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Archive for October 22nd, 2010

Old and New In China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 22, 2010


This is a photo of Beijing by Dawanglu SOHO. This is an area where they fix bicycles and such. I think the contrast between the rich and poor is so evident in this. (its an old pic, I am going through old files)

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Comments… Yeah I Got Them But Cant Respond

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 22, 2010


Sorry to rehash the comments thing, but I am getting them, just cant respond. I will try to get a VPN or something, but thanks for them all.

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Things I will Never Understand About the Chinese Part 3

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 22, 2010


Here are some more things I dont get about China:

-why they feel the top of the steps or the opening to the door, or the very spot which permits passage to the rest of the world is the opportune spot to STOP and converse!
-fail to realize that subways by nature are jerky machines , and if one does not grab onto the handle then yes, one will be tossed about like a rag doll and bang into the rest of us and be looked upon with contempt or anger
-understand that cell phones are a replacement for screeching at the top of one’s lungs when speaking to another

(and like I said before, yeah I get the whole idea that they have a ton of people so the incidence of such things is higher and yeah they are poor so they are less educated, but I’ve lived in some poor places and by my reckoning, they still are way worse than any country I have see- ie. I really dont ever remember seeing kids urinate in the streets with their folks standing by).

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What I will Never Understand About the Chinese Part 2

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 22, 2010


Here is part 2 of the things that I find most confusing about Chinese people:
I cant understand
-how they screech into cell phones seemingly unaware that it does no good vz the quality of the call, but annoys the heck out of the rest of us
-can pick their nose openly on the subway as if they were in their own little universe with no sense of shame
-cannot understand that one arrow button is for going up in the elevator and one is for going down. If you look before the doors open, the elevator will tell you if its going up or down thus alleviating their constant need to enter the wrong elevator
-fear of escalators, they seem to want to leap from them as it approaches the last few feet
-fear or ignorance of almost all electrical equipment, minus cell phones
-why do they take 15 minutes to order something as simple as a glass of tea
-why they dont walk the extra ten feet to use a public toilet

(and no its not a population thing, just because they have 22% of the worlds pop. its no excuse)

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What I Will Never Understand About Chinese Part 1

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 22, 2010


You may have to have lived here to get this, but anyone tell me if I am off the mark…

Here are some things I will never understand about China:
-why Chinese ladies wear those old ball caps and pull them down over their ears making them appear quite odd
-why they cannot seem to get the hang of clambering up and going down stairs, is it just me or do they fall quite a bit
-seem to vomit quite a bit in public
-cannot understand that electric doors, be they subway or elevator, can and will close with your fingers, nose, hair, bags, luggage and such in them when you attempt to board the elevator or subway at the last moment
-cannot time their subway entrance such that they always seem to hurdle at the subway doors when they are closing and then bash into them and bounce off
-cannot understand that no matter how fast you run at a subway door, once its closed, its closed and no look of frustration/anger/anxiety will change this….

(and no its not a population thing, just because they have 22% of the worlds pop. its no excuse)

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