And. . . my experiment finally got set up today! It's pretty exciting. I have to feed it everyday for the next five weeks until I leave the University and test the influent or effluent 2/3 of the days. It's pretty cute. I'm sure it will wear off after a while, but it's pretty sweet right now to have something useful to do. It's a relatively novel application, so hopefully we can get some good results. Though, believe it or not, seafood processing wastewater is a little rank.
Tonight I went with language partner #2, Yanan, to go have a special kind of fish. It's called "water fish." The cook brought out the squirming fish in a bag before we ate to make sure it looked ok, and then 10 minutes later, it came out swimming in a huge dish of oil and chiles (its' Sichuanese). It was so fresh and delicious. Yanan is a cute Asian girl studying fashion design. I'm hoping to go to her studio sometime and see her stuff.
It seems like a lot of people like musicals here, which is amazing. I can share my strange obsession with friends.
Oh, and being lonely yesterday, I pulled Atlas Shrugged off the shelf, and have been opening to random pages and overcome with joy. It's amazing--or sad--how good of a friend that book has become over the years.