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Day 54 – Out of the Doldrums

I don’t really remember when I first heard of the term “Doldrums”…it might have been back in high school when we read Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:

Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
‘Twas sad as sad could be ;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea !

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion ;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

But I think I’ve just gotten over a rather large case of them.  It’s funny to think that it took so much focus to get myself here…but that it only took two months to make me step back and reevaluate my limitations and goals.

Well, and I know I’m only human.

Anyhow, I think I’m back on track again.  Learning is tough, but if it weren’t tough, we wouldn’t be learning. Or something like that. I’ve had a few sobering moments in the last couple of weeks but I think I’ve got it mostly sorted out now. I have a pretty solid idea of what direction I want to take my thesis in and a couple of good ideas for the summer. And while I’m still struggling with the language, there has been progress and there should be more progress in the near future.

Goodness, what a lot to do!

Lots to do...but plenty of tea and friends on standby!

Lots to do...but plenty of tea and friends on standby!

Ah! That nice glass teapot? 110 RMB down from 150RMB and also includes a glass tea-candle warmer that is not shown. Damaicha inside was 12RMB for 500 grams, I think.

Day 16 – Li Po’s Xiakexing aka Ode to Gallantry

One of my professors mentioned this poem during class as an example of not using scientific methods. Of course, he wasn’t referring to the contents of the actual poem…rather he was referring to the novel by wuxia writer Jin Yong which takes its name from the title of the poem.

俠客行

趙客縵胡纓 吳鉤霜雪明
銀鞍照白馬 颯沓如流星
十步殺一人 千里不留行
事了拂衣去 深藏身與名
閒過信陵飲 脫劍膝前橫
將炙啖朱亥 持觴勸侯贏
三盃吐然諾 五嶽倒為輕
眼花耳熱後 意氣素霓生
救趙揮金槌 邯鄲先震驚
千秋二壯士 烜赫大梁城
縱使俠骨香 不慚世上英
誰能書閤下 白首太玄經

Perhaps I’ll try my hand at translation at a later time…