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Dear readers

I got nothing new. I'm feeling pressure to share. To write. To be entertaining. It's pressure I put on myself, but there's a subtle reminder that doesn't help me with this. Everytime someone hops onto my website I get a pop up notice on my phone along with a note that tells me where they're accessing from. If they're a registered member it tells me who it is. I know it's Michelle if the notice comes from Ireland. I know it's beer5 if I see Fort Mill, South Carolina, or at least that's who I think it is. Steve and Moira in Bellingham, Marie in PA, Kari in Maryland, Aiyun in Wuxi. It's a long list now.



I think about sharing the mundane. All those little moments that make up a nothing sort of day. What was for lunch today? How did my classes go? What did Aiyun and I talk about on the phone last night? These thoughts ramble through my consciousness, but fall short of my selfmade requirements. I hope for something meaningful and culturally relevant. I'm living on the other side of the world in China. IN CHINA! It's been over a year now and that's still a daily realization. That's pretty freakin cool. I'm very happy I've come here for the experience. I'm very happy to have made so many new work friends and learned about teaching in a different environment. I'm very happy I've met Aiyun. Honestly, she's been the best part of the whole thing. That's saying a lot. As a younger man I never hesitated when asked where I would like to travel to. It was always China.


Looking ahead I'll have some things to share later this week. First golf practice with the kids will be Thursday after school this week. The plan for now is to make it a fortnightly (every other week) event. First big tournament was to be in early November, but the dates are changing on that. Still waiting on official word there. This coming weekend I'll be headed to Wuxi to spend the weekend with Aiyun at her place. I think a day of watching movies and playing cribbage is in the works there. Hoops practice will start in less than two weeks. That will be three nights a week (Mon Wed Fri). Practice is only ninety minutes long. I wonder how a Whatcom County high school head coach would respond to that? Likely not well. So much more sports pressure back in the states. Lastly I've got a huge trip planned in January to Harbin. So stoked for that adventure. As a teaser, check out this pic.



All this rambling so I could finally get to the point today. Thank you, readers. Thanks for sharing my journey. Thanks for tuning in and showing an interest. It means a lot to me to have you along for the ride.



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Thank you , Babe , You are the best part I have in my whole life !

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JP Singh
JP Singh
Oct 29, 2023

Hello Mr Shick, I totally understand the pressure to write. It is one I think of expectations which one builds in them once one starts to do something. the day bieng a day is fine with me, I think same for everyone who reads your blog, and I loe reading about the mundane things for there is happiness is knowing one of me best teachers is living a great life in china, a country which I knew very little about before I read your blog. If you take days off from writing, thats ok with us, writing everyday is hard.


Hopefully the practice with all the golfers is awesome!

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Kari Bosley
Kari Bosley
Oct 24, 2023

I enjoy reading about your adventures but I also come here to just check in on you. Living far away from family has done that to me. I often find myself thinking of family and just wanting to know if they are at least "ok". You are an excellent writer and even if you write about the mundane things, I find it interesting. It is fun to share this adventure with you from across the world. Miss ya and thanks for keeping me and my brain entertained!

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David Shick!
David Shick!
Oct 24, 2023
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Glad you're entertained. I get what you mean about just knowing that everyone is "ok". That's a daily worry for me too. Our parents are getting to that age where it's our turn to parent and they're the toddler.

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Heresolong
Heresolong
Oct 24, 2023

So what you are saying is that eventually we adapt to our surroundings?


I'm OK with "it was a day" every once in a while. It isn't easy to write every day. Believe me, I've tried.


And for the record, I've enjoyed the recounting and telling of tales.

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David Shick!
David Shick!
Oct 24, 2023
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We certainly adapt, but I still have daily moments where communication is a major struggle. I tried to order a McDonald's Happy Meal yesterday just for the toy because someone requested it. Apparently the current Happy Meal toy here is a special one. When the delivery guy arrived we couldn't figure out how to get it paid for in the phone app. The translation apps we were using were not helpful. It was...frustrating. In the end it was on the driver who was new to the gig. I still ended up sending him a red-packet via WeChat (its like a special money gift). Weird thing. They will take a red packet, but not a tip. In the end the high…

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