Monthly Archives: March 2005

And another thing –

I got two wrong number phone calls today from someone who sounded like Anthony Wong (the Hong Kong actor). It even kind of sounded like the man was speaking Cantonese in one of the calls. I was really tempted to … Continue reading

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Stupid conversation.

Today I had this dumb conversation with a taxi driver. It went sort of like this: Me: I want to go to Jiaotong University. Driver: Jiaotong University? Near Xu Jia Hui? (Jiaotong U. is one of the two most famous … Continue reading

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Quite a haul.

I have a fever today, and I intended to stay in and relax. I had to submit my letter stating my interest in coming back to the university next year, though, so I dropped in to the graduate school. Afterward, … Continue reading

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Mopey and rudderless.

So, what to do when youve lost your sense of direction? I think Im going through this problem right now, and Im not sure even how to talk about it. There are some intersecting factors it might help me to … Continue reading

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Fluctuating moods

Well, I guess my moods are fluctuating because I have no sense of direction. I don’t have any goals, or any ideas what to do next. I don’t even know where I want to be. I’d like to live somewhere … Continue reading

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Friday flashback

I had a really active day Friday. It was really sunny so I decided to go check out Tong Ji University. It was a long hike from the nearest subway station to the school, but I like the area I … Continue reading

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A victim of my own crabbiness?

It turns out if I want to stay at this school next year, I have to hand in a letter of application. Unfortunately, I’ve got to give it the liason person for the graduate school, who I’ve gotten pissed off … Continue reading

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Monks

There were ten or more Buddhist monks in the classroom next to mine this morning. I wonder what they were doing there. I’d never noticed them before. If I see them again next week I’ll ask why they’re there, or … Continue reading

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Monkeys

I’ve discovered one key to getting a lot of people to look at your Flickr photos is to include a monkey in the picture! People seem to love that!

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Duplicity

I have this one student from last semester who REALLY wants to be my friend. The problem is, she gives me a really bad vibe. She gives me the same sort of bad feeling as the psycho-student who gave me … Continue reading

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Sick student

To tell this story a bit out of order, I’ll mention that I hate it when I get cell phone calls. I guess they feel intrusive. So when I got a call from someone on Friday, I was sort of … Continue reading

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Home improvements

Cost: 6 RMB (approx. 70 cents) One bad thing about having the pigeon people upstairs is that the birds kick down all sort of debris — there’s always corn, seeds, feathers and pigeon poop falling down on my patio. There … Continue reading

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Bee Lee

Yesterday while walking home from class, out of the blue I ran into Bee Lee Wei, one of my old students in Shenzhen! I was really astonished. It turned out he’d been in Shanghai for two years. How much of … Continue reading

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Sad!

I got a text message from my new masseuse tonight saying that he’g going back to his hometown. I feel sort of weepy and disbelieving. I can’t believe I’m so sad, because I’ve only known him for about three weeks! … Continue reading

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Shopping confession.

I admit it! Today I bought something that has fur on it! I didn’t even think about it until after I had paid! Ironically, I was thinking earlier today about how I think it’s tacky to wear fur coats, unless … Continue reading

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Tap shoes

Yesterday I got on the elevated train near my house, and right in front of me, there was this migrant worker carrying a big bundle. For some reason, he was wearing tap shoes! I bet he didn’t even know what … Continue reading

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The orange baby cries Pepsi tears.

This phrase was in one of my dreams this morning.

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Funny math.

Tonight one of my students said to me, “I was born in 1965 and you were born in 1970. I’m two years older than you.”

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It’s getting warmer!

I’m not sure what the temperature is now — maybe about 14 C? It’s a nice change. I think I’m going to go outside and see if I can finish the roll of film in the waterproof one-use camera I … Continue reading

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Fragrance explained.

Somebody who lives near me often cooks something that smells really wonderful around dinner time. It smells like chicken being roasted on a rotisserie. Then I noticed that the people above me raise pigeons. I think my neighbor’s having pigeon … Continue reading

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