07 December 2012
She wasn't talking about me. She was talking about our teacher, Professor H. And the crush that she's had on him since the beginning of the semester. As she mourns the nighness (that's not a word) of the end of the semester, she continues to say "I just want to stare at him all the time!" She peters out mid-sentence as she catches sight of Professor H. (who had just walked in) as he walked into the room.
She was not speaking quietly.
Professor H. looks confusedly, as we all start ROARING with laughter. Professor H. suddenly comes back from the world of his brain. He looks at us confusedly and says "What? What just happened?" Which only has us laughing more.
The following facebook conversation ensued (Can you tell which one came first for my practicing? It only gets better from here.) Colors coordinate cross-conversation. I'm brown.
06 December 2012
My companion and I were doing our English tracting. Meaning, we wandered around and put tracts for the free English classes in mailboxes. As we were going down a street putting tracts in boxes, we saw a small apartment complex with a superintendent (kind of. A “guanliyuan”) out in the office guarding the gate to get in.
There were some guanliyuans who would let us put the flyers in the mailboxes of their apartment complexes (or dalous) if you asked, or at least let you put a stack of them out on the counter for residents to grab if they were interested.
So we pull up at this dalou, and since I was new, I just start putting these little flyers in the mailboxes. My companion starts on the other side. After we get probably 15 of the 30 done, the guanliyuan notices us and starts signaling at us to stop. My companion starts explaining to him what we’re doing, but then the guy starts trying to sign to us, as if he’s deaf.
Granted, we both started to trust him about it because he wouldn’t talk. But we’re still a little wary. He walks out of his little office and grabs all the English tracts out of the mailboxes and throwing them at us and on the ground. My companion starts to get defensive and picks them up. The man kind of ignores him, but waves and points at his own ears every time my companion talks.
My companion was standing directly behind him.
At about this point, the guanliyuan’s friend shows up and starts calling his name. The guanliyuan turns around to look at the guy, and talks to him. Mr. Guanliyuan waves frantically at him to get him to stop talking. Mr. Friend says “Why are you acting so weird? What’s wrong?” Mr. Guanliyuan mumbles “Later.” Or some equivalent to his friend. His friend gets all confused and is like “umm… okay? Weirdo.”
We walk away as Mr. Friend walks into Mr. Guanliyuan’s office. We get on our bikes and ride away to the sounds of two friends laughing together and chatting from the building behind us.
Many confused looks were exchanged that day.
18 November 2012
What have I been up to, you ask? Oh wait, you didn't ask? That's okay, because I'll tell you anyways!
I got home from the mish about 4 months ago (July 3rd, to be exact). At that point, I immediately (Seriously. July 5th) started school (an online class).
And now I'm back in the full swing of it. I'm at (My State) State University, studying Accountancy. I'm also going to get a minor in Chinese, because it's easy, and after next semester is over, I'll only need 6 more credits for it in the next 2 years.
I was doing engineering before, but I realized that I didn't really care about it or find it that interesting, so I left and went to the business school. I think it was a good decision so far. Now, if only I could force myself to actually study. That would be really good.
Other than that, I'm just working for my parents a little bit. Livin' at home, not really doin' anything. You know, the RRM (Recently Returned Missionary) life. But yeah. It's a good gig.
That's about me. What about you? (Once again, if you're still around to read any of this. Not to sound desperate or anything, but if no one replies to this, I'll just write in my journal. It's a better place to write to myself if no one is interested.)
And if you do want, I'll keep y'all updated on what I'm up to, some of my favorite mission stories (I promise. You'll never meet funnier people than Taiwanese ones) and anything that catches my interest (like the whole Apple-Google-Samsung-Motorola-Microsoft debacle. I'm a tech nerd. What can I say?)
19 May 2010
18 May 2010
13 April 2010
This post was inspired by a friend's facebook status update.
Belle: nice and smart and a little odd. She's a brunette. Her dad is annoying, and so is her stalker, Gaston. I'm assuming she is no longer married to Prince Adam at this point, which means she either has comittment issues, or she's a widow, which either way is a negative thing. Overall, she's got a (7/10).
Ariel: she's a redhead. But her hair is actually red, not orangey like I actually like. She's no longer married to Prince Eric, which is a negative for the same reason as Belle. She is a little flighty and pretends to talk to animals, which basically equates to talking to yourself. She comes her hair with forks, and collects everyday utensils. She doesn't always have feet, and there's just something a little fishy about her. Overall rating: (4/10).
Aurora: I dunno what's up with her. She just seems kind of dense. Blondeness is not really a good thing, and she always has those opalescent fly things buzzing around her head. She has previously fallen into severe comas in the past, for no apparent reason. Maybe she's a hemophiliac and it was because of severe blood loss? Either way, I don't want that in my gene pool. She is kind of a slut- "I'll only wake up if someone handsome kisses me blah blah blah". I mean, come on? Really? She's going to expect me to make her an enchanted castle to live in, since Phillip probably got to keep the house in the divorce. And I'd rather go on vacation than live in a giant house. Overall: (2/10)
Cinderella: She's kinda cute, and a really hard worker. She puts up with too much crap from people, though, and doesn't ever stand up for herself. She has to have a fairy godmother primp and prep her in order to feel like she's actually worth something, which is a huge drawback. She's also no longer married to her prince. I don't necessarily know his name, though. Prince Charming, maybe? She has tiny feet, which may balance out my ginormous feet in our genetic future. Her biggest drawback is that she's dependent on someone else for everything- she can't make her own dress and has to get animals to do it, she can't get to the ball on her own, etc. etc. Also, she's blonde, which isn't really a good thing. (5/10)
Mulan: Mmm... this chick is pretty cool. She saves a whole country from ruin, death, despair, and destruction. She's got black hair, which is probably my second favorite hair color. She's Chinese, which holds a near and dear place in my heart. But she's disobedient to her father, and doesn't necessarily follow social norms about the woman's place in society. Not that that is of necessity a terrible thing, but it's not exactly a plus in my eyes either. I do value her independence from the men in her life. She's got a nice family that has no serious issues, and her grandma is really funny. She's also got that little annoying dragon thing, Mushu, that could possibly get on my nerves. But she's probably earned the most respect for herself through her actions as opposed to her marriage. Also, she was never married and therefore divorced. (9/10)
Tiana: She's independent too, and she's from the south. She's really pretty, although I'm not sure that I want her to fall for me. After all, at one point she fell for a frog. She makes awesome beignets, by all accounts. And cooks well in general to boot. She is adventurous, and wants to pursue her dreams. She was married at one point, which makes it a little bit difficult to actually like her. She is the unfortunate victim of voodoo, but still pursues Prince Naveen (spelling on that?) anyway. More accurately, she doesn't really pursue him, but she falls for him. She likes Naveen, who plays a lot of instruments. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that therefore she likes multi-musically-instrumented-talented people, which I definitely qualify as. (8/10)
Snow White: suffers from narcolepsy. Also, she is veeeeery naive, and will do anything that someone wants her to do, even if she doesn't know them. (also, I avoided splitting the infinitive to do.) She has the same issue as Aurora, which would be a drawback for copying her, except Snow White came first. She obviously likes shorter men (see: dwarfs), which would not do for me, since I'm approximately 6' 3". She's got dark hair, but I prefer... not her type of hair. Some girls can pull off the short hair thing, but her's is in that awkward halfway stage between short and long. And it's not becoming on her. And kind of reminds me of my Senior AP English teacher (who hated me. And the feeling was mutual.) Also, I never really liked her movie. I always thought it was kind of boring. (1/10)
Jasmine: You know, lots of people loved Jasmine/Aladdin. But not me. I was never really a fan of the whole idea. Sure, Genie is great, but I thought that the movie was lame. Not to judge a girl by her movie, but I'm sure there's someone else out there who wants her ham more than I do. So I'll pass on this girl. I'm sure she's nice, and she appreciates a guy who sings, but she's just not the one for me. Also, she's immodest. (also, this week was probably not the best time to link to the 100 hour board. I promise I'll talk about it later when they're feeling okay and not doing the "borg" thing. Then I'll introduce you to the awesomeness that is the board.) (PASS)
Pocahontas: Umm... Not really a fan of this girl either. She sings to trees and stuff, and isn't loyal to her family. I understand that she really really liked John Smith, but her father had specifically asked her several times to stay away from him. And gave good reasons too. Also, her talking to inanimate objects kind of isn't so appealing to me. (also, I used the word magnanimous in a conversation the other day. It was awesome.) I'm not sure that I would like her. I mean, I love nature and stuff, but I don't really want a raccoon wandering around my house. Can you tell that I'm getting bored of typing these by this point? Because I am. Probably because I started with the princesses whose movies I'd actually seen within recent memory, and am now to the ones that I don't care about. (3/10)