Sunday, June 20, 2010

In honor of Father's Day

In honor of Father's Day, I thought I'd share this funny story from my dad who has recently done some work in rural China. There have been some pretty funny stories, but I thought this was too funny not to share.
Thought you would enjoy some more stories from China. I think I figured out why the pay is good. Its not to put up with the bad food, days on end without sleep, living in a box, or having to deal with the local workers. It's the BUGS. When you have no real winter and miles of rice patties for breeding grounds the bugs do pretty well here. It started with the mosquitos which I thought I could deal with. They're not much different than home, just 20 times more of them. Then the midges came along and have to be the worst I've dealt with. They're like flying chiggers in that you don't see them (they call them "no-see-ums) and when you've gotten into them, its too late. I've learned not to go out without long sleeves and my DEET Cologne. I think its a pretty good day now if I don't get bit more than 5 or 6 times. Now the moths are in full bloom and because we are working around the clock, we have lights that shine extremely bright and draws the moths to us from 10 miles. They don't bite, but they can annoy the dickens out of you and you have to dust them off when you come inside. There are now dead or dying moths stuck to anything with moisture or oil on it. On top of that, there are now stacks of dead moths under each light by the millions and their decaying bodies smell like a cross between a dead cow in the pasture and a carp on the beach.

And just when you thought it was safe to go out, along comes the biggest and strongest bug in the world. I don't know what they call it, but it makes a large cockroach look small. When you go 5 days without REM sleep, you start to do some crazy things. To prove my theory of how strong this bug can be, I did my Mythbusters experiment, which only the photos below can explain. Its hard to get a feel for the size of the rock so I held it in my hand for reference. More pictures and stories later on.

The rock.

The bug. I'm not sure how he tied the string to it. I sure wouldn't get close enough to do that!

The moths. Disgusting!

More moths on the equipment.

Because I'm on the subject of interesting things from China, here are a few other things he has shared in the past few months.
While he's there, he lives and works "on location", so all his food is brought to him in containers like these.

I think the cooks are trying to cater to the fact that he is American, so they try to cook him things that Americans like. Aren't beans and popcorn a staple in your diet?

This is a deli where the locals like to hang out.

Here's the day's catch hanging on the wall of the deli.

A chinese stroller.
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A scenic shot of the nearby village. I believe the yellow fields are canola fields. (Dad?)

These were taken in the village.
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Nice hat, huh?

Thanks dad for sharing your stories from a faraway land! Happy Father's day to all the dads in our life. We are beyond blessed!

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