I felt bad for my grandmother. Her hair had thinned out so much over the last few years. She colors it and gets it styled once a week trying to cover her bare scalp areas. Grandma is not one to want to wear a wig either. She always remarks on how full and beautiful my hair looks. I had to tell her that it is my natural hair extensions that have it looking so full. She then told me how she had hoped the family curse skipped me. I asked her what she meant, and she told me that the women in our family have all suffered from significant hair loss as the years go by.
I mentioned how mom’s hair looks good, and grandma told me that her daughter, my mom, wears hair extensions every day. Continue reading My Natural Hair Extensions Help Cover Up the Family Curse of Thinning Hair
I spent about a week living in one of those extended stay hotels, which was a pretty poor choice really for me. Then I sort of found a temporary place to stay while I was out on my new job. I just happened to make a service call to a nice old lady who was looking to rent out the loft over her garage. It was cheap and just fine for now. I did have to get reliant energy in lewisville to fix it up so that I could have my own meter, because she wanted it that way. Continue reading Found a New Job and a New Place
Thanks to my ADT security system, I’m getting a commendation from the mayor of my city. There was a burglar who had managed to avoid capture by the police for 2 years. He was always careful and meticiulous with his burlgaries. He never left any fingerprints behind, no strands of hair, or anything else that would give him away. He could sneak into any home without being detected and steal just about anything. He would have continued to burglarize the city, but one day he made a mistake that ended his burglar career, and that was trying to break into my home.
The burglar tried to enter through one of my windows late one night while I was asleep. Continue reading I Stopped a Burglar with ADT
Finding truthful information about China is a challenging experience. I’m doing doctoral level work at a large private university about the Chinese political system and believe me when I tell you it is a nightmarish experience. Trusting official Chinese sources on anything is an exercise in futility. Totalitarian governments tend to deal in lies and distortions, and the Chinese government has turned falsehood into an art form. To make matters worse, the censorship of non-government sites in China is heavy-handed and quick. A bit of information goes up that the government officials don’t like and almost immediately all of the sites go down or are blocked with a warning sign. It’s maddening when I’m trying to get solid information to earn my degree. What all of this means is that I must use a little intelligence and some tenacity when looking for the information I need to do my work.
It’s quite fortunate that the Internet works to find pathways around even the most onerous censorship. As soon as the Chinese government blocks a site, two more pop up with the censored information. Oftentimes, you’ll get good commentary on what is actually going on. Continue reading Tangling with the Chinese Dragon
The trial of Bo Xilai’s wife is currently underway in China. This landmark case involves Mrs. Gu who is accused of poisoning Neil Haywood, a national businessman. Far from the traditional criminal case, this involves widespread speculation that her accusal was brought about specifically to topple her husband, a formerly powerful politician in the Chinese rigime.
Mrs. Gu is currently standing before a panel of three judges, and the burden is on her to prove her innocence. Her chances are not good, as more than 95 percent of criminal cases in China end with a guilty verdict. If she is sentenced, penalties could be harsh. Her husband could also be viewed as a conspirator, and he may not escape punishment either. Past murder cases have resulted in the swift execution of those charged, and that might possibly be the fate of this family as well.
While no murder crime deserves to go unpunished, this one is far from the traditional case. Continue reading Wife of Bo Xiai – an Honest Accusation or All About Politics?