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August, 2015:

Yes, we know that it isn’t a great discount


A diplomatic day

Today I took a high-speed train to another city. I was invited to talk about U.S. tourism with local government officials and members of the local tourism industry. I helped travel agencies understand the U.S. visa process. At lunch, I helped some visiting U.S. government officials to understand a little bit about Chinese drinking and toasting culture. Then I took the high-speed train back to the city I live in.

Today was the kind of day that I was hoping that I would have when I was applying to be a diplomat. I had hoped that I would be able to increase international understanding by helping communication between America and foreign governments. I had that kind of day today. I felt like a diplomat today.

Life is good.

I don’t even know what that means

Perfectly aligned with all lovers.

Power Snap

And now we have a new phrase in English!  

Just a thousand year old tower…

… in the middle of the city of Jinzhou.


Someone has a positive self-image


Some people have a pair of underwear for every day of the week,

Others have a shirt for every day of the year.


Or we could not get lost at all…


How many Chinese service staff does it take to change a lightbulb?


This isn’t a joke; that’s how many people it really took to change a lightbulb in my apartment just now.

No more of that fake stuff