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谢迈克在中国 » 2007» October

谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

October 30th, 2007

I suspect that I’ve been eating boxed ramen noodles with tripe.  Bowl after bowl after bowl of them.  And liking it.  Now, the dilemma is: if I didn’t know what I was eating before and I liked it, should I just go on eating it, or get grossed out and start picking it out and throwing it away?  If you know me at all, you can make an excellent guess.


The train was OK, but I’m going to fly back to Guiyang.  And I’m going to go for the gusto and fly first-class for the first time in my life (for a one hour flight, but what the heck).

October 27th, 2007

I haven’t seen kites in a long time.  I sure don’t see them in Guiyang.  Probably one reason is that it’s too hilly.  Another reason could be that it’s so congested and polluted that your kite would hit stuff or you wouldn’t be able to see it fly.

Also, there are more beggars here than in Guiyang, probably because there’s more people who can hand out money.

I miss cats.

My life here is pretty easy overall, it’s stimulating, I’m learning stuff, but I don’t feel like I’m really helping anyone.  My idealistic/egotistical side isn’t really being fed at the moment.  I have some impulse lately that what I really ought to do is come back to the U.S. and try to help fix it.  I would have to do my own thing in my own way, though, not join up with some group.

I was trying to make a list of things I like about the U.S., and I was having a hard time coming up with things that are unique to the United States.  Most of my favorite people in the world live there or are from there, though.  Then again, maybe it’s just the upper-middle class cultural elite-type people that I miss.  I find it refreshing not to have a bible in my hotel room (and FYI, there isn’t a Little Red Book or anything else like that in here either), and I figure that doesn’t put me in good stead with the majority of “mainstream America”.  I don’t fit into the mainstream there, and I certainly don’t fit in here.  I guess the real question is whether there is anywhere in the world where I would fit in better than I do in my native country.

The other thing I’ve been thinking about lately is that if I had happened to have been born in another time in history, there might not have been any nation or group on the face of the earth that I would possibly have been proud to belong to.   Am I better off looking for a niche in a highly imperfect but extremely diverse society and trying to change it from within than to look for some kind of fantasy dreamland somewhere else in the world?  That’s a skewed question, of course.  I could just as well ask: am I better off accepting the privileges handed to me by circumstances of birth or should I try to turn around and pass along my good fortune among those not so fortunate?

I have a long time to think about this stuff.  It’s now been exactly two months since I arrived, and I have eight-plus more months to go.  And oh yeah, the rest of my life.

Preciousssssssssssss!!!

October 26th, 2007

I replaced my dearly departed Lonely Planet China.  It set me back about $44.  But I realized that if instead I had lost 330 kuai, cash, I would have been able to tell myself, “That’s okay; it’s just money.”

Arrrghhhh…

October 25th, 2007

Left the Lonely Planet guide on the freaking train.  Did the same stupid thing in Argentina.  I can get a new one, but I’ll have to pay out the nose.  Coulda been worse, anyway…

Did I mention I’m in Kunming for the long weekend?

Cops! In Guiyang!

October 18th, 2007

You really don’t see many police on the beat in Guiyang, and not much traffic enforcement.  But tonight, the van we (four foreign teachers) were riding in back to school from downtown was pulled over for some unknown reason.  It was never made clear to us what was the matter, if anything, and they clearly understood that we didn’t understand.  The driver of the van looked a little pale, though…maybe his license was expired?  In any case, it ended up being a sweet deal as we were chauffeured by a police officer in his private car right to the front door of our apartment building.  So I don’t understand what happened, but it was certainly an adventure.

Transit!

October 16th, 2007

I’ve discovered that yes, I can get out of Jinyang after 9 PM!  There are these little vans that are happy to take your money and get you into downtown.  There are even cabs!  I was able to get a cab to the airport when I went to Shanghai.  To get back from other places, if it’s not extremely late at night, you have options.  A cab from downtown Guiyang runs 50 yuan (about $6.50) and one from Baiyun (the nearby suburb/exurb kind of place) is 20 yuan (about $2.50).  But then you have other vans and things.  I caught a van back from Baiyun last night after the buses stopped running for 2 yuan.  Not bad!


Here’s my ride on the Shanghai Maglev Train! Apparently, this technology is waaaay too expensive to be implemented on anything like a wide scale, which is too bad, because it’s super awesome.

I’ve been remiss

October 8th, 2007

I guess I didn’t write here the entire time I was in Shanghai, unless I’m mistaken.  I guess I don’t really have the bug that much.  Unlike in law school, I have multiple people or groups of people who are interested in roughly the same information, but I have to filter it different ways for different people.  I feel like I have to filter this blog so much that there’s not much left to say, and meanwhile stuff that seemed amazing when I first got here now seems somewhat routine.  It just mostly seems like normal life.  I’ll try to come up with some new stuff soon, but just so you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth…

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