- Israel and Iran could go to war. Japan and China could go to war.
- I have has students tell me about their brouhaha with Japan without my asking them. On the bus and on large video screens around Wuxi, you can see images of the islands.
- They are also going nuts again in the Middle East about some stupid movie that no one had heard of till the U.S. ambassador was killed. Mitt Romney who didn't make the film that the Muslims are mad about, who didn't organize the attacks on the U.S. embassies, who wasn't the person responsible for not reacting to warnings about the attacks, and who didn't make that cowardly statement about tolerating religions, is a bad guy for pointing out the last fact. And then there is the economy and the NHL could suspend operations because of a strike. Obama could very well be re-elected.
- Obama could very well be re-elected.
- Alison Rosen is your New Best Friend? Alison Rosen appears on the Adam Carolla Show which I have started listening to in the last month. The first episode was stupid modern girl dating and growing-up talk.
- Donald Kagan's lectures on Ancient Greek I highly recommend them.
- The David Pratt Show He is a talk radio show on Vancouver's CKNW. I listened to five minutes of the first episode.
- The Dave Dameshek Football Program This is the NFL podcast I have chosen. There are many such podcasts. I have chosen this one because I have heard Dameshek on Adam Carolla.
Quote of the Week:
"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others." - Blessed Pope John Paul II
Sweatpants and pullover. For the first time since April, I wear them in the house.
My eyes and the Bus 617 driver met as he prevents me from crossing the street. I was halfway through crossing when he turned his bus right in front of me.
Nothing to say to some at work.
No seat on the bus.
I didn't observe 9/11 this year. I should have.
Time to wear a jacket? Others on the bus have started to....
A car passes our bus rather foolishly I think. The car driver, a male, cuts it close, weaving between an oncoming meridian and the bus to get ahead. But he then comes to a red light and the bus pulls up beside. Hah!!
- Cultural Difference: Just as the bus was approaching my destination, I saw two boys, probably middle-school aged, share a seat that had become free. One sat on the other's lap.
- McDonald's: The girl gets my order wrong. I say nothing. The mistake wasn't grievous: instead of getting a double sausage sandwich, I was given the breakfast hot dog. I knew that mistake was made as soon as the girl entered the order into the register. I was charged less than I was expecting. Sometimes, it isn't worth the trouble, and perhaps I would get the girls in trouble, I reason.
- The Islands are Chinese: Near the McDonald's on the corner of Zhongshan and Xueqian is a huge video screen. Going for lunch, I noticed they had pictures of the disputed islands, and I could make out from the Chinese writing that they were saying the islands were Chinese. This was all in big letters and something is going to happen on September 18th. Oh my!
I accompanied Tony, the previous evening, as he rode his bike (with t/w). I first had to get the bike's tires fixed. We went to a nearby bike repairman. Tony knew the way. All that was needed was to put air in the tires. The man did it for us and refused payment for the service.
We then went to the square where Tony rode about with the skaters. Just as it was time to leave, this female skater, a little girl, pushed Tony knocking him and his bike over. Tony got himself and his bike up. The girl pushed him down again. I saw this from a distance and as I walked over, it happened again. I screamed at Tony angrily and told him to fight back. He stared at me and just pointed at the girl who watched our scene and backed away. There was no sign of her parents. It was time for us to go home anyway so we left the square. I continued scolding Tony but he didn't understand.
As we walked home, the foreigner and his son were quite the sight. So much so that this one teenage girl, who was walking ahead of us with two older women, kept staring back at us. This happens all the time to us in Wuxi, this being stared at, but the way the girl smiled, like she was looking at freaks or clowns, made me feel furious. If she had been closer when she had given us the look, I would have said WTF to her.
I stand on the bus. Sunday morning, the 25 bus is always packed.