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 So I've got my time zones all in a tizzy and have slept from lunch til midnight, waking with a dreaded realization that Day 2 back home will be much the same as Day 1- which is, basically, nocturnal.  Those 16 hours time differences are harder to deal with than the 8-10 hour ones I'd thought I'd mastered after a decade and a half in Europe and Asia Minor. This is seriously messed up.

It's 2 in the morning and I am drinking coffee from a coffee maker that is three times bigger than the one we had in Shanghai. I had to stop and think before I scooped out the coffee into the filter.  I heated up a tin of Dynomite Hot!! chili and checked my email (nobody loves me)and petted Lola for a while. I washed the pot in a sink twice the size of any sink I've had in a flat my whole adult life (with a built in dish soap pump!). I keep forgetting the minutiae of details of life here when I'm Away and they creep up on me, neither good nor bad- just different. I shouldn't be surprised because they are small and tedious details but at 2am they do stop me in my tracks momentarily. I bought a stack of cheap and tawdry magazines at St Vinnies yesterday ($2.50 for seven of them) to keep me company in my nocturnal solitude and was rather surprised to be reminded of the existence of 100Calorie Snak Paks  and clothes available in sizes beyond Tiny. I suppose I just tune things out a lot more when I'm living in places where it takes effort to understand what is going on around me.  I found two pairs of really funky boots at the Salvation Army as well, both in my size (that would be Super Ginormous) and tried on some trousers that were Way Too Big. Shit. In Shanghai, NOTHING is as big as me, muchless TOO BIG. In Turkey, I was at the top end of available. Here, I'm solidly in the middle. The boots rock though. $13 for both. Better than the fakes market on Nanjing Road. 

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Date: 2010-01-28 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_elliot_/
You're not the only one awake at this time.

I don't even have time zones to worry about.

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Date: 2010-01-28 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaramaz.livejournal.com
At least this way i won't have much to worry about when i fly back and have to work 2 days later.

Why are you up? Are you just nocturnal by nature? I am but life and practicality have beaten it out of me.

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Date: 2010-01-28 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_elliot_/
That's true, one heck of an advantage.

Yeah I've found that on my days off I just stay up late. It's kinda a pain in the ass when I have to get back to work. It comes and goes though.

How long are you in town for?

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Date: 2010-01-28 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaramaz.livejournal.com
Flying back Feb 25. Should give me ample time to get my body clock perfectly attuned to this time zone before I leave. Ha. Actually, really, as soon as I don't have a concrete day-schedule to adhere to (work, school, whatever) I switch over to the Bat Shift. I'm the one creaking around downstairs at 3am, making coffee and watching 10-minute segments of documentaries on YouTube,

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Date: 2010-01-28 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_elliot_/
That does sound very familiar. Hopefully we'll get a chance to see each other once you're settled in. I'll actually have a week's vacaction from the 6th-13th as that's when Mellisa gets back from Australia. Though I guess all things considered that may be when I'm most busy since it's when Mellisa gets back from Australia.

Either way I'm sure something will work out.

Out of curiosity, do you find the internet is generally faster in any particular part of the world?

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Date: 2010-01-28 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaramaz.livejournal.com
Internet faster? Hm, no, not really. I have a really good wifi hookup in Shanghai (second from fastest of the available China Telkom options). If I use my VPN instead of a proxy site to actually reach something interesting, it's pretty fast. Proxies slow things down a lot. If I use what the Great Firewall allows through, then it's super fast (but super-limited).

Anyhoo, yeah, let's try to actually meet this time. And not at some big family get together where we are both somewhere in a corner on opposing sides of the room.

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Date: 2010-01-28 11:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_elliot_/
Ah yeah. That firewall would be a pain.

That sounds good to me. We'll arrange something I'm sure.

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Date: 2010-01-28 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosicrucian.livejournal.com
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that a few weeks back you asked to read my lj? I have added you, just so that you know. :)

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Date: 2010-01-28 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaramaz.livejournal.com
Cool, thanks!

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