in China, as in, "Wait a few weeks and see if the system hasn't collapsed yet." If the yuan tanks and the Chicoms impose capital controls, none of the staff can afford to be here anymore. Have you ever heard that old wives' tale about the Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times"?