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packersfan last won the day on September 27 2017

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  1. packersfan

    Salary Expectations

    I was making 13,000 at a training school in Hangzhou, plus apartment, internet, etc. But that was after 4 years experience...started out at 9,000...every year got 1,000 RMB raise...worked between 10 and 24 hours per week.
  2. Well, that's what I mean. You have to break it all down.
  3. I'm polite if it is somebody I don't know yet and they are being kind enough...but I won't blow smoke up their ass.
  4. packersfan

    How to survive hell (or a Hangzhou summer).

    Yeah, winters here are miserable. Wet, rainy, dreary, and cold. Not severely cold outside, but if you live in a place without decent heating or are visiting Chinese friends/family, it gets pretty unbearable inside. Know your destination. Going someplace you know and can control the climate. Dress for cool outside weather (depends on your home climate how much clothing that means). Destination, be it a workplace, family, friends, or your own miserable apartment, get some long johns top and bottom...and if you are at home you can just wear them as leisure wear. My first apartment and jobs were miserable. My second job, I was in a completely enclosed room, so I was actual comfortable to hot (which was its own miserable because I couldn't run a fan or anything to cool myself without freaking out the parents and grandparents of the miserable students bundled up in 15 layers and sweating to death). Also, depends on your activity. Walking to work. You'll be nice and toasty. Riding the e-bike? You'll need a few more layers which you may end up shedding at work depending on the heating situation. I miss blizzards and spending the morning shoveling out in Wisconsin. Oh, Hangzhou folks will go crazy and say it is snowing. While technically true, more often it is just sleet, but they will scrape up the little snow that does fall and stick and make many tiny little snowmen, usually around the time of the next Star Wars movie release in China.
  5. packersfan

    How to survive hell (or a Hangzhou summer).

    Go for 60 mile bike rides on your Trek road bike between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m! Laugh at all the people hiding in the shade and napping.
  6. packersfan

    Colorized Past

    It is my favorite subject and it is what I started coloring to mod a game originally. I do want to get into different subjects, but I have such a backlog of Civil War photos I want to color!
  7. packersfan

    Colorized Past

    I mostly do American Civil War. Haven't branched into anything else yet. But here's one that is completely different.
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  9. Yeah, my wife has become better and better over years as she's been to America now three times and has experienced and seen things outside of China. Her friends and family say I have corrupted her because she sees the problems in China, just as most clearheaded foreigners see the issues in their own countries. I have so much free time in China and make a great living. But there are a lot of things that need a lot of work...and you mentioned a bunch of them.
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    Colorized Past

    Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley (CSA) Henry Hopkins Sibley was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana on 25 May 1816. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1838 and was commissioned second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons. He fought Seminole Indians in Florida, 1840 – 1841; participated in the Military Occupation of Texas, 1845 – 1846; and fought in the Mexican-American War, 1847 – 1848. While on frontier duty in Texas in the 1850s, he invented the “Sibley tent”, which was widely used by the Union Army during the American Civil War. He also invented the “Sibley stove” to heat the tent. The Army used this design into the early years of World War II. From 1855 – 1857, Sibley was part of the forces trying to control conflict in Bleeding Kansas. He took part in the Utah War, 1857 – 1860, and was in active service in New Mexico, 1860 – 1861. After the outbreak of the American Civil War, Sibley resigned on 13 May 1861, the day of his promotion to major in the 1st Dragoons, and he joined the Confederate States Army. Placed in command of a brigade of volunteer cavalry in West Texas, Sibley dubbed his small force the Army of New Mexico and began planning a New Mexico Campaign to capture the cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Fort Union on the Santa Fe Trail to establish a forward base of supply. He then intended to continue north to Colorado to capture the numerous gold and silver mines in the area. From there Sibley planned to join forces with Lieutenant John R. Baylor, already in control of much of southern New Mexico and Arizona territories. Their ultimate strategy was to gain access to the ports of California and establish a badly needed supply line to the South. Opposing him was Union Colonel Edward Canby. Sibley was initially successful at the Battle of Valverde on 20 – 21 February 1862 and pressed on to capture Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Although the Battle of Glorieta Pass on March 28 ended in Confederate victory on the field, Sibley had to retreat because his supply train was destroyed. At the same time, the Union California Column was approaching from the west. Sibley retreated to the campaign’s starting point at Fort Bliss in April ending the hopes of a Confederate nation stretching to the Pacific Ocean. After the failure of the New Mexico Campaign, Sibley was given minor commands under Richard Taylor around Bayou Teche in south Louisiana, commanding the “Arizona Brigade” at the battles of Irish Bend and Fort Bisland. He blundered on several occasions and struggling with alcoholism, he was court martialed in Louisiana in 1863. Although not convicted, he was censured. After the war, Sibley was recruited to serve in the Egyptian Army and served from 1870 to 1873 as a military adviser with the rank of brigadier general of artillery, overseeing the construction of coastal fortifications. However, he fell back into problems with alcohol, and he was dismissed due to illness and disability. He lived from 1874 with his daughter in Fredericksburg, Virginia, writing articles and working on military inventions. He died on 23 August 1886. Coloring Henry H. Sibley Sped Up 2600%
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    Colorized Past

    Just finished this one. Brigadier General John Wilson Sprague (USV) John Wilson Sprague was born in White Creek, New York, on 4 April 1817. At the age of thirteen, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, New York. He left school before graduation to engage in the grocery business, and in 1845 removed to Milan, Ohio, where he continued the business of a merchant in the shipping and commission sales businesses. He served one term (1851-1852) as the treasurer of Erie County, Ohio. In the late 1850s, he organized and equipped a line of sailboats and steamers for traffic on Lake Erie and was engaged in that business when war erupted. With the outbreak of the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln’s call for 100,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion, Sprague raised a company of infantry and was sent to Camp Dennison near Cincinnati. He became the captain of Company E of the 7th Ohio Infantry. While returning home on furlough in August 1861, he and a small party of fellow Buckeyes were captured in western Virginia and held as prisoners of war. Sprague was exchanged in January 1862. He was appointed colonel of the newly designated 63rd Ohio Infantry and joined Maj. Gen. John Pope in Missouri. Sprague led the regiment at the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi, and then was in charge of the Ohio Brigade during the Battle of Iuka in 1862. For the next several months, Sprague took part in the army’s general operations in northern Alabama and Mississippi, extending sometimes into Tennessee. He participated in the Vicksburg Campaign in early and mid-1863. In the fall of 1863, under Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, he moved with his regiment eastward toward Chattanooga, Tennessee. His regiment was part of the force under Grenville M. Dodge detached to secure the railroad to Decatur, Alabama. During the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, Sprague was in command of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, XVI Corps. During the Battle of Atlanta on 22 July 1864, near Decatur, Georgia, he masterfully conducted a delaying action under heavy enemy fire and received praise from his superiors. With only a small command, he defeated an overwhelming Confederate force and saved the entire ordnance and supply trains of the XV, XVI, XVII, and XX Corps. He was promoted to brigadier general on 30 July 1864. He moved with Sherman on the March to the Sea and then northward during the Carolinas Campaign. He commanded the brigade on its march from Raleigh, North Carolina, through Richmond to Washington, D.C., and participated in the Grand Review of the Armies in May. He received the brevet rank of major general at the end of the war. From April 1865 until September 1866, Sprague was the assistant commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau for the district of Arkansas, serving under Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard. He was in charge of operations in Missouri, Kansas, and the Indian Territory. In September 1865, he declined a lieutenant-colonelcy in the Regular Army and mustered out of service. He managed the Winona & St. Paul Railway. In 1870, he became the general manager of the Western Division of the Northern Pacific Railway and co-established the city of Tacoma, Washington. He was instrumental in selecting the route for the railroad’s Pacific Division, and in 1883 had the honor of driving the golden spike on completion of his division. He served as Tacoma’s first mayor and was president of the board of trade and of various banks and corporations. The town of Spraque, Washington, founded in 1880, was named for him. After suffering for several years from heart disease and chronic cystitis, Sprague died in Tacoma on 27 December 1893. In 1894, the United States Congress awarded the Medal of Honor to Brig. Gen. John W. Sprague for his distinguished gallantry during the Battle of Decatur.
  12. Finally a thread where the "laowai" actually express their true feelings. When I get together with friends we are all so honest about our feelings of this place, but it seems whenever I go on a forum or a group of foreigners I don't know so well, I'm ridiculed for not wanting to basically give China a blowjob, it is so great.
  13. Yes, in China I'm a worse person than in America. But frankly, if on a minute by minute basis I was experiencing the things I do here in China, in America, I'd also be a shit person there. People act like shit around me and my family, they don't get my respect and awesome treatment. Try to run me and my family off the road? You get the middle finger and some shouting if I roll up next to you. Act like an ignorant child in lines, I'll throw an elbow and not be so kind.
  14. packersfan

    Foreigner Rights (extortion from a personal accident)

    Tell you one thing. I ain't ever signing a piece of paper claiming fault for any accident I get in, because it won't be my fault.
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    Foreigner Rights (extortion from a personal accident)

    BluePasta actually responds to the inquiry as oppose to telling the guy he is stupid for signing something. He signed the first thing and abided by what it said. Woman and I guess the guy's boss(?) are trying to twist his arm into paying more than he signed to. So, fight the shit out of it.