Friday, November 10, 2006
Getting Caught In The Shuffle
Yesterday I saw by far the coolest thing I have seen here yet: a Chinese seniors' shuffleboard competition.

I know it sounds kind of hokey, but in the world of shuffleboard, the elderly Chinese could wipe the floor with any American I've ever seen. (Now I wish I was talking about curling - that "wipe the floor" euphemism could've been played off as subtle yet witty double entendre. Oh, well.) And they're very serious about their competitions.

Visualize this: you're taking the SATs. You whiz through algebra and geometry - question after question and you're flying. Suddenly, you encounter an advanced calculus problem. This isn't supposed to be on the SATs! Your brow furrows, your eyes open wide, you stare at the page in fear, and your jaw is clamped shut, your mouth gripped in a combination of grim determination and utter panic.

That, my friends, is the Chinese shuffleboard "game face." And boy, can they pull it off well. This ain't Boca Raton, folks. This is backwoods China. They're not on the same playing field (that one works literally and figuratively). It would be like comparing a basketball game in Plainview, Illinois with a street game in Compton. That's right. In Compton. Because that's just how we roll here in Laiwu.

For those of you currently rolling your eyes at my "street" references, go ahead. But just you wait. Just like Chinese kung fu masters of old, I will be apprenticed by these Chinese elders. I will study their teachings and obey their practices. Once I achieve shuffleboarding of the highest order, I will return to your United States. And then...

Well, then you can roll your eyes at me in person I guess.
posted by Rachel @ 11:03 AM  
THE WILD WILD EAST: Everything you never knew you didn't know about life on the other side.
In China, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The Chinese, who call this land "home," and the expats who migrate here. My name is Rachel. I am an expat. These are my stories.
What You May Have Missed
A Brief Disclaimer:
This is a satirical site intended for the entertainment of an online audience. None of the features on this site are real (except in my own distorted view of reality), nor are they intended to harm the subjects mentioned. This site uses fictional names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized or when I choose to use this site as a platform for someone's public humiliation (usually my own). Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental (or purposeful, but with good reason).

Despite the trivial nature of my random daily (sometimes weekly) musings, I hope you enjoy your stay at my site. If there is anything you need, don't hesitate to ring up the concierge, because I just travel in style like that. Have a pleasant stay and I hope that you will come see us again soon!

Thanks To
Free Blogger Templates
Blog Directory
Travel Blogs - Blog Top Sites
China Findouter
Ferienhaus Kroatien
Personal Statement Of Purpose
web page counter
Get a website hit counter here.
#1 Free Link Exchange Directory On The Web - Link Market