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Archive for October 18th, 2010

I Have a Lot of Money in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


No its not from playing power ball when I went home, but due to the fact that I must pay a bill. And in China, paying bills is a pain, not as in ‘oh damn I have to pay a bill’ pain, but as in damn I have to go to a Chinese bank which is akin to getting a root canal without anesthesia. The banks are cumbersome, slow and antiquated, but they are at least friendly, (in the Xidan area).
So I have to pay a bill, the bill is a long story but it comes to 30,000 RMB which is about 4200U$, no big deal right? In China it is, becasue in China, the banks are like the people, they dont talk to each other. So, if yoiu want to make a payment, at least in all paymenst that I have made thus far in China, and your bank is not the same bank as the receiving party, then you must take out the cash and then walk it over to the other bank to make the deposit. (Even for cars they do this, they walk arouind with 1000 100 rmb notes or more, wrapped into a bag to make the down payment.) So, in my saga, I must go to the freaking bank and withdraw cash and then go to the bank of the other party to deposit it. Yes yoiu could use the ATM, but in China, or at least at my banks, you can only withdraw 2500-3000RMB per time and are assessed a fee as well.
So, what you do, and what I see all of my Chinese friends here do as well, is trudge to your bank, withdraw hundreds of little red notes denominated in 100, which is the largest bill, to the best of my knowledge. You than ‘gangster strut’ to your house, place of business or other bank to deposit that gangster wad. I have seen countless Chinese septuagenarian and octogenarians go to the bank with 40-50,000 in 100 RMB notes to make deposits.
Thus, right now I am what would seem to be a wealthy man. I am wearing a hoodie and it is chock full of little red Mao 100rmb notes just waiting to be deposited.

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Blocking WordPress in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


Thanks Joel,
I just got a comment from a guy who said that it may be my site or wordpress being blocked. He said my site was only accessible via vpn, can anyone verify? Thx, and Thanks Joel…

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Baldness in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


I’m about 6’1″, so I tower over most Chinese. The people from the northeast are taller than most, but still relatively short when compared to us. The thing I noticed on the subway today is that Chinese men do not often go bald, but the women, typically 35 or more do so. I do not know why this is, but I have noticed that while I am on the subway that while the men have a thick head of hair, many of the women have hair that is thinning, not receding, but thinning. I dont know why.

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Question about My Site in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


Can anyone living in China access my site or is it blocked/having problems? I have no vpn at present and cannot enter my own site, have the dastardly chicoms done me in or is it a technical glitch?

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On Comments

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


I am having a hard time accessing my ‘ moderate’ part of my blog, which means that I am receiving your comments but just have to accept them (thanks chicoms). I apologize for the delay, but to Bill thanks for the reply on the link I showed , another person posted it as well, I thank you.
To Amy, thanks and the rabbits name is Tutu (not my choice). Tutu pronounced 2 2 is a derivation of her name in Chinese Tudze pronounced two d za. I would have given her a name like raptor or peanut…
To Sher, I love that show, yeah that is what I also remember is the mutual of omaha thing. And the old man is always above safely watching while the other guy is down there fighting off wild boar with a toothpick or something.

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Rabbit With all That Junk in the Trunk

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


Damn the rabbit has gotten large…

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Rabbit

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


I am bored and looking through old photos. Here is the rabbit when she is cold.

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Beijing at Night

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


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Rabbit Chowing…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


Here is an old photo of the rabbit/hare. I have no idea how she got so big.

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Four Chinese Men Locked up for ”Group Licentiousness’

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 18, 2010


Four Chinese guys locked up for ‘group licentiousness’.Below is an excerpt of the story. The odd thing about this is that it is common knowledge that houses of ‘ill repute’ are quite prevalent in China and thus, it is almost sure that such activities take place in these establishments but yet these men were punished for their activities. The difference may be that the men are gay, but I dont know. There was also a similar case where a professor was getting his freak on with a group of students and they also went to the pokey. The confusing thing to me is that I have read about chicoms taking part in such activities and crashing vehicles and the like, but do not recall any of them going to the slam for doing so. I am a straight male but think that the issue of sex, as long as legal should be left for the participants to decide, but maybe thats a cultural issue.

from chinasmack:
“Last November 26, a policeman of Yueyahu station, Nanjing patrolled into a hotel. He knocked on a door and found several nervous looking young men, not fully dressed. The police also found some unused condoms in the room, so he integrated them. Those young men all admitted that they are homosexual, and opened the room to get ready for licentious activities. Then the policeman booked them to the police station and soon learned that a man named Liang Chen also organized such activities, so Liang was called to the police station as well.

Liang, 25 years old, confessed the fact that he had twice had sexual (licentious) activities in the hotel with Zheng Qiang and others. So Zhang Qiang was summoned to the station on the same night, he also confessed everything. The case had more and more people involved in, Li Hua, Qian Daping etc. more than a dozen people were summoned into the police station.

After investigation, these people all constituted group licentiousness, and 4 men including Zhang Qiang have been charged with the crime of group licentiousness. Zhang Qiang who had participated in the most number of licentious activities was detained and the rest were released on bail.

Among more than a dozen people involved in this criminal licentiousness case, some of them were not held criminally responsible due to low level of involvement. Nanjing Baixia Prosecutor charged the 4 men with criminal licentiousness and scheduled the prosecution in August of this year.”

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