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Little Slices of Life

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing, Photo with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by foundmeinchina

After a grueling battle, I finally beat my ailing macbook into submission and was able to get a few minutes of stuttering, 207°F CPU-temp OSX beachball editing in Lightroom before it started to freeze up. But it was enough to edit and convert some of the photos I’ve taken while here.
This post is a nostalgia post, and it is dedicated to Scott, Bob, Benny, Robert, and Lee, as these photos will mean the most by far to them. It is also in memory of my ‘son’ 烤串儿Kaochuanr,who thankfully was adopted yesterday by a milk-white lady from San Francisco who speaks fluent Mandarin. I’m so happy that he found a loving home. As of this morning, they’re doing great together, except for Kaochuanr, who doesn’t know he’s about to be neutered in a day or two.

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Dealing with the Homesickness

Posted in Beijing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Let’s face it–there’s only so many times that I can eat 宫爆鸡丁(or as Panda Express and us 洋鬼子,or foreign devils, like to call Kungpao Chicken) before wanting to fly to America for a damn cheeseburger. The Chinese have so many “Best Hamburger in China” hostels and 老外-owned restaurants, but they STILL have that Chinese flavor. Ugh. Seeing as how it’s not possible to fly back home to America, or to have Carl’s Jr. send over a weekly care package of Six-Dollar Burgers, we have taken to bringing America to our stomachs.

The most recent addition to the battle against our nostalgia was a collaboration between me and Bob–I did the cooking, and Bob did the taste-testing.
Onion Rings

These were at least as delicious as they looked. It also amazes me the profit margin on onion rings. Those towers of onion rings at Red Robin are somewhere between $8-$11USD if I remember correctly, and it is less than half an onion, with some batter and oil. In fact, we were talking about opening up a restaurant that catered to every type of American food for the homesick. Texas BBQ, onion rings, GOOD hamburgers and steaks, hot dogs, and mint chocolate ice cream.

Ah, the musings of the drunk.

Do I Count as a Jet-setter Yet?

Posted in Musing, Paris, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by foundmeinchina

I have been on fifteen airplanes from seven different airlines in as many months. Many of these have been domestic flights within China, and several have been international flights. The days of excitement and anticipation of boarding a plane, possibly getting a chance to meet the captain and see the cockpit (though in fairness, it was 9/11 that took that anticipation away from me), and even the anticipation of the chicken-or-beef meal gamble, have all long since faded. Flying now is like taking the subway, except you don’t have to fight for a seat. All of my recent air travel has taught me one crucial lesson, however–American-run airlines, at the very least United Airlines, are more outdated than all but the Wright Brothers’ Wright Flyer.

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