Day 2 begin on an inauspicious manner as I lost the keys to my cousin's condo somewhere between an ATM and a Starbucks - while this narrows it down to about 5,325,234 different locations in Beijing, it does not bode well for the prospects of recovering the keys. I obtained the emergency keys from my cousin's friend in Beijing, went to have lunch with two partners at my firm's Beijing office, and then proceeded to watch China's national sport (well, other than mass production of consumer goods) - ping pong. I sprinted about a mile through a downpour from the Stadium's entrance gate to the actual entrance, and about 10 yards in front of the actual stadium gate, a volunteer finally appeared offering a rain pancho!! But at least there was a free pancho. Soaking wet, I sat down to enjoy 8 simultaneous ping pong matches in team play. Where 3 of the 16 team participants were: China, Chinese Taipei, Chinese Hong Kong - hey at least the Chinese know where the strengths are! We stopped off for dinner with one of Steven's college friends, an ardent republican who saw my Obama 2008 shirt and proceeded to talk about John Edwards' affair for a big portion of the dinner - though it was an enjoyable dinner! The highlight of the evening, however, was attending the China-Japan and USA-Bulgaria men's volleyball matches in the evening. We brought along our giant American flag (a gift from the Dude Committee) for the occasion and soon found ourselves surrounded by 10,000 screaming Chinese fans who cheered every Chinese point and booed every Japanese serve (think Duke-UNC, and multiply it by a history of conquest, mass murder and a refusal to apologize). Soon after China bested Japan in a thrilling 5 set affair, 8,000 of the 10,000 fans headed for the exits - leaving a few stragglers trying to start half-hearted USA chants. We were, however, drowned out by a few VERY vocal Bulgarian fans - whose voice, fortunately, did not translate into a win for their team - and thus ended a very enjoyable day 2.