Saturday, September 23, 2006

Top 5

I've been in Shiyan a couple of weeks now and decided to write a top 5 list of things I've learned so far.

1. While the hot water may be on from 7:30 to 8:00 in the morning, getting into the shower at 7:58 does not guarantee that it will last for the duration of your shower. In fact, it won't. Further, it's more dissapointing when it's your first hot shower in a week, and it goes from amazingly warm to arctic cold in the middle of shampooing your hair.

2. The name of my school Hubei Automotive Institute in Chinese (Qi Yuen) sounds remarkably like the Chinese word for "Brothel" (Ji Yuen) when pronounced by us foreigners. And has been known to bring unsuspecting American taxi costumers places that are no Automible Schools.

3. When a car is blazing down the street in the middle of night and is flashing its lights, it means that it would rather hit you than hit its brakes.

4. When brushing your teeth in China, don't use tap water. The water might leave you some little friends in your mouth. Some people prefer to call these friends, "canker sores."

5. When asking a Chinese man how to say "tea" in Chinese, if you don't get it right the first time he'll repeat it except louder. Then if you repeat it back louder but still incorrect he'll raise his voice even more. Until you both end up in the middle of the street yelling "tea" back and forth at eachother. By the time both of you are done and you are still not saying it right, you'll have attracted quite a crowd.

Thanks for continuing to Remember me. I start teaching in six weeks so right now I'm really looking for Opportunities to meet students. The Family here needs to be Remembered as well. Thanks. Hope ya'll are having a great week.


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