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Day 65 – It’s going to rain cucumbers some day…

One of the crazier things I’ve seen since coming to China:

Produce hanging in midair...goodness! That's a hazard!

Produce hanging in midair...goodness! That's a hazard!

Here, have a close-up!

Here, have a close-up!

Right, so my friends and I were walking down Qingdao Road, when I looked up and saw a guy swinging a stick at the power lines.  I look up and what do I see?  He’s trying to smack a gigantic squash/cucumber off the power line. That has got to be some kind of regulation violation! Can one incorporate power lines into one’s garden? I don’t know…but even if I could…I wouldn’t want to risk getting electrocuted.  Besides, just how heavy are all those vegetables? I’m a little concerned that all that weight will bring down the power lines. Apparently, Chinese people don’t care about the same things I do. One of those babies could randomly decide to fall off and crush some poor unsuspecting (and unfortunate) soul who happens to be standing around underneath!

season preview!: Weekend trip upstate

No real updates on the grad school front, though I did make a trip back upstate for the weekend.  It’s highschool musical season and prime time for nostalgia!  My sister is much the musician I was five or six years ago and it was a joy to finally watch a production as part of the audience and not from a strange angle in the pit.

While going through some of the winter clothes I brought upstate to be stored, I also became painfully aware of how different the air quality is. Everything from the city had a faint cigarette-ish/stale/smoggish smell–something I hadn’t noticed while down here.  It comes as a relief that Nanjing isn’t as polluted as Beijing or Shanghai.  I don’t know if I could mentally handle being in another concrete wonderland after being pampered in the countryside for two months before school.

On a mildly disappointing note, I’d planned on getting some of my seeds into the ground…but everything was just too frozen.

Goodies in the mail

Between work, errand running and studying Chinese1 I shouldn’t have anytime to think about what I will or will not miss while I’m in Nanjing. But, as luck would have it, the order I placed with Direct Gardening found its way to my door sometime before I got home and I was instantly reminded that I would have very little to do with their happy sprouting lives for at least two years.

The goodies!

The goodies!

The good people of Direct Gardening split my order in two and sent all the freebies I qualified for ahead of my X’mas cactii and Starfish plants, which included 4 Iron Cross oxalis, 3 peacock orchids and 10 blue poppy anemones2.  These will have to go upstate immediately for planting. Hopefully they’ll have enough time to take root and bloom while I’m still here.

Now, the ten thousand RMB question: If I get myself a plant that I can’t bear to part with whilst I’m on the “Far Side” of the world, can I bring it back with me?

  1. Does listening to Chinese radio count? KISS Radio []
  2. Oxalis deppeii (tetraphylla), Gladiolus callianthis, Anemone coronaria []