Thursday, October 20, 2011

A day in the life

Yesterday, I went to the gym for the first time in a long time.  It's a different gym than before.  I got one of those passes that have a limited number of uses.  The front desk girl told me that the Body Pump class would be starting at 7:40pm.  She said check it out.  OK.

I went and did some treadmill for 10 minutes, and then went to the room where they were going to do Body Pump.  Everyone was laying out equipment on the floor.  Low platforms and barbells?  OK, I can do this.  The class trainer is this TCG (Tiny Chinese Girl).  Yeah, she looks really fit, but she's only a TCG, right?

I never thought a TCG could outlift me.  I am in so much pain today.  For the entire hour, I could barely keep up with her.  My legs felt like collapsing.  And she just kept on going with this big grin on her face.  "Jia you!  Come on!  YES!  One more!  OK, go!  Houmian de nansheng, ni keyi ma??  Jia you!!"  Nod yes, I'm OK, with gritted teeth.  And now today, can barely move.

Went to Mandarin class today after work.  My teacher signed me up for this foreigner speech competition.  She's been bugging me about it for 2 or 3 weeks now.  I keep telling her to find someone else, because my Mandarin is still pretty bad.  But she says no, my Mandarin is by far better than all her other students.  And there's an 8000 RMB prize.  OK, OK, fine.

What do I find out today?  It's a multi-round event and somehow I'm already in the semi-finals, even though I never participated yet.  Furthermore, I have to not only give a speech, but also sing a Chinese song (or do some other kind of Chinese cultural performance).  Maybe I can come down with a big case of diarrhea Friday night.  The semi-finals are on Saturday.  I have to learn a Chinese song in 2 days?  :(

A day in the life.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Wow, this lady nails it

The whole question about whether or not China has what it takes to become the world's next superpower... this lady nails it.  The only thing she doesn't really address is the matter of corruption.  But that's such a complicated subject in China that it would have probably doubled the article's word count.

Can China overcome all of its issues?  If it can... big wow.  If it can't... big ouch.

Monday, October 03, 2011

And here's my other hockey team :D

And here's my hockey team for the pool.  Again, not unhappy.  :)  Seems nobody likes Elias this year!  This pool's a bit more difficult to draft because it has a faceoff category.  I got a bunch of wingers who can do faceoffs though, to make up for my lack of good faceoff centremen.  :)

Brad Richards
Paul Stastny
Patrick Sharp
Patrik Elias
Alexander Semin
Teemu Selanne
Duncan Keith
Dion Phaneuf
Alex Pietrangelo
Cam Fowler
Alex Tanguay
Ryan Callahan
Travis Hamonic
Tomas Vokoun
Jonathan Quick

I got Dion Phaneuf twice too?  Hmm.  :)

My hockey team :D

Here's my hockey team for TheRushIsBack pool.  I'm not unhappy.  Drafted #7 AGAIN this year.  :)

Ryan Getzlaf
Danny Briere
Thomas Vanek
Patrik Elias
Joe Pavelski
Brian Gionta
Mark Streit
Dion Phaneuf
Jack Johnson
Kimmo Timonen
Mikhail Grabovski
Dan Hamhuis
Jussi Jokinen
Henrik Lundqvist
Carey Price
Rick DiPietro

MUJI got both Ovechkin AND Crosby.  Nobody was willing to touch Crosby because of the concussion stuff.  If Crosby returns healthy early, Sat said it best.  We're all doomed.  :)