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howdy . greetings and salutations from sino land . really in the swing of things here at T U T E . tianjin university of technology and education . classes are going great . I have 11 classes each and hour and a half . three of my classes now have a chalk board . I love chalk boards . love the chalk dust . now Im just telling my classes that everyone stands up and talks about something for over a minute . its the only way I can get them to speak . I tell everyone to talk loud all the time . something about chinese culture , women dont raise their voice . they just dont . they wont . I dont know why . they wont do it . so I have given up on that . also , we watch movies in some of my classes . I knew this would be a problem as soon as I saw it . now all they want to do is watch movies and I try to do anything else , like teach english , they get all pissed off . I start all my classes telling them we can talk about whatever they want to talk about , and its dead silence , then , after a while , they say they want to talk about something different , so , I say great , what . dead silence . if they give the right answer , teacher is happy . if they give the wrong answer , teacher is not happy . now they are scared of teacher . ok . so , teacher is suppose to be happy when they give the wrong answer . if a student does not know the answer they have to say , I dont know . if they say that over and over then they come to the front of the class as teacher makes them repeat the lesson word for word . I say a word , they say a word . like 40 words . I only have on condition in my class . you have to participate . if your not going to participate , stay out of my class . one woman did not want to participate so I got my boss to come say hello during class . guess she had a sore throat . but I really enjoy it and Im apparently a big hit on campus . got paid the other day . got 5000 yuan at night on a bridge over a high way . cash . someone bumped into me as I was counting it out . awesome . future payments will be depositied into my joint atm card with my boss timmy at china construction bank . 5000 yuan a month for the months that I am working . thats about 800 american dollars . I dont work febuary so I wont get paid in march . I think I am playing in my second band tonight . a few weeks ago I took a walk north to the hai he river . hai means river or ocean , and he means the other one . this is the big river that goes through town to the ocean . so , between tute and the river is a big new apartment complex and then undeveloped land and then the river . so the river goes from bridge to bridge , about a mile and a half , with nothing there . so thats really cool . and a two bedroom apartment right next to tute costs about 250 bucks a month . so thats pretty cheap . so , something for me to consider in june after I sign my new contract . I can sign it with my peeps and make less money or sign it by myself and make more money . will have to talk this issue over with my peeps next year . turtle = dead . was going to toss him into the lily pond but ended up throwing him in the rafters in the stair case on the top floor , my floor , the third floor . good bye turtle . I have a class on the fourth floor . the class has a big window , which I opened completely . the class has a concrete floor which is raised by the chalk board . so , before I processed all this information , I stumbled off the rise , right twords the big open window , on the forth floor . well , you can tell I did not die because I am sending you this e mail . however , it was a very close call for teacher . the students appeared to have been ammused as well . there are no trash cans in the class rooms , or anywhere in the buildings . have not quite figured that one out yet . ok , chinese cuisine . lets get right down to it . they put scrambled eggs in everything . and there are no egg cartens . are are bought , sold and carried individually or together in bags . lots of bean curd in everything . lots of bean paste in pasteries . sweet bean past . there is a mushroom that I thought was sea weed , it looks like bits of a black plastic bag . that is in a lot of the dishes . its pretty good . the bread is steamed . thats why it is white . I dont really like the sea weed so I avoid it . lots of rice . I like rice . when charles webster baer cooks rise he rinses it a few times first . not sure that they do that here . I am good with chop sticks but use a spoon . I cant help but think that at some point the chinese people will simply admit that a fork or spoon is a better utensil for eating than chop sticks . you cant eat corn or peas with chop sticks , but they serve it . so whats the deal . more investigation is necessary . in order to get my students to make more noise I am thinking of hitting the hot button issues . I think that the internet has won and the chinese government is SLOWLY throwning in the towel on censorship . have plenty of fresh roses from the rose garden . they cut em down a few months ago , and , boom , the roses are back and back strong . yay roses . hardley see arnel anymore . we have different sqeduals . so , in short , all is well . peace and love . cwb out .