So, yesterday was a good day. Not that other days don’t qualify as good days, but this one was an especially notable and propitious day. Did I receive an unannounced $100 in my bank account or get one whole week with no Chinese homework? No, it was much better than that of course. I got some needed gas and plenty of heat along with it. And I also got a roommate back from southern China.
My roommate, River, who had his longest business trip since he began working for his company, was gone for nearly a month (26 days or so). During his absence, some apartment necessities were neglected. We had no signed contract. We still did not have gas. We had no heating card for the winter months, and we lost our Internet connection due to an unpaid monthly fee. Needless to say, we were deficient in many inconvenient ways for some time. Thankfully, River’s boss decided to let him come back to Huangdao a few days ago, and he came back to our beloved apartment.
When I came back from school yesterday, I was quite surprised and delighted to find River surrounded with a motley assortment of papers, which were connected to our contract, gas card, heating card, and to the Internet connection in a roundabout way. After sorting out the papers, River went to sign our apartment contract, procure a gas card (which means we can actually cook food in our apt, not sure yet if that’s good news or bad news, probably dependent on whomever cooks), and connect us back to the Internet. Today he is currently getting our heating card. So just in one day, we went from being sorely deficient to amply supplied with a signed contract, gas, Internet, and heating. As I mentioned before, yesterday was a good day and today is a great day. Tomorrow I have Chinese classes, which leaves the “goodness” of that day dependent on my alertness and language processing skills (it may only be a mediocre day then).
Besides my unmitigated excitement from yesterday, I do not have a whole lot to share. For the most part, I have been assiduously studying (that may be an overstatement), actively busing, and painfully biking some 16-mile routes here and there. I also discovered, to my immense joy, that a bus leaves from my campus to two satellite campuses in Huangdao just after my classes finish. Hence I get a free ride, a personal seat (which is a rare commodity on a bus), and a shortened trip to Huangdao compared to the bus system. Needless to say, I have been enjoying this new discovery and will be using it frequently during my studies. As usual, I have probably rambled on needlessly in some areas, but isn’t that what blogs are for anyways? Bloviating and belly-aching about life’s woes and oddities. Sometimes it’s good to bloviate, but I also like to inform and enlighten once in a while too. I hope this blog was informative and enlightening without too much wordy baggage. Thanks for your interest, and I will try to be more consistent with my updates. Zaijian (good-bye).