Progress Slowly, and uncertainly, I am learning Chinese. I did have an instance where my study of Chinese characters paid off. What happened was that I had two students without English names. I taught a class to them and they presented me with paperwork in Chinese. I was able to look at the characters on one sheet and match it up with the pinyin written on another.
Undershorts On the bus ride home Friday evening, I saw a lot of Chinese men in their undershorts. Many of them were washing themselves. They were also battling the late-summer heat. Maybe, I have been in China a long time but, it struck me that it didn't seem so unnatural to see this as it would have if I had seen lots of men wearing undershorts on a trip through, say, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
Hu's the opposition leader and star hockey player? You can never be in China too long, but you can be in it for a long time. You know, as a Canadian, that you have been in China a long time when you don't know what the federal opposition leader or the best hockey player look like.
A Andis's acting aesthetically as an Adonis always acquired admiration, alcohol, apples, and aqueducts as awards.
Oktoberfest I went to the 4th one at the Kempenski Hotel on Saturday Night. I had a good enough time of it, dancing and singing. However, the food and beer was richer that I am accustomed to, and I felt I was about to burst. It took an hour of sweating to get rid of the bloated feeling I had. I also didn't care for the band playing the Macarame song.
My Magazine Article I finally saw the Hui Shan article I had published in WuxiLife magazine. I found a copy of the magazine in the lobby of the lounge at the Kempenski -- I was impressed with what the graphics guy did with the photos I submitted.
O'Connor's Letters I am now reading the letters of Flannery O'Connor. All I can say is wow! I am definitely converted.