Friday, September 12, 2014

I seem to have won some kind of Chinese boating contest


You guys. You guys.

So let me tell you how "moving" works in China. When someone "moves out" of their apartment, they don't actually move out, they apparently just take the stuff they want and leave everything else. Which is why I just moved into an apartment full of somebody's random junk. Like, old shoes, toothbrushes, cables from some sort of TV perhaps, cigarette butts, etc etc.


In America, you have to clean everything when you move out or you don't get your security deposit back. In China, not so! (If you're lucky, your landlord might hire someone to "clean" it before you move in.)

But, lucky for me, my new apartment also came with the item pictured above. Some kind of golden boat on a pedestal. It's 18 inches tall and looks like a trophy, right? Cool!

But it can't be a trophy, because it has a bunch of phrases like "一帆风顺" which means "smooth sailing."

So I don't really know what it is, but man that's cool. ^_^


  1. "Smooth sailing"? Sounds like maybe it's a version of our "congratulations on your new venture" cards.

  2. Ooh, that has to be the Macguffin. The previous tenant didn't move away -- he disappeared because he knew too much, but unbeknownst to all, he stashed a thumb drive with the [blueprints, secret plans, incriminating evidence] in a secret compartment of the boat trophy. Or maybe it's a magical relic/horcrux/portal and one night, like Eustace Scrubb, you'll suddenly see those golden sails start to billow ...