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My China Trip - Day 22, Part 4 我的中国之行-第22天,第4部分    

By Barry Pittman
6621 Views | 49 Comments | 1/16/2015 1:10:32 PM
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#2015-04-29 06:09:58 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

@Barry1

Don't judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree !

#2015-04-29 07:55:54 by Barry1 @Barry1

@belle777

"why she doesn't like to talk about it? this is something would concern about her and her daughter's health..."

Tina feels a sense of powerlessness or helplessness, in talking about China's major social or environmental issues. She feels too many people waste too much time, talking idlely about such things. She prefers to concentrate on matters that she knows that she can indeed change, such as visiting and paying much attention to a young schoolgirl near her who was abandoned by her mother, giving her some sorely needed love and allowing this young girl to call Tina her mother.

As Tina says, she'd prefer to put a smile on both her face as well as the faces of others, as opposed to endless talking or complaining about things that she thinks are way beyond her control.

You asked,

"what kind of thing does Tina like to talk about? normally I talked with my potential boyfriend almost everything, we don't have any limit on the topics, he is welcomed to talk with me about anything"

Given what I said above, that Tina doesn't like to talk about many things, it would seem that she and I don't have too much to talk about, beyond very banal issues such as how the weather is there or how her family is going.

Yet on the QQ chat service, we have in excess of 2000 pages of QQ chatting. As a matter of interest, I wonder how many QQ pages of conversation have you so far shared with your boyfriend?

You also asked,

"did you ever discuss with Tina about your future plan with her? such as you will move to China to live with her or she and her daughter will move to Australia? what kind of job will you or she do in China or Australia?"

Yes, Tina and I have discussed possible plans together. If you keep reading my blogs, some of these may be revealed over time. I hope you enjoy reading about them.

You mentioned,

"It seems that you have met several ladies when you traveled to China, I think it would be very nice of you, if you can share with us your experiences with China women"

Let me restrain my comments to this particular trip. Before I actually flew over to China, I was speaking on the internet to several Chinese ladies. All of them were lovely. I had intended to meet several of them. But as time went on, I started having misgivings about this idea. It seemed too much like going to a supermarket and selecting the best fruit on display at that particular time.

So when I arrived in China, I had one intention only. That is, to meet just one person - and that person was Tina. I had decided that if she and I were not meant to be together, then I'd jump on a plane back to Australia and that would be the end of the matter. These thoughts in fact can be read in Day 1 of my blog series, that can be seen here:

http://blog.chinalovematch.net/blog/article/My-China-Trip-Day-1-Ive-Arrived


You also said,

"some comments on your articles may be a bit harsh (toward you), but everyone has the right to speak out what they really think"

I agree with you. I don't mind criticism. In fact, I welcome it. Because this indicates that what I've written has promoted thinking and then a reaction or response from the reader. To me, this is way better than simply writing just another piece of drivel that is largely forgotten, five minutes after it has been read.

Best wishes to you, Belle777. (f)(sun)

#2015-04-29 16:11:43 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@Barry1 - "keep on harping" was perhaps a bit strong. I really meant to say you "tend to raise your specific concerns about China more than once". Does that sit better with you?

I might add that I have no thoughts, expectations or even wishes that any comment I make on your blogs will change your blogging in anyway. I was simply pointing out the error of your ways regarding one specific comment you made about the current Government of China. Nothing more, nothing less.

Finally, at the risk of sounding picayune, I now feel obliged to point out that the Alamo was not surrounded by "gladitorial Indians", nor even by the more politically correct "native Americans", but was in fact surrounded by "Mexicans" at the time I am sure you are referencing. Since you are an Aussie I, for one, am more than willing to forgive you for this minor faux pas. I am not sure how the Americans will feel and truly hope you aren't losing more friends from that country now. (rofl)

@paulfox1 - I'm not 100% certain what you were meaning regarding Barry's blog with your last comment, but I killed myself laughing at it just the same. Cheers, Mate!

#2015-04-29 17:45:00 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

@JohnAbbot

Some of Barrys comments about the Chinese government are an 'Abbreviated piece of Nothing' and he is judging them in the same way as he may judge a fishes ability to climb a tree

Glad it gave you a laugh, but if you think about it I am sure you will understand the meaning

#2015-04-29 20:50:05 by Barry1 @Barry1

@paulfox1

"Don't judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree ! "

At first glance, this is a humorous comment, Paul. But like the multilayered skins of an onion, it has different layers of meaning, the deeper one reflects upon it.

The meaning I ended up with can be paraphrased as follows:

"Everything according to its ability".

Elegant and simple, don't you think? :^)(fubar)

#2015-04-29 20:59:52 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

Thanks for your comments, John.

I feel you're a little incorrect however about the Redskins and the Mexicanos.

Every movie I ever watched re the battle at the Alamo had a bunch of murderous Injuns, shrieking and hollering as they encircled the fort. I don't ever recall seeing a bunch of screaming Mexicans doing this?

Unless of course, you're intimating all the John Wayne or Gary Cooper movies I ever watched were not factually correct?

Surely not?? :(:^)

#2015-04-30 00:03:20 by belle777 @belle777

Hi Barry, thank you for your reply
For your question, my boyfriend and I only chat on skype, but we only use video chat, we seldom type, for us it is more quickly to speak than to type, and on working day, we chat everyday about 20 minutes, on weekends or holidays, we video chat in the morning and at night for hours, and he will come to meet me two weeks later.
Personally I am not interested in politics, but I read news often from different sources, and in daily life, sometimes I would discuss with my friends or family about things either small or big happening in China or in the world, when we have family gathering, me and my sisters and father will discuss about all sorts of things, sometimes we may have hot arguments, while my mom is a professional house wife for many years, normally she has no interest to join the discussion, but she would listen and try to understand, I think many families are similar like mine in this way.
China is still a developing country, there are still so many people living in poor condition, and we still have many things that we try to improve, like pollution and food safety, these are the two things that I care very much, it concerns very much about our future and I don't feel helpless or powerless when I talk about these things with others, I think the more Chinese people realize and care about such things, the better China will be in the future.

#2015-04-30 13:59:36 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@Barry1

Ahhh! Barry, it is becoming so much clearer now where all the misunderstandings about what the current Chinese Government might or might not be doing about pollution, corruption, etc., etc., are coming from.

You are basing your opinion on what you have seen or heard in old movies. Therein lies the problem.

You see Barry, if you watch the old Chinese movies made years ago in hopes of interpreting what is happening today in China, as you have based your thoughts about what happened at the Alamo on old American movies as you think you recall them, then of course, just as you have completely misinterpreted the entire factual basis of the "Battle of the Alamo", so will you have inevitably failed to grasp, as you appear to have done, the record of the current Chinese government on all important issues of the day.

To put it bluntly, old movies are not about today, and your faulty memories of old movies are not even correct about yesterday.

The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal moment in the war waged by the what was then Texas, subjected to Mexican rule but seeking independence, against the Government and army of Mexico. If you search Google.com about "the battle of the alamo" you will get endless pages dealing with this subject and nary a one will tell you it is about "murderous Injuns" . I suggest you first check out this site, which is part of the memorial to the men who died at the Alamo protecting the concept of freedom. http://thealamo.org/history/the-1836-battle/index.html

Regarding the John Wayne movie I urge you to look at this link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053580/

This describes the John Wayne movie and there is (again) nary a mention of Injuns that I could find.

Again, all I can say is this may go a long way to explaining your comments about the current Government of China. You're watching way too many old movies. (giggle)

#2015-04-30 21:12:18 by Barry1 @Barry1

@belle777

Your boyfriend is a very lucky man, to have you as a potential partner, Belle777.

You are attractive; intelligent; and very decent, I can see all of these qualities exuding liberally from you a mile away. A great catch.

I enjoy politics to a certain extent, but then again, it often frustrates me so I end up staying clear of it for much of the time. In fact, I'm a bit of a loner so often I tend to shut my mouth when in the company of others. But I had to fulsomely approve your words when you wrote the following:

"I don't feel helpless or powerless when I talk about these things with others, I think the more Chinese people realize and care about such things, the better China will be in the future."

You're spot on here. As I've said several times lately, it's only by the apathy or inaction of good people, that can allow negativity or malice to reign unfettered and free. So please keep on doing this. Don't let the bastards get away with what they've been allowed to in the past, leading to massive greed, corruption and environmental damage.

Best wishes to you, Belle777. (sun)(f)

#2015-04-30 21:30:51 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

Thanks for the informative update on the Alamo, John. The link you provided was very helpful in giving me insights into the battle. As the article said, the Alamo remains an inspirational place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

I watched also the trailer from the movie you recommended. Starring John Wayne, Richard Widmark and even a youthful Frankie Avalon. I was on the lookout for a few murderous Redskins circling around and I must admit, I didn't see any.

Thus it seems you were dead right on this point, John, well done - I concede defeat! (sweat)

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