A fat raise, a countryside wedding, English speaking contest time, an upcoming trip

A fat raise, a countryside wedding, English speaking contest time, an upcoming trip
JISHOU, HUNAN — April has turned out to be a very busy month, so I’ve been lax in posting here. Here’s a lame attempt at catching up. Three weeks ago, the slow leak in the bathroom that I’ve put up with for a year started to become a fast leak, so I told my foreign affairs officer, Sue, about it. She arranged for a repairman to come fix it, and by the way asked if I would extend my contract another year. In fact, I’d been considering this question myself since the start of the winter holiday in January. This is my seventh year in Jishou, and while my pay got a generous boost last year, it’s still below what I could make elsewhere in Hunan, much less almost anywhere else in China. You see, I’d been combing the ESL job boards to see what was available and at what pay level during the winter holiday. Competing with the purely mercenary aspect of work were two other factors. One, I really hate moving. Not that I have a lot to move, but the hassles of changing banks, addresses, etc., is not something I really enjoy doing unless it’s absolutely necessary. ...

Guest blogger: Wu Chengjun (Smile)

Guest blogger: Wu Chengjun (Smile)
JISHOU, HUNAN — While folks in the West were celebrating Valentine’s Day, the big day here was the beginning of the New Year, and the Spring Festival. I arrived in Jishou on the 12th, so I could spend New Year’s Eve and Day with one of my friend’s family. Spring Festival is rich in traditions. One of my freshmen, Wu Chengjun (Smile), is from the countryside of Huayuan County west of Jishou. On her own, she has been blogging in English in her QQ space about the Festival. They were so interesting and honest, that I asked her if I could share them with my friends in the States. She said I could. I’ve made corrections to Smile’s punctuation and some of her grammar, but everything else is her work. I hope you enjoy reading her diary entries. ——————————————————————– 11/2 — the Year of the Ox The day after tomorrow is the Spring Festival. My folks bought many things today, such as meat, vegetables, fruit, hot food, new clothes, and sweet wine, which you can drink with a kind of bread made of rice. The fruits are not only apples and pears, but … I don’t know its name in ...
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