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Why does beer have to weigh so much?

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day to you I made a decision today that will probably shock a few, leave others 'bu-arh' (open mouthed) and leave the rest of you shaking your head in wonder. With seven days of freedom before me to go anywhere in reach I wish, I decided to STAY HOME! MY GAWD, STAY HOME! But, there is always a BUT!

The 'But' factor (don't go there!): living such a happy and beautiful life here in China does have its set backs. If you add beer, meat, beer, meat, sitting, talking, beautiful vegetables, more beautiful vegetables, more beer, huge dinners with tables full of food, all nighters at the market place, more meat and on top of that more beer what do you get? An extra 10 kilo's is what you get. An extra bloody 10 kilos. Unbelievable! I got here and I was 65 and now I'm 75. Almost all the foreign teachers I know have lost a heap of weight, but not I. No, I put it on. I've been feeling so unhealthy lately and tired. I now have a cold. A cold, I haven't had a cold for years. I've always been to fit and healthy.

Back in Australia for years I would live on my bike. Ride it to work, ride it home, use it to go shopping. I'd spend my mornings and weekends swimming and riding my bike. Swim for an hour or so and ride my bike for up to 4 hours each morning. Weekends, hey it's the Gold Coast, I'd ride all day. For the last 9 months I've done sweeeeeeeeeet .... You know the rest! I'd go for a walk for an hour each lunch time but it just hasn't been enough for the lifestyle. The last week's classes have been pretty difficult. Add together 70 kids in each class, Primary School kids that is, you know, yelling, screaming etc etc, if you add them to a pounding head, blocked nose, gunky throat and sore joints you don't come up with a good answer. Especially when it's the first time I've been sick for years, plus I'm male, give a man a cold and he's on his way to the grave! Also the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek made me begin to question my fitness level and health.

So yesterday I pulled myself out of my grave, caught the bus to Baise and entered heaven....oh I do love bike shops! All those beautiful, expensive bikes I can never afford. I like to find the ones I'd need a house loan for, the ones you can lift with your little finger. I just stand there, lift them and say WOW! Some people like cars, some motorbikes, me, I like bikes! I've never actually paid the money for a WOW bike but have always dreamt of owning one.

Dreams do come true. Here I am in China teaching great kids, eating the best food in the world and drinking great beer etc and now I own a WOW bike. I always go into this one bike shop whenever I'm in Baise. I've always admired this one bike. Oh, so beautiful! Then I'd walk out and go and eat and drink beer. I was in there last week and watched and tried my hardest to listen to a guy make an offer on MY BIKE. The owner wouldn't take it, so I offered a little more, the owner still wouldn't take it. He wanted full price and I couldn't afford it at the time so that was ok by me. Yesterday I thought I'd go there, halve the price and buy a bike in that range.

I arrived, began looking, the owner (we've become good friends by now) was helping me and after I told him how much I wanted to spend he began laughing. I felt a little funny and thought, hey, it's still more than most Chinese could spend on a bike, why are you laughing at me...HHHhhhhmmmm! We continued and he caught me looking at MY BIKE and began laughing again. He motioned me towards MY BIKE and then wrote a figure on a piece of paper matching the figure I could afford. Yesterday being National Day, most things in the shop were half price. Oh Baby, come to Puppa! Look at you, alloy frame, beautiful cone shaped rims, front shockers and those beautiful disk breaks! Oh what a sight you are! I still can't understand one thing, last week he could have nearly got double for the bike but didn't take it. Surely he must have known he'd be halving his prices on National Day. Surely it's not something you do on the day....upon waking say...hey, gee, I might halve my prices today!

Within minutes my wallet was empty and I was on my way back to Tianyang. My usual bus drivers motioned me towards the bus as I approached the station. Sorry guys, I'll do the 50 or so kms by bike! I must say, less than my normal days ride but but after so long without exercise, my legs were more than a little shaky upon arrival and the road is mostly. Today I headed out into the hills. I'm one of those people some call STOOPID! Why, well amongst other reasons I love riding hills. That burning feeling you get in your legs that spreads throughout your entire body making you wonder why you're doing this. At the top you feel so good and at the end of the ride when you collapse on the couch you feel totally exhausted. Some go to the gym for the same reason. Some go for a run....a run, bugger that, if we were meant to run, bikes wouldn't have been invented!

Today was one of those days. Two and a half hours up and down hills and then 2 and a half hours back again. I already feel better than I have for quite some time. It'll take some time before my fitness level returns to what it was last year but Tianyang is set amongst hills, so it is the perfect place. It was so funny, most people use motor bikes to get around. You have Dad and Mum and child in-between all on the one bike. Sometimes more. You also have boyfriend driving and girlfriend sitting on the back with both legs to one side. So being so far out in the hills, most people have never seen a westerner before. Going down hill I'd be the one passing them. We'd look at each other and I'd say HELLO and they'd look confused and then giggle their butts off. Going up hill, they'd catch me and yell HELLO 3.4 billion times and giggle their butts off as they waved good bye. Funnily enough, I didn't see anyone else on a bike so far out.

Then you had the old men and their ox's slowly walking along the road. They see me and my bike and without word burst out laughing and then rant and rave something that must have been so funny as it made them laugh even more. I'd slow down and smile and say Nea Hoa, Hello, Apple, Banana, OK! They'd do their best to repeat it whilst laughing and I'd wave good bye as they continued to yell out hello, goodbye OK, hello, goodbye OK!

Anyhow, must go, I really smell at the moment and I'm sure the people next door would be much happier if I showered. Maybe I'll just sit on the couch and look at my bike a little more. After having my last bike stolen from downstairs, this baby lives with me on the third floor. I may need just a little more than my little finger to carry it, but she doesn't have a weight problem!

The MUSTANG (1)

The MUSTANG (1)


The MUSTANG (2)

The MUSTANG (2)


The MUSTANG (3)

The MUSTANG (3)


Tianyang Ride

Tianyang Ride


Tianyang Ride (1)

Tianyang Ride (1)


Tianyang Ride (2)

Tianyang Ride (2)


Tianyang Ride (3)

Tianyang Ride (3)

Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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