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May 29, 2011
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May 29, 2011 All Clear, Whew
This past Wednesday, Panda and I went back to the hospital to pick up the results of my MRI and my colon biopsy. Both "normal" according to the doctors. This is just what I expected, but it's always a relief to have the good health I am feeling confirmed.
One of the things I like about medicine in China is the openness they have with the results. I think doctors in the west are afraid of being sued if they miss something, so they do not normally release X-rays or microscope images. Here they just hand everything to you with their opinion. Which is only fair since I paid for it all. I have to say they don't cheap out on the images. My MRI was very thorough, and I was given three large sheets of X-ray film, with at least a dozen separate images.
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Bullwhip 2011 Finished
I wanted to duplicate the whip I bought from an Australian importer in Seattle in 1974, but I really didn't know how long I needed the strands to be to make a twelve foot whip. Turns out I played it too safe, and the new whip comes out at a whopping sixteen feet from the butt to the start of the fall, which is how a bullwhip is measured.
Sixteen feet is the longest whip
I've ever handled. My first attempts to crack it were a complete
failure, and I thought I would have to shorten it to something more
manageable. This confirmed my opinion that Lash LaRue, my
childhood cowboy hero, did not swing an eighteen foot whip. Pure
Hollywood exaggeration. Or was it. After I worked the whip a
bit, and got the timing down, it turns out to crack just fine. But
it is much harder to control and crack. The timing is completely
different, and I haven't managed to crack it with my right arm yet.
Still, I'm now very happy with a sixteen foot whip. It's
impressive, far more impressive than the whip I made last year, and it's
going to be fun to practice with it.
This term I've organized my oral
English classes into groups, and each period a group does a
presentation. I'm mostly happy with the results. We've had
some fascinating topics - Ladyboys of Thailand springs to mind, as well
as some total duds - topics with which all the students are very
familiar, like popular TV shows. It doesn't matter what they
are saying as along as they are talking English.
I told the class a story my
grandmother told me when I was in my early teens. She said she was
living in Amsterdam and there was fresh snow on the ground. The
dog was barking at the door. When she opened the door to see what
was upsetting the dog, there was a strange little man wearing very old
fashioned clothing standing on her doorstep. She asked him what he
wanted, but he just shook his head at her, so she closed the door again.
Then, thinking better of it, she opened the door and the little man was
gone. There were no footprints in the snow on her doorstep.