Lockdown Day VII: Wandering Again Within Razor Wire Perimeter

Sunday, October 09–Day 7 of a “3 day” lockdown The doors have opened! We are freed! (Kind of) Transportation passes good for 48 hours are being distributed out front. Private cars began exiting this morning. But the grocery below is locked up. The fruit store would not allow me to buy. Virtually every business besides…

Padlocked Inside

Friday, October 07: Lockdown Inside Quarantine Zone Reaches More Horrific Point Beyond Anger. Breathing Fire It’s like they’re spitting in our faces, saying, “We don’t care if you die, so long as we save our jobs.” Look what we woke up to: Yes. Those are indeed padlocks on the entry-exit doors. Yes, we are indeed…

Walls Are Closing In

Thursday, Oct 06 —Lockdown inside quarantine zone Day IV Walls closing in now. It’s a true race against time. Soldiers are now sealing off every business Every single one, we believe. Government will provide meals but for a vegan it will be crap. White rice and one oily vegetable, more than likely. Preparing for the…

My Own Private Teahouse

Thursday, October 06–“3 Day” Lockdown Day IV, Xishuangbanaa, Yunnan, China Appreciate every moment. Who knows when your new lockdown neighbors will hand over the keys to their Pu’er teahouse? Now, I’m on the inside, drinking delectable “shen” Pu’er tea to my heart’s content.

Lockdown, Day III

Yes. It’s happened again Sunday night-Monday morning, October 02-03, 2022, Yunnan province, China—215 miles to the Laos border: Like so many experiences in China, it began as another exciting, culturally shocking, yet subdued night, before morphing as we slept into a wholly unexpected, startling phenomenon. Thrilled as I was to see the Cambodian (or Dai)…

Hurtling Along

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. 44 years old. Periodically, including in the middle of sleeping last night, my mind rushes me into thoughts I’d rather not rush into. Like, I graduated from high school 25.5 years ago. 25 years from now, G-d willing, I would be 69 years old. That’s the kinda thing that blows the…

Missing Kid

That’s another thing about the life of a teacher—searching for missing kids in the bathroom. I found R. He says he was not on iPad because it had no power. But with R, it’s hard to know the truth. A sixth grader new to our school. He’s already been suspended for a week from the…

6th Grade Nightmare

Was getting the class back, pulling em from the brink, until W. threatened to kill C. Then C threatened to kill W. Then W hit C. That’s about how it went. W got sent out to teacher office, as I stood in doorway talking to C. Meanwhile, V—1st grader impersonating a sixth grader—was engaging in…

Upcoming Ultra

Saturday: My second ever ultra marathon. Trepidation? Not so much. Actually, excited about it. Helps a lot to have gotten in my July challenge in Guiyang. Longest ever run of mine—54.23km (33.69 miles). Feeling confident now. Solo, most likely. Qing Pu district of Shanghai. Goal: Dice Challenge 48km. Earning 140 points for the monthly Dice…

Tragedy in Guizhou Province, China

A time like this reminds me yet again how blessed we truly are. August 1st—we were on this exact route in a very similar (if not the exact) bus. Now, a catastrophic accident has occurred on this mountain highway, in Guizhou province. Translated from the Chinese… At 2: 40 on September 18, a passenger car…

Yesterday, But…

On a Monday with a bunch of crazy 6th and 8th graders, I must return to my Happy Place—time and time again.

FRIDAY!

Each and every Friday should be savored and relished to its fullest extent. This Friday, September 16th, even more so. This week in Lingang, alongside the Shanghai shoreline, has seen: a typhoon throwing its strongest winds in the city down upon our area; 15 colleagues sent home—hours before typhoon struck— in the midst of a…