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Title: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on April 13, 2020, 04:39:47 PM
(Note to Barflies - this is the downstairs edition and is open to everyone).

Operation Secret Mango Tree is back in business.

There's an empty planter where the village has it's 500+ year old mango trees behind the pond.  For several years now, I've tried to get a tree grown from one of the seeds of one of the ancient trees to grow there.

The results:

3 trees disappeared. llllllllll

A pair (decided to double my odds of a survivor) ripped out. asasasasas  I replanted them, but they died. ananananan

A new pair (thanks to a fellow village who jumped over the wall and climbed down into the mostly drained pond (major pond maintenance and redecoration is ongoing) to get a couple of seedings from beneath one of the overhanging trees.  Those were planted and were doing ok.

Then someone came through spraying herbicide.   aoaoaoaoao

One died,  The other lost all leaves, but its stalk remained green. agagagagag

Then they dug a trench right through the planter.  Missed the tree, but the dirt had it 2/3 buried.  I dug out the excess dirt.  Two days later, the deepened the trench  and I had to dig it out again. Thankfully, whoever refilled the trench got the hint that someone was protecting that tree.

A few days ago, it started to bud.  It looks like it will be getting new leaves in a few days. agagagagag agagagagag agagagagag


Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: AMonk on April 13, 2020, 09:01:08 PM
 agagagagag Mango agagagagag



My younger grandson  akakakakak now weighs 7 pounds 12 ounces. He's 21 days old.  He had to be delivered a month early  :wtf: The handsome little fellow arrived weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces

His 'big' brother  akakakakak  decided to trim his own hair ahahahahah Pretty neat job for a 5-year old bfbfbfbfbf
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: A-Train on April 17, 2020, 12:38:00 PM
No one has died (yet) from the in-person Wisconsin voting.  AND the liberal supreme court judge candidate beat the incumbent, ultra-conservative.  The GOP "Vote-and-you-die" campaign failed!!!
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Nolefan on May 01, 2020, 05:36:17 AM
from Monday, May 4th, we're allowed to go out for long walks and maybe even for a swim.

After 77 days of house-supermarket-house, this is a welcome change
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on May 01, 2020, 04:58:26 PM
 agagagagag  Glad you finally got unleashed!

Taking walks and exercising outdoors was permitted here during the restrictions.  Even so, a lot of people stayed in, so both inside and outside the village had very few others out walking while we were still restricted.  Now the numbers of people walking around is about 95% of normal.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: AMonk on May 02, 2020, 06:17:13 AM
Very restricted easements starting 2 May  bfbfbfbfbf ... but TPTB are ready to slam us back into the box if some fools start to act the fool bibibibibi

Meanwhile we look forward to enjoying Phase I (out of 4 stages) of our "freedom" into  TheNewNormal situation agagagagag
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on May 05, 2020, 05:17:52 PM
 agagagagag
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on May 21, 2020, 08:29:04 PM
After getting caught in an endless loop one time, I tried via a link someone else sent me and now have my very own official "Mostly Harmless" green barcode to let me travel around inside of China.

Hopefully the dates for my charity to visit FengHuang get set soon.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Nolefan on May 22, 2020, 08:16:47 AM
After getting caught in an endless loop one time, I tried via a link someone else sent me and now have my very own official "Mostly Harmless" green barcode to let me travel around inside of China.

Hopefully the dates for my charity to visit FengHuang get set soon.

careful with all that though.. there's many reports our of Beijing of said QR apps failing when you go outside your regular zone as a foreigner. Not to be over paranoid  aoaoaoaoao aoaoaoaoao bjbjbjbjbj
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on May 22, 2020, 05:20:32 PM
After getting caught in an endless loop one time, I tried via a link someone else sent me and now have my very own official "Mostly Harmless" green barcode to let me travel around inside of China.

Hopefully the dates for my charity to visit FengHuang get set soon.

careful with all that though.. there's many reports our of Beijing of said QR apps failing when you go outside your regular zone as a foreigner. Not to be over paranoid  aoaoaoaoao aoaoaoaoao bjbjbjbjbj

I've saved a copy of it as an image file.

Guess I'll bring some quarantine snacks along, just in case something goes wrong.  ahahahahah

The bigger worry than a barcode malfunction is that there could be a wild case at my destination while I'm there or else in DG while I'm away.  Either could result in road closures and trains not stopping.  I'd like to be in FengHuang for a week or so, not for month or two.

Once the dates are set, I'm already planning to have my wife call ahead to make 100% sure the hotel didn't suddenly develop a no-foreigners policy.  If it's the same place as last time, they already know I've got a green card.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on May 27, 2020, 06:20:25 PM
Just got my USA stimulus check a couple days ago. agagagagag

Have to see how to get it deposited here.  The last time I had to deposit a check in China, it got a little complicated at the bank.  Hopefully this one will be easier.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on June 23, 2020, 05:41:59 PM
Only a month late (and 3 or 4 C hotter ananananan), my expedition inland has been scheduled. agagagagag

Departure is Saturday morning.

I'm leeeeavin' on a Jet Train!  Don't know when I'll be back again.

Actually, that's true.  All I have is a departure date and time.  Return hasn't been set.

Not sure how many people from my charity will in along on this one.  My wife's staying at home, so I'm going to be relying in my modestly upgraded Chinese speaking abilities plus my translation app.

Happily, after 3 previous trips, I mostly know my way around FengHuang, so at least I'm unlikely to get too badly lost. ahahahahah

Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Granny Mae on June 23, 2020, 09:04:20 PM
EL, looking forward to hearing about your expedition. bfbfbfbfbf I'm into the 14th week of no Movie Theatres and no "Den of Iniquity". bibibibibi
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on July 01, 2020, 02:24:23 PM
So busy!  Got to see 5 of my students and visited a ton of schools.  Not getting enough sleep, but am having fun.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Granny Mae on July 02, 2020, 06:55:43 PM
Sounds interesting EL! Can you tell us a bit more about the fun you are having? afafafafaf
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on July 03, 2020, 02:28:30 PM
PANDAS

PANDAS

PANDAS

PANDAS
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on July 06, 2020, 06:24:13 PM
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were spent running around the countryside to schools and students houses.  Some of them are a couple of hours outside of town.  I got to see 4 of my sponsored students  ajajajajaj ajajajajaj ajajajajaj ajajajajaj, the last one at a dinner at her high school - where I had to give an unplanned speech. aqaqaqaqaq

One small thing worth noting on Tuesday was that (just after passing it, so no pic llllllllll) the driver noted that a particular home belonged to someone quite special.  The charity's founder has sponsored 3 girls who went to nursing school.  Only one passed.  She later went to Hubei at the height of the outbreak to help in one of the cities there.  In the charity, we hope that the students grow up and do good things.  Heroism is a lot more than we expect.  She exceeded all expectations.  I asked if I could meet her.  A few phone calls later determined she was out of town. ananananan

Another bit of fun on Tuesday was a small . . .  civil disturbance at one school where I was mobbed by a few hundred students.  This happened at  different school last time.  That time, they wanted autographs and were all shoving pens at me.  This time I was prepared, with a self-inking chop, so I should have no problems.  ababababab  This time they didn't want autographs. kkkkkkkkkk

After a few minutes, I was dragged to the relative safety of one of the vehicles.  Then they all wanted to shake my hand.  It's a bit disturbing to extend a hand and have 5 different kids each grab a finger.  I counted twice to make sure I still had a full set. ahahahahah

Eventually the bell rang and most of them went back to class.  That let me come out and deal wih just the sponsored kids and do a quick visit to one classroom.

Let me elaborate a little on the Pandas. ahahahahah

PANDAS!!!! akakakakak akakakakak akakakakak

FengHuang has a new (actually, still under construction) panda facility, currently housing 8 pandas.  It's so new that some of my FengHuang friends didn't know about it.  I had no clue about this until one of the local charity members (sponsored when he was a student) shared a video.  I tried to see if anyone else who was free on Thursday could go.  No one was available, so I was 50 meters from entering Old Town when I got a voice chat call.  The charity's founder had arranged for one of his students (now enrolled in a university) to take me to visit the pandas.

A few of them were hidden away, but I got to see either 5 or 6.  My lovely tour guide and I weren't sure if one we saw walking into an outdoor enclosure was one of the same pandas we'd already seen inside or not.  Sadly, petting pandas wasn't on the agenda, but one got close enough for some good pics and videos.

I'm looking forward to returning when the weather is a bit cooler for a more extended visit.

In the meantime, all I can say is PANDAS!!!!!


Then there was The Southern Great Wall.  It's like the Northern one, only not so massive.  It's not as tall, not as thick, and is supposed to have been approximately 120 km long when completed.  I'm still trying to get more information about it, but there's very little information available about it in English.  Unlike on prior trips, I finally managed to tour the restored section.

Although visiting the Wall was on my agenda, my original plan for Wednesday was to visit some more schools with the group.  For some reason, the founder seemed like he didn't want me on the school trips that day.  My best guess was that he decided that one civil disturbance per charity trip is the the quota.  Then things got weird.  No one was responding to messages, and other than a couple of photos taken early in the morning, no one was posting anything in the WeChat group created just for the trip.  I finally had to resort to messaging my wife and having her contact a couple of people to make sure they were ok.  Finally someone sent me a message about where and when to meet everyone for dinner.  Even then, the WeChat group which was normally full of pics and comments was silent.

I got to dinner and only a few people were there, including a retired government official I'd met at dinner the previous evening.  Finally, everyone else showed up, along with an absolutely lovely girl I guessed was about 25 or so.  This was normal, since students and former students often join at various times during these events.  She wasn't just any former student.  She was THE nurse.

It turns out that wherever the group was that day, they were close enough to collect her and bring her along on school visits.  In order to make sure no one accidentally shared anything that might tip me off, they went silent on the group.  Only later did I see pics of her at several of the schools visited that day.

It's rare for me to meet one of my personal heroes, so I don't always know how to react.  I can say it took considerable willpower not to kowtow.  I got to sit next to her at dinner.  I had some help from a couple of people translating, but also made use of WeChat and translation apps.  Her personality was every bit as lovely as her face and her selfless actions fighting the virus.

akakakakak akakakakak akakakakak akakakakak akakakakak akakakakak


Lots more happened, but those are the main highlights.

Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: AMonk on July 06, 2020, 09:39:37 PM
 agagagagag akakakakak agagagagag akakakakak

Absolutely wonderful adventure.  Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Granny Mae on July 07, 2020, 08:25:36 PM
EL, you are so fortunate to be having such great experiences. I really like hearing what you are doing. I think it will take me a while to come out of this lock down. bibibibibi
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on July 08, 2020, 05:17:39 PM
Hang in there GM.  It may look bad, but Austalia never really had it bad compared to a lot of other places.  These extra precautions aren't designed to control the disease.  They are designed to eradicate it.
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Granny Mae on July 09, 2020, 08:00:24 PM
EL, you are right! The only state that has had and is still having problems is Victoria. alalalalal I went to the "Den" today, so I hope nothing was floating in the air. I hope to go to the movies tomorrow. The first time in about 15 weeks. agagagagag
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on July 14, 2020, 08:51:47 PM
How was the movie? agagagagag
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Granny Mae on July 15, 2020, 01:16:48 PM
"The Personal History of David Copperfield"was the movie. It was not a bad start to my going to the movies again. I'm off  to the movies this morning to see "Love Sarah". bfbfbfbfbf
Title: Re: What's Making Me Happy!
Post by: Escaped Lunatic on July 23, 2020, 09:40:40 PM
China's Mars probe successfully launched!  btbtbtbtbt akakakakak btbtbtbtbt akakakakak btbtbtbtbt

Everything's fine so far.  It's already in an Earth-Mars transfer orbit.  The mission - look for signs of life.  xxxxxxxxxx