Some of my staff and I are at this restaurant tasting the food and drinks for an event. In doing a taste test of beer for a company event, one of my translators tried to explain to me to difference between the two beers I was tasting. She proceed to tell me that one beer was bitter while the other was sweet because the sweet beer is “Fresh Beer”. What in the world is fresh beer? I kept picturing a beer tree out back. She meant that the beer didn’t come from a bottle or can, it was a draft beer. SMH.
That same night, I was trying to talk to the cater to discuss the potential menu. I told them I wanted this and that and went on for a while. I pause to let my assistant translate for me when she looks up and exclaims, “I am a little drunk, can your repeat that.” Very professional.
Then, that same night we are driving by a bunch of furniture stores and the same translator says, ‘Wow, Furniture Center. What do they sell there?” Now mind you, she said that in Chinese (no language barrier), she was dead serious and this was before we even got to the beer tasting, so she wasn’t “a little drunk” at the time. HAHA.
Love my staff!
I am sitting in my office. Probably playing Mahjong for the third or fourth time and DOI comes in and says, you are not going to believe what just happen. He is on the phone trying to arrange for the outside staff to come pick the kids up from the pool. While on the phone, the outside operations guys come down to the pool. DOI told outside operations guy that the juniors will be ready in ten minutes. What does the outside operations guy do? Sits and waits, no! Goes to grab a bit to eat in the canteen, no! He proceeds to take off his clothes, right there next to the pool and then dives in. He actually dives into the pool! In his boxer shorts! Just thinks to himself, I have a couple of minutes, why don’t I go for a dip. In the hotel pool. Now, this may seem elitist, but her in China, outside operations workers who make 2,000 RMB per month, just don’t go swimming in the pool of the 5 star hotel that they work at. They just don’t. In what universe did he think that is was ok for him to do that? What the hell was he thinking? Literally thinking, he was off duty and wanted to take a dip. Amazing! DOI said he didn’t do anything because he thought it was a culture thing. WTF!!!!
Chinese people never cease to amaze me. It was damn bold if you ask me. At first when DOI told me about it, I just sat there with my mouth open. An hour later, I start laughing so hard, that I started to cry. Now, I am just crying. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SMH and HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, what did I learn today?
I learned that the people in this country are just as crazy as people in America.
I learned that saying I am going to do it, blogging that I am going to do it, preparing to do it and dressing to do it and not doing it, is not anywhere close to doing it.
(Did not workout today. Maybe tomorrow. HAHA!)
I learned that these people have the stupidest excuses that I have every heard. Two of my favorites:
“I have to quit because I have to get up too early in the morning it and it disturbs my husbands sleep. He has a very important job.”
“I have to quit because although I was hired to be outside operations, I don’t like being outside.”
I learned that people who are given the opportunity to fight for themselves and don’t have a lot bigger problems then trying to figure out how to sell a lesson.
I learned that firing people is not hard. Especially when the person you fired, just didn’t give a shit about being here in the first place.
I learned that I just love music. If all else fails, play me a tune and I can find my bliss again.
I learned that in order to break your addictions you must remain conscious, focused and alert at all times.
I learned that I just love Ami James. I learned that I love tattoos, therefore, I learned that I would love a tattoo from Ami James. Now!
Yep, that is what I learned, today.