I saw three ships a sailin'.... on Christmas day

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Flag of China  , Zhejiang Sheng,
Sunday, December 25, 2011

So I had a Christmas Eve.   About like most of the ones in the past 5 years.  I spent the early evening with my American friend "Debbie"   who was near inconsolable since her children didn't write her or call.  Kay was there and of course heard nothing from her kids either.   How hard is it to write your mother and merely say "Merry Christmas"... Debbie was too upset.    I felt her pain.  But I am used to it.   I have been through countless Birthdays, Thanksgivings, Christmases, and hardly anyone writes me.   I did wind up hearing from several friends and two family members.  But the fact remains:  I didn't exactly write or call anyone and wish them Merry Christmas either.     

Spent Christmas day laying around the apartment, watching Seinfeld episodes (comedy cheers me up),  and sticking to tea and coca cola.   Can't seem to find my phone which sux because I don't want to buy and reprogram another one.   oh well,  maybe it will turn up.  

Tomorrow I plan to borrow a red bike and hit the streets.   My bike is in the shop and I can't wait till it comes back.   Probably going to take another week since my massive weight and constant use has pulverized the old wheel and spokes.  Aluminum isn't the best metal for wheels or bike frames because it doesn't flex well.   Ever bend an aluminum can back and forth a few times?   What happened?   Steel is a much better material (although heavier),  because it springs back and forth (thats why "Springs" are almost always made from steel.    Pardon the metallurgy lesson,  but my new rear wheel is being built by hand and made with steel.

   I will need the bike for my trip to "Hainan Island" which is at the very south of China.    The Chinese call it "The land south of the sea.   "Sanya" which is at the southern end of the Taiwan sized island,  is a bit like Waikiki with it's touristy hotels and crap.  Sanya does lack the interesting Polynesian culture,  but there are some interesting tribal people in the center of the island who are called "The Mud People" (google it),   sometimes they dress up and cover themselves in mud then come into town in order to get money from tourists like me.    I plan to do some snorkeling,  and bike tour the southern part of the island.   I love the ocean and haven't really been in 4 years.  I don't plan on going inland really but there is some wild jungle in there.  Tigers still live on Hainan.    After I return from Sanya,  I'm off to DFW to see my family for a few weeks before returning to Xiasha for another semester.

Whoa!  Great news!  Found my phone and there were about 5 Merry Christmas messages from Chinese friends!  (friends in America can only reach me by computer). 







 



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beegy69
beegy69 on

I thought about you today and wondered how the Chinese spend this holiday....and how you were spending it Merry christmas to you , and to your friend Debbie. Just wanted to let you know...

albarnes
albarnes on

Thanks Beverly, nice to have good friends like you.

JoAnne on

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!! See, we do care back home. :^)

Leticia Garcia on

Merry Christmas Alan!

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