Courtesy of graceyc, I've been "tagged" to do a blog survey.Usually I think most of these things are kinda lame, but this topicseemed interesting enough and potentially revealing some interestingaspects of everyone's personalities, too... so here goes!
1. I sometimes take off my shirt when doing #2, especially during summertime.
2.In speech, I overuse "ahhh yeah" as a generic filler for anything. Inwriting, I overuse commas, a lot, in writing, although it's gottenless, sort of. ;) In high school, a lot of the points deducted from myEnglish papers were due to mechanics, caused by comma overuse.
3.Before I dig in, I like to take pictures of airline food when I fly, nomatter what airline, or how much/little they serve you; some of mysubmissions can be found on www.airlinemeals.net.
4.Unless I'm in a total rush, I always try to give exact change ifpossible when purchasing something whether in China, the USA orelsewhere, even though it might take some time to sort through mywallet and fumble for coins.
5. I almost never throw things away (the opposite of the person who sent me this)
Pet peeves(I've tried to avoid Shanghai/China-specific examples here as much aspossible, otherwise, I could fill volumes... ;) I've also tried tostray away from my many tech-related pet-peeves that only fellow nerdswould understand. In no particular order...)
1. Not closing and locking the bathroom door
Self explanatory, I hope...
2. Wasting food
Ithappens and it annoys me everywhere, but the China-related angle israther ironic -- while people truly go hungry in many places in thiscountry, in Chinese culture it's actually considered a loss of face tothe host if you finish everything clean (implying that they were toostingy with the food)...
3. Blind nationalism
I definethis as viewing country X, its culture, and/or its policies as beingsuperior or proper (regardless of whether or not I agree), withoutputting personal thought as to the reasons why they feel that way,other than "I'm a citizen of X and it's my duty". BTW, I'm not singlingout any one nationality here -- they are/could be Chinese, Americans,Japanese, Koreans, anyone...
4. Social stratification in His Bodies/communities
Basically,it's where you have a "in" crowd that develops, and those outside whothen become "marginalized". Certainly, GrX for one was notimmune, and I don't fault them, as I've seen it in many other places(including here); just our innate sinful nature rearing itself... Thedifference is whether it's addressed for what it is by the leadership,and in a proactive way rather than reactive.
5. Going overboard with ketchup
Evernotice how fast food places give you a fistful of ketchup packets (In NOut back home is a big-time offender) for a small order? Oh well, if Iever decide to have a BBQ, I won't ever need to buy ketchup myself. =)
And on it goes... bigdenis, blackrose9, chieworld, clieu, dreyersice, uspolymer just to have someone near the end of the alphabet... your turn! Ooooh, this should be interesting... =)