Monthly Archives: May 2005

Yearly roundup

Here’s the update I sent recently: Hi everyone! I’m sure most of you know that there are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each one corresponding to a year. This year (from February 9 onwards) is the year of the … Continue reading

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Ungrateful!

I recently posted a yearly update of what I’ve been doing to all the people on my China list. It included some of the bad things that happened in the fall, and explained that things have been better this semester. … Continue reading

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I’m yellow?

Yesterday I was browsing in a DVD store, and the proprietress asked me if I was Japanese. I said no, that I am American. Then she asked, “But why is your face so yellow?”

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Creepy story

I just read about a guy whose final blog entry led to the arrest of his and his sister’s murderer. He wrote it while the man was in his house, not knowing the man was about to kill him. The … Continue reading

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“Fashion utility of white shoes debated.”

Is this the most insignicant news story ever? It was on the front page of Yahoo News when I logged in a minute ago.

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Crap!

I used my removable drive at the library and now there’s a virus on it!

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Nearly embarrassing situation.

Today I peeped into a sex toy shop about ten minutes’ walk from my school to see what they had. A minute or so after I walked out, contemplating whether to go back and buy something, who did I run … Continue reading

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Letter

Today I sent an e-mail to Shanghai Airlines asking if they would like a native speaker to copy edit their inflight magazine. I’ve been thinking of doing that for a long time, but kept putting it off. I finally did … Continue reading

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One down, one to go.

I’ve been going through a quandry lately regarding my therapist. She always wanted to see me only every other week, although every other therapist I’d ever had thought once a week was good, but twice was better. I really felt … Continue reading

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Metropolis!

Last night I saw Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS, with live symphony accompaniment. The print featured a TON of footage I’ve never seen before, including the race in the stadium right at the beginning. There were a lot of new subtitles too, … Continue reading

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Incorrigible crossword puzzler.

I have this girl in one of my classes who always has kind of a sour, contemptuous look on her face. It makes a bad impression on me, and I’ve been trying to stay neutral toward her, to just think … Continue reading

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My student had a heart attack!

I found out yesterday that T.L., who drives the Bentley and who made the snake-wine video with me, just had a heart attack! That’s pretty freaky, because he’s not a lot older than I am. I’m hoping he’s okay.

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Feeling of doom

I have this really anxious feeling, like I’m about to find out bad news. My stomach feels weird, like I’m getting an ulcer. I haven’t had this vague but upsetting anxiety for a long time. Maybe I’ve been worrying too … Continue reading

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Nobody tries to sell ME hashish!

My friend Curtis Hayes finally came to town on Thursday, and in the evening we went walking down Nanjing Lu. Two people approached him and tried to sell him hashish. The next day somebody else tried to sell him some. … Continue reading

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Hello, OK!

I really liked some aspects of Shaoxing, like how a lot of the new buildings were made in a traditional-looking style, so the looks of the ancient and modern parts of the city didn’t clash. But one thing I got … Continue reading

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Shaoxing

I’m here in Shaoxing, which I saw described as a small town, although it actually has four and a half million people. It seems pretty prosperous, and its prosperity probably comes from the fact that it’s a center of “Red … Continue reading

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