Trip Start Aug 05, 2011
101Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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. I think the Chinese love of Santa Claus is because he looks almost like Colonel Sanders of KFC fame. The Chinese have respect for happy smiling bearded old white guys, and I personally draw upon that action
Yet 95 percent of the Chinese are lovely people, and I won't let the few with ego problems influence my thinking of "All the Chinese". I do hear a few foreign teachers tar all the Chinese with the same brush and I really hate such ignorant thinking. Most of the Chinese are good honest happy people and simply adore foreigners (the more you look like Col. Sanders the better!). But the smiles and adoration come at a price. It does get old. Sometimes I wish I could walk down the street without the attention, sometimes I won't bother to leave my apartment because it is really in your face. You have to be in the mood to be on stage. If you suffer from stage fright or acute shyness, you better move to Shanghai or Bejing, the rest of China is going to stare and yell at you when you walk by. Either deal with it or move on
So the closer you resemble the Colonel the better. As I see it, each year that I remain in China I will either look more like Sanders or Santa. The new KFC Colonel is much slimmer than the original colonel, I call this the "Aunt Jemimazation" of Colonel Sanders. Things like this are tragic. The fat old Colonel and the big "Aunt Jemima" were beloved symbols when I was a kid. Now the Colonel looks like a CEO and the new Aunt Jemima looks like a cabinet member from the Bush Jr. era. Just an observation about our nation's beloved icons nothing more.
After a fast moving week we finally arrived at Friday morning. I have two more classes in Xicheng campus, then I'm ready for a three day weekend. Only problem is: Nothing to do. I need something else to do than ride bicycles or visit Hangzhou. Hangzhou is too expensive, and one just can't ride a bike every waking moment of the day. Very little social activity around here on the weekends, so I need to find something else to occupy my extra time that wastes as little money as possible.
Today hovered around 40 F but the 100 percent humidity really adds to the cold
With so many camels, date palms, Muslim people, China does have a bit of the mid-east thing goin' on. Not too much, but I do see the occasional Muslim hat or the face covering. Much of Western China is Muslim. Many of the cities here have Mosques and Islamic food is found in most of the cities even in the Eastern part of the country where I live. As far as religion goes, most Chinese are confirmed atheists which is also the official view of the Communist party. The party does allow religious freedom as long as your religion doesn't protest against the government. Seems to be a basic "Leave us alone, and we will leave you alone" sort of arrangement. Thankfully the Chinese government strictly forbids all missionary work. Let the people believe what they want without trying to influence them.
I plan to ride "Lil Timmy" the wonderbike this weekend. Can you believe that I have driven hundreds of miles on this little thing? I am planning to take her to "Hainan Island" in a few weeks and put some more miles on her, perhaps circle the entire Island, if I can get some partners. This weekend, I want to do at least 50 miles, but at 18 miles per day, we are talking about 2 hours of daily riding at the most.