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Update since i've been away awhile

I haven't really written anything at all in quite awhile, but I'm going to start up again, mainly as a way of keeping my family informed as to what is occurring in my life as of late.
Since my last post, I have graduated from the Community College I was attending, transferred to a four year university, declared a major in history, and just within the past few weeks, changed that major to International Trade.

That being said, one of the events that led me to change my major was a four week language immersion program in which I took part, in Shanghai. There is a lot to say about this trip, and as of yet, I haven't particularly haven't written anything. So, here it goes.

I took part in this trip with a group of eleven other students. We were all American, except for one girl from Tokyo that is studying at my university. The other semi-exception would be one guy who was adopted from Korea when he was a baby. As one guy on the trip said, "he's a banana. Yellow on the outside, but white on the inside."

There were a few times in which i was with these two trying to get us where we needed to go. Which,let me tell you, being obviously American, going around Shanghai with two Asians, and being the one who can best communicate with the cab driver, is a very interesting experience. At least, it was humorous to me personally. I had taken one more semester of Chinese than either of them, and while the Japanese girl definitely had me beat as far as writing was concerned, she didn't speak particularly fluidly.

Most of the trip was confined to the city of Shanghai, which, being the second largest city in the world (in terms of population) we managed to find ways to entertain ourselves. We did have a few ventures outside of Shanghai. We went to Suzhuo, which is a nearby city, and I'm still not sure what was particularly significant about it, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Additionally, we took a train to the city of Nanjing. The literal translation of "Nanjing" is "Southern Capitol." Nanjing was actually the Capitol of China before Beijing, throughout many of the dynasties, and most significantly in recent history, during the period of the Nationalist government, which preceded the communist regime of Mao Ze-Dong. It was an interesting city to go to, but many in my group felt that it was to played up to tourism. However, while there, we met the parents of one of my instructors, ate what was quite possibly the worst food I have ever tasted(It included stinky tofu and coagulated duck's blood, if that gives you any idea), and went to visit the Nanjing Holocaust museum. i.e. Just to clarify, it was a museum about the events that occurred when Japan overtook the city in 1937.


The last pace we visited outside of Shanghai, was a city called Zhu Jia Jiao. It is a water city, I believe, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the East. We went on A boat ride through the Canals there, and it was all in all a very enjoyable time as well.

However, what seemed to occupy most of our time was drinking. We drank, A LOT. It was hard not too. We could get massive bottles of beer for roughly fifty cents downstairs, inside of our dorm. Of course we celebrated this good fortune one night, by using our bed frames to make a table to play beer pong. unfortunately we got in trouble for having it in the hall, and subsequently had to move it into the room I was staying in. Fun times.

Among other things, I actually got to perform at an Open Mike Night at a blues club there. One of my instructors, also happened to be there, with an old friend he had met when he lived in Shanghai years ago. She works with one of the arts stations on the radio, and according to him, she said that if i ever come back to Shanghai for very long, then shed be interested in letting me go on the radio.

There were a myriad of other things that we did there, but as this post is already becoming fairly lengthy, I believe it may be best of I continue this particular diatribe at another time.

All in all, at the moment life seems to be looking pretty good. I'm getting things set up for my fall semester, helping my mom get ready for when I won't be so readily available, and, for the moment, my grandparents are in good health. Thus, do things appear to be going fairly well for me. Although, I'm sure that once the semester begins, things will become infinitely more complicated, as they usually do, but I'll deal with that when I have to.
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YAY!!!

YAY!!!
MY sister finally contacted me! I'm so ecstatic! Though she really didn't write in any real length, it's always nice to hear from her. I really don't have much to say now. I spoke with my best friend the other day, he joined the Navy after high school and just got out of boot camp, so I'm also excited about having the opprotunity to speak with him. He couldn't really talk long, so I'm hoping we'll get to have a better conversation later in the week.

Other than that stuff I really don't have much to say. I could gripe about schoolwork, but my father reads this and would be quick to point out that it's really my fault for not managing my time better, which I know, but sometimes it's nice to just gripe about things. At any rate, yeah, school still sucks.
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Update on Nothin'

I once again am left with very little to actually address. I really should be doing something for English class right now, but I am attempting to get in the habit of updating frequently so that my sister will know what is going on back home. Really it is her fault for moving away in the first place. I mean, come on, the best way to know what’s going on at home is to stay home, right?
I am a little ticked at her at the moment, however, because she keeps responding to my page long e-mails with paragraph long e-mails. I know that she’s busy and all, but so am I. It’s not so bad really; there are a lot of things that I just can’t discuss with anyone but my sister. At least I get to open up to her rather than a bunch of strangers on the internet who might just be reading my LJ because they are bored.
At any rate, there really isn’t much for me to discuss, so I think that I’ll start working on that annoying school thing now.
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Nothin'

Well, I don’t really have anything to address at the moment. I did just feel a muscle pop very uncomfortably in my leg though. Not pleasant. At any rate I’m mostly over it after all of two seconds. I have to go to my intro to sociology class in about an hour. Yeah, I really don’t want to have to go. Ah well, what can you do? I wish that I could say that there was really a whole lot going on at the moment, but I kind of can’t. My cousin is getting married on Saturday, and I will be going to her wedding (even though I have an English paper due).Other than that I can’t really think of anything. My sister is in Taiwan doing missions and I think that that is really cool. Other than that, nothing.
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Well, today was pretty typical I guess. I went to public speaking class. I think the instructor is totally unreasonable because he seems to actually want us to, you know, speak. (He’s crazy, right?) After that I had a two hour break that I sort of wasted, but I didn’t really have anything super important to do, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt me any.

Then it was off to English class where I have more knowledge than any of the mere mortals attending with me HAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I know, I’m just that awesome. Following which I went to American history (I think we were discussing something about the English colonists and slavery).

Then it was time for Western Civilization. 2. We got to learn about Fredrick the II (apparently he was gay), and that he was prone to beating officials with a stick. Kind of sounds like someone that I know… (Well, maybe not the gay part). Then I get to be here, and write about the day I had that no one really cares about, as I can tell from the lack of comments I get.

Other than that all I really have to say is to my sister. Find out how much a laptop costs in Taiwan, and tell dad. Please.
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School

Well, I’m back in school now. I guess it’s not so bad. Finals are a ways off so I think that I’ll be able to resist the overwhelming urge to end my life rather than take them for at least a little while.

Obviously I’m kidding. I’d probably hatch some diabolical plan with my friends to steal all the final exams, get to the school to do it and find out that I was the only one who was serious, decide to try and do it anyway, screw up abysmally and ultimately get an F in all my courses so as to have to retake them all next semester.

I know that J wishes I would so he could laugh at me maniacally and scream “who is the stupid one now? Squee!” The squee thing is a private joke so anybody else who reads this (which there probably isn’t anybody else who reads this), don’t even worry about it, although his girlfriend might get it.

Otherwise I have very little to write about. Mostly I’m just in the writing center being bored. Maybe I’ll start working on that plan to steal all the final exams next.
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Your Brain is 67% Female, 33% Male

Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!



This might support the claim of this quiz, but I think I'm gonna cry. :)
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Your Deadly Sins
Greed: 20%
Lust: 20%
Sloth: 20%
Wrath: 20%
Envy: 0%
Gluttony: 0%
Pride: 0%
Chance You'll Go to Hell: 11%
You'll die in a shuttle crash, on your way to your resort on the moon.



Wow, I am equally greedy, lustful, lazy, and vengeful. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but I suppose that roughly 20% of my personality is evil.
I'm human so that's probably about right.




Your Scholastic Strength Is Deep Thinking



You aren't afraid to delve head first into a difficult subject, with mastery as your goal.

You are talented at adapting, motivating others, managing resources, and analyzing risk.



You should major in:



Philosophy

Music

Theology

Art

History

Foreign language




My family probably agrees with this.
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I got an A!

I never did get to put this in. I got my Western Civ test back Friday, and it is now Monday, but I aactually managed a 96% on it. Of course my mom was on my case about how I should have gotten 100, but she may have been joking. My mom has a very unique sense of humor.

At any rate, I am really proud of myself. Beyond that I really don't have much going on though. Still aticipating/dreading finals week.
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