Yesterday I gave a lecture at the “Shaw Hong” campus. That I believe is how you would pronounce it, the correct spelling is the title of this blog. There was a good crowd and thankfully they had the stage set up with chairs as I needed to sit down because of my head cold. In the morning I stayed in my apartment working on some art, getting more stamps glued to the colored paper I had done. I made a quick bus run to the pharmacy and a BIG MAC and that wore me out so I was a little concerned about how I would feel during the lecture. I took two Tylenol Cold tablets and they kicked in just in time for the lecture. The lecture was for two hours and then afterwards I went to an English Corner Club where students like to practice their English. I stayed there about an hour and then I was taken to this giant shopping mall called XINJIEKOU for dinner. Amber and Lydia were with me during this trip also.
Two Chinese girls (Lisa and Linda) took care of us getting on the subway, paying for our dinner, and helping Amber find some shoes she had seen on a previous trip. I had a good talk with Linda. She spoke English well and has her student teaching next year. We had a lot of commonalities. This summer she is going to work in deep south China in the country. She said she wants to be independent. That reminded me of when I was 19 and went for the summer in Arkansas. She said her parents said, “stay at home, don’t go so far.” I told her that is exactly what my mom said when I went to Arkansas. She also said she does not like shopping, I said me too. She said she gets teased from her friends; you must be a boy then. By then we were walking in this maze of shops that was about 8 feet wide and seemed to go on for eternity trying to find where Amber had seen these shoes. Lights were flashing everywhere, music everywhere, and it was just a hip place. It reminded me of an Andy Warhol painting. After this I said I needed to get back to rest so they went out of their way and got us back to our campus. They live on the Shawhong campus many miles away. I was very appreciative of their kindness.