Having never purchased a real Gucci product, we have no idea whether “hang dry” is mentioned in the product care instructions as what to do after hand washing your handbag with a bar of Omo in the sink outside. We have to assume it is, since we highly doubt any owner of a Gucci handbag would fail to follow the rules, considering how expensive Gucci merchandise is. We couldn’t see the labels on the other items hanging on the line — a windbreaker, some panties and a pair of porn shorts — but we are assuming they were Gucci, too. As we said, we are not very familiar with Gucci’s product line.
Actually, now that we think about it, this kind of makes sense. We live right next to the Shanghai Exhibition Center, which is currently playing host to the Millionaire Fair. So one of the millionaires attending the event was likely staying with one of our neighbors — sleeping on their couch, probably — and they wanted to make a good impression with all the other millionaires, so they washed their Gucci bag. And seriously, you don’t want to be walking around a Millionaire Fair with a damp Gucci handbag. Mystery solved.
 We Googled “porn shorts” and came up with lots of links to short porn movies. Are we the only ones who call the tight gym shorts oh so popular in the 70s and 80s (and, apparently, in 2006 in our neighborhood) “porn shorts”?
Photo from Shanghai Diaries. It was taken with a phone — sorry for the poor quality.