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I have lost all expectation of pleasure

I’m paraphrasing Jane Austen here — whenever I read that line in Pride and Prejudice I think “It sounds like me.”

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A cheeky exchange

I was going through the border checkpoint to Shenzhen yesterday and this Irish couple asked an English lady how much her visa had cost. When she told them the price, which was higher than theirs, one of them said, “Well, … Continue reading

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Oh man!

I missed the Tin Hau Festival! I thought it was today, but it was actually yesterday. I had meant to go to the celebrations and take photographs. A big disappointment!

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Long time no write

I haven’t written here in some time. I closed this off, partly because I wasn’t sure if I had written to many inappropriate details about what happened with my mom. I’ve missed it, though. However, I’m stuck between wanting people … Continue reading

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Melancholy anniversary

It’s just past the one year anniversary of finding out that Zhao Jian Rong (who I always called the Dog Man) died of cancer. It’s very hard for me to write about it. I sort of feel this sorrow that’s … Continue reading

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Sofitel moisturizer mystery

Today as I was slathering myself from a travel-sized bottle of moisturizer, I realized it was from a Sofitel-affiliated hotel and had Chinese on it. When did I ever stay in a Sofitel hotel in China? I have no idea. … Continue reading

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A bit guilty because of discombobulation

This semester I’ve felt really scattered, probably more than ever before. I’m having trouble keeping things straight. This week, for instance, I forgot that there were drafts of papers due on Wednesday. I’d never had remembered if student’s hadn’t mentioned … Continue reading

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Fall

I’ve decided that I don’t want to work in the fall semester. I just can’t face it. Well — what I actually mean is I don’t want to teach full-time. While I’ve made the decision, it’s very hard not to … Continue reading

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Eerie, eerie

I was goofing around on my new computer a couple days ago and decided to look up an old friend from college. Last I had known, she was going to a Columbia Law School, which surprised me, because she’d always … Continue reading

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Computer has been bought!

I ignored the guy in the computer store, paid attention to my friends, and got the MacBook Air 11.6″. It’s very light and comfortable to type on. I’m really enjoying it so far.

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More computer buying complications

I was going to buy a computer today, but it didn’t work out again. I decided because I hated 8.1 so much and everyone I know from the Shanghai Flickr chat recommended getting a Mac. I thought I’d get a … Continue reading

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PPP (Perpetual problem person)

It seems like I’m always unhappy with something. I’m always complaining. I’m really sick of myself. I think I must be very irritating. Do I even want to feel happier?

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RIP student; strange conversation

Unfortunately, a student was murdered by her ex-boyfriend last weekend. I was talking to two co-workers about that incident and about the time I intervened when I saw a girl on campus being mistreated. Then the conversation got really weird. … Continue reading

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Super holiday trauma

I haven’t said anything about my winter holiday, because it involves a lot of gross stuff that didn’t happen to me. I guess because it was such a big deal I’d better talk about it, though, leaving out some of … Continue reading

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Database of North Korean films

Here it is! I’ve seen two of the films on the list: ORDER NO. 027 and the one they call WHEN WE PICK APPLES

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Woooo!

I tried to figure out Ban Ki-moon’s name in Chinese, and I got it right! How’s that for a geeky thing to be proud of?

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R.I.P.

To the stinkbug who has somehow been living in my house for like two months. I don’t know what it had been eating. I would see it from time to time and be surprised it was still around. I found … Continue reading

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Three pieces of good news

I got three pieces of good news today. I’m actually not as happy as I should be — I think I was a bit wrung out with worry. 1) After having more pictures taken today, I’ve been told my breasts … Continue reading

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Bad news and something awkward

On Wednesday I got a phone call from the doctor’s office that my mammogram had come back abnormal, so we scheduled a follow-up appointment to take more images for the radiologist to examine. I found out right between classes at … Continue reading

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Going “radio silence” is one of my bad habits

More frequently than I ought to, I suppose, I think of that guy I used to call Easily Agitated German, and wonder what his deal actually was. I also think about how apt it was for him to disappear suddenly. … Continue reading

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