Category: Miscellaneous

Arachnophobia: Mianyang

While spiders usually don’t scare me today was different. I was taking a shower when I turned to get some shampoo and saw a visitor was easing down from the ceiling. I looked at spider and admired the size, since this was the first time I had seen a spider of this size, especially this close and not on its web. I am able to identify the two types of spiders that can hurt you back, but this isn’t Tennessee and I had no idea if this spider would very friendly climb over things or watch me with an evil grin while its toxin shuts down my body’s ability to pump blood through my veins. I choose to err on the side of caution. In the most gingerly of ways I went to go get a rolled up towel so that we could play catch. When I came back the spider was not up on the rules of catch and tried to advance, I can only guess to get the ball. I backed up in a quick manner only because I was ready to get on with the game. I threw the makeshift ball to spider and he moved, maybe still unaware of the rules of catch or I may have thrown it harder than spider was used to. He hid behind the washing machine for awhile and I waited for him to get ready again to play. He reemerged and began heading towards the door but he looked like he was ready to play again. He tried to catch the ball this time but unfortunately while he did catch it I may have thrown it too hard and spider did not survive. RIP spider, we spent some special time together, but you will not be missed.

(with leg span it was about the size of my palm)

I am usually not too proud of my Chinese but I thought I write this anyway. My graduate program sent every student to China for “internships” and two of my teachers were native Mandarin speakers, with great English as well. One of them is from Sichuan, the province I currently live in. While she was working for the university she made a trip out to the PRC, while work was in Shanghai her parents are still in Sichuan. As any good child would she visited her parents in Sichuan, which I found out through a popular social website’s news feed. I thought I would try and contact her since I did enjoy her class while I was in it. I left my number and while we are most likely not going to be able to meet it was nice to talk to her. She called me and began speaking Chinese, I did not have her China number and thought it very strange that someone was calling me asking if i was still in Mianyang and which school I was working at. I finally stopped to think and asked who she was and behold it was my teach. While I’m sure she would’ve spoken English to me I’m glad she didn’t because it forced me to speak in length using Chinese, which I had not done a a few months. I was most impressed that I was able to understand about 75% of everything she was saying and she seemed to understand my broken Chinese, it really isn’t very good. But since this is my blog and I get to write anything I want I am writing this to toot my own horn.

Being an English teacher the connotation of a word, I have found, to be very difficult and this little article gives a nice visual.

English Swear Words: The Definitive Guide

“After” Movie

Here is the official website to my cousin’s movie called “After.” Even if I didn’t know the director I would still want to see this movie.

After Movie Official Site

This is quite funny and well done. AND most importantly I fully endorse watching this to learn Chinese. (I don’t know how much that matters since my Chinese isn’t great but I do endorse it anyway)

Chinese Cover I Want It That Way

Buy American or Die…

Go to link: Buy American or Die

A Big Suprise

Go to the site and scroll down until you see the video. Play video and be prepared to pick your jaw up off the ground because Thailand Got Talent.

Thailand Got Talent

Schrödinger’s Cat

Well here I go getting into this blogging thing. I’m starting this as a way to share my pictures and stories with family and friends and in the outside chance I can sell a picture or two that would be fantastic. I have no idea how this is going to turn out but it isn’t costing me anything, unless I get sued somehow and we’re hoping that won’t happen. I will post here at will providing the damn river crabs don’t get me.