Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Ugly

1. Antiseptic I was going for a walk last night in a big park, took a deep breath, and was surprised all over again when I realized I could smell. . .nothing. No trees, no grass, no flowers, not even dirt or dried grass. There was nothing in the air but the vague industrial tang of big-city life. I’m not… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Bad #5

5. All I want is a sandwich Last weekend I went to Subway to get a sandwich. I had a good book I wanted to finish, and was very excited to just chill out, eat a good sandwich, and read. I placed my order, and the guy behind the counter started putting it together. I asked for double meat and… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Bad #4

4. Future cripples in the weight room I’ve written at length about the numbnuts in the swimming pool. It’s time now to turn to the numbnuts in the weight room. As a qualifier, I’m definitely a novice in this field. But even I know when certain things are being done wrong. So, in honor of a previous post I wrote… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Bad #2 and #3

2. No spatial awareness I’m going to start making a list soon of the things I’m going to miss, and not miss, about China. Very high on the second list would be the seemingly total lack of awareness of other people or things. From the person swimming across my swim lane directly in front of me without looking to see… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good #4 and The Bad #1

5. Conversations My Chinese tutor’s brother is a professional artist who has also studied ancient philosophy and literature EXTENSIVELY. I’d been meaning to visit him for weeks, and finally got around to doing so last week. It was a complete and total nerd-fest. I knew I’d struck pay-dirt when I saw the look on his face after I’d pulled out… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good #3 and #4

3. Ordering books Somehow, despite the skyrocketing popularity of digital books, publishers in the West still haven’t figured out that there’s no longer a reason to price books up around the twenty-dollar range. I really don’t see the point of paying the same price for electrons that I do for paper. Chinese publishers, by contrast, sell books for WAY cheaper.… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good #1 and #2

1. Getting accepted to grad school Need you even ask? I applied to five schools, frankly unsure if I’d even get in, then a few weeks ago got an acceptance notice from the University of Oregon. I wish I could express how excited that made me. There’s more to this, though, than just completing a very long process of hard… (more…)

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