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bainianed out

Well, the last couple of days have been busy visiting clan members scattered in other parts of the county. The day before yesterday (what day is it today?) we went down to another village- I can't for the life of me remember the name of the village- within...

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jiaozied

About four yesterday afternoon Ma gave me a bowl of jiaozi and said, I can see you're hungry, so eat these now, then when Ba gets back eat some dishes and drink with him. Ok. And of course, I had a not-quite-full-bowl of jiaozi to chase down the baijiu...

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done

Duty Number 1 for the Spring Festival is done. The couplets and 福 characters and associated bits and pieces have been pasted on all the doors, gates and door and gate posts, the back wall of the house opposite our gate, and the bengbengche. And two rolls...

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过年好

祝大家过年好,万事如意。 So I'm desperately trying to keep my fingers warm enough to work a keyboard up here in the village. Only one room of the house is warm, and that's only relatively speaking, and that room doesn't have the phone. I suppose I could try to persuade...

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heading for the hills

Yeah, I know, I'm supposed to be packing to leave for Yanqing at 11. I'll get to it in a minute. Hey, I've got two hours and I don't need to take that much. For one thing, we have a fair bit of stuff stored up in the village that we can fall back on should...

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random detours

American football always struck me as a painfully slow game to watch. It's more like chess than it's distant cousin also named 橄榄球. I did watch the Superbowl once several years ago in the sports bar at Gloria Plaza, and it was reasonably exciting- or...

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grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Really, how much technical trouble do I have to put up with in two days? First it's destroying the bathroom ceiling in the process of changing two ridiculously stupidly hard to remove light bulbs. And then, well, the university supplied big ugly box computer...

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nothing to say

lzh tells me this guy's a famous university professor who writes somewhat similarly to Lu Xun, that his university doesn't like him because he's too honest (like Lu Xun). Well, unlike the maths teacher who's reference for lzh's boss' son I had to translate...

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a circuit of Pandaomiao

Considering that roughly half my time in China has been spent in Beijing, and roughly half the time I've spent in Beijing has been spent in this southeastern corner, around BeiGongDa, it should be kinda surprising that I'd never really explored that small...

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garhhh

I never would've thought changing two lightbulbs would turn into such a mission. First one light in the bathroom went out. No big deal, we still had the other light, which was more than adequate. But as much for form's sake as anything else, I pulled...

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