Street Food

One of the many things I like about Guiyang is the street food.  I took a half hour bus ride to get home last night (about 30 cents) and had the munchies.  So in front of my house is a little BBQ where I bought three beef and green pepper kabobs and a baby squid on a stick.  All were roasted over charcoal in front of me and spiced to perfection (another $2.50). So for $3.00 I had a ride and a respectable midnight snack.

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Golfing in the USA

One aspect of living in Guizhou is returning to the USA periodically for a “fix” of American culture.  I have returned to the USA for three months to get cataract surgery, physical thearapy for my back and to golf.  I am happy to report that the first eye is done and in “perfect” condition; the back is healthy again; and I am playing golf at a fraction of the cost of a China round of golf.  Eighteen holes in the USA is between 25 and 40 dollars. China, Guiyang,  costs about 200 USD.

Below are a few photos of the course I played at in Northern Michigan, just outside of my home town, Traverse City. My old friend Gerry, who came to  visit me in China a few years ago played golf with me in Guiyang. He brought his Grandson Nick, and a foreign friend from the Neatherlands (Koss). The four of us played 18. A fine time was had by all.

 

Big Data Expo 2019 Comes to Guiyang

The Big Data Conference was another success and an eye opener. There were flashy displays, like the Pixmoving Autonimous Vehicle presentation and utilitarian displays such as bridge inspection and coordinated facial recognition software for China’s Skynet camera set.

The Big Data sign was very interesting.  It looke like it was made out of toy blocks and you really didn’t see the whole message unless you were standing right in front of it.  Seen from any other angle, you only got part of the picture.

More on the Big Data Conference can be found at: China Daily– Big Data

Also: E_Guiyang

 

Leaving the Big Data Conference was exhilarating:

Incredible Toe Job

It looks uglier than it turned out to be.

I waited too long again with this ingrown toenail. I have a lady that gives foot massages and she is also a significantly skilled doctor.  She did the “surgery”, taking out half of my toenail, leaving only the hole in the side of my toe.  I don’t know what it would have cost in the USA. There was no anesthetic. She was so skilled with her sharp knife that the pain was quite bearable.

The sixty RMB bill iwas less than nine USD. The treatment included the other nine toes, sulfa, a bandaid, and a final dressing. It is good as new, with only a hole. Some things are still a bargain in China. (Photos taken with my Huawei 10+ cell phone and it’s Leika camera).

Sofia’s Russia Tour

If you have always dreamed about Russia, or even if you haven’t, consider Sofia’s Ultimate Tour. A native of St. Petersburg, she has many friends that can help.

St. Petersburg is considered one of the richest cultural destinations in Russia and has very beautiful countryside.

You can feel comfortable in a foreign country, with living conditions carefully adjusted to Chinese taste, right down to the hot and cold water machine. There are excellent ethnic Chinese restaurants and a variety of other countries’ foods represented.

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World Epidemic — Cell Phone Addiction

This is too true. While cell phones connect us, they also pull us apart. In a world where anybody can do business with anybody, isn’t it more likely that people will do business with you if they feel that you respect them?This is a talk by Simon Sinek, downloaded and transcribed from Youtube. Mr. Sinek often talks about how technology is ruining our lives.

Here are some tips:

Download Video Here:
Cell Phone Addiction

We have a responsiblity as marketers to help our clients use technology to bring people together. We have  a responsiblity as companies to offer people who work in our companies a sense that we are helping them build their confidence, that we are helping them ovecome their addictions, (and) that we’re going to teach them patience.

I’m gonna  teach them how to build strong personal relationships. We don’t have a choice. We have a higher burden upon us and there’s so many little things that we can do. We are failing horribly at. It is so easy. Let me show you one.

Can I borrow someone’s phone please? Anyone? Thank you.

OK. There is a subconscious reaction to these devices when we use them. OK? What if I were to hold my phone in my hand while I’m talking to you.  I’m not checking it. It’s not buzzing. It’s not beeping. I’m not even. . . nothing. I’m just holding it. Do you feel at this moment that you are the most important thing to me right now? No you do not. Because there is a subconscious reaction we have to the device.  When it is out, it makes the people around us feel that they are less important.

So when we are walking down the halls in our offices and somebody says “Hey Boss. Can I ask you a question?” You go, “Sure. What’s on your mind?” We’ve just told them they aren’t that important. Or, we can go, “Sure. What’s on your mind?” And if you don’t have a pocket, find a shelf, put it on the shelf, come back and say “Sure. What’s on your mind?”

When we show up to a meeting, or a lunch, or a dinner, with our colleagues or our clients or our friends, or our families, and we put the phone on the table, we have announced to everyone in the room that they are not that important to us. And, by the way, putting the phone upside down is not more polite.

My favorite one is when the meeting or at a lunch with someone, that the phone will ring and the caller ID will pop up and they will go, “I’m not going to get it.”. Oh! So magnanimous! Oh, lucky to eat with you today. Or, they could just put the damn thing away. You can tell how addicted we are when somebody pulls out their phone when you are with them, how uncomfortable does that make us feel? You ae walking down the street with someone and they pull their phone out. We feel stupid, so what do we do? We pull our phones out.

We’re so addicted when somebody goes to the bathroom at dinner and: What? We have to sit there by ourselves and God forbid that we have to look around the room for five minutes. We pull our phones out. Meetings. Awful. What do we do when a meeting happens? Right. Everybody’s sitting there waiting for the meeting to start, “Bob’s running a few minutes late. Bob’s here. OK. Start the meeting.” Do you know when relationships are built? All that in between time. Thank you very much.

作为营销人员,我们有责任帮助客户使用技术将人们聚集在一起。作为公司的责任,我们有责任为在我们公司工作的人提供一种感觉,即我们正在帮助他们建立信心,我们正在帮助他们克服他们的成瘾,(和)我们将教他们耐心。

我要教他们如何建立牢固的人际关系。我们没有选择。我们有更高的负担,我们可以做很多小事。我们失败的可怕。这很容易。让我告诉你一个。

我可以借一个人的电话吗?任何人?谢谢。

好。当我们使用它们时,会对这些设备产生潜意识的反应。好?如果我在和你说话的时候把手机拿在手里怎么办?我不是在检查它。这不是嗡嗡声。这不是哔哔声。我不是。 。 。没有。我只是拿着它。你现在感觉到你对我来说是最重要的事吗?你不可以。因为我们对设备有潜意识的反应。当它外出时,它会让我们周围的人觉得它们不那么重要。

因此,当我们走进办公室的大厅时,有人说“嘿老板。我可以问你一个问题吗?”你走了,“当然。你在想什么?”我们刚刚告诉他们他们并不那么重要。或者,我们可以说:“当然。你有什么想法?”如果你没有口袋,找一个架子,放在架子上,回来说“当然。你有什么想法?”

当我们与同事或我们的客户或朋友或我们的家人出席会议,午餐或晚宴时,我们将电话放在桌子上,我们已向房间里的每个人宣布他们是对我们来说并不重要。而且,顺便说一句,将手机倒置并不是更有礼貌。

我最喜欢的是在会议或与某人共进午餐时,电话会响起,来电显示会弹出,他们会说:“我不会得到它。”哦!如此宽宏大量!哦,幸运的是今天和你一起吃饭。或者,他们可以把该死的东西拿走。你可以告诉我们当你和他们一起拿出手机时我们是多么上瘾,这让我们感到多么不舒服?你和某人走在街上,他们把手机拉出来。我们觉得很蠢,所以我们该怎么办?我们把手机拿出来了。

当有人在晚餐时去洗手间时我们上瘾了:什么?我们必须独自坐在那里,上帝禁止我们在房间里看五分钟。我们把手机拿出来了。会议。可怕。会议发生时我们该怎么办?对。每个人都坐在那里等待会议开始,“鲍勃迟到了几分钟。鲍勃在这里。好的。开始会议。”你知道什么时候建立关系吗?所有这些都在时间之间。非常感谢你。