Straight on to the elliptical this morning for 562 calories in 31 minutes.
I worked out while watching “Alice’s Restaurant” for the second time in as many weeks. It’s worth watching twice, and seems to grow on me. I’ve always been a big Arthur Penn fan, and Arlo is a culture hero of my time on the planet.
Watching the movie brings back the culture wars between the hippies and the rednecks, all but forgotten now. I remember being refused service in a restaurant in Sechelt, British Columbia, because my hair was too long and I had a bit of a beard. “We don’t serve hippies here.” We knew we were in their faces, and our styles got up their noses. Why did we do it? Why do I wear an ear ring to this day?
Speaking of which, an elderly Chinese gentleman in a very classical Chinese garden the other day noticed my ear ring. He pointed at it, made a gesture of throwing it away, a look of disgust on his face. “Bu xi huan.” he said, don’t like. My wife said “Wo xi huan,” I like. So here I am in China, still a shit disturber. Why? Well I guess the easy answer is I demand authority over my own looks and style. People like me gave us a world where long hair doesn’t get you beat up in cow towns. Now you actually have to deserve it to get the boots put to you. Unless you’re gay or transgendered, of course. That could still do it. Bigotry doesn’t die easy, even if we overwhelm it with numbers.
I’m a little concerned about staying on the program today. We’re leaving at 1:00pm with the Chun Hui Young Volunteers to attend their big conference. I helped them write the English on their agenda statement, and we’ve been invited to attend. But that means it may be hard to eat on the program. I think it will be okay. Most Chinese feasts include a lot of protein and greens. If I just avoid the oils and carbofats, I should be okay. We’ll be there for the weekend, possibly, so I may not get the cheater day report in until Sunday.