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To Beijing

I took a trip out to Shanghai on Wednesday to interview with Pacific Epoch. They do technology and media research, and needed an editor. It sounded like it might be an interesting job, and a good way to learn about an industry while getting some experience under my belt, but it looks like it's just going to be mostly tedious proofreading. They had me edit some sample articles, and the way it worked was, they had their Chinese staff pick out some news items from Chinese sites, and write brief English summaries. I was to fix the English, and make sure that the summary contained all the important information and no irrelevant information. The problem was, their English was so atrocious that in some cases they actually conveyed the exact opposite meaning of that intended, so for every article I had to go back and read the original Chinese in its entirety and write my own summary. That in itself is fine, and I'm glad for the opportunity to use my language ability, but for them to give me this broken English is just a waste of my and the Chinese staff's time.

Anyway, when I came back to Nanjing, I just booked myself a ticket up to Beijing. I'll see if this place makes me an offer, but if they don't, I don't think I will be too sad.

I bought a big peasant suitcase with the red white and blue to dump all of my bulky clothes in. I always like to travel in style.

Graduation now, more later.

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Paul Rosen said…
Joel: We are intensely interested in what's happening with you, but did not know how often to look at your blog. Talked with your dad today who told me about his conversation with you and the fact that you had posted some interesting stuff which I just read. So would you do me a favor and send me a brief email apprising me of your latest post, unless of course you intend to keep up a running, frequent comment. Your life is certainly interesting as was your description and evaluation of the potential in the interview you had.

Grandpa

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I give up

My visa expires on Wednesday, and nobody needs crew around here, so I booked a ticket to SF on Monday. It was almost free with frequent flier miles and I will get to visit the airports of Bangkok and Frankfurt on a nearly 50-hour itinerary.

I could have flown to Singapore or Australia and tried again but I'm getting tired of spending time and money being a tourist, and there simply aren't boats going in the direction I want to go, only boats sailing to Malaysia and Thailand and bumming around. I just feel like going home. I'd still like to try this again in the future, but I can do it any time, and next time I can pick a place where there's favorable wind. So far I haven't spoken to a single sailor here who says they've had more than a day or two of proper sailing. Everybody is just motoring against the current without wind, so what's the point? I've already done plenty of motoring on the ferries here.

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