March 14th, 2005


weeks gone by

So I guess maybe some of my friends still read this. I neglect my journal 'cause (1) I can't write well, and (2) I'm a lazy bastard.

I finally found a place to stay. It's about 5 minutes away from work, so I can put in 60 hour weeks without having to spend the cash on taxis back and forth from work, yay!! Nah, really, it's more convenient anyway, and it's cheap. I was going to move into this really swanky place a station up (五道口), but it was going to cost three times as much. I figure I should get a cheap place first, then gradually "move up" when I start paying back my loans. My roommate's from Taiwan (oooooh, yes they're allowed in China, it's the Taiwanese gov't that doesn't allow mainlanders into Taiwan). He's a pretty cool guy, but I can ditch him if he weirds out on me. No offense if you read this, dude, I've only known you for a few weeks. I know he won't weird out, though. I think.

I got work to provide me with a "test" cell phone, so that's kind of cool, except when it crashes (yes even our phones crash :). I get to file bug reports and fun things like that when I get the urge. However, my main job is officially "Program Manager" which in MS terms is vague for "read and write specs all day long." Actually, it's more than that (and a lot more fun than it sounds), but I find it necessary to be cynical on a livejournal. It goes along with the general feel of this community.

My Chinese is still crap. I spend most of my time working, so I can't improve it. Also, I have no money, and that's probably the biggest mitigating factor. What does money have to do with my Chinese level? I NEED LESSONS. Fitting in with #2 stipulated above, I can't sit down and study like I used to be able to. I'm going to enroll in a short-term course as soon as I get my paycheck.

Oh, about money. I'm still living on the fumes of my bank account. The effects of Japan are still lingering... I've got a meal card to feed me during the week and the generosity of people I've met have kept me floating along. I can't wait until the end of the month.

All in all though, things are shaping up pretty well. No recent pictures to speak of. I'll probably put something up when I go on a longish trip. I want to do a great wall hike when things thaw out.
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