The awards for excellence in butt journalism

Not to make light of colon or rectal cancer, but I received the following letter in the mail today and it cracked me up:

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ACRS) invites you to submit an entry in the 2008 National Media Awards program, which recognizes journalists who have excelled in communicating information to the public about colon and rectal disease, such as colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, anal fissures, and irritable bowel syndrome.

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about anal fissures…Oh, wait, I’ve never written about anal fissures. I really can’t think of anything that I’ve ever written that would warrant me receiving an invitation to participate in this award.

Of course, maybe they read my story about farting on airplanes and were hoping I would submit it.

Butt Probably not.

jaime says:

Hi. I read your blog regarding going to guangzhou to the factory of flip flops. Will be going there at the end of the month and my daughter loves flip flops. if you can tell me where the factory is, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

Kelsey says:


You won’t be able to tour the factory (trust me). The only thing you can do is stand outside and that’s not very exciting. The workers let out around noon for lunch and again at 5 for dinner, but other than that there is no action. If you will be staying in Guangzhou City the trip will take the better part of a day. If you or your daughter don’t speak Cantonese it’s going to be rough. I had a translator that is now studying at Oxford U. in England and we had trouble finding it. I don’t mean to discourage you, but I think you should know what you are getting yourself into.

To visit the factory I stayed in Pan Yu, about 45 minutes south of Guangzhou. From Pan Yu I took a bus about 30 minutes to the city of Donguang (easily confused with Dongwan which is in the exact opposite direction). Here’s the address.

No. 8 Xing Ye Road
Donguang Pan Yi, Guangzhou

If you do make it to the factory, it’s best not to interact with the workers in sight of the factory. Talking with a foreigner might get them in trouble.

If you have any more specific questions feel free to email me at

Good luck,


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