Elevated Highways. When one rides on them around Wuxi, Wuxi takes on a whole new aspect. From up there, Wuxi looks like a futuristic town of towers. But when you return to look at Wuxi at ground level, it looks like piles of rubble and crowds of people -- you realize what you see at the elevated level is a cruel facade.
Cliche? Laowai reading Tolkien on a Wuxi bus.
Jiangxi A Jiangxiren tells me that Wuxi is much richer than her home province.
I like the smell of _______: Music? I asked the students to finish the sentence and one of them gave me that answer. Another said green grass -- further grilling revealed she didn't mean Mary Jane.
Joke (As told by a student to me). A Japanese person takes a taxi in Wuxi. He sees a car drive by. He asks the driver if the car is Chinese. The driver says it is. The Japanese person responds that the car "sure goes fast". The driver takes the Japanese person to his destination and tells him that his fare is 100 rmb. The Japanese person asks, incredulously, why the fare is so high. The driver tells him that the meter machine is made by Sony and that it runs very fast also.
Thoughts after watching seven episodes of Mad Man I agree it is a soap opera with hats. I find the soap opera aspects of the show annoying as I wait for the interesting "period" bits. Still, I don't find the show's period aspects very realistic. The actors must go to the gym when off-camera. The dialogue seems so 21st century. But what do I know about the nineteen sixties.
Photographic Subject Saturday Night, I was standing on the #25 bus looking, for all the world, like a laowai gone native -- I was carrying bottles of cooking oil and a bag of food (for my wife mind you). Quite the sight I must have been. I noticed these two girls taking photos of me with their mobile camera phone, or so I thought..... For I then thought ---- nah! they were looking at something on their camera -- perhaps a photo or a SMS. But then, I heard the sound effect of a camera lens clicking. They were so obviously doing what I thought and yet I didn't care in a bad way -- I had something which to write about in this blog.
Tony and Jenny Sleeping together. I arrive to see them sleeping in each others' arms. So sweet I thought. That was my wife and child. I couldn't have cared less if they were in conspiracy against me for I had something to do with the wonderful sight.
Old man's undershirt The old man, from a distance, looked to have quite the dignity and bearing, though he wore a wife-beater undershirt, shorts, and old but comfortable cotton shoes. He passed close by and one could not help but notice that his undershirt had numerous holes in it from frequent washings and being worn far too long.
748 Say these digits in Chinese and you have really deeply insulted someone.