Today I have to teach a class about American Football.
My translator informed me that she didn’t know anything about American Football, I told her it was ok, I played it for 7 years.
Ugh! Why?She said,It’s so mean.
Mean? What do you mean?I replied.
Don’t you just just get in a bunch of fights?
Oh, well isn’t it easy and boring?
I took this time to explain the basics of getting at least 10 yards, or a touchdown. And i explained what happened if they didn’t move 10 yards in 4 “turns.” With this basic knowledge, she said,Ugh, too many rules!
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I was sitting on the edge of my bed, playing on the computer, when our ferret wanders over to hang out next to me. he stops and starts licking himself, falling all over the place. Each fall brings him closer to the edge of the bed. I notice this and put my hand over the edge of the bed, and go back to what I was reading. 5 seconds later a ferret falls into my hand. He doesn’t seem to have noticed as he continues cleaning himself. It’s not till 5 seconds after I put him back on the bed that he even looks around.
Pride of the animal kingdom!
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fAnd Savannah sayeth, “Let there be ferret.” And there was ferret. And it was a derp.
This is Pabu!
Very Busy. Too busy for paragraphs! This sounds like a job for… Bulletpoints!
~Run down, leaky, but right beside everything we could ever want!
-Started Shaolin Kung Fu
~Turns out I’m awesome… YAY ME!!!
- Had to get the internet fixed, 3 times.
-Had to get the Washer fixed
~Finally get clean clothes without hand washing! YAY CLOTHES!
-Lots of Romp ‘N Roll
-Got a Ferret!
~His name is Pabu! Like the Fire Ferret from Legend of Korra.
-Looking into an Archery club, Thanks Chuck!
-Became addicted to the show( and subsiquently the manga) Air Gear!
~Dumb and awesome
I hear the word “cheap” alot from some of the americans I’ve talked to over here. But alot of it is in reference to the value of things in USD (US Dollars).
“Wow, this huge meal was is 60 Kuai (RMB [Renminbi] - chinese currency)! That’s only like $9.50 american”
Granted, this, in American perspective, is quite cheap for a large meal. But as far as chinese food goes, this is alot. If you’re planning to make your chinese trip the equivalent of Vegas trip where you plan to blow all your money quick to have fun, sure, this is a solid way to go. Nice Resteraunts, more certainty in what you’re eating, servers speak more english than your average street vendor, and maybe even the tables are clean.
However, this isn’t cheap to the chinese. If you have to save money, or if you’re here for a long time, it may behoove you to explore other options. A quote from a chinese girl I work with:
“Chinese food is same everywhere. Different colors and maybe cleaner are only difference.”
Here are a couple of ways to find decent food for a much better price (in Beijing)
1) Learn to like rice - (Mi fan-“me fahn”) It’s cheap and plenty here
2) The resteraunts with less floors space often offer the cheapest food. They are also everywhere and usually delicious.
3) Don’t be scared if they servers don’t speak any english, many resteraunts have pictures somewhere in them of food. Simply point to one and say “Yi ge (one of)” and they’ll understand.
3) If you do want to hit the better Resteraunts (ie KFC, Mcdonalds, Burger King) Buy a drink before you go for cheaper. They don’t care if you bring in your own beverage here, and they double to prices of beverages in these places.
Fair Warning: In some resteraunts the server(s) (up to 5) will stare you down until you order, in others they will be absentee until you see them run by and get their attention (Ni Hao [“Nee How”] works). There seems to be no in between. get ready for either
Woke up to this bit of brilliance on Facebook this morning.
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