So a couple of weeks ago Live Journal gets blocked and so I switch my main blogging over to blogspot, keeping my over-blog account as backup. Then yesterday afternoon blogspot is suddenly blocked.... yet again. Actually, I can get to blogger, log in, and apparently blog easily and happily, but I can't open anything.blogspot.com without a proxy. A couple of days ago I decided to use a dormant account at canalblog to open a Chinese study blog as a way to keep up my motivation to study (wangbo.canalblog.com) and this morning I can't get to canalblog directly, but using a proxy it opens up miraculously. So now all of a sudden my only blog account that is completely open and accessible without a proxy is chrislzh.over-blog.com. Blogger I can use, but I can't see without a proxy, so fuck it, I'll keep using that for the time being at least.

I'm hoping this latest crackdown on people living their lives as they see fit without the express permission of certain dinosaurs who have yet to move past 1976 will blow over soon, but you never can tell. Anyway, you can find me at:
wangbo.canalblog.com (Chinese study blog)
and occasionally here, too. If you're in mainland China you may need to use a proxy to view some of those sites.

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Still occasionally lurking around by proxy. Don't forget:
If you don't like Google's evilness when you comment on blogspot sites, remember: You should be able to comment under a non-google id or anonymously. Otherwise go to the over-blog site to comment there. For those who don't speak French, to add a comment click "ajouter un commentaire". The form should be easy enough to figure out: Votre nom/your name; votre email/your email; votre site/your site (website,that is). Put your comment in the obvious space, click "publier". Shit, I don't know why I'm explaining this, you're all smart enough to figure it out, and French isn't that different from English, especially when it comes to computers and the internet. To read comments (highly unlikely since the only comment that site ever attracted was spam that I deleted immediately) click "commentaire".

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Don't worry, I'm still lurking around LJ by proxy. But don't forget I've moved most of my blogging to: bezdomny.blogspot.com, backed up, as always, at chrislzh.over-blog.com.

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So it looks like I will have to move this blog. Yesterday morning I couldn't get here directly through the 95963 dial-up I use when China Unicom's CDMA service craps out (which has been happening less frequently lately) and then after we got the new SIM card and I got back online through the CDMA service, same again. And again this morning. Well, I don't 'have to' move, but I hate using proxies (although this one seems to work alright) and I'd much rather have my blog somewhere open. The good news is that I've been keeping a backup for some time now here: http://chrislzh.over-blog.com/ and I've been playing around with blogspot just to see what it can do. Unfortunately, that blogspot account is full of really embarassing shit, so I'm going to delete all the old posts first.

Anyway, none of you will be able to see this until all the embarassing shit is removed from that blogspot site, so I'll just put the address here now before I forget:

Oh, and yes, that blogspot site actually has a title, like a name, a real one, not just this lame-arse chriswaugh_bj.

So, yes, I'll still keep this lj running, but I think I'll keep blogspot for my main blog and over-blog as the eternal backup.

And those links, just to make sure everybody gets the message:


Update your bookmarks and links and all that guff, but don't worry, I'll still be hanging around lj as well.

Just getting those two sites ready for active service....

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So what is going on? Has livejournal been blocked? I'll be most pissed off if it has. Using proxies to update is just one major pain in the arse.

Anyway, what I was going to say:

I'm sure you all think I'm a total arsehole for forgetting my wife's birthday. Well, you're all wrong. I may be an arsehole, in fact, some people think so, but I didn't forget. I got it wrong, yes, I fucked up, this is true, but you lot don't even know half the story.

See, I could explain how it is that I've never yet figured out when her birthday is exactly. I could explain the chain of events that led to me getting the wrong day. I could explain that because of the way she's been talking this week, I thought her birthday was this weekend, that we would be going to the village (as it turns out, we didn't) and that I could arrange with her mum to get her a cake and a decent birthday dinner like last year. I could try to explain the circumstances that led me to spend Friday either sitting around doing nothing or in class, or that once I heard that Friday was actually her birthday that I started thinking about taking her out for a decent birthday dinner. I could also explain that up until now, even though I have never managed to figure out exactly when her birthday is, I have never yet forgotten or missed it in any way because, like Spring Festival, even though it's on a different calendar, there's always plenty of reminders. I could also explain that this year's reminders were rather more vague, leading me to get the wrong day. But none of that matters 'cos you all still think I'm an arsehole for forgetting her birthday, anyway.

Anyway, it is true, I did fuck up (note to self: Should this happen again, at the very, very least, run out and get a cake. Even if the mere smell of the icing makes you want to vomit, she still expects a cake. A birthday without cake is like Spring Festival without jiaozi, or visiting Gufu without drinking baijiu. Note to current and possible future employers: it's the thought that counts. I know that when you give me a birthday cake you're trying to be friendly and hospitable, but really, just think about giving me the cake, I'll be much happier that way). Yes, I could've and should've done better. But I didn't and it was not entirely my fault and I was not an arsehole, despite what you may believe. I was under the impression her birthday was this weekend, not Friday.

So, hate me if you want to, criticise me all you want (just not here), but I don't give a fuck.

Yes, the whole birthday incident still has me pissed off. Don't worry, I'll get over it.

Anyway, we managed to rescue yesterday, sort of, and today, even though my temper is running on a much shorter fuse than normal for no obvious reason, we sort of managed to make up for the loss. The plan changed to: If it rains, we stay in Beijing; if it doesn't, we go to the village. It's raining, so we opened the 'not going to the village plan', and it said: "Go to Big Pizza for lunch, get a new SIM card for the China Unicom CDMA wireless internet doohickey so Chris doesn't waste too much money on the 95963 dial-up, send money to Didi to pass on to Ba and Ma." Walking past the Wudaokou Cinema on the way home I thought, hey, I wonder if by some miracle 'Still Life' is still playing.... no of course it's not... Oh well, let's have a look and see what's on, anyway. Then, having crossed the road, we were suddenly closer to a DVD store, so we stopped in to see if they had 'Still Life'. They did. We bought it and 'Green Hat'.

And Big Pizza is always a safe bet for treating lzh. She loves their all you can eat buffet, I like the fact that it's also all you can drink, and that includes beer, and lzh has become expert at pouring a pint.

Anyway, I hope lj becomes unblocked soon, otherwise I'll have to shift this blog somewhere else. I just hate using proxies.

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It's lzh's birthday today. She's the grand old age of 25.

Unfortunately, everybody forgot, including me. In my defence, she uses the lunar calendar to mark her birthday, which just gets me confused. I have to remember: Two days before Lantern Festival. Trouble is, that still means keeping an eye on the lunar calendar, at least over the holiday period. Anyway, I think she'll forgive me. Sometimes she remembers I'm just a dumbarse laowai.

So: Happy birthday lzh!

In which Chris indulges in a little name dropping

So I started blogging about three years ago. It's strange, because in that time I've gotten to know a few people online through their blogs and yet, until last night, I'd never met them. I'm sure that we'd passed on the street or in a bar, probably several times, but somehow....

In fact, until last night, the only bloggers I'd ever actually met in the flesh were people I met before I knew they blogged.

So for about three years now I've been communicating off and on with guys like Kaiser Kuo, Brendan O'Kane, Prince Roy, Richard the Peking Duck and Joseph Bosco through blogging, but until last night, for whatever reason, I'd never met them.

Anyway, Brendan persuaded me to join the bloggers' dinner organised by Richard, and so I memorised the map that was emailed around and I went, and I finally met all these people I'd made friends with in that surreal online way, and it was good. I didn't get a chance to talk much to all of them, there were a lot of people there, and I was under orders to not be late home (lzh didn't really fancy joining in the fun, so I went alone), but at the very least I finally met all these people. And others, as well, and it was a lot of fun.

So, thanks, Richard, for organising dinner. It was a good time, even if I had to bail a little early.

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Of all the Chinese people I've ever met, lzh is the one who swears the most fluently in English. By far. She even swears more fluently than those Chinese I've met in New Zealand. She swears this is all my fault. And she agrees that it is all my fault.

Having said that, her parents, especially her mother, have taught me a lot of Chinese swear words.