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The American Perspective on My Chinese Haircut

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


A while back I cut my hair at some local Chinese ‘salon’. The result was disappointing for me and humorous to many. The ‘hair stylist ‘man thinned my naturally wavy hair, snipped it, and then ‘straightened it’ with some foul smelling toxic chinese hair substance….
So, when I went home my brother didn’t recognize me, and the general consensus of my family was that my hair looked like a wig, a bad wig….
After hearing this, and being of the curious sort, I set about to udnerstand if my hair did in effect, look like a wig. My methodology was to ask every memeber of the sales staff who assisted me in my many purchases that I made if my hair did look like a wig, the unoffical results are as follows:
-hair dresser, kinda (she then rectified it)
-store managers, kinda
-store clerk, not necessarily a wig but the texture does not look human
-family, definitely a rug
-some said I look like a chinaman (I am of Irish, German and Slovak blood)
-the rest of the people, “you mean its not a wig?”

Due to the grace of all that is good, a local hair stylist spent hours snipping, lathering, chuckling, smirking and analyzing this fine head of hair and did her best to make it look human . I kind of like it, but the only odd thing is she ‘lightened it’ which means that she made parts of it look orangish and thus it kind of resembles the stripes on a Cincinnati Bengals helmet now, but my Chinese friends say it looks “Fashion” (their pigeon English way of saying ‘cool’)

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ADD thought-Wild Kingdom

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


Does anyone remember the show “Wild Kingdom” by the Mutual of Omaha? It was a pretty cool show with some old man with a grey beard who circled overhead in a helicopter and commanded his swarthy underling to go forth in some unheard of jungles and engage savage beasts of prey in the wild, all in the name of research. It was a show I always watched as a young kid. (This is an ADD post as I was going to link this to China, but am now bored with the subject matter).

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Happy Post from China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


I have gotten a few remarks about the fact that it would be nice to hear some of the more compelling reasons for living in China or why I continue to stay.. (actually I have a good comment of this sort but for some reason I have to accept many of he comments posted to my site ((I dont know why)) which means I have to log in to my account etc. which is kind of a pain. I usually just blog by email..)
So… I will attempt to post some happy blogs at times instead of my typical vitriolic, cynical fare…
Ok then, what I like about China or why I stay… umm… well. uh…. scratching my head… because I have a job, does this count? hahahahahahhah just me being an a$$hole…
But really, here is an example of the good of China.
Yesterday I went to eat with some associates, due to the quid-pro-quo nature of he relationship, I am hesitant to call them friends per my definition. We went to a good restaurant, as we are in China and all restaurants in China are good.
The Chinese are actually very good hosts, especially during meals. They can be quite engaging and if they possess an open mind, can be charismatic. Another thing that you will find when you come , and you should is that they will watch your every move. You may feel to be a bit unsettling, but in the end some good may come of it. For instance, I had not eaten with this group for a period of months, yet when we sat down to break bread they remember the exact food i had ordered last time and if I had liked it or not. At my work they do this as well. They will commit your favorites and least favs to memory and then order them each and every time you go to dine with them. That to me is pretty cool. as I cant even remember what I ate when I went to the US last week, apart from Wa-Wa- hotdogs and other frankfurters at the Philly airport from a company with a poly-syllabic name. So, when you come, rest assured that they will take care of you.

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Beijing Pollution Watch, July 27 -31, 2010, Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


This is my attempt to show the effects of pollution in the Beijing air. I have been taking these photos since the beginning of the year and try to show how the smog denigrates the air on a daily basis. I try to take the photos at the same time of day, and from the same window. These shots are taken facing west and a little south. I use my cell phone cam, its a 3.2 mp, Nokia e-71. I dont retouch the photos, merely take them and then upload them. You can go through the blog to compare the various days and see the difference in the level of smog.

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How Old is That Chinese Com.munist in the Window?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


According to the China daily, more than half or about 54% of the 70 million communists in China are old enough to have started their careers or blossomed in them during the bloody period of the cultural revolution where on the average at least 600,000 to 1,000,000 people per year were killed for ten straight years…..

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Beijing Smog Watch July 22-26, 2010- Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


This is my attempt to show the effects of pollution in the Beijing air. I have been taking these photos since the beginning of the year and try to show how the smog denigrates the air on a daily basis. I try to take the photos at the same time of day. These shots are taken facing west and a little south. I use my cell phone cam, its a 3.2 mp, Nokia e-71. I dont retouch the photos, merely take them and then upload them. You can go through the blog to compare the various days and see the difference in the level of smog.

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Beijing Smog Watch July 22-26, 2010- Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


This is my attempt to show the effects of pollution in the Beijing air. I have been taking these photos since the beginning of the year and try to show how the smog denigrates the air on a daily basis. I try to take the photos at the same time of day. These shots are taken facing west and a little south. I use my cell phone cam, its a 3.2 mp, Nokia e-71. I dont retouch the photos, merely take them and then upload them. You can go through the blog to compare the various days and see the difference in the level of smog.

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Beijing Smog

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


Here is a photo I took in August. It was unusually hot and so the smog was horrible . The photo is of the Tian.en.man area. Visibility, as you can see, is probably 400 yards. Look off to the top of the photo that is one corner of the area where the ‘little mistake’ happened back in 1989

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Profile of the Chinese Communist Party Membership

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


From the Chinadaily, here is some interesting information about the Chinese communist party. Check out the level of education, it says that only 35.7% of all party members have a college education or higher-wtf? And it does not say undergrad degree, so basically it would appear that even if you had a few semesters at the local juco you could be part of the group that governs China????

chinadaily excerpt:
By the end of 2009, Chinese Communist Party has 77.995 million members, a 2.065 million increase over the last year. Among these members, females (16.94 million) share 21.7% of total CPC members; Ethnic minority members (5.13 millions) share 6.6%. 35.7% of CPC members (27.87 million) have college or higher education background. Total number of CPC branches (grass-roots branches are called zhi’bu in Chinese) 3.374 million”

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My Chinese Panda Rabbit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 17, 2010


I used to think Chinese were smart, when I went to school I was exposed to only the best and brightest of them after all. After living here… well … lets just leave that issue alone.
But, one thing I will say is that Chinese rabbits or hares are brilliant. I just went to subway and bought a sub…
My rabbit likes to share my company, as well as my food. Her favs are pizza, and any chocolate, so we are in a sense soul mates (oh yeah, she also likes the biscotti things from Starbucks). She ran to me when I came home, it was either out of love, obligation, curiosity, or she smelled food. I fed her some of the bread, for which she was grateful, she then bounded away to do what rabbits do. I had some extra bread and called her name. She actually looks or comes to me when I do so…. much better than most cats I have seen.
My thesis, is thus, that Chinese rabbits/hares are brilliant.

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