I started to upload the photos from my camera this morning—the first step in putting them on the blog, or, barring that, on Picasa—when I realized that, unable to read Microsoft's on-screen instructions, I'd be flying blind and likely to click the wrong button when asked whether to "Delete photos from camera?" or other such irrevocable request. (Just another example of the sort of obstacles presented by my inability to read instructions, which makes even such mundane tasks as operating a washing machine a challenge.) Ling's sister C***o is coming to campus next week, so I'm thinking that when she gets here I'll have her walk me through the uploading process. At least I've determined that the computer is installed with the necessary software to handle photos.
Looks like another slow day for me today. I'd like to take another, longer walk and explore the area, but it seems even hotter than yesterday. So I'll probably stay indoors and familiarize myself with the textbook I'll be using in my classes. They've also asked me to deliver weekly lectures on American culture that'll be open to the entire student body; topics are likely to include education, government and politics, and (closest to my heart) entertainment and popular culture. I expect they'll be largely extemporaneous, with as much Q&A and back-and-forth as I can elicit, but I may as well start outlining what I want to say.
I'll also be sending the rest of the morning with the Sunday New York Times, just like back home (well, not just like, but the online version's a more-than-acceptable substitute). I'm even accompanying it with a cup of Peet's coffee! (And I just saw the news that the Cubs got swept, just like I figured; if I was a sports fan, I'd probably be wishing that the technology didn't give me such easy access to the devastating news. )
By the way, as I've mentioned to some in e-mails, for some reason I'm totally unable to access this blog, which to be blocked by the Great Firewall of China. But I've been assured that my entries are getting posted, and Ling's been forwarding your comments to me by cut-and-pasting them into e-mail messages.