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Restarting

A couple months after deciding not to renew my domain name this year and letting my website die, I decided I actually kind of like having a blog. Also, I apparently had registered an account with this site in 2002, and I guess it didn't work at the time, since my posts were all something to the effect of "GRAHHH! WORK GODDAMN YOU!" Anyway, I just dusted off my old username, and here we go.

This is my last week at the Hopkins Center in Nanjing. My plan right now is to catch a train up to Beijing before they start demolishing my room, stay with a friend for a few days while I look at apartments, get a place, and look for a job. I'm sort of waiting to hear on a job or two right now, but I probably shouldn't hold my breath.

Hopefully this blog will be less stupid than my previous websites. In addition to brief updates on what odd corner of the third-world I am lurking in, I'm planning to post pictures that my digital camera wielding friends pass on to me, like this one, which was taken two nights ago at our favorite all-you-can-eat-and-drink Japanese restaurant:

This may or may not be better than Yahoo! Photos, which Sucks! Dick.

Well, good luck to me!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Joel: Terrific idea and site for us to see what's happening with you. Is there an email address that is more convenient?

Grandpa Paul and Grandma Annette
Anonymous said…
Hi Joel!
I'm so glad to see you and hear what's happening to you. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing you stuffing yourself in the Japanese restaurant certainly proves the virtue of the saying. It brought a big smile to my lips.

This is a good way to keep in touch.
Love, Grandma
Grandma Jenny said…
Joel,
You look so happy!
Is the Chinese version of Japanese food much different from the American version? From what I can see on the table in the picture, it looks a bit different but it's hard to tell for sure. Anyway, I look forward to reading about your life in a semi-concrete context that allows me to look back and study up on what's going on with you before having a conversation with you, thus avoiding the embarrassment of asking about things that stopped being current in your life three weeks ago. Also, I think you should buy yourself a digital camera!
Love, Grandma Jenny
p.s. Yahoo! Photos Sucks! Dick = Pure! Gold
dr said…
Well, it's too bad evilcult.org is gone, but I feel the same way about midget.org and thirdnipple.com... You know, sometimes you just have to let go of the things you love most, and if they love you too, they'll come back.

None of my websites love me.

I'm sure you'll have plenty of entertainment for us, in the fine tradition of such blogs as Lawrence Lin's. Make your grandparents proud.

Love,
Grandma Dan

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