Well, I only get to cross one thing off of the checklist from last Monday. I ended up swimming 3 times last week, and, since I started a week and a half ago, I’ve dropped about 3 kilos that haven’t come back. Now I’ll hanging out around 85 (187 pounds for my US friends) kilos, down from the 101 (222 pound) high of last year.
I’m still working on getting the second computer setup. I found a cheap desk a Ikea, but I-Ping’s brother might have something I can use. As soon as that gets setup I’ll put BSD and Linux on it. The CSS book didn’t even get cracked, and Mandarin study fought a losing battle against Tekken 5.
This past week was a good one. I haven’t pulled pictures off of my camera since last Tuesday so I’ll start there. The day adoa and I went to hit golf balls I got to see a prototype of a drop top Honda CRV. Maybe you’ll get to see these over the summer.
Drop Top CRV
Wednesday I rolled over to LongShan temple with Jefferson to do some shopping for little gold trinkets. He needed to pick up some cool little items for some friends back home. Since I had never been to Longshan temple before we decided to do a quick walk through. I took a couple photos and was pleasantly surprised by this.
Chuck E Cheese’s animatronic band
Thank Jefferson for the expert angle of this shot. I like it.
A Longshan Fountain
After the visit to the temple we walked over to Mc Donald’s (I had a large fry) to sit down and play with Jefferson’s newly purchased Sony PSP. The game to test, “Ridge Racer”. I was really impressed with Sony’s new hand held. I haven’t read any reviews or looked at the tech specs of the system, but playing it once will show you that this little thing has a lot more power than Sony’s original PS1. It was comfortable to hold and easy on the eyes (how could in not be with that big ass screen?). It also functions as an MP3 player and will play mini DVD movies, or movies converted and put on a (big) memory card.
After I beat a level for Jefferson we split up. My new destination was I-Ping’s brother’s house. We were going to have dinner and cake to celebrate I-Ping’s mom’s birthday. It’s always fun going there because I get to mess with my niece. Her toy of that day was an old camera.
Then I let her take a picture of me.
I got a picture of I-Ping and baby niece #2. I don’t think she has an English name yet and I keep forgetting her Chinese name.
I-Ping and Niece #2
Thursday I had a meeting with Elias (the guy who organized that conference where I won that stuff). His office was near the Asia World department store (a part of town that I haven’t been to in a while). What I saw across the street from it shocked me a little (and will probably shock no one else).
The New Stadium
The last time I walked by here that stadium was a little baseball field, kind of like one you would have seen on that movie the sandlot (I’m serious). To me, it’s almost like that thing popped up over night.
The meeting with Elias went really well. I told him about some of the things I wanted to setup (business wise) and he gave me some ideas about how his company could help get those things moving. He also gave me a lot of extra advise on how to make a business that runs smoothly. So smoothly that you (the owner) would eventually get to step back and watch the business make money for you with out needing to be there ALL THE TIME, otherwise, what’s the point? So, I’m going to take what I learned there to get things planned out a little (lot) better and meet with him again when I’m better prepared. I’ve decided that I’m going to totally focus on web hosting to begin with and slowly add more things to that. But I’ll definitely be working on one new business thing at a time.
On the way back home I noticed a really big Mitsubishi ad and thought I’d take a picture. The ad isn’t all that special, but if memory serves correctly there’s a story behind why all the windows are covered up in this building. I think there was an earthquake that shook that place up real good. So good that building inspectors decided that it’s not safe to rent out anymore. So now it serves as a wall for advertisements. Great story huh?
Could Someone Open a Window?
A didn’t write it yet, but I was pretty late for work on Thursday (maybe 20 minutes). Friday I could have gotten to work on time, but I decided to casually walk to my favorite breakfast shop and get something to eat. I’m not sure what happened between my walk from the shop to school, but something snapped inside me. I decided to quit. So I did. My last day there should be the end of April unless they find someone sooner. Looking back on why I quit it’s mostly a lot of little things and the fact that they didn’t pay me for Chinese New Year when they said they would.
After work I went for a swim and saw a movie with I-Ping. While in line I saw sign I wanted to share with you all. I never noticed it before.
American Friend Chicken aka Little Red Chicken
As if it wasn’t enough that there was a picture of a little Indian kid next to it, the Chinese name is Little Red. That’s about as bad (good :D) as the Black Man toothpaste.
Yesterday I swam, learned how to play Mahjong, and played a bunch of Tekken. Today I’m going to take a look at that computer desk, do some Internet things, and hopefully make to game club.
I think I’ll prepare another checklist for the wee tomorrow. The CSS book didn’t get touched because there’s another book I’m finishing up (the one I won). I’ll need to get that computer setup to make room for my mom when she’s here next Friday. That just leaves the everyday study of Chinese. I think I’ll be able to work that into my “busy” schedule.