Yep, it’s true. I actually went for a run tonight. First time I’ve done any exercise in I don’t know how long. I think the last time was when I ran on the treadmill (barefoot) for my heart stress test. I don’t know what has been up with me, but I have been about as unmotivated as I have ever been to exercise the past few months. Anyway, Thao is out meeting a friend for coffee so I met my friends Dave and Thoa at a street near our apartment that is good to run on because there’s very little traffic. I walked for a while to loosen up. Then ran for 10 minutes. Then walked a while longer. Then ran for 10 more minutes. That was enough. Not much, I know, but it’s a start. Hopefully I can at least be motivated enough to hit it every couple of days – with the idea being that I can get back up to running 5 or 6 miles at a stretch. Story of my life. In shape. Out of shape. In shape. Out of shape. Blah.
I’m also off of the coffee. (Talk about the story of my life.) I haven’t had any for two days now – although I’m filling the gap nicely with tea and diet coke. (At least it’s diet and not regular.)
Had a nice weekend. Not up to much yesterday. We went out for breakfast, then to the grocery store – which we were in dire need of doing. Then we came home and straightened up the apartment because our old maid from our last apartment – chi Mao – was coming to check it out and see if she wanted to continue working for us. She will start next Wednesday – which is nice. Thao and I have been doing a pretty good job keeping it straight and clean, but the ironing has taken a hit.
Last night was interesting. Thao has been going to this cafe called Master’s Cup to practice her English. It’s a cafe owned by some foreigners and it is known to be a place for foreigners and Vietnamese to meet to talk in English. My Vietnamese teacher, co Phuc, told me about it, and I told Thao about it. I had not been there yet, so last night we went there together. It was fun. There were about 12 or 15 Vietnamese in the room we were in, and we sat a a big table and talked about various things. A few other foreigners were in and out during the two or so hours we were there. I think it’s a good place for Thao to go and practice her English. And I actually enjoyed talking with the Vietnamese people there. I’m encouraging Thao to go there at least a couple of times a week – and I’ll try to swing by there with her from time to time myself.
Today Thao got up and went to church and I went to work and worked most of the day – home around 4pm. I am teaching this new Negotiating Transnational Agreements class, and it requires some work to prepare for. My ComLaw classes basically take care of themselves now, which is very nice.
Alright, that’s all I’ve got.
This next one looks like Jackie Earle Haley doing Thriller:
Not sure how long this will last, but it’s pretty incredible. The top 15 best-selling CDs on Amazon.com right now are all by Michael Jackson: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/music/ref=pd_dp_ts_m_1
And all of them have only been in the Top 100 on Amazon for one day – in other words 15 CDs by Michael Jackson that weren’t even in the Top 100 two days ago are now the top 15 best-selling CDs on Amazon.
Go you sheeple, go! (Full disclosure: Even I, who am certainly no fan of the latter day Michael Jackson and his antics, listened to Off the Wall and Thriller at work today. Dude had it going on back in the day. The first cassette tape I remember ever owning was a copy of Thriller – and I think I literally wore it out playing it so much.)
This has been movie week for me here for some reason. Over the last 4 or 5 days, I’ve watched 3 movies. Here are mini-reviews of each:
1. The Hangover (downloaded on Bitorrent): 7/10. Pretty funny – definitely had its moments. Not as funny as I expected given the hype, but definitely worth watching.
2. Land of the Lost (downloaded on Bitorrent): 0/10. One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Like “I can’t believe they made/released this” bad. I usually find Will Farrell movies to be pretty funny, but this is an abomination.
3. Alien (the original 1979 movie – also downloaded on Bitorrent and with added Vietnamese subtitles so Thao could watch it with me): 9/10. I hadn’t seen this in years and years – hard to believe it’s been out for 30 years already! Anyway, I think it holds up pretty damn well. Some of the effects are a little dated – especially the famous “chestburster” sequence – the little larval monster looks completely fake – but the overall tone is still creepy and unique for this type of movie. I wish they’d remake the movie using CG effects – keep everything the same except spruce up some of the effects. That would be cool. I think my favorite thing in the movie is the shape of the alien’s spacecraft. And the space jockey. Anyway, highly recommended – especially if you haven’t seen it in a while.
. . . our first management meeting of the semester. Then had a happy hour, which is more pertinent. Especially since Thao has gone out to dinner with her friend, Ms. Tam. So I have a hall pass. Not that I am doing anything more than hauling my drunk ass home to play some Xbox, but hey, that’s something. Something lame. Ha!
I taught my first negotiations class today. I think it went pretty well. The highlight was the practice negotiation I had them do. The negotiated agreement should have been about $12,500 based on the facts of the case, but our results ranged from only $6,500 to as much as $16,000.
This is what I’ve come to people . . . getting drunk at a happy hour and then blogging about my students’ negotiation results. I think I am going to go home and renumber my Star Wars action figures or something.
. . . you don’t like me, it’s not likely, we’ll ever be friends.
Ma, Henry’s back at it again.
This will give you an idea of some of the beautiful scenery we saw on the way from Lhasa to Beijing:
I have a couple of other videos, but they didn’t get completely uploaded to YouTube for some reason. I’ll try again. And I’ll also post some of my photos taken from the train.
I shot this on the day before I left Lhasa. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred spot in Lhasa – so all pilgrims to Lhasa visit the temple.