How to spend more money than God in one store...
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Quite the ominous title, huh? Okay, I didnâ€™t spend more money than Godâ€¦but then again, does He even have money???
Iâ€™ll start at the beginning, which was Sunday night. After some discussion (and me being at the school for more than twelve hours), Daniel and I decided to meet at McDonaldâ€™s at 9 the following morning to go Halloween costume shopping with Scarlett and Jenny (students). Well, we met (minus Jenny since she was working), had breakfast, and took a taxi to Chongwenmen. We had to wait for the mall to open since we got there before ten, so we waited while giggling and me and Daniel wondering what a Water Bar wasâ€¦
The first place we went to didnâ€™t have muchâ€¦nothing I liked and could wear anyway. There was another place that seemed to have more, including a few things hanging up outside, but it wasnâ€™t open.
No one should be surprised there. Actually, thatâ€™s my second one, my first I got at Wal-Mart.
So we ended up heading back to the school since Daniel had to teach.
For anyone whoâ€™s seen the Criminal Minds episode â€śA Real Rainâ€ť from the first season, I can identify with Dr. Reid. He said something about eating with chopsticks being like â€śforaging for food with two number two pencils.â€ť
After that, it was back to the school for a few minutes before heading up Nan Saniltun to find the Bookworm (bookstore). Finally found it, no board games but I did buy a book. Surprise, surprise. On the way back to the school I bought a shirt and a pair of pants. Probably paid more for the pants than I shouldâ€™veâ€¦but I did need them.
It wasnâ€™t until almost midnight that I got a text from Daniel saying we were meeting at 9 againâ€¦same place. I go there early since I needed to use the ATM, then I paced for a while before Scarlett came, and at about quarter after Daniel called and said to go east (so I just turned right, which is what he wanted). We finally found him in a taxi, then we picked up Jenny and then it was off toâ€¦somewhere. We ended up at a shop that Jenny found, where we looked around and Jenny bought stuff, Scarlett tried on stuff, and me and Daniel poked around.
From there it was back to the mall, and the store was open. For a while I didnâ€™t think theyâ€™d have anything for me, but I found something. It just needs to be altered a little b/c the back is really long and Iâ€™m afraid someoneâ€™s going to step on it and me crash and burn. Daniel also found something, so weâ€™ll pick them up tomorrow (hopefully). After that, it was off to lunch at a Mexican place. We shared nachos, Mexican pizza and the girls each had a quesadilla (Daniel didnâ€™t want any, by then we were all pretty much stuffed). So Daniel and I got our things to go and we left. It was back to the school were Scarlett rushed to her class, Jenny went back to work and I hung around with Daniel a little, checking things out.
Then I went off to Wangfujing where I spent more money than God. There was more going on there than Iâ€™m used to, so I just looked around before heading inside. While I was looking at some books, a girl approached me. Now, Iâ€™m all for being courteous and polite, but the more she said that we should go have teaâ€¦yeah, I remember those warnings. Iâ€™ve read too many warnings about going to teahouses with strangers. Theyâ€™ll leave you with a bill of 1000 yuan or more that you have to end up paying. So she followed me up to the third floor (hey, Iâ€™m polite and she wasnâ€™t picking up on the subtle hints I was leaving). I started browsing the teaching books and finally she got bored of me and left.
Love it, chalk one up to the nerd.
So I stayed for quite a while, remembered to ask about Danielâ€™s book, and then left with my luggage. Then I went home and wrote this blog before doing laundry and watching a movie. Yup, I lead an exciting life.