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4th of July in Ohio

So June came and went, with little to no notice. Some administrative stuff was taken care of, like the finalizing of Maria’s BAR materials for New York and New Jersey (there was fingerprinting involved, and Red Lobster in Jersey), a couple of really short races, all around Central Park because there’s no where else to […]

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Posted July 18th, 2011 - 10:39 am by sean
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How to ship boxes from China to the US

This is incidentally also “Countdown once again – 2 Days.” So we had originally been planning to take all our stuff with us on this move back. When we first made the move over some year and a half ago, we managed to fit into 8 suitcases, including carry-ons. We had a little trouble with […]

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Posted December 22nd, 2010 - 6:40 am by sean
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Looking for a new project

I think I need someone to count on me again. While Maria was away, there was purpose in the music project I recorded for her, something she waited for, something I knew she’d be disappointed if I didn’t do. It was important, though only because I deemed it so. And though now I have lots […]

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Posted November 10th, 2010 - 2:49 pm by sean
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Onward to Seoul, again

Which must mean that once again, our visas are about to expire. Apparently it’s gotten a lot harder than it used to since the Olympics for someone to get a F or Z visa. The F is the “foreigner in the country but looking for work” visa that would have let us stay for up […]

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Posted January 13th, 2010 - 12:48 pm by sean
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Observations on the Chinese legal world, which now apparently includes me

This post consists of rambling observations on 1) Chinese law and Chinese lawyers, 2) Maria’s fascinating work in Beijing that she doesn’t regret at all getting snookered into accepting, and 3) Maria’s disinclination to work (“I have a plan, and this isn’t part of it!”). Shortly after arriving in Beijing, I responded to an ad […]

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Posted November 1st, 2009 - 11:40 pm by maria
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Chinese Units and Conversion Reference

I realize that I’m throwing numbers around quite willy nilly, and that it may actually be confusing. So I thought I should compile a reference of relevant units that crop up in our every day lives in Beijing. Weight: Kilograms govern most weight measurements, and to get kilograms (kg) to pounds (lbs), just double the […]

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Posted October 16th, 2009 - 1:51 am by sean
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Water

Sean’s stepmom showed me how to boil water (I’m so embarrassed) and now I have an unlimited supply of hot water, optionally for tea.� This is wonderful.� I’ve even gotten some studying done. We’ve now secured an apartment–well, secured, at least in some sense. The rent is already high and we’ve sort-of been warned that […]

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Posted October 9th, 2009 - 3:30 pm by maria
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Apartment Hunting in Beijing

So it’s been a while, and a lot has happened, and I don’t have the time right now to write about all of them so I think I’m going to settle for making some updates and filling in the rest later, albeit out of order. That should be acceptable. One of our primary concerns especially […]

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Posted October 2nd, 2009 - 12:08 am by sean
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Status update

Although it’s hard to say how many days we’ve been here, my LA clock says it’s almost 4:30 pm on Friday. I guess it’s Saturday morning, then. We’ve slept four nights in this apartment. I’m pleased to report that yesterday’s mosquito measures appear to have been successful. The vampires that have been biting us at […]

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Posted September 26th, 2009 - 8:12 am by maria
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Inaugural Post in China: Part 2

So I think I covered everything that happened during the trip to China and that very first day we were here. We slept decently well, were obviously exhausted, but it was painfully obvious why my father at one point or another made the comment that Chinese mattresses are bad. In the morning, Maria managed to […]

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Posted September 24th, 2009 - 7:20 pm by sean
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Inaugural Post in China

We’re finally here! And there’s so much to talk about but so little time and really energy on my part to write it. We left Sunday night/Monday morning, one of those effective vs. actual thingies. We had a little trouble getting our carry ons approved by the airline. Apparently, there’s a 7 kg weight limit, […]

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Posted September 23rd, 2009 - 8:42 pm by sean
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