Water, Water Everywhere . . .

. . . but be careful what you drink. A friend told me that she recently edited a grad student’s thesis paper examining water quality in China. Bad news. Most of the drinking water people get delivered in jugs is impure. It contains pollutants and gets contaminated as it’s processed.

I was skeptical before since a big jug only costs 10 yuan while a small bottle costs about 2 yuan. You can find some for 1 yuan on the street, but I’m just a bit leery.

So if you live in China, it’s a good idea to boil the drinking water that’s delivered.

I also read that a lot of the tea here is contaminated. Yes, the tea for which China is so famous.

I read in City Weekend Beijing May 6 – 15th p. 14 that Greenpeace has found carcinogens and pesticides in Chinese tea. Tenfu, Lipton, and several other brands use a lot of pesticides. Red Iron #81 had 17 different pesticides causing cancer, infertility, genetic disorders and harms unborn children.

Where’s the Chinese Ralph Nadar?

Yes, I know that there’s fracking and bad water in the U.S. too, but I guess I see more things getting done about that. Where’s the outrage here? People seem to expect this sort of thing, which perpetuates the problem.


A Major Loss

I realize this qualifies as a White Whine, but still.

I hate to admit it, but I think my camera died. I’d like to think it’s repairable since it’s only two and half years old. I certainly bought it with the expectation that it would work for at least 5 or 6 years.  It wouldn’t work on Thursday and I figured the battery was just out. Then when I put a recharged battery in, it turned on. I thought it was good to go. But no, 15 minutes later when I want to take an amazing photo of Beijing, it’s dead.

Denial was convenient so I attributed the problem to the battery and bought a new one. It worked in the store. Then later, nope. Nothing. My blood went cold. One big reason for the trip to Beijing was to photograph the White Cloud Temple and other sights.

I don’t know where I can get the camera fixed here. Even getting it fixed in the US will be a hassle I imagine.  There are few objects that cause this kind of sinking feeling when they fail.

I also feel that if an SRL camera’s going to break every couple years than I can’t afford one. Point and shoots are okay. It’s times like these that I wish a good glass of red wine was easy to come by.


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