Monthly Archives: December 2004

Snow, relief, gas, noise, and other.

It snowed today! I guess it’s not a common occurance in Shanghai! The cold today made me realize my coat is really inadequate — unfortunately, after I forced myself not to look at coats when I went shopping this weekend. … Continue reading

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Oh, OK then.

Everyone was telling me the awful noises coming from my computer meant my hard drive was ruined, but when I opened it up today, I found out all the noise was coming from the FAN!

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I think my computer is going to blow up.

It started making these horrible grindy sounds when I turned it on. Tomorrow afternoon, after I’m done with class, I’ll open it up and take a look inside. Here’s something interesting — I’ve found the location of what seems to … Continue reading

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Not a bad Christmas after all!

I had a pretty good day today. I got up and went to the Propaganda Poster Art Center. I kept hearing things about how it’s often closed during its supposed business hours, so I called ahead, found out someone was … Continue reading

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Feeling better!

I started my period today, and miraculously, I felt better! I also was given a surprise party today by my 8:00 class! I was so surprised I didn’t know how to react! They sprayed silly string on me!

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Feeling bad.

I’m continuing to feel dismal. I’m just lonely, resentful that I don’t have more friends, scared of making friends with people, etc. I’m all achy, and yesterday the masseuse could tell I was unhappy. It is nice that I’ve found … Continue reading

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Am I fooling myself, and people are rage zombies.

I keep thinking that I’ve been happy in China, but from time to time I wonder if I’m fooling myself. Lately I’ve been bored and lonely, and I know I felt that way in Shenzhen sometimes too. Of course, I … Continue reading

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I’ll cry tomorrow.

I got invited to go with my students to this water village, Tongli, tomorrow, but I had to turn them down. I just think it’ll be too hard for me to get around with my bad foot. It’s still hurting … Continue reading

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I’ve been farting like mad.

That’s the newest thing in my life lately. The cause is, of course, milk. I got some Ovaltine, for the calcium, and that did it. A couple days ago I had a chocolate milkshake and then some chocolate ice cream, … Continue reading

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Glans of Intrigue!

Now THAT sounds like an interesting movie! Of course, it’s supposed to be Clans of Intrigue, but whoever bootlegged the DVD made a mistake. I had to buy it for the cover alone! I got really hungry, lonely and dispirited … Continue reading

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The Beast was a bust.

Well, The Beast did end up sucking after all! Trust Borowczyk to leave a bad taste in your mouth. There were a lot of plot holes — why did Marthurin die, why did the beast die, where was all the … Continue reading

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A World without Thieves

I saw Feng Xiaogang’s new movie, A World without Thieves, last night. It was really enjoyable, and I’d recommend it to everybody. Its depiction of China is a lot more realistic that something you’d see in a movie by Chen … Continue reading

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Meeting new people.

I went to a party this weekend at my student XG’s house. I met a lot of people — Lily, a woman from Greece, who sounded like Isabella Rossellini; Paul, a nice American guy who works at the US consulate … Continue reading

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Sweet home Shenzhen.

Boy, do I miss the wackiness of Shenzhen. Here’s a headline from today’s South China Morning Post: Shenzhen crime spree escalates The opening of a Shenzhen subway station has been delayed after an armed gang raided the construction site and … Continue reading

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My paunch is disappearing!

I’m excited about it, but I really don’t know why it’s happening. My neighbor Sumiko was saying that when she doesn’t get enough sleep, she can’t lose weight no matter what she does, and then yesterday I saw this report … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Independent.

Oh yeah — I forgot to mention that the Philadelphia Independent published something I sent them about voting from China. It was in their special election edition. They rewrote it extensively. I’m used to rewriting, but this shocked me. Originally, … Continue reading

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Frankincense.

Frankincense is another ingredient in the weird medicine I’m taking! I went back to the hospital today and took home my X-ray and report. The original doctor, who got all confused because he heard me speak Mandarin, thought I was … Continue reading

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Me ‘n my poultice.

I went to the hospital today and had my foot checked out. Apparently, my foot is healing really well (I couldn’t see any crack at all on the X-ray). The doctor gave me a bunch of Chinese medicine to take … Continue reading

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Oops, again.

Today my Japanese neighbor showed me some movies she’d gotten that I might like. I thought she wanted to come over and lend them to me later tonight, but it turned out she wanted us to watch them together! That’s … Continue reading

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