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Archive for October 19th, 2010

Chinese Rickshaw Cabs

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

Today I had a nice walk to the subway, walk due to the fact that once again the Chinese police are doing their ‘jobs’, and i stress both words to the maximum extent of their definitions, by monitoring the illegal cabs and not allowing them to carry passengers today, wow, wtf did i just say?
The cops are not allowing the illegal cabs to work today, and then I made a commentary that I do not respect the cops here nor the job that they do.
Now that I’ve cleared that up, let me tell you about the great Chinese illegal ‘black’ rickshaw cabs. They are pretty cool and basically motorcycles with a canopy as a roof and a few extra wheels. The passengers sits in the rear over the wheel in this little cage. The thing operates like Chitty Chitty bang bang sans the flying, they ooze soot , smoke and oil and are not very pretty.
The experience can be exhilarating and scary. The guys who drive these things weave, bob, and skirt like Chris Johnson, Barry Sanders and or Muhammad Ali.
My friends have all warned me about taking the cabs and they are probably right. The drivers are the bane of safe passage as they typically drive the wrong way, cut off drivers and yell a lot. When you come to China, and you should, you should take one of these for a short trip, a very short trip.

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Incredible Video- Guy on a Motorclycle Gets Hit By a Truck, Flips and Lands on His Feet!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

This is amazing, the guy is driving a motorcycle, hits a truck, flies through the air and lands on his feet!


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Fake Channel Bag from the Silk Street Market in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

Exceptional fake here, the purse that is. These things are a dime a dozen in Beijing.

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Comment Situation

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

I have been able to access and accept almost all the comments I think, I dont know why I need to moderate some, but I do. The problem is that my site and wordpress.com are being flaky now. So, I have had some comments lingering in limbo.

This one, which a a good one, I think, is being stubborn and I cannot accept it, so it will not appear. For the last 20 minutes I have been banging on the accept button but to no avail- at least I think, the site wont come up so I cannot tell. But anyway here is a comment about my I love Beijing post

“I had to double check the calendar as I was reading this post and make sure I hadn’t slept thru to April 1. You’ve made no bones or apologies for maintaining a highly critical blog, but I must say, this was a refreshing post to read. Your one of the more prolific bloggers and I’ve found myself nodding in agreement and laughing with many of your observations in the past, but I’ve also found myself wondering why you are even in china. I think occasional posts like this one help paint a more realistic picture of how you see china and why you continue to endure her.”

back to me now….
I had a pithy response all set but lost enthusiasm due to the fact I wasted 20 minutes trying to accept the thing, but rest assured I hear ya, and will tried to bring out happy Billy, more often, and thanks for the input!!!

oh yeah, I will wait to reply to your comments but thanks all, Joel, Bill, Sher, Amy , Stepen, hopfrog, and anyone else whom I may have forgotten for your comments.

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I Have a Zit- What do the Chinese Say

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

I have a zit, I find this odd as I never even got zits when I was a teen, but sure enough on the northeast corner of my honker I have a ripening zit. The Chinese would call it a pot or pok in pigeon English, i just call it a pain. The Chinese blame zits on spicy food but I dont like nor eat it usually and have not done so lately so would have to argue with that notion.

he Chinese are like that, they come up with some zany homespun reasons and remedies for illnesses and cures. Like they have some worms that I find disgusting, for certain ailments and they say dont sit down after eating and you wont get fat and such. To me , these seem pretty good, but other ideas they have and call traditional, are odd. For instance, they say jump over broom three times after doing the wild thing, in order to avoid pregnancy, but to me this seems a little preposterous.

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I am Clairvoyant….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

I am Clairvoyant and am making a prediction, ” 57-year-old Xi Jinping will now succeed China’s President Hu Jintao in 2012″
Actually the news came from this site. My colleagues affirm that this guy will be the next leader of China. How odd is it to actually know who your next leader is without even being able to have a say in the matter?

[delday +5 hours]

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Beijing is Cold Now

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

The weather in Beijing has changed for the better, imho, its gotten a little bit nippy here. The bad thing is that in China, the government controls when the heat will be turned on and off in all the buildings. So, until they decide to offer our apartment heat, we can only use those little heaters that come with our apartments, but in all honesty, you can lower your core temperature more by having someone exhale on you- those things suck.
Anyway, the chicoms will decide when we the people need heat and then it will come and no one can get more or less than their neighbors. If we were back home, its a non-issue, we can buy good space heaters or something of the like, but in china that is a tough one.
I guess I should be happy, in places like Chongqing, and down south, most houses dont even have built in heaters, leaving them to freeze in the winter.

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How’s Going in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 19, 2010

That’s how they say “How is it going” in China. They cannot seem to remember the word “it”. So listen carefully to your Chinese friends and you will hear the ‘trendier ‘ Chinaman say, “hey hows going”

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