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Archive for November 13th, 2010

Religion in China- Why Not

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 13, 2010


Somewhere I read that China has never had real religion (I am not considering animism a religion of any sort). The idea was that China has had 5000 years of history, give or take a few, but has never developed nor followed a religion as a country. I know they have had incidences of Buddhism, but does anyone know why they as a country have never either cozied up to any religion nor had one standard religion for their country?
-my question is more historical then contemporary in nature.

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Chinese Fast Food

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 13, 2010


I cannot attest to the hygiene of this place, but the food is tasty.

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I Bought New Batteries in China…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 13, 2010


I just bought four brand new batteries here in China. I rushed upstairs to place them in my xbox controller and lo and behonld, they do not work. Hm.. was there a mistake, did I put them in upside down? Nope, this is just China.
Now before some guy from Salt Lick Texas comments, ‘hey dude once while I was in Parsnikityville, i also bought a batter that didnt work, so China and the US are the same.To which I would reply, ‘please dont interrupt when the adults are talking.’

The thing is that this is live in China, you cannot expect too much from anything. and heaven forbid I should try to return them, I’d be laughed out of this place. Chinese are so … whats the word.. tight, that they will do anything for a dollar, so what we take for granted, ie. returning products or food that is not up to par, will never fly in China. as a matter of fact, in Guangzhou they are having the asian Olympic games, and the local government decided to allow people to ride the subwyas for free. From my understanding it was bedlam, the tight-assed Chinese were just riding around all day taking advantage of the service, some of them , no doubt brought pic nic baskets and made an all day affair of it.
So, what does this have to do with batteries, not a lot but I decided to combine two blog posts into one. But back to the batteries. If I were to tell the shop owner about my problem, I would probably be shot or stabbed, I doubt they would help. Or they could say, as they typically do in such situations when you wish to complain about product quality, they say
“well what did you expect for the money you paid. you cant expect it to work perfectly for that price can you?”
to which I would reply or think— I guess not, i guess for that price the dead carcass of a knockoff EverReady battery is good enough, thanks…

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Saturday in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 13, 2010


Today I have been a total bum. China is pretty convenient noways. The apartment I live in has a few grocery stores down stairs and across the street a ton of restaurant. So today I have done nothing but write, think and not blog…

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