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Weekly Photo Challenge: Easy Being Green

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other Weekly Photo Challenge photos:

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What a Week

I’m thankful to have had a good week with my classes. We’re reading Anne Frank’s diary and discussing it in class. The students ‘ discussions are good and they make excellent points and ask each other thoughtful questions.

Tonight three friends and I went to the only Irish pub in Jinan. I had “bangers and mash” — for the first time since we don’t call sausages “bangers: and my family never had sausages and mashed potatoes as a meal. It wasn’t bad, but the pub, which is in a mall, has more of a family restaurant feel.

The week has been rough in other ways. With three teachers arriving about three weeks late, the start of the semester has been quite rocky. It’s been very difficult for them to settle in. China isn’t at all what they’ve expected.

On top of that the ESL Director came to visit this week, to make sure all was well with the newcomers. Well, it wasn’t and there’s been a lot of stress as he’s not authorized to spend extra money to provide better housing or what have you. In addition, there’s some problems with the curriculum with the other Chinese school. The stress got to him. He’s wound up in the hospital with a cerebral hemorrhage. He’s had some memory loss and can’t read. It sounds like it’ll be a while before he can leave the hospital and go back home.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

 

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Atop?

I found it intriguing that there’s nothing atop this man’s shoulders.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other Weekly Photo Challenge photos:

DOT Complaint Form

From time to time, I wonder what Air Canada has done with my suitcase. It’s been about two months since they damaged it. After reading The Cranky Flyer, I learned that you can file a complaint about an airline with the US Department of Transportation. Just click here.

I’ve filed a complaint and hope to see some action.

Buying Property in China

I don’t know any expat who’s bought property here. This video recounts one expat’s experience and regrets.

From what I’ve seen condo’s aren’t well maintained, i.e. the common areas and elevators are allowed to go to pot. Builders cut corners to pocket more money so things start to crumble and sure will look horrible in 10 or less years. In 20 or 30 the place will be decrepit. Think Chicago’s CTA that’s outdated and grungy.

One teacher I know planned to buy here during his honeymoon phase. But as a teacher he couldn’t bring much money into the country. (He wanted to wire in $100,000.) With our visas you can only bring in $50,000. It’s just as well as with the pollution and iffy government. (Sometime this house of cards built on secrets and lies bound to fall.)

Laowhy 86’s videos show great insight into the culture from someone who’s married into it.

If you want to see a longer look at why buildings are crumbling in China, check this out:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

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I wish I had a cute little car like this, maybe not with the Union Jack. A solid color would do.

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I wish the dream in this dream jar from last summer (London) came true.

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I know that the cherry blossoms will soon be here, but for now I’m just wishing for some.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other Weekly Photo Challenge photos:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Road Taken

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I’ve still got to get used to the new Weekly Photo Challenge starting on Wednesday. (I’m still forgetting it’s changed to Wednesday. Habits die hard.)

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other Weekly Photo Challenge photos:

I Won’t Be Buying Tom’s Shoes

I had heard that giving low income people clothing hurt their developing economies. Also, often if a charity gives people free shoes or clothes, they may turn around and sell them since they didn’t really need or want shoes.

This short video confirms those notions.

So while I’ll still donate to charity, I’ll be less likely to give to “hot” charities or to faux charities like Tom’s Shoes that have a new cool idea.

(FYI in China Tom’s $4 shoes are sold for $90 in their stores — and much less on the street.)

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