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Trippin' in ChinaMy father and I were fortunate enough to find an honest cabbie who later became our tour guide for 2 days around Tai Shan. Many Chinese cab drivers are crooked toward Western tourists and rip them off. They drive you in a big circle even, cuz you don’t know the area and the structures look all the same to you, and drop you off like 45 minutes later. But later you look around and off in the distance you discover some tall landmarks that are oddly familiar from your starting point, and ultimately realize you could’ve just walked to your nearby destination in a third of the time, doh!
Our amusing cabbie was an awesome dude in his mi
The Long Walk HomeI'm not very religious, but I believe in guardian angels and that the one assigned to me is usually bored and makes any regular outing for me into an ignorant yet amusing misadventure. Yesterday I went to meet a man named Edmond about a car for sale. I am looking for an AWD (All Wheel Drive) SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) for my next misadventure in a cold and harsh climate.
Yesterday was a typical summer day in Chicago: sunny, hot and humid. I brought a bottle of water with me so I wouldn't die of thirst. I wore a baseball cap, t-shirt, shorts and heavy duty walking slippers. I decided to take a train and a bus to the location. Due to the bad
Layover in JapanOnce I was planning a trip to Asia, so I went to my travel agent in an Indian neighborhood. Chicago is the most segregated city in the US, thus people of the same nationality oftentimes reside in the same area.
In Chicago, most of the Indian stores and restaurants are along one street called Devon Avenue. If you don't mind the strong smell of spices coming from the restaurants and stores, you can find many bargains in that area. Indian people are shrewd businessmen, so prices are competitive.
I asked the travel agent if she can get me a layover to Japan on my way to China...Success! She was able to book me a one-day layover in Japan. It was
The Sweater with a StoryOne day years ago, my grandpa died. My grandma gave me some of his belongings: his bed and all of his gold wrist watches. Somehow I knew I couldn't keep any of his stuff. I gave the fairly new bed/mattresses and one watch to my neighbor friend Big Ralph. And I gave the two other gold watches to another friend Kyu. My friends wondered why I was being so generous because I could have sold the watches for a lot of money. When asked, I simply replied, "I dunno why. I just can't keep it. You want the stuff or not?"
Years later, my two friends worked at an antique shop. They would return to the store with boxes full of old stuff. One summer d
Videogame HauntingIn Chicago, I lived alone in a basement apartment two doors away from my parent's house. Like my parent's house, this apartment building was also haunted. My cousin Franz would come over sometimes to play videogames with me. His hand-eye coordination skills weren't as good as mine and he was kind of a simpleton, so I won most of the time.
One afternoon, we're playing and I'm winning as usual. All of a sudden we hear a loud "Bang! Boom! Thump!" coming from my washroom just across from my bedroom. With his videogame controller, Franz immediately pauses the game. I unpause it with my controller. He pauses it again and asks, "Whoa. What was that
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