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  1. Popcorn Sutton

    The dope smell in hospitals.

    I have smelled this before, but here lately I have been trying (and succeeding) in losing weight. No fast food, fried food, alcohol (off the drink since January, haven't stopped drinking, I am still a drunk, losing weight is more important to me now). The only thing that hurts is no tater chips and especially Doritoes. I consider Doritoes holy. Anyhow, I am out walking now, and on one urban hike, went in a small hospital/clinic like place and I stepped inside to see if they have a scale, and when I walked in, I was hit by a strong smoky odor. I have smelled this once or twice before, once when my wife was in the hospital in Dongyang. Frankly, it smells just like marijuana. Place smelled like a Pink Floyd concert. It was a pungent odor which gets into your nostrils. Tried to ask the lady what the smell was, and told her it smells like 大麻 (weed). Exactly like it to me. What is that smell?
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    New to Hangzhou from San Francisco

    I will as soon as you suck your mother's dick.
  3. Popcorn Sutton

    New to Hangzhou from San Francisco

    Unlike San Francisco, Chinese food is awful here, not a good Chinese restaurant to be had in all the country.
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    Need a foreign psychologist

    While living in China comes with excitement and great interest, it can cause stress. The stress of loneliness, or being an outsider. Of not being able to communicate well with the people. To be confounded on how the people do things, which is outside the norm of how your culture would do it. It is a very different life that your fellows have in your home country, and you quickly find that the people back home usually do not care about your life and adventures, and consequently you overseas will sometimes pine for the hum drum existence of living in your country, working a job, eating your own food and living the life of everyone else. A lot goes through the mind. Many people take to alcohol and drugs. With drinking, at least in my experience, I get to take my brain and put it on a shelf and live on an alternate reality for several hours. Beer and liquor is good for this. Or running away to extravagance. Or food intake, of eating the wrong kinds of food. Or sex or whatever. Vices that manifest themselves as a coping mechanism for problems and difficulties. Seen a lot of drunk foreigners here. I am one of them, but will try this year to stop this habit because it is destructive and does not work, and a waste of money. This will probably be my last year in China (probably the 2018-19 season) It was fun and thanks for the fish. But where you go, there you are and you cannot run from yourself. I run faster than Usain Bolt to escape and made my life here, but problems run faster than a bullet. In the immortal words of the late Frank Sinatra "You gotta start living baby, because dying is a pain in the ass!"
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    Need a foreign psychologist

    Living in China will slowly drive you insane, so it is good to leave China periodically to reset your mind.
  6. I am at the Pudong airport waiting to get back to my home country. Actually Pudong is a pretty good airport. Has good Wifi, has convenient stores, a Burger King and other fast food. Not a bad place at all and in many ways better than American airports in my opinion. One thing I hate here are the assholes who walk up to me trying to sell me a cell phone. I came here last night and could not make my flight and in my waiting and walking, I had at least three different men come up to me trying to sell me a phone. I have gotten very indignant with them and yell at them. Everyone should do this. My question is, who in the hell buys a phone from some random person in the airport? Who does this? Someone must or they wouldn't be here. Which brings up my second question, why are they here and why doesn't anyone stop them and kick them out? Airports are supposed to be secure places and shouldn't have these people in there. It really gives the airport a bad reputation as something from the Third World. so, what's the point of them? Some of you might go home for holiday, go through this airport and meet these clowns. Yell at them!
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    Burger King: Where?

    Yoou can look on Baidu map under "汉堡王“ to find a location near you. I actually have one not that far away from my home, but I live in northeast Hangzhou in the Daguan area.
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    Awesome ebike for sale ¥2850

    How far can it go on one charge? How fast does it go?
  9. Hello. I work part time at a training center like school teaching the little kids, from about 3 to 12. I do my thing there, and there are about six or seven other people there doing the same thing. One of the teachers is here on a business visa. I have told him and he knows that this is illegal and he can get into a lot of trouble of caught, if all the horror stories are seemingly true. Big fine, deportation. Deportation would suck for this guy because he has a brother or family member in another major city. I have told the boss lady the same thing. You shouldn't hire teachers like this, it will bite you in the ass. She is Chinese and won't listen to a foreigner, and again what I read is on the Internet, but places like Beijing and Guangzhou do raids periodically. I have never heard of raids in Hangzhou. I personally can't think of why many people would want to work full time making maybe 10,000 a month, and then have to shell out 3500-4000 for an apartment, so basically working 20-25 hours a week for 6000 after housing chasing little kids about, and then having to save for airfare home or worse, on visa runs dealing with the government and why one is constantly in and out on business visas playing a game. Has Hangzhou ever had school raids? I have never heard of it.
  10. I want to see the new Star Wars movie in Imax, is it showing yet? I have tried to find their website but cannot. Has anyone seen it?
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    How is the food at Vineyard Social10, good for Christmas?

    Did the Vineyard thing last night. Went there about 4:00 pm and there was a kids party in there. The whole place was taken over by fucking children and teachers and parents. They were having a "private party" and was closed and got a few dodgy looks. So I went to College Bar. Not too bad of a place. Has nachos, and a tall Carlsburg for 25¥. I did watch some other people get food, plus a couple at the bar ordering a pizza. Problem is that when they lifted the pizza, it was limp, the sure sign of a shit pizza. Sort of goes back to why is Chinese food so awful, and the cooks so incapable of putting out a good product. Went back to Vineyard around 6:00, and this is where Chinese ruins the day comes into play. Basically the LOUD ASS Christmas music where you can't TALK TO ANYONE WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE. Why in Christ sake (Happy Birthday Jesus) do they do this? Chinese love noise and LOUDNESS. It is so annoying. Concerning the buffet, the food wasn't ready and there was about four of those metal things that houses the food and I thought, eh, maybe I don't want to pay 188 for that. Did have the "mulled wine", which was basically Changyu heated, and for some reason orange peels. At least I had some alcohol without paying for it at all. Hate to complain (well, not really) but I get sick of the loud ass music which is so loud you cannot make conversation. The more people, the louder the music gets. The music is horrible and this was all Christmas music. We know it's Christmas don't need a theme song. Actually the only place that has good recorded music is Eudora, who plays basically 1960's-1980's rock at an appropriate volume.
  12. Popcorn Sutton

    Where to live

    The best suite at the Shangrila hotel on Beishan Road with servants at your beck and call. That is the snarky response. Really, the whole central part of the city is about the same no matter where you are. I think what might be more important to you is how much you are willing to spend for housing and what kind of transportation you have, and how close to your job you are. Really the more central you are in the city, the better it is. I wouldn't live out in the suburbs unless it is maybe Binjiang which is actually pretty nice. Xiasha, Linping, skip them if possible. Its not like an American city with good areas, dodgy areas, bad areas, and don't go there in the daytime unless you want to die areas (my city is like this). Take my advice and enjoy.
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    Close the door! Close the window! It's winter now!

    Concerning Chinese New Years, I loved getting ripped drunk and standing outside at midnight on opening day of Chinese New Years and hear the blasting. Just an ocean of NOISE which lasted for hours with shit going off everywhere. Now, I have heard that the government is curtailing the blasting because of "air pollution" or some such nonsense. Besides, now I go home to see my elderly parents, I am an only child and feel obligated to go.
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    How is the food at Vineyard Social10, good for Christmas?

    Crabs. Yuck. My wife is Chinese and cannot tell you how many times I have turned crab down. They think I am weird when I do, but just unappetizing to me. The Vineyard was bought by a new group of people this year and so the food will be different under the new regime. The food was awful under the old management and would refuse to eat there. But the place is different and wonder if the food will be worth it. Hopefully it wont be BBQ style, but we will see. I can easily drink enough Tiger beer to make the 188 RMB price a deal. But unfortunatly, I have always found these so called western food places mediocre to bad.
  15. I really liked what the new owners have done to the Vineyard Bar on Yugu Rd near Xixi. The Social10 (weird name)They really did the place much nicer, added a bar. Very clean and kept up well unlike the previous owners/management of days gone by. I occasionally go in there and went last week and was really impressed. It's a good venue butt again, the previous management really let it go and it is great to have a decent bar, which the old place lacked. Asked about Christmas Eve dinner. The manager gave me a menu. Sounds decent. I'm not advertising for them but the price is suitable, especially for free flow. Here is the rundown. Christmas buffet 圣诞节自助餐 188rmb 20:30 --00:00 Appetizers:头盘: Garden 田园沙拉 Italian mushrooms salad意式蘑菇沙拉 sweet corn red bean cucumber tomato 美国甜玉米、红腰豆、黄瓜、小番茄 Italian Deli Platter 意大利式什锦冷肠拼盘 Main course主菜: BBQ sausages德式什锦香肠 Roasted beef tenderloin慢烤安格斯牛肉 BBQ pork ribs烧烤猪肋排 Roasted chicken leg香草烤鸡腿 Roasted New Zealand lamb Leg烤新西兰羊腿 Special mashed potatoes特色土豆泥 Pizza margarita 玛格丽特披萨 Pizza salami 沙拉米肠披萨 Desserts甜品: Strawberry mousse cake草莓慕斯蛋糕 tiramisu提拉米苏 Chocolate cookies巧克力曲奇饼 Drinks free flow (The important thing, would actually save money just by drinking free flow than a regular night), 畅饮饮料 Hot Mulled wine (free flow) 热果酒 (畅饮) Sparkling wine taylor 泰莱香槟起泡酒 Lazy lizard Australian red wine (Lazy Lizard?) 乐芝利扎德红葡萄酒 Draft Beer tiger (The Swill of the Orient!) 虎牌生啤 Tequila龙舌兰 Orange juice橙汁 Apple juice 苹果汁 Coffee咖啡 Black tea红茶 (Coffee might be nice). Is the food there good? The only thing I have ever eaten there was a slice of pepperoni pizza. Good but greasy a bit. I have always been a bit Leary of places that sell "western food" and a lot of these places are of a dubious quality, and I like to see what other people are eating, but I don't know. Last year Eudora and Slim's had "set dinners" for Christmas, so I couldn't get my steak there at either place. Eudora cooks up a good steak like back home if you are willing to pay 250-275 for it. One thing I do miss from the old Vimeyard was their version of a Margarita which was basically a slurped with tequila in it. That was good. This place doesn't have it. Any suggestions or have eaten there?