After a year and a half of not getting sick, I've finally come down with a nasty flu. 12 years of living in Asia has put me off Western cold and flu medicine, so I'm taking some herbal Chinese stuff and making my usual Chinese chicken soup. Recipe: - fill a pot full of water. - chop up a big chunk of ginger and throw it in - peel a head of garlic and throw most of it in - cut up a big leek and throw it in - throw in a bunch of chicken wings and/or a few chicken legs - boil on low until the chicken starts to disintegrate
Somebody once told me about a home flu remedy of beer, pears, and ginger all boiled together, though I've never tried it. Would anybody else out there like to share their home remedies?
If you live in Asia or have spent any time there, you know that today is Day 1 of the Year of the Rooster. According to Chinese lore, this is a 本命年 - or "fate year" - for all people born in 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, and 1993. That includes me (guess which year). Chinese fortune tellers believe a person's "fate year" is not necessarily good or bad, but it can be tricky. Traditionally, you are supposed to wear a red sash (红腰带) around your waist for your entire "fate year" to ward off bad luck. Among modern urban Chinese who believe in hedging their bets, this has morphed most commonly into a red string worn around the hips under the clothing... although I happen to know somebody who wore red underwear (没错， 红裤衩！) - but not the same pair - for his entire "fate year." He didn't have a very good year, though. Maybe because he didn't have enough red pairs and sometimes ended up wearing other colors...
What am I doing to hedge my bets this year? Not telling.
So I emailed Ethan about some stuff and complained about a boring date I recently went on. He replies oh so sympathetically:
Uh, no offense, but you have to be the world's most intimidating dinner date:
RMack: Well, I used to be CNN 's bureau chief in Beijing, but it wasn't challenging enough, so I moved to Tokyo and became bureau chief there as well. What do you do? Date: Uh, I'm an accountant. RMack: So what do you like to do in your spare time? Me, I'm training for a half-marathon and helping reinvent media through weblogs. And you? Date: Uh, I collect comics...