Monthly Archives: July 2005

Bad foot.

My foot has really been hurting me lately — I can’t apply much pressure on it, or stand one-footed without a lot of pain. I’m really scared that the break hasn’t healed properly and will break again. I don’t want … Continue reading

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Hangzhou was too hot.

My trip to Hangzhou ended up being somewhat of a fiasco because it was too hot. I could only go out for about a half hour at a time before I got a headache. I think it was about 38 … Continue reading

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Only one Lau-less day.

I did manage to spend one Andy Lau-less day, Thursday, when I went to class and then immediately got on a train for Hangzhou. By the evening of the next day, though, I’d run across one of his movies on … Continue reading

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The inescapable Liu De Hua.

I’ve decided to do an Andy Liu watch. I’m wondering how many days can go before, in my everyday activities, I come across the image of singer/actor Andy Lau, a.k.a. Liu De Hua. I’m not a particular fan of his, … Continue reading

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Bootleg Harry Potter

Pirate copies of Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince are already on sale outside of my school. They’re 25 RMB apiece, whereas the real copies are 170. They are the English edition of the book — the Chinese version won’t … Continue reading

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Scary cat.

I was walking the little dog the other day when suddenly, we were attacked by this cat. I’d seen it sitting on a scooter, but I assumed it’d either stay put or run away. Anyway, it ran out and attacked … Continue reading

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Short dog adventure.

I did end up agreeing to take the dog at night. I’d come get it at like 9:00 and return it at like 7:30 in the morning. However, it turned out I just couldn’t cope with having the dog in … Continue reading

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Shower cam

To my surprise, there’s a girl sitting next to me watching a screen full of (presumably) secret shower cam videos. I can see all these naked people scrubbing. It’s kind of odd to see a girl looking at that in … Continue reading

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First day of class

I had my first day of Chinese class today. I was tested and put in Intermediate Class 2. The level seems right. I can follow the teacher well, and am familiar with about half the vocabulary in the book, but … Continue reading

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Dog?

Last night I had an intuition that an animal would come into my life soon. This morning I heard some really awful noise that I thought was a woman being attacked, but then when I listened, I realized it was … Continue reading

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It’ll be a hot and sticky night …

perfect viewing conditions for watching a film noir! Shall I finish the lurid Naked Kiss, or watch Pickup on South Street, both by Samuel Fuller? Recently, I got a disc of Don Siegel version of The Killers, in which Ronald … Continue reading

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Free Chinese lessons!

After making a gentle stink, I’m getting the free Chinese lessons I was promised when I started my contract. Yay!

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Using Flickr as a news source.

For the second time I’m using Flickr as a source of news. The first time it was when the anti-Japanese protests/riots happened, because I didn’t have any easy access to news stories about it. The second time was tonight, when … Continue reading

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Whoo-hoo! Extra 10,000 RMB!

Yesterday I found an extra 10,000 RMB, or about $1,200 in my bank account. I have no idea what it’s doing there but I’m really happy about it and am hoping if it is an error it won’t be corrected … Continue reading

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I am invisible to foreigners.

While I’ve been sitting at this computer cafe, three different groups of foreigners have come in and acted mystified about what to do. Interestingly, none of them even seemed to notice me, sitting in the middle of the front row … Continue reading

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Shoes and Xu Gai

Really, I’m not much of a shoe guy. But I had lots of trouble with shoes last week when I was hanging out with my friend Xu Gai. Xu Gai is a friend of mine who I’ve barely gotten to … Continue reading

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2 1/2 thumbed guy.

The two and a half thumbed guy hasn’t come to my class for at last six weeks, and he hasn’t made any sort of arrangement to take the final exam. I BET, though, that if I give him an F … Continue reading

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I’m just not interested.

There’s something I’ve been worried about lately. It’s about time I found a relationship. I mean, if I had a person to be close to all the time, that would be fun. But the problem is, when I talk to … Continue reading

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