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Mar. 8: Internet Connection – I’ve been having difficulty connecting to Fudan’s server, so I call the computer folks to find out the problem. They tell me my account has no more money. (Not surprisingly, no one bothered to notify me of my balance.) So, I head down and pay up: $75 for 40 hours.

Mar. 9: Strategic Management – Debbie comes to my MBA class as the official class photographer, taking mug shots of everyone. Tuesday’s MBA class was supposed to read one case and one text chapter. Enter packed room, spilling over into hallway. New faces; not enough materials. I push on. I ask who has read the case. No hand rises. I ask who has read the chapter. Three hands rise. Tough gig. I push on. After abbreviated case discussion, I lecture on text material. After class, a dozen newcomers follow me up to office to receive little remaining materials. Yoshi and his wife went home today.

Mar. 10: Business Ethics – Debbie comes to my MBA class as the official class photographer, taking mug shots of everyone. The AC adapter for my laptop flickers a bit, so Jackie my TA comes up and bravely holds the wires together while I finish my slide presentation. Afterward, I use duct tape to fasten the wires together. Then, eight of us have a home-cooked dinner at my place, and a couple of others come by later on for drinks. Later, the adapter fizzles.

Mar. 11: Laptop Woes Continue – Debbie’s two-month tourist visa expires Monday, March 15. It is routine to extend it one month but difficult beyond that. Good news: I receive a call today that that the Public Safety Bureau agreed to the two-month extension, allowing her to remain until mid-May. Bad news: My PCMCIA modem card was shot a few weeks ago so I’ve been using others’. Now needing both a modem and adapter, I meet Jackie downtown and we head to the computer shops. After negotiating for modems and not finding the correct adapter, I finally settle on a modem after the clerk also throws in a 100 meg Iomega zip disk. I head for my office to use the Internet, but of course it’s mostly down. I meet Kathleen and Linda for dinner, then Kathleen returns to my office to use the e-mail (she returned her laptop last week for repair!) but of course it’s still down. I do manage to send messages to my laptop retailer and manufacturer requesting overnight delivery of an adapter. I don't know if the message is sent. Completely frustrated by now, I head home and take apart the adapter. Loose wires need to be soldered. I bring it downstairs but there is no solder or gun available. I use duct tape. It works. I wait to see if I will receive two new adapters tomorrow I no longer need.

Mar. 12: No Reply – Luckily neither the manufacturer or retailer are responsive. The e-mail message to UMAX bounces back (as is the usual situation). Microwarehouse is more responsive by answering my e-mail. They no longer stocks the part so suggest I call UMAX. I now have one operating adapter being held together with duct tape.

Mar. 13: Farewell to AJ – I meet John, the godfather of Shanghai educators, and a couple of his friends from a local joint venture. We discuss putting on some workshops or seminars. We finish around 3:00 and I rush back to do my laundry before it gets dark. It’s been raining for days but I have to hang my clothes on the balcony to dry. By 6:30, eight of us meet in the lobby for our farewell dinner and dancing to AJ, who plans on going to Thailand and then France. We need two cabs and agree to meet at an all-night dim sum restaurant, but when we get there it is closed. We mill around for a while the two cabs double park on Beijing Road, a main street, deciding where to go next by conducting our version of a Chinese fire drill, all the while attracting a crowd of gawking pedestrians and taxi drivers looking for fares. We agree on a local chain, Ganki Sushi, and head off in the same two cabs. The four of us get to one and sit down to order. As our dishes arrive, we are summoned to the telephone. The other four are at another location. We agree to meet at Park 97 at 10:00 for a transvestite’s birthday bash. By midnight it gets crowded, and some French students we know also stop by and join us. By 2:00, Maurice, Mark, and I head off to some other local bars. By 4:00 we stop for a late-night snack. We arrive at the front gate shortly before it opens.


[Returning to Shanghai] [Spring Festival] [Chinese New Year] [Fulbright Mid-Year Conference] [Back to School] [Back Online] [Into the Heartland] [Ancient Capitals] [Judeo-Christian Holidays] [From Albany to Zurich] [Yellow Mountain] [Loose Ends] [Hello, Debbie ... Goodbye, Debbie] [Southern Capital] [Tropical Tour] [Unwinding] [Farewell Banquets] [Winding Down] [Good Bye, Shanghai]

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Copyright 1999 Paul Miesing. All rights reserved. Please do not use without permission unless in the People’s Republic of China which does not enforce intellectual property rights. Revised on January 17, 2001.