- There must be a local Chinese dialect that says Happy New Year in the following manner: Shin Ninny Cole Slaw!
- Perhaps instead of appearing on her reality TV show shooting animals, Sarah Palin should sit in the pews of a certain church and listen to the sermons of one Reverend Jeremiah Wright. I am sure the left would forgive her for listening to the ramblings of a racist and anti-Semite, they may even take a liking to her. It has been done before.
- With the coming economic apocalypse in 2011, I suggest that you always have a bungie strap tied to your ankles. Because if you are going to go off the cliff, you do want to be able to bounce back.
- I still feel surges of anger when I get starred at by the locals. I sometimes fantasize about grabbing some of these gawkers and twats by the ear, and then twisting their ears to give them a lesson they will never forget. Like most of my fantasies, though, this wiill never come to pass.
- There is something to be said for obsessing about the little things. We don't have control over the big things.
- I hope Sarah Palin can become president of the United States. She is the right person for the times we are living in. Unfortunately, it won't happen. I am afraid Obama will be re-elected. Like death though, one must fight against the inevitable.
- I believe that the Ressurection happened, and the Catholic Church is right in its teachings.
- The Truth will out. The Truth shall set you free.
Friday, December 31, 2010
- The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators won't win the Stanley Cup. (Don't let anyone tell you I am a complete pessimist).
- Gorzo the Mighty will be the best monarch Wuxi, China Expats have ever had.
- I will wear gray underwear.
- The Toronto Blue Jays won't win the World Series.
- Sarah Palin won't be elected President or even receive the nomination of the Republican Party, even though the Dems want to give it to her.
- Obama will be said to have lost his mojo, and then regained it, and then lost it, and then regained it, and then....
- The North Koreans will do something outlandish. President Obama will stop the Sorks from invading. O will then give the Norks a chocolate bar and tell them to play nice.
- AKIC will write the great novel about teaching English in China.
- The Vancouver Canucks won't win the Stanley Cup (I am not happy about this.)
- The Wuxi Subway won't be completed.
- AKIC will get 300,000 views on his Youtube Channel.
- A few Wuxi Expat will get lice or boils.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
- If you want to make revolution, you are going to need a well-equipped kitchen with the best cookware that Capitalism can provide.
- When it comes to Western New Year's, I am becoming Chinese. None of my students has any big plans for the December 31st New Year's eve. For them it is just another night. Some may watch the end-of-the-calendar special on Chinese Central Television, but nothing more. I will be working till nine that evening and taking the bus home. I will bee spending midnight in bed with my family.
- If you really want to know what it is like to be in another man's shoes, you should wear his undershorts -- that way, you will know the true fabric of the man.
- A reader tells me that the revolving doors at the Moresky360 building are working fine. Hmmm, maybe I was fed load by someone from the Hongdo building. Whatever.
- I have watched the first four episodes of the Sons of Anarchy series. I am enjoying it, even though it is over the top, and I feel I am being manipulated to like bad guys. The show is about a fictional motorcycle gang that resembles the all-too-real Hell's Angels. The series is full of sex, violence, tattoos, crime, and macho-posing. The series writing is generally pretty good, though one time I thought it was unintentionally funny when one of the SOA gang members said the series star character Jax was having a rough two weeks -- besides having his crack-addict wife give birth to a premature baby, Jax had engaged in several gratuitous acts of violence, had lots of sex, seen three or four people die, had run-ins with his boss, and had an argument with a cop -- apparently the premature baby thing was weighing on his mind. And I find myself feeling compelled to cheer against the only figure who believes in law-and-order -- the deputy to the corrupt sheriff of the country that SOA are based in. My personal experience with motorcycle gangs is minimal. I have seen Hell's Angels on the roads. I once had a Hell's Angel sign for a delivery -- he was one of the nicest people I had ever sign for a parcel. I also made deliveries to a bike shop in Pitt Meadows British Columbia called Haney Hawgs -- the people there were heavily tattooed, and one time I saw the cops making a visit -- the verbal sparring resembled what I have seen in SOA.
- It's an eerie feeling to have one of those coach-style buses come to a sudden stop. It happened on Wednesday night when the company bus I was taking home from a Compart company class. It looked like one coach had cut off another, and so the driver of the coach I was in decided to block the other coach off, to make a point.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Funny thing, I was cleaning up my pile of books on my bed stand, and found a volume of poetry by Ezra Pound. I opened the book and read the following poem at random:
N.Y. by Ezra Pound
Delicately upon the reed, attend me!
Now do I know that I am mad,
Neither could I play upon any reed if I had one.
Thou art a maid with no breasts,
And thou shalt live for ever.
I think the the last six lines of the poem could be written by a Wuxi Expat about Wuxi, the city.
- Stewart Dingle was seen wearing shorts.
- AKIC appoints Gorzo the Mighty to be the King of Wuxi Expats.
- The #25 bus hours of operation are extended.
- The former KoW leaves Wuxi only to be replaced by another SoB.
- The Hui Shan Tesco opens.
- AKIC finds out about the #635 bus that goes out to Yanqiao in the evenings.
- AKIC doesn't go to the Shanghai Expo.
- AKIC bought the complete writings of Flannery O'Connor in Winnipeg, Canada.
- AKIC buys the first three season of the show Sons or Anarchy.
- The Wuxi Red Guards win the last three games of their fantasy football season to finish in second place in their division with a record of eight wins and six losses.
- **Bonus** Wuxi Andis dips KFC fries into KFC mashed potatoes creating a new Wuxi Expat treat.
Tony is the history-making phase of his childhood. Just now, he said "yes!" when he was asked if he wanted to look at water. Till now, his favorite word has been "no!". Otherwise, he has stayed silent which has been taken as a form of assent.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Here are two memorable movie moments for me:
Oklahoma! Here are some lyrics from the song "Everything's up to date in Kansas City":
Everything's up to date in Kansas City
They gone about as fer as they can go
They went an' built a skyscraper seven stories high
About as high as a buildin' orta grow.
Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail Here is a funny bit about building a castle in a swamp:
When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.
I relate this information to you because of what I have heard about Wuxi Subway Construction and the Moresky360 building in downtown Wuxi, China.
The Moresky360 building is sinking into Wuxi's all too soft earth (Wuxi terrain is mostly canal and soft ground). Now, the revolving doors at the building's main entrance can't be used -- they are stuck because of the building sinking.
Engineers have recommended that the building be torn down. That won't do. The building in Wuxi's center has become a landmark. As well, the Moresky360's trouble would delay or stop the construction of the Wuxi Subway. It has been said that the ground of Wuxi is too soft for tunneling. The Chinese Central Government apparently would tell Wuxi to stop subway construction if the Moresky360 has to be torn down or seriously renovated. The Wuxi Mayor is committed to the construction of the subway and so pressure is being applied to keep the Moresky360 standing.
So the building will be monitored, for a year, in hopes of finding a solution to its sinking problem. The Moresky360 will probably have to be renovated.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
- One of these names was the real name of a real head coach: "Elbows Elroy"; "Rollie Fingers"; "Blue Eyes Sinatra"; "Ankles Anderson"; "Toe Blake", "Knee Smith"; and "Feet Ford". Can you guess which one is correct? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know the correct answer.
- Is the founder of Wookie Leaks, a kinky deviant sex criminal?
- If a Hate Crime deserves a more severe punishment than a normal crime; does it mean that a Love Crime deserves a lesser punishment?
- Tony did sing Happy Birthday on my Birthday that was on December 24.
- I like to think that you can verify an idea by checking to see if it has an opposite. For example, does Hate Crime mean there are Love Crimes? Name and No Names? Does Commitment to Excellence mean there is a commitment to failure?
- Barriers around the church near our school. Is it how Christmas is to be celebrated? Are the powers that be here in China afraid of crowds of Christians?
- On my bus trip downtown on December 24th, I saw two traffic jams. Being Chinese traffic jams, it was interesting to see the actions drivers were taking to get through them. None of the drivers seemed to believe that waiting in line was the way to get through the jam. It was every driver for himself trying to get an advantage for himself, and so more confusion and jamming was created.
- What was it like to live in the renaissance? It was like being naked after wearing prickly, woolly clothing for a week -- that's what it was like to live in the renaissance.
- What were the 1960s like? Stick a wiener up your bum -- that's what it was like to live in the 1960's. What were the 1960's like in Canada? The only man to wear sandals and turtleneck in Canada saw someone put a wiener up their bum and decided to bring the practice to Canada -- that's what the 1960s were like in Canada.
- To walk into the Wuxi Baoli Carrefour on December 24th was to briefly experience the sensation of being in the West for the Christmas shopping season -- the stores were crowded and Christmas music was playing.
- Tony said "Thank you Daddy" at least ten times on December 24 and December 25. One time, he thanked his father for giving him a chicken nugget. Another time, he thanked father for giving him a M&M.
- The highlight of the Kaulins family Christmas Day in Wuxi was to be able to talk to the family in Canada, via MSN. Otherwise, the Kaulins Wuxi China Christmas was not (traditional). Tony played with his new train set all day, while Dad did some reading. Andis read an inspiring article about Chesterton's standing up for fairy tales, and the Pope's summation of the year 2010 -- "Only the truth saves" will become Andis's motto. About 330 pm, Tony wanted to go out. Andis took him to the Hui Shan Big Bridge to watch boat traffic. There was not much luck with buses this day. On the way to the bridge, Andis wanted to take the 602 bus. It was just their luck that the bus just left the stop as they were coming to it -- this meant a twenty minute wait for the next 602 bus. Thankfully, Tony didn't seem to mind. He seemed content to sit on Dad's shoulders. Andis saw a foreigner come to the bus stop, and pretended to not see him -- it was the first time that Andis ever shared that stop with a "laowai". Andis didn't want his exile ruined by some drunken-looking yob which was the what the guy looked like. Andis even wondered if the guy was Russian. (Andis could tell he was a foreigner a mile off) The 602 bus finally came and the K boys got their seat. Off the bus, they had a nice walk under the tracks of the Wuxi Metro being constructed over Hui Shan Da Dao Road. Andis took a good video showing the tawdriness of it. Near the Hui Shan Big Bridge, Andis needed to take a piss. He put Tony down and so Tony started to wail and flop and kick. Andis got really mad at Tony telling him that he needed to take a piss and wasn't abandoning him. Andis finally took his piss in the bushes as Tony cried. Tony calmed down when his Dad picked him up again. They then walked along the canal shores and Andis took another video of the bridge being constructed that would take the Wuxi metro over the Hui Shan Big Bridge Canal. They next walked on the Hui Shan Big Bridge. Tony liked watching the boats travelling the canal, but Andis started to feel really cold and decided it was time to go home. It was just his luck to see the 602 bus drive past as they were walking to the bus stop -- this meant another twenty minute wait. Tony fell asleep sitting on Andis's shoulders at about this time. So, Andis had to hold on to Tony for about twenty minutes till the bus came. It wasn't such a bad thing at the beginning -- Andis liked the experience of having a little soul relying on him. It was what Christmas was about -- being in modest circumstances like the Christ child. But just before the bus finally did come, the holding onto Tony was a burden that no longer seemed to have a Christmas glamor to it. Andis had to rest on a knee for a few minutes.
- I took an online quiz which pegged me as a moderate conservative, politically. Damn! I hate the word "moderate" being attached to "conservative". It is about as kooky as the label "Progressive Conservative" that the Tories gave themselves before finally amalgamating with the Reform Party. Words like moderate, centrist, and progressive imply a lack of passion or thought in the person who chooses to label himself this way. I would prefer to be labelled indifferently conservative. Indifference in this instance implies a true feeling about something -- a "I don't care!" or "have no interest!". To say you are a moderate or a centrist or an independent means you are afraid to define yourself on your own terms -- you can just "reacting" to the thoughts of others -- being pushed or crushed by them, as it were.
- Scraggy "Christmas Day" cat -- my compassion goes out to it.
- Instead of a "no labels" movement which is the result of fuzzy thinking, why not a movement for "truth in labeling"? No-labelists would best be labelled as idiots. Moderates would best be called fence-sitters. Progressives would be best called Big Central Government Supporters.
- My life is dreary, but not my thoughts. People who recount their "exciting experiences" are often the dreariest of thinkers. They always say "I saw", "I saw", "I saw", "I heard", and "I went to"... Never, I thought.
- Poetry and Fairy Tales -- proof that Atheism can never be and just won't do.
- Atheism means no miracles -- only luck and coincidence.
- I ask the students what workers are overpaid. They always answer government workers.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
- I am living in the PRC! You don't know what's it like to live,.... in the PRC! Wuxi girls really knock me out! They have no weight problems! And Taixing girls really knock me out! And Beixing is always on my my my my mind! Take me to economic development zones way down south! Show me to your new apartment! Let me hear your erhos blaring out!
- Welcome to AKIC -- a reactionary commentary on the human comedy as seen in China.
- Imagine success in terms of other people -- and this doesn't mean they die or fail. Something to be said for this because I have always imagined succeeding as an individual -- and look where that has got me. But to find a kindred soul -- there's the rub.
- My 2010 excuses for having a lame Christmas. I would readily assent to the idea that Christmas is really about Christ's birth because it does put me off the hook for not having too much to do with the Santa Christmas. So, there aren't many Christmas decorations in Casa K. But at the same time, it doesn't excuse my inactivity for celebrating the birth of Christ. I have done nothing to broach the topic with my Chinese wife. I also have an inertia brought on by years and years and years of not doing any Christmas preparations. Because for the longest time, I was just a bachelor. With Tony in my life now, I do have to think of actually doing some Christmas preparation. But Tony is too young and the logistics of decorating Casa Kaulins requires time I don't have. I spend at least two hours a day riding buses and I don't intend to carry Christmas things with me. And I am in China where they have grasped the commercial and vulgar aspects of the holiday, anyway.
- Mind and action. I have been of one mind about most things -- however my actions have been inconsistent. There is a wide gulf between my actions and my beliefs. Changing the idea of a gulf into the image of a long canyon rift, I say that the sides of the canyon come close together when my beliefs require inaction or avoidance. Lack of courage to do action keeps the rift so often wide that someone standing on one side of the canyon would have a hard time seeing the other side. You don't believe in sentimentality? Knock me over with a cheese stick.
- I can go to a bus stop, and look for the Chinese words for the places I want to go. I can then take a bus I have never before been on, or even been told of.
- What's wrong with Chinese culture? Some students said it was perfect. A few said it was too authoritarian.
- Said Kenneth Clark: "If I had to say which was telling the truth of a society, a speech by the minister of housing, or the actual buildings put up in his time, I should believe the buildings." With this quote in mind, I asked the students what the current state of architecture in Wuxi said about its state of culture and society. One student said it showed Wuxi was getting rich. Another student said it showed that Wuxi wanted to be Western. Yet another said it shows that Wuxi doesn't know what it wants to be. And finally, another said "it shows what the government wants!". Clark when talking about French Classicism said this: "This is the architecture of a great metropolitan culture; and it expresses an ideal: not an ideal that appeals to me, but an ideal nonetheless -- grandeur achieved through the authoritarian state."
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
- Cold, cold, go away! And don't come back. (I'm talking about the cold I have). It really isn't so cold in Wuxi.
- I have just read this disturbing story from Wuxi. The government here is treating Wuxi like a table full of apartment models.
- I am reading for the umpteenth time, the companion volume I have to Kenneth Clark's Civilisation. I brought the book along with me to China from Canada. The book is a great record of what the West was like. Reading it, I am able to escape from the social media world which is so short-term in outlook. Clark looks at the world seemingly from outside time. How I wish I could look at the world in a similar manner. I am sure Clark looking at China today would be saddened.
- Then, I will again read Ulysses by James Joyce.
- Tuesday is my one day off this week, and I don't know what I am going to do. I would like to do a lot of reading and DVD watching. But I got to go to the store with Jenny.
- Clothes are taking three days to dry. Jenny wants to buy a drying machine. I can't blame her.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
- It is currently raining in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. I have been told by my students that this spell will last three days, which is long enough for me. Rain and Wuxi and December can make me like a very dull lad.
- I feel the effects of my month-long cold in the morning just as I wake up. I need to blow out all the "stuffiness" that has accumulated in my head overnight. Then, taking a hot shower, taking some medicine, and drinking hot liquids make me feel top-notch till I have to go out, ride the bus, and then talk.
- The Halls company is making a mint as I have been buying two packs of their throat candy a day.
- Sunday night, my son Tony, Wuxi's #1 Expat Child falls asleep in my arms. Nice. It makes my withdrawal from the normal life of a Wuxi Expat worth it.
- I was reading an online piece from the Conservative American Spectator site about John Lennon, who died tragically thirty years ago, December 8, 1980. The piece opened recollecting a moment I will never forget, as I was watching Monday Night Football game in which Howard Cosell announced John Lennon's death. At the time, I was a high school student in Shilo, Manitoba. It was three years earlier that I had bought the Beatles Red Compilation of their songs from 1962-66. The death was a sad thing. Still, I have had mixed feelings about John Lennon. I don't care for the movement that made him a sort of Saint, based on the song Imagine, the song Give Peace a Chance, and his lying in bed for peace, Those things were silly and repugnant. The piece I have linked to talks of a Lennon, who before his death, came to regret those days of political radicalism. Getting away from an alcoholic and drug-induced haze, says the article, Lennon spent his final years as a responsible house husband. What Lennon would have been like had he lived through the eighties, ninties, and odds, we will never know for sure. Would have he been a tad more conservative? Would he have spoken the truth about in the infantileness surrounding the election of Obama? Who can say? The posit of the article of a more-mature Lennon could well be the rationalization of a conservative who did like most of his music. But none would disagree with Howard Cosell's words: Lennon's death was an unspeakable tragedy. The man who had no father was seeking redemption by being a good father to his son Sean, but was tragically prevented from doing so. Lennon the father cut down, is an image I can appreciate more than Lennon the Pacifist.
- Lennon's example of withdrawing from public life to be a father certainly appeals to me at this time in my life. It was so wonderful to be able to take my Tony to school van this morning. The little guy was quiet and shy, and so attractive to all who laid eyes on him. The security guards and street sweepers were smiling at the sight of him.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
- Jenny's father will buy a three-wheel car in the countryside of Jiangyin.
- I have been listening to a BBC podcast about the life of Malcolm McClaren, the manage of the Sex Pistols -- my fascination with the Sex Pistols is renewed. Right Wingers, said a guest on the podcast, were attracted to Punk Rock in the '70s. So McClaren was a genius, at the time, for recognizing the spirit of the generation.
- Can I make a splash in my late forties? I shouldn't try -- I have no ability. Still, if I was able, should I? Do I want to be Catholic or famous? The first choice would be easier and practical.
- My handwriting is bird scratch. My teeth are yellow.
- I have been wearing a toque in the house. (Canadians will know what I mean).
- Obama is despised by his opponents because of his ideas and beliefs. Sarah Palin is hated by her opponents because of what she is -- a White, Church-going American.
- Questions for Hitchens. Is Atheism a pose? Has Atheism benefited mankind? Is Atheism reasonable? Were the Nazis and Communists Atheists?
- What can replace the religious urges that mankind has? Celebrity worship? Sports fandom?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
- I am reading Brideshead Revisited, slowly but surely -- I have been devoting most of my reading time to studying Chinese. I am also reading Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer by installment on the Internet (and the Cathecism of the Catholic Church).
- I was told by some Chinese students that the French don't like speaking English. I told them that this was akin to Chinese workers having to speak Japanese at work.
- The Chinese also find Indians speaking English hard to understand because of their accents.
- In the midst of Hui Shan's urban scape, I found farmland that I hadn't known existed. The view of the farmland from an area I am always in, is blocked off by walls and rows of planted trees. I will soon have a video uploaded to YouTube showing this.
Monday, December 6, 2010
- On December 25th, will progressives celebrate the birth of Barack Obama? AKIC guesses that they will be less inclined this year.
- I reading wookieleaks: the secret letters of Chewbacca to Han Solo. Apparently, Chewie advised him to stay clear of Princess Leia. There is speculation that Chewie was jealous.
- I have been watching a fictional news show called the CNN channel. I hope they can hire Morgan Freeman to replace the actor they now have playing the president. The current guy can't seem to remember his lines and can't seem to portray gravitas in a believable manner.
- I was listening to the latest Slate political gabfest (google it yourself). No mention of conservative charges of the hypocrisy of the NYT publishing Wikileaks, but not the Climategate emails. The hosts of the show also made the fantastic claim that Obama has spent all of his presidency trying to be bi-partisan. When will they realize that Conservative and Progressive beliefs about fixing world problems are often incompatible. It seems their idea of bi-partisanship is Conservatives agreeing to their stupid ideas.
- Students tell me that Wuxi is being completely done over. I believe them. The amount of construction going on here never fails to astonish me. Everywhere I see a new construction project or an hit hereto unseen area of cleared urban scape. It seems so economically unwise. Shouldn't the current retail and residential spaces be occupied, or somewhere near occupation before new construction is even contemplated? There is so much malinvestment, in the form of unoccupied retail or office space, to be seen.
- I thought Tony Blair was sounding too defensive in his religion debate with Christopher Hitchens. You can't score points playing defense unless you play American Football. In other sports, you have to attack, attack, attack. Blair should have attacked Hitchens' Leftist Trotyskism. Hitchens is a vocal atheist for two reasons: he had a tragedy with his mother that fulls him with righteous indignation, and he has a Leftist past that he would not have too much light shone on. Leftists are good at saying what is wrong with everything without an idea of what is beter. Leftists think everything is poisoned. And if you beleive in utopias, everything is poisoned.
- Is man perfectible?
- Catholicism talks of Love, Truth, Man, and God. Chesterton talks of the paradox of existence. Atheism talk of reason -- whatever that is. So much of we say, that appears reasonable, is not when put under close scrutiny. Much of what we say that first appears fantastic is reasonable in a counter-intuitive and paradoxical manner.
- Man is not great: How Humanity poisons everything.
- Nothing is sacred? No religion would mean no sanctity? Anything goes?
- Does Religion cause Racism?
- Is there love in atheism?
- At Tesco on Monday, I saw someone buy an "Xmas" decoration. That is, the decoration did not say "Christmas". I loathe the use of the "X" instead of "Christ". I'd advise students not to use the "X" either, while telling them what the two sides of the issue of this are.
- Chinese sleep on the bus. I can't do that.
- Cost to ride the bus in Wuxi: 1 or 2 rmb. That's not even forty cents Canadian. Is it sustainable?
- How many foreigners did I see on my day off? None.
- I look at the NHL standings regularly. But I might as well be staring at standings randomly generated by a computer program. I don't know any of the personalities involved on the teams. In my mind's eye, I look at Montreal in the standings and the teams of the 1970s appear, with no helmets.
- Blueberry flavoured Halls throat candy. Mmmmm!!!
- I have yet to see a NHL game that has been decided by shootout.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
- It is cold in Wuxi. It looks like winter has arrived.
- Mmm! Ham and Cheese sandwich! I was watching an episode of Breaking Bad watching the teacher-turned-drug-dealer make a cheese and meat sandwich for a man imprisoned in a basement, and I was so hungry for such a seemingly simple thing which is not so easily obtained in many, many parts of China.
- I am winning my week 13 fantasy NFL football matchup. If the lead holds after the completion of the Monday Night game, the Wuxi Red Guards will have a 7-6 record, good for second place in the Central Committee Division.
- Now, I am eating beans.
- I bought a matchbox car for my son Tony. It is a blue '68 Mercury Cougar. It turns out Tony already has a silver '68 Mercury Cougar. Oh well! The more the better.
- This is now my #1 video on Youku. This is my latest youku video which I believe deserves to be #1 in all of China and the world.
- Another sign of my ageing: my knee seems gummy when I ascend stairs. If the sensation grows, I will have to use a cane.
- Jenny is going to visit her friend Ling Ling who just had a baby.
- A student's English name: Jellicoe.
- Some Wuxi people like Sichuan food, which is spicy, and hate the local cuisine, which is sweet.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
- It is my brother Ron's birthday today. He is lives in Winnipeg, Canada. You can see his photo at all my blogs.
- I have a new video on my youku channel: Wuxi, China Kung Fu Fighting.
- What is Tony up to? Visit here and here to find out.
- Have you been going to the doctor lately? I asked students in a class about going to the doctor. One girl said she was. I said "Oh!" and thought that maybe she was pregnant -- for she was an attractive girl and at about the right age.... And then she told me she was one month pregnant.
- I taught a conversation class about divorce. It just so happened that one of students had divorced parents. I felt weird talking about the topic after. And I didn't raise the question of whether or not divorce was bad for children.
- I had a fit of coughing so bad that I had to end a class prematurely. My cough sounded wheezy and I was gasping for breath. I was teary-eyed afterwards. I had been feeling stuffed-up with a headache. I hadn't taken any medicine. I hadn't bothered to blow my nose. I had assumed that the cough was going away. But it seems now that it is coming back with a vengeance. The cough reminds me of the long lingering winter coughs I had in Manitoba, Canada.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
- Jenny tells me that another foreigner is riding the #25 bus. She says the fellow is older than me. I don't know if I care to meet this guy. I like to think of the #25 bus as being my turf.
- I am lacking for material at the moment. Perhaps, I should go watch traffic.
- I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt that said this Piss Me Off Whatevers
- My sweat spot is bigger than my sweet spot.
- I don't have Obfever.
- Thursday morning, I took the #610. It meant having to transfer to another bus and so having to pay more to get to school. But I would have had to stand, ff or thirty minutes, on the #25 bus that takes me directly to school. As it was, I got in twenty minutes of Chinese study.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
What was the significance of 7:55? Tony's school van was to come pick up him at 8:15. We were going to have to boogie to get him dressed, washed, fed, and at the van stop in time.
Now, I am happy to report that we did get him there, but Tony was still sleepy when the van arrived. Standing, he bowed his head and closed his eyes. Being picked up, he put his head on his father's shoulders. He didn't protest or show he had any spring in his step.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Chinese women love shopping on the Internet. I was talking to a female student about this on Thursday evening, and I asked her if she had someone at home who could receive the deliveries (my wife loves Internet shopping too, and is always at home to receive her purchase orders). She told me that she had them sent to her work.
And then I remembered all the time I have seen the girls at school doing the same thing. I have on many occasions observed a big group of the girls opening parcels and trying on the clothes they just ordered.
After my conversation with the student, I see this happens at workplaces all over China.