Monthly Archives: October 2011

Send in the Wingnuts. . .Don’t Bother, They’re Here

If I ever write a memoir of my time in China, that’s what I’m going to call it. In many ways my 8-ish years in China have been defined by weirdness, both my own and others’. (Let’s face it: for as much as I like to shine the spotlight on wack-jobs and loonies out here, I’m no paragon of normalcy… (more…)

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Getting Away

First, an observation which is completely unrelated to anything that follows: I think the Chinese have figured out how to inject all their onions with napalm. There’s no other way to explain the effect they have on the human eye. They’re far stronger than onions anywhere else in the world. Were you to reduce that to an analogy, you might… (more…)

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Nutjobs Ahoy! (Or is it just me?)

Over the past month I’ve had three different interactions with people which have been so completely random, so without any context or direction, that the overly-thoughtful part of my mind has to wonder if I’ve missed the point entirely and, without my even being aware of it, have been party to an example of Schiller’s conception of the sublime. (For… (more…)

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Re-Adjustment Woes #5: A Man and His Package

I saved the best for last. I was biking back from Binjiang Dao the other day and was passing a small commercial area that was across the street from an apartment complex. A man dressed in a white tee-shirt, cotton shorts, and those classic denim shoes was walking down the street smoking a cigarette. As I drew near on my… (more…)

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Re-Adjustment Woes #4: Super-Duper Fast Trains (Apparently)

For years upon years now I and much of the population of northern China have taken to standing on trains in order to get where we’re going sooner. Here’s how it works: you buy a ticket for one train, then when an earlier train is boarding you show your ticket to a railroad employee and stand in the space between… (more…)

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