Midterms have sprung upon me suddenly, so instead of going hashing today and whiling away a good 6 or 7 hours in travel, running, laughing, and drinking, I decided to stay home and focus on my speech, powerpoint presentation and essay. I’m not super-pleased, but on the bright side, I let myself wake up naturally (which was a bad idea, as my body decided on 6:58) and had none of that leaden dread that can happen in the mornings.
In keeping with my goals of more activity and more air conditioning, I went to the gym after a healthy breakfast of bacon and fried onion-thing-bread. I paid my 50元 for an hour using the long thin room on the third floor, but on the way up the stairs, I was distracted by chanting. From the third floor, I could see a large Buddhist service on the basketball courts. The music was pleasant, but even after reading the wikipedia page I found based on the 南無阿彌陀佛 banners, I’m still perplexed on the structure and significance. I guess I’ll find out next week if it’s a recurring service in the community center, or just a one-time event. There seemed to be sign up tables as I passed by the 2nd floor landing, but I was too cowardly to ask questions with my paltry religious vocabulary and I was worried distractions would sap my workout resolve.
The gym itself was nice enough: not too big and with a comfortable mix of genders, sizes, and dedication. I tried a rowing machine just because there were some people I could watch to check myself (and for some dragon boat nostalgia, although the motion was utterly unrelated), and some free weights, just because they’re the same in every language. Now that I think about it, though, they should have been in kilograms… I would feel so much buffer if my arm work was done with 4kg weights!
Now to write a presentation on the Chinese Chicken Little.