济南之旅•会师

08:30起床。起来的那一刹那,突然萌生不如今晚去爬泰山的想法。原来的计划是这样的,先等雪东买到火车票,能买到明早到泰安的票最好,没有的话就买今天到济南的。雪东早晨的时候还在家里,中午能到学校,填个表,给妹妹邮寄个东西就没事了,我让他火速办理,之后直接去汽车站买票。因为大家去泰山都是为了看个日出,而泰山山顶又没有几间旅馆,就算有也会极其昂贵,因此前人都是从凌晨开始爬山,等到日出之时正好登到山顶,一览美景,我就准备走前人走过的这条路。假如雪东能够买到比较早到泰安的车票,那我晚上直接奔赴泰安。其实今天我本来是打算去千佛山转转的,济南有三景,趵突泉大明湖和千佛山,前两处我昨天有去过,可是想想还要爬泰山我便对爬千佛山这事失去了兴致。一上午都窝在旅馆里看电视,顺便把昨晚剩下的两个猕猴桃解决掉。

12:00退房。雪东还在学校里忙那些繁琐的事情,我让他把背包装好一同带着,一旦买到汽车票直接坐车就走。在昨晚那家牛肉面馆要了碗牛肉面草草了事,吃完饭也没什么事情,因为一切行动都要根据那小子到泰安的时间来安排。

13:20开机上网。雪东打来电话跟我说买不到票,这家伙是个相当不靠谱的人,对于自己的事情从来不上心,然后便推给别人去做。其实到了这个时候我已经打消了今晚爬泰山的计划,一方面自己感觉很疲惫,另一方面已经下午将近两点了,可是他还在北京,时间太过仓促。我在铁道部官网给他刷车票,所幸终于抢到了一张,17:15从北京南到济南。之前听许多人说从济南到泰安不需要订票,在汽车站随买随走,可是我实在是不放心,于是在网上买了两张明天早晨10:56从济南西到泰安的车票,然后和曲阜的旅馆确认了一下信息,一切就绪。

15:54从网吧出来。乘坐118路从洪家楼西到西市场,下车之后打听了一下便很容易地找到了99旅馆。房间比如家还小,但还算舒适。看了会电视,又有些困倦,于是盖着被子睡起觉来。

18:42老妈又一次在我睡觉的时候打来电话。每次下午睡觉最痛苦的时刻便是醒来的那会,精神恍惚,身体感觉极其不适。看看电视,看看杂志。来济南四天了,这本杂志仍旧没有翻过多少页。

19:20出去走走。缓解睡眠之后的恍惚最有效的办法就是散步了。我往西市场那边走去,因为今天下车在那的时候看到好多小吃,想到过一会可以同雪东去那吃。可是当我过去的时候发现人家都收摊了。西市场马路另一侧是小商品城,在它背后能够看到有座高楼,其上写着「华联商厦」,但是远远望去却是黑漆漆的一片。我决定走过去看看。果然别有洞天,这边是一条非常繁华的街区,有银座商场和银座超市,因为是在拐角处,所以从远处看不到多少光芒。肯德基、麦当劳、味千拉面,一家家店铺彼此挨着,我很高兴再一次看到了人类的文明。因为中午只吃了一碗牛肉面,而晚上直到现在也没有吃晚饭,因此肚子饿极了。看到一家西餐店,橱窗里边的人大口地吃着牛排,我完全抗拒不了诱惑,走进去看看餐牌,价钱还行,一会带着雪东来这吃吧,我心里盘算着。雪东打来电话告诉我已经出站,118路正好也经过济南站,于是我让他坐这辆车到西市场来,我也往站牌那边走。路过一家好利来,不能自已地便走了进去,买了一个热狗面包和蛋挞打算先填填肚子,又买了一块布朗尼蛋糕作为明天的早餐。

20:26雪东走下车来,看到我他很高兴,但我却没有。我们俩决定先去吃饭,然后再回旅馆。我带着他去刚刚的那家西餐店,叫了份西冷牛排,牛排蛮大,吃得蛮饱。

21:40回到住处。我们依次洗了个热水澡,然后躺在床上看电视。炫动卡通竟然在播「魔神英雄传」,让我喜出望外。因为明早我们要去济南西赶火车,而且明天晚上爬泰山没有觉可以睡,于是决定今晚早一些睡觉。


23:24这大概是我来到济南最早睡觉的一天了吧。

在济南足足待了四天,对这里的感觉越来越好,但是如果让我一辈子生活在这里,那是完全不可以的。我还是喜欢大都市的感觉,在外边多待一天,对北京的思念就增加一分,我想我是彻底爱上了北京,当我不在北京的时候。

山东之旅•趵突泉

08:15闹钟响起,起床。喝袋牛奶,洗个热水澡,开始一天的行程。来到距离旅馆最近的公交车站,我其实对于济南的大小是没有概念的,但是感觉它应该不大,不论走到哪里,我都能找到到达趵突泉的公交车。看了看站牌,这一站是山大北路,许多公交车都直达趵突泉,最先来的是1路车,路经黑虎泉和泉城广场,基本上和趵突泉呈三点一线状。

10:14公车到达趵突泉东门,人蛮多的,票价40元,还没有学生票。今天穿着一条牛仔裤,没有腰带,裤子总是往下掉,于是李清照纪念堂、趵突泉等许多名胜古迹都留下了我提裤子的景象。趵突泉公园里蛮大的,乱七八糟各种东西都往里边塞,感觉就是一个大杂烩公园。趵突泉其实就是三个小泉眼,喷涌的泉水大概只有三十四十厘米高,围观的人却不少,不知道这样的景色有何值得观赏,若不是历史的缘故,若不是语文课本收录了这篇课文,我想我是不会花40块钱来看这仨脑残玩意儿的。而就在趵突泉旁,有一个原本古色古香的小亭子,愣是让工作人员用那些盆红红黄黄的艳花装点得乡村气息异常浓郁,活像是涂了烟熏妆的李清照,赵本山可以考虑下一部「乡村爱情」在这里拍摄。在公园里逛了没多久我便出来了。


11:45登上趵突泉东侧的环城巴士,票价12元,赠送一张明信片和一瓶水,知道我为什么坐它么?一方面是想宏观了解一下济南这座城市,另一方面我不得不承认,明信片吸引了我。不过这环城巴士确实坑爹,环的哪是城啊,分明是个广场。途径大明湖、护城河、泉城路、解放阁、黑虎泉和泉城广场,最后又重新回到趵突泉东门。


12:25下了环城巴士。抬头望去,泉城广场北便有一个中国邮政,喜出望外,带上我的明信片赶往那里。填写地址,邮寄。本来约好昨天下午去找舟,下雨使得计划作废,于是又约好今天见面,下午一点在泉城广场。为了打发时间,在附近逛了逛。泉城广场北侧是恒隆广场,整个建筑非常气派,里边的牌子也是可望而不可及,总之与济南市整体的基调很不搭。去六楼的电影院转了一圈看看有什么好电影,暑期档把所有看得过去的电影都上映完毕了,而国庆档的电影却没有上映,因此只剩下些无人问津的烂货,这是一个很尴尬的时间。之后在泉城路北的新华书店里随意翻看了一番,舟来了电话。

13:15我们来了个见面拥抱。他还是老样子,瘦瘦的。舟带我去芙蓉街吃饭,这条街和王府井的小吃街颇有些相像,汇集着各种美食店铺,最终我们去了一家我也不记得叫什么名字的饭馆吃的饭。九转大肠是舟极力推荐给我的,说是济南名吃,但后来他告诉我说在此之前他也没吃过。舟也打算去美国读Master,他是化学专业,但是想申请计算机科学,这家伙留了一手,一开始啥也没对我说,我还在纳闷他怎么突然想改学计算机了。席间以聊天为主,吃饭为辅。他也是今年6月考的GRE,分数在1000+还是1100+我忘记了,找了家中介,10月还是11月考托福我也忘记了,年龄大了记性就是变差了许多。他努力给我塑造着一副玩世不恭的形象,整天在宿舍不上课,开学很久才来到学校,挂过科,并且找人替考才通过。可是聊着聊着,舟突然峰回路转对我说自己开了家公司,主要做解决方案的,他是大老板,也是唯一的一名技术人员,其他的合伙人有小学同学和初中同学。总之他这招欲扬先抑着实很奏效,我一定是刮目相看。从谈话间我能看得出,舟是非常热爱计算机的,而且能力应该比我强出许多,我觉得美国的学校应该会非常喜欢这样的学生,敢于创新,拼搏。除了以后的路,我们当然还叙叙旧,缅怀一下年轻的时光。这顿饭是他请的,因此我提议请他看场电影。

14:43重新回到恒隆六层,买了两张15:40「夺命深渊3D」的电影票。我们又重新回到泉城路,闲聊闲逛。


15:40电影已经开始放映,而我们才刚刚到达。电影情节老套,给我感觉不像是新片,导演拍摄功力凑合,3D效果比想象中好,至少比我之前看的「飞屋环游记」强很多。

17:43我和舟坐车想去大明湖畔转转,怎么说都是乾隆遇见夏雨荷的地方。而且今早环城巴士路过大明湖的时候,那景象的确非常美,喧闹的都市中,一湾如镜的明湖静静地搁置在那里,在柳树的映衬下显得婀娜异常。我们到达这里的时候天色已经暗了下来,找了处石台阶,我们俩坐在湖边,又一次畅聊起来。


19:05打了辆车回到我旅馆的附近,我们找了家牛肉面馆简单地吃了顿晚饭。最后互相告别,后会有期。

19:50回到住处,正赶上天宫一号发射直播。21:16,天宫一号准时射出。恰好今天「步步惊心」大结局,我落入俗套跟看两集,实在搞不懂这剧凭借什么让无数痴男怨女沉迷不能自拔。

00:44准备睡觉。

和老友相见总是令人快乐的一件事情,而且没有任何拘谨,这大概和两个人的性格组合有关。济南的景色还算不错,今天也见识到了其繁华的一面。在这里足足待了三天,渐渐对它熟悉起来。

山东之旅•济南的雨

07:45闹钟响起,往后拨五分钟,再睡会。07:50起床,给老妈打电话,因为怕今天闹钟没有把我叫醒,因此让老妈在8点的时候给我打通电话看我醒没醒,既然早起了,而且不想担惊受怕地等待随时可能响起的铃声,不如先打过去算了。汇报完毕,洗个热水澡,收拾行李,因为今天会换一家旅馆住,所以东西都需要带走。

08:38在如家吃早餐,一个面包片,几块鸭胸肉,一个鸡蛋,两个小包子,还有几片西瓜,本来想喝杯果汁,却告诉我没有杯子,坑爹的如家。

10:00考试开始。阅读答得比较凑合,时间感觉很紧,听力各种没听懂,或者是不知道该选什么选项。十分钟休息时间,跑出来看看机经,因为之前几场考试机经都没有预测上,所以我压根就没看这花了200块钱买的东西。翻看翻看,我靠,竟然中了,就在第五套预测题里,这个时候什么也顾不上了,看看口语一二题,匆忙地构思了一番,然后又看了看口语后几道题的答案,最后又把综合写作的梗概看了一下,考官叫了我的名字,我该回去了。

14:02考试结束。口语一如既往的不知所措,综合写作比上次有所进步,可是独立写作让我很心寒,完全不知道该写些什么,想到了素材却不知该如何表述,一种心有余而力不足。天下起了雨,来济南没有带上雨伞,给老妈打了通电话,考完试我一向是报忧不报喜,倒不是有意而为之,完全是情势所迫。这雨稀稀拉拉一直在下,不像是暴雨,等它停下来我看是没戏了,于是戴上卫衣的帽子,我又一次装逼的在雨中漫步。用了一上午脑子,肚子不免很饿,打电话给旅馆问地址在哪,他让我一直往西走直到国美,于是一边走一边寻找能够引起我食欲的地方,哪?KFC。周围越来越多的人开始厌恶起KFC和M记,唯独我,随着日月的更替,随着星辰的斗转,我对汉堡和薯条的爱有增无减,你说我脑残也好,你骂我傻逼也罢,我的爱矢志不渝,海枯石烂,直到雷峰塔倒,西湖水干。其实也只有在这些快餐连锁店我才能够找寻到一丝熟悉的感觉,吃着相同味道的食物,看着穿着相同制服的服务员,听着那熟悉的普通话。可是我错了,走进大润发的KFC,一股浓重的带有山东口音的「欢迎光临肯德基」将我从空中重重地拍到了地上,拍回了山东,我他妈在济南,无论我逃到哪里,这些萦绕在耳边的山东话时刻都在提醒着我,我是在济南的肯德基济南的必胜客济南的麦当劳,好吧,那我就安心地吃着济南的汉堡和济南的薯条吧。可是,当我向济南的服务员额外索要两包番茄酱的时候,她对我说,小薯条只给配一包番茄酱。我操,这个沉重的事实深深地伤到了我本就脆弱的心,济南的小薯条只能拥有一包济南的番茄酱,我在想,济南的薯条岂不会很孤单,每每想到这,我顿时伤感起来,然后发了一条微博聊以自慰。

14:50继续在雨中行进。葛洋大概是看到了我的微博,打来电话问我的近况。我一边在雨里走着,一边和他有一搭没一搭的聊着,还好来济南的时候带了这件有帽子的卫衣。走到一个十字路口,我感觉自己走错了方向,可是还在打着电话,也不能够去问路,于是躲在一家治疗青春痘的小店门前,凸出的灯箱招牌正好替我遮了雨。我们又在聊着有关于旅行的话题,虽然不靠谱,但是聊天不就是应该聊些不靠谱的事么。不知是谁电话的问题,总之电话掉了线。趁着这会,我赶忙询问青春痘店主国美在哪里,是的,我的直觉很准,我走过了。于是过了车道,我继续往回行走,葛洋将电话重新打了过来。不经意间看到了一个写着「某某商务宾馆」的大招牌,我以为自己到了,赶忙跑进去,坐在大厅里的沙发上,继续和他扯着淡。过了挺久我们挂掉了电话,宾馆的前台说我这电话打的可够久的,我心里暗想你赶上的这段连下半场都算不上,拿出身份证亮明身份准备登记入住,前台看了好久的预约名单说没有我,我说难道这里不是「修府商务宾馆」么?不是。擦,她会不会以为我是专门进来躲雨打电话然后装疯卖傻的。最后我终于找到了住地,房间很大,但是用户体验没有如家的感觉好,最令我不满意的是没有旅游卫视,这两天晚上我该如何度过。

16:48徐恺发来短消息,一年一度的评优工作又热火朝天地展开了。称号是虚的,证书是没用的,可奖金是实打实的。换了件干净的外套,在宾馆前台借了把伞,去网吧填申请表,我觉得在乌烟瘴气的网吧填这玩意儿是一件挺具有戏剧冲突艺术效果的事情。表很快便填好了,然后顺便把第八季第一集的「Desperate Housewives」看完了,又和朋友聊聊天,很快三个小时便过去了,九块钱就没了。可是晚饭还没有吃呢。

20:20又一次来到大润发,不过不是来吃济南的KFC的,而是来超市买东西的。既然都这么晚了,吃太过油腻的也不太好,那就买些水果和酸奶当做晚饭吧。于是买了几串葡萄和4个猕猴桃,还买了盒大果粒,好像是草莓味的,将就着吃吧。电视没啥好看的,各种垃圾国产电视剧,以及傀儡新闻节目,还有乡村综艺节目。带来的杂志又觉得太无聊。哎,一声叹息。

00:42准备睡觉。

来济南的目的,托福考试已经结束,不管考得如何,走出考场的那一刻身心感觉放松许多。喜欢雨天,尤其像是今天,一个人无忧无虑的在旅馆里,翻翻杂志,看看电视,多久没有过上这种悠闲的日子了。身处异地,走过的每个地方都是陌生的,新奇,没有过去的烦恼。工作之后一个人的生活会不会依然如此,每天下班之后回到自己的小天地,周六周日更是一个人悠然独处的绝佳时间。越发期待未来,越发享受一个人的旅行。

山东之旅•启程

07:10起床。昨晚把东西整理了一番,需要带走的衣物、杂志、书本、相机、学生证、剃须刀等都装进了背包中,还有一些昨天晚上仍然在使用的东西,比如各种充电器、隐形眼镜盒等,这些东西就需要利用早晨的功夫收拾起来了。最后,把宿舍的钥匙装进了口袋中,走出宿舍,和每一次临行的感觉一样,总觉得落下了什么,以及对旧地的习惯感和不舍。塞上耳机,我迈出了这里。

08:20前往学校的打印社。之前做了些功课,把在山东之旅这几天订好的酒店地址和电话都整理在了一份记事本文件中,虽然待的时间没有多久,但足足换了四家旅馆,不记下来真的会遇到麻烦。另外,我查了些济南的游记,因为去泰安和曲阜都比较有目的性,而济南实在不知道有哪里可以去逛,所以想参考一下其他人的行程作以借鉴,于是也整理在了一个记事本文件中。去打印社就是为了将这两份文档打印出来。不料,虽然时间已经不早,可是打印社还没有开张营业。反正不急,我可以到了山东再解决这件事情,于是就此离开了学校,向地铁迈进。

9:12到达北京南站。到达目的地之后的第一件事情就是询问工作人员哪里可以退票,因为之前先买了一张普通列车的车票,之后才买到动车,于是打算先把普通列车车票推掉。顺着指引的方向,我来到二层的3号票务区,退票有专门的窗口,人很少,很顺利便完成了任务。在检票口附近找了个座位坐下,等待上车。


10:21火车准时出发。我坐的位置是三人座位中最靠近走道的,靠近车窗位置是一个女生,看起来应该是大学生的样子,坐在中间的是一位中年大叔。随着火车的行进,我们三人互相攀谈起来,一直到列车到达济南站时我们互留联系方式,我和大叔在此下车,而女生则是要去青岛。先来说说女生,暂且称其为议兮,就读于北京联合大学,大三在读,家乡四川绵阳,此次前往青岛是为父母亲看看青岛的房子,他们打算将来定居于此。议兮是艺术设计专业,父亲希望她毕业后能够去英国进行深造,可她却独爱北京这块地儿,对于未来究竟去哪里还没有个定夺。议兮的性格和她的专业颇为相像,很有文艺范儿,自个儿一个人背包旅行过许多地方,喜欢摄影,但不崇尚没有理智的一味追求拍摄的设备,她告诉我说玩摄影的人大致分为两类,一类是设备流,还有一类是技术流,她又说,她不敢声称自己是后一种人,但绝不是前一种。议兮很喜欢摄影,从她描述的口吻中我察觉了出来。她和我说,她的一个同学先天患有某种精神疾病,看待事物的视角和普通人的完全不同,比如说当提到一棵树,她同学的脑中可能会浮现出一棵俯视的树,而当提到小草,可能又是仰视的。她对此很好奇,并且也经常产生过一些在我看来非常奇特的想法,比如她曾探究小孩子世界的视角是如何的,她一边走路一边将相机举在很矮的位置,当她结束了一天的拍摄之后获得了许多未曾有过的发现,比如为什么小孩子不喜欢逛街?因为他们在熙熙攘攘的街道上看到的只是无数双腿。议兮的性格很开朗,和直爽。对了,在她的左侧锁骨之下有一个小小的纹身,图案我并没有看清,但留给我的印象却很深。关于议兮,我所知道的也只有这些了,我们留下了各自的微博,相信后会有期。再来说说坐在中间的大叔,称其为黄哥吧。黄哥是黑龙江大庆人,蒙古族,如今在北京安家。黄哥原是食品餐饮管理专业,如今在蒙古国做矿业生意,并且身为蒙古国中华总商会会员兼理事,此次来济南是为了同济南地矿局谈生意。黄哥因为工作的缘故酒量非凡,夸下海口说最多一个人能够喝下一斤半的白酒,对于喝酒的技巧也是深有研究。从他的谈吐中能够看出这个人的生活阅历很多,打拼多年,也可以算得上是商场老手了。黄哥给我们讲了许多有关于蒙古国的事情,对于他来说,蒙古语才是自己的母语,他还经常给来蒙古国访问的国家领导人做翻译。黄哥喜欢文艺,唱歌不知会不会跳舞,还曾经在电视台给电视剧配过音。黄哥作为过来人给我们讲述了许多人生的话题。旅途中最美妙的事情大概便是结识一个个陌生的过客,彼此交换自己的人生故事了吧。在交谈中,时间过得很快。

13:15火车抵达济南站。出站之后我与黄哥互相告别,在门口的报亭中买了张济南市地图,并询问老板该坐何车到达我的住处。当老板听我说要去洪家楼的时候不禁感叹「好远」,于是我坐着她告诉我的BRT5,一路看着济南的街道,来到了熙熙攘攘的洪家楼站。不同城市的人对于距离的远近一向是有差别的,在北京待得时间长了,公交坐个二三十站毫不稀奇,地铁换个三四次线也是常有的事,从济南站到洪家楼,我只能说,真的很近。一路打听一路找,往东走个几百米,再往北走个两百米就到了之前订好的如家酒店。房间面积不大,但是该有的都有了。整理了会东西,打算先去吃个饭。

14:00向如家前台的接待打听附近的餐馆,却意外得知明天的考场山东大学老校区就在如家西侧马路的对面,于是想不如先去看看考场,然后再吃饭也不急。辗转多时终于找到这传说中的三号楼,楼很破,就三层。看考场的时候遇到一名女生,便询问她是不是也是明天在这考托福的,她说是。我又问她是山东本地的么,她说自己从北京来,北京的考场当时没有报上就选了山东。听了这话我像是在异乡见到了亲人一般,与她热切攀谈起来,最后又得知她也住在如家,世界多奇妙?世界如此多娇。女生曾就读于对外经贸大学,毕业工作两年有余,今年八月底突然萌生出国的想法,因此在时间准备上比较仓促,之前考过一次GMAT,但分数不够理想,没有达到700分,这次一战托福心里也是没多少底。她明天下午考完试便启程回京。因为我还没有吃午饭,在山东大学校门口便与她告别。山大附近貌似也没什么吃的,随便找了家快餐店草草了事。吃饭的时候看到窗外有座蛮漂亮的教堂,之前查找济南旅游攻略的时候看到过有人提起它,于是吃完饭便去看了看。本想就此回到旅馆,可突然看见马路对面有个中国邮政,立马过去想买张明信片寄回学校。谁知这里不单卖,我又实在不想花那冤枉钱买一整套却只使用一张,于是想等后几天有机会再说吧。顺着初来时的路,我回到了如家。洗了个澡,看了会电视,实在是困倦的不行,倒头便睡下了。


18:25醒来的时候天已经黑了。电话突然响了,老妈打来的。因为刚刚睡醒的缘故,精神极其恍惚,有一搭没一搭的「嗯。哼。哦。呃。」老妈问我是不是没睡醒,虽然是,可我却说没,我也不知道这动机缘于何。挂掉电话之后打起来精神,准备出去吃个饭。找了家沙县小吃,因为中午吃的晚,肚子不饿,随便点了盘蛋炒饭和一罐老鸭汤。感觉些许寂寞,一个人在一个不十分繁华的陌生的城市。

19:36农民打来电话,给我排忧解闷,我在马路上闲晃,踱过来踱过去,晚上的气温倒也舒适。挂掉电话之后我看了看通话时间,为时1:08:40,这通电话着实排解了我的寂寞孤独之感。回来的路上在街边的小贩处买了几串葡萄,作杰昨天回来的时候还送了我一个石榴,我一并带到了济南。晚上吃着葡萄,就着石榴,看着旅游卫视,生活惬意无比。「有多远走多远」在介绍南加州圣地亚哥,黄金海岸,沙滩排球,篝火派对,Barbecue,心驰神往。「行者」,到访一个即将因为南水北调工程而被淹没的村镇,他们不知道家园即将被水漫没,他们以为一个鸡蛋五分钱,他们在电视中看着红楼梦选秀,一种仿如隔世。突然觉得,其实电视机有一个旅游卫视便足够了,我可以盯着它满足地度过一整天。


00:05睡下,迎接明日的考试。

济南这座城市,能够看出作为省会的繁荣,却不似北京的繁华,也许是因为我所住的洪家楼附近正在修缮马路,到处围挡,满是沙尘,给我一种破乱的感觉。人民朴实憨厚,却并没有将热心显露出来。对济南的第一印象并不佳。

A Busy Day

This morning I got up at 9:30 when the alarm clock of my cell phone rang though I slept at 3:00 o’clock. And I had several things to do. First of all, I went to an optical shop to buy a small bottle of eye contact solution which will be convenient to be taken with when I travel in Shandong. After that I went to the office of my adviser to sign the written request for leave, because I will be absent for three classes in the following days. Finally I went to buy a switch plug which will make the plug of my phone charger adapt to the China standard. My HTC Legend is a smuggled thing which came from Taiwan.

After I finished all of the stuff above I rode back to my dorm. Oh, by the way, I was cycling for the whole morning. And this noon I picked two magazines for the coming trip because I don’t intend to take my computer with. I think it must be boring if I have no computer to play and have no books to read either. What’s more, I just felt I haven’t read a magazine for a long time. Though I get news from Weibo every day, the length restriction of it also restricts abundance of meaning of articles.

GIS class was from 14:00 to 17:45. That was a disaster for me. The class is boring and confusing and the teacher is tedious. I just cannot stand it anymore. What was worse, at the latter part of the class, the teacher told us to give in the homework before Friday. However, we even did know nothing about what to do at that moment. The homework thing really pissed me off! I’m leaving in tomorrow and will return on October 4th. This was an impossible mission because I can’t have access to a computer during that time as what I planned. So I talked to the teacher, and he said nothing useful. What could I do? Finish the homework tonight. And I made it. I’m really proud of myself now. And I found a bit of interest in GIS and coding.

What occurred to my mind right now is that I haven’t bagged the pack! Fuck my life! It’s 1:38 now and I’m not sure if I can get up on time tomorrow in case I miss the train.

Good night my computer, see you 8 days later.

USC Information Session

Last night Ji told me that USC Viterbi School of Engineering would hold an Information Session in Shangri-La Hotel this night. And after he told me it I checked my email and found an invitation as well. I thought this was because I filled USC as one of the GRE score free sending. However, Ji told me that this was because we had filled in an application of this session several months before, and then I remembered that he did give me an online address to apply for it not a long time before.

I learned a lot through today’s information session. And the knowledge I gained not only fits USC, I think it will be a help for all of applications in the not far future. After the session I believed that my GRE score is useful enough just as Jiashu told me though not perfect. However, the most significant problem is TOEFL. Ji told me a long time ago that it is easier to get AD from USC among the other universities at the same level. However, the request of TOEFL is a bit higher than others, strictly total 100 and every subject higher than 20. To be honest, I have more confidence than before.

「Modern Family」 has been back and I watched the first episode tonight. It’s not so funny, but it is familiar to me and gave me the feeling of meeting a friend whom I haven’t met for a long time. That is enough already. 「Desperate Housewives」 will come back tomorrow and the last episode of 「Drop Dead Diva」 will be played in tomorrow as well. The new season of American TV series is coming, and I love it.

「Cien anos de soledad」

This afternoon I finished the book 「Cien anos de soledad」. The title of this book means hundred years’ loneliness. When I read over the last word of it I really felt lonely, even though I didn’t like the content very much. To dilute the sorrow feeling I made a phone call to my mom, and I felt better after the conversation. Family is always the most curative medicine.

This night I bought the ticket from Qufu to Beijing on October 4th. So by now except the tickets from Jinan to Taian and Taian to Qufu, all of the booking stuff has been done.

I have no confidence at all in the coming TOEFL test. Well I think it’d better not think about it right now.

The Damn Ticket

I was wakened up at 07:30 a.m. this morning by Xuedong, who will travel to Shandong with me during the National Day holiday. I admitted to buy the train ticket for him. And today is the first day when can buy tickets on October 1st, yeah, the National Day. I bet anybody cannot imagine how many people were in the queue in front of the ticket spot when I came there at about 08:40. I hesitated if I should give it up. However, I have another mission. I need to buy a high speed train ticket for September 27th instead of taking the normal speed train whose ticket I already had. At the point when I was going to leave and intended to buy one in several days, I saw a school mate, Chen who lives in the next of the next dorm of mine. Chen was very near the head of the queue and signaled me to come to him. So I went towards him and settled there with shame in my heart.

Chen told me he reached there at 06:30, and I roughly calculated that there were still more than twenty or maybe thirty people before us. I knew how admirable they were! Chen was waiting there to buy a ticket for his friend. And we talked about stuff as the privilege of graduate and the coming holiday. When he knew that I was going to Mount Tai, he really gave me several useful and precious tips. He had been there in summer this year, so he knows a lot of things about climbing the Mount Tai.

The good news is that I’ve got the high speed train ticket to Jinan on September 27th, but the bad news is that there was no ticket available to Taian or Jinan on October 1st. I think the situation is just as same as what I confronted, i.e. the high speed train ticket is available to buy within 5 days to the day you leave. What can Xuedong do is to waiting.

This afternoon we went to the KTV which paid on a deal-of-the-day website. It is located at the west gate of Beijing University. And I think the equipments and environment of the KTV is better than the one we usually went to. What excited me was that I could perform songs「Yellow」 by Coldplay and 「Cui Mian」 by Faye Wong very well. This is a great discovery which means the pool of my songs can be expanded larger and larger.

We five people had dinner in a barbecue buffet restaurant as Dabao’s wish. Everyone was full enough when we left. So we decided to walk to school to help digest. And the hike took us a whole hour which I didn’t think of.

Now I am tired because of the early waking up and the one-hour walking. So, good night.

Booking Things

Traveling without an agency is a tough and annoying thing. There are a lot of things should be booked, the tickets, the hotel. Everything drives me crazy. I cannot bear it anymore! Fuck my life!

「Things About Dynasty of Ming 6th」

Last night, actually a specific description is this morning, at 02:00 a.m. I finished the book 「Things About Dynasty of Ming 6th」 through my phone on my bed. I went to bed at 23:40 and continued to read the book until 02:00 a.m. the next day. I believe in that I’ve gotten the sleeping late disease. What is sorry is that this is an incurable disease.

I finished 「Things About Dynasty of Ming」 1st to 6th all by phone, and most of parts of the books I read on my bed. So I call this series of books 「books besides my pillow」. Every night when I turned sleepy after reading it I would decide to turn off the phone and sleep. So sometimes the situation of my mind is confusion when I was reading it. Besides, there are a huge plenty of characters in the books. So I cannot remember things described in the books clearly. And if you give me a name of one of the emperors in Dynasty of Ming, I even cannot tell who he is except some famous ones such as Di Zhu, Yunwen Zhu etc. Reading this series of books is just for fun. And I think the experience of reading is more important than what I remember. And there is only the last one 「Things About Dynasty of Ming 7th」 left not read. I believe I will finish it soon.

Nothing exciting happens. I’m still the old me, the lazy one.

Primetime Emmys 2011

Last night through Weibo I knew that today morning the Primetime Emmys 2011 would be held in Los Angeles. However, I slept at 1:19 am this morning, so I didn’t expect to get up at 8:00 am and to watch it. The fact happened as what I thought. I got up at 8:40 this morning. Even though the ceremony had already been in progress for more than a half, I still decided to watch. What I thought was that the biggest award will always be left to the end of the ceremony and actually what I only cared about is the series 「Modern Family」. So I turned on my laptop and found the live website. However, I found none! There were only several traditional websites which supplied words and photos of the live situation. I was disappointed really. And finally I got the news that 「Modern Family」 got the award of 「Outstanding Comedy Series」. What’s more, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy and Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy respectively got the award of 「Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series」 and 「Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series」. And two more good news were that the director and writers of this series respectively got the award of 「Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series」 and 「Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series」. So 「Modern Family」 totally got 5 Primetime Emmys awards this year to be the biggest winner. I was excited and relieved. The new season will come at 21st September and I look forward to it very much.

The speed of Internet in the Building of Graduates turns fast since there are few here right now. Surfing on the Internet smoothly is a luxurious thing in CUGB.

Keep Running

Another wasted day has gone.

The jijing Xuan and I bought the day before yesterday has come this morning. However, there is a TOEFL test today, and the testers said the jijing from anybody didn’t predict right. Is it a sign that ETS is fighting with jijing from China? Actually I don’t really care about it. If jijing works, I should make sure I’m not one of people who don’t have it. If it doesn’t work, I’m glad it is becoming a fair test.

From the time summer came I stopped running, instead I swim. However, the weather is being colder and colder, and the heating hasn’t put into use. So the swimming pool is just freezing. And today I continued to run after a long time break. I could clearly felt that the physical condition of my body is getting worse. I thought after the several times of swimming the strength and endurance of my body should be better and better. There is a long way to walk on.

And there is one thing that I bought a ticket to Jinan, but there is no speed one so I just bought a normal one. The speed train takes 2 hours to Jinan instead of 6 hours normal train does. This should be a special day which I will remember because this is the first train ticket I bought. What a surprise, isn’t it? I asked Zoe about things of youth hotel. And I think I should make a detailed plan of the trip in Shandong. This gonna be the first independent trip of my life and I don’t want to make it a bad remember in the future.

Adele’s Songs

Recently I fell in love with Adele’s songs which are powerful and tender. It sounds like a contradiction, but the fact is her songs do involve both power and tender. Especially the song which I love most 「Someone Like You」, and 「Rolling In the Deep」 isn’t less melodious too much. What comforts me is that Adele just looks as graceful as her songs. That really doesn’t let me down. Right now, the song 「Someone Like You」 is around my ears. And every time I heard it I couldn’t help myself singing with her. OMG her perfect falsetto makes me intoxicated and keep my eyes close to enjoy.

Yesterday I asked the clerk of the train ticket spot, and she told me until tomorrow I can buy a ticket to Jinan at 27th September. Consequently tomorrow I’m gonna buy one. And until now I haven’t planned what I’m gonna do after the TOEFL exam. The plan seems not urgent. However, the days are coincident with the National Day. So there must be a lot of tourists everywhere! What is more important is that if I don’t plan right now and buy the ticket back to Beijing ahead I may meet a trouble then. Buying a instant ticket during the National Day holiday must be a impossible thing. I don’t want to be homeless in a holiday.

Xuan and I just bought a Jijing for TOEFL at 28th September last night, and it cost us 198 Yuan. I even can’t calculate how much money I cost totally for TOEFL till now! I’m such a lavish jerk!

And we made an appointment to go to the KTV next Thursday afternoon. It’s really hard to find a leisure time for both of us. Who told me the grade of senior will be a paradise.

Stay True

Last night I just had a very weird dream. The people in it mixed up my whole life, from my primary school classmates to my high school classmates, from my best friends to my parents. When I got up this morning I felt exhausted very much because of the dream. And by the way, that was a sad one.

I believe this is the first day that I woke up before 9:00. After washing up I went to the classroom. I practiced to speak several SSS passages and then did a reading passage. The efficiency is too low to believe. I shame on myself.

After the supper I went to the supermarket which gave me a lot of fun. How pathetic I am. Even shopping in a supermarket can cheer me up. I bought some milk and grapes. Customarily, after the Mid-Autumn Festival the grape will lose its popular season and I should catch the timing when it’s still delicious and cheap.

I unintentionally knew one of my roommates decided to give up taking the graduate entrance exam instead of taking the privilege of graduate. Actually, including him there are lots of people who hated CUGB and swore they would go to die rather than study graduate here. Finally these people all chose to stay here instead of taking the entrance exam to a better school. The laziness played the trick.

And this night my instructor called me to make sure if I decided to give up applying. I said yes, I give up, and thank you. That’s it. My life just navigates a broaden channel. However, I cannot turn back in this way. Go ahead with full speed.

I watched a movie in the classroom this evening, and the movie’s name is 「Flipped」. It talks about love between two teenagers who met each other at a young age. Actually I don’t want to use the word love, but I cannot find a more proper and accurate word to describe the relationship between the two teenagers. I think the name of the movie 「Flipped」 expresses exactly the emotion exists between them. I know that kind of affection. It’s just like a magic.

I don’t know since when I already used to be silent. This silence doesn’t mean I don’t talk. When something happened on me, I tried to keep it in my heart instead of finding a friend to talk to. I’m not complaining about it. In the contrary, I have been used to it and feel just fine. I don’t know if it is a sign of being more and more mature.

In the ETS TPO, there is a listening passage which I really like. There is a paragraph, saying “Don't worry if you are not sure where you're headed or what your long-term goals are. Stay true to yourself and it'll make sense in the end.” Remember it, all of us.

Be Alone

I realize days before the TOEFL test at 28th September are less than two weeks. These days the only topic of my diaries is TOEFL, and even I get bored about it as well. Though the theme of my life now is TOEFL, I haven’t devoted even half of myself into it. I said to friends this evening that TOEFL is the only unresolved issue of the whole stuff of applying abroad. This kind of urgent situation never did any help on my struggle of study. I really have the impulse to kill myself.

Recently I don’t know what inflamed me the interest of reading. Several months ago I bought a book named 「Cien anos de soledad」 which seems famous in the fields of literature. The author is a Colombian, so I guess the language of the name of these book printed on the cover is Spanish and I have no idea what the English name it is. Though this book was published in 1967, it may be the problem of its content and never imported in China until recently. Lots of people have read this book before it came to China through illegal copies. I’ve read about 140 pages and I really feel it bored till now and I really confuse why it gets such a famous fame. The book is all about absurdity, sex and incest. By the way, the author won the Nobel Prize in 1982.

I looked for rewarding books on Douban someday evening. After a long time work I found that there were still several books I bought before but never finished. The number of books I want to read always rises faster than the number of books I have read. So I think it would be better to buy extra books after I finish them.

The day after tomorrow I will buy the ticket to Jinan, and this will be the first time I go to a strange place alone. I feel a sort of exited even though Jinan is near Beijing and it is a normal city not as cities in Yunnan and some other west provinces. And I haven’t planned my travel route and schedule such as how many days I spend in Jinan? Where am I goanna go the next, Taishan Mountain or Qingdao? I think I’ll figure it out days later. And my mom hastened me to book a hotel as soon as possible. There really are lots of things to be done.

These days I all ate in school refectory, alone. This afternoon I read an article on Douban about aloneness. She lives alone and cooks for herself. The depiction of food and cooking occupies most lines of her article. The lifestyle of her really gives others the relaxed and liberated feelings. It really engendered resonance of me. Aloneness is different from loneliness as everybody knows. When and how can I enjoy the aloneness? I’m waiting for the answer. May be the trip to Jinan is a good start.

Giving Up The Privilege of Graduate

Today the school of Information Engineering has issued the details on the web site. There is only one person who can have the privilege of graduate to other universities. Aifei sent me a text this noon to ask me if I would apply for it. I really wasn’t sure about what to decide. After all it was a kind of big decision which would change my life. So I called my mom.

I described the outline of the situation right now. Then I expressed what I thought. In a word, I wanted to give up the privilege and devoted all myself into the applying stuffs. The process of conversation was not only to convince her, what was more critical was to convince myself. After that, three extra calls came from my mom. I knew she couldn’t let it go.

For a long time I haven’t gone to swim. So I decided to do it this night. And there were 7 people including me. The water was really cold, and I even couldn’t feel my feet in it. What surprised me was that the number of people in the pool today is quite a lot even though the low temperature of water. We went there after 19:00 and left not to 21:00.

To Bet My Bottom Dollar

After the several days English writing I really find it lack of strength about it. Sometimes there is something in my mind, but I just cannot write it down exactly as what I think. However, I can do that in Chinese, even though the diction may be not delicate enough. And that kind of disability feeling really drives me crazy.

Today is the first day after the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. So we all have to get on the track of busy life again and waiting for the coming National Day, except me. I was surprised to think about that I have to buy the ticket to Jinan at 17th this month, i.e. four days later. This means that there is only two weeks before the TOEFL test at 28th September. And I really feel nervous because I don’t think I’m ready enough for it.

Today I heard that the privilege of graduate apply is coming. I feel confused about it. Actually I don’t think it a pity for giving it up, but I will feel pity if I lose the opportunity and fail to study abroad. And I think the main problem I confront right now is obvious, TOEFL. All of the apply materials, only the score of TOEFL has the space to be promoted. And by the way I think it’s a little ridiculous to describe it as the space to be promoted because the score of 83 is unavailable at all. So I would rather say of all the apply materials only TOEFL is unavailable which I never put my concern into it. TOEFL may accelerate me to apply a university which ranks high or forestall me on the road abroad, and what’s worse is that I already give up the privilege of graduate yet. So then I will have nothing.

However, all of the tough things I confront depend on my willpower. I’m really an incurable man and I even cannot stand myself anymore. Fuck me!

This noon mass organizations recruit new members on the Summer Square. There were crowd of people there, and I guess most of them were freshmen. People there were curious about everything. They looked around and receiving fly sheets from every organization. I thought I saw a younger me three years ago. Three years passed in the blink of an eye.

The Mid-Autumn Festival 2011

Today is Mid-Autumn Festival. Every day I told myself to sleep earlier, at least before 00:30 am. However, when I sat in front of my computer I just wanted to stay awake, even though I had nothing to do. Last night the same situation happened again. When I was ready to sleep it was already 03:00 am. So this morning I woke up at 10:30 and stayed lying on the bed till 11:20. What a lazy pig I am now!

I had lunch with Daz this noon in school refectory. We talked about our own holidays and the freshmen who just came into university. The contemporary young people aren’t humble any more. And I think that is normal. When I was young I was just like them. I think everybody will have the process to grow up and to learn to be humble. That will be a fantastic process because you will suddenly see the changes happened on you someday.

Finally, at the last day of the three-day holiday I did a little study. This afternoon I did two listening lectures and two reading passages. Though the amount of work is little, it is a sign of progress.

Mom called me this afternoon and complained I didn’t call her first to wish her happy at the Mid-Autumn Festival. She said she got a box of ice moon cakes and they are delicious. My dad wanted to store 4 of them in the fridge for me until I come home at the end of October. I will stay at home for 4 days and I cannot eat moon cakes all days!

This evening after a long discussion, Xuedong, Zuojie and I went to Jiaxiangcai to have dinner though the price there is a bit expensive. However, there is only one Mid-Autumn Festival one year and we should do something good at this day for ourselves. What is the coincidence is that the Mid-Autumn Festival last year we had dinner in Jiaxiangcai as well. But last year they gave us moon cakes and this year they don’t.

This is a peaceful Mid-Autumn Festival, and I love it.

A Cold Day

According to the weather forecast on my phone the temperature today is 14 to 16, Celsius. I have to admit that today is really cold. I just wore a T-shirt, and because of the rain I wrapped the bottom of my trousers. So I really feel a bit chilly. Beijing turns to be arctic over a night.

This morning not to 8 am there was somebody broke into the dorm to tell us they were going to kill bugs, and the point was that we should get up right now even though I slept at 3 am this morning. Then I went to the classroom with Xuedong.

Did I study this day? No, except watching TV series I did nothing. And my mom called me to ask the score of TOEFL, and that made me feel worse.

In the TV series「Six Feet Under」, Clair said “I think I really learned something valuable. Everything I think I know was wrong.” With my age grow, I have my own thoughts in these words.

The Big Blue

Last night I was trimming my blog until 3:30 am this morning. Of course I couldn’t keep doing that for several hours. During the time I chatted with Yiru about her life in Hong Kong. She turns to be a fashionable person and the words she typed were all prevalent words on Internet. She mentioned a TOEFL test she took on 21st last month, and the total score is 97, but the speaking part is only 19 as much as mine in the test on 28th last month. So the scores of her rest three parts are really high.

I got up at 9:30 this morning, and after that I still keep on trimming my blog. What to be happy is that I already finished that work. Without lunch I went to the classroom with my computer. You should know next Monday is the Mid-autumn Festival, so from tomorrow to next Monday there will be a 3-day holiday. Even though I already have 4-day free every week, I can still be affected by the circumstance of the festival. What’s more, the weather these days really makes me feel a bit excited. I love autumn. I love the feeling autumn gives me, loneliness and sadness. All of the festival and season stuff resist me focusing on studying English. So I watched an episode of 「Drop Dead Diva」. Because there is no subtitle and I confused in several parts of it, I watched it twice. Then I should’ve begun to study. However I still could not focus my mind on it. Then, with guilty, I started to watch the movie 「The Big Blue」.

This movie is really long, about 160 minutes. I saw it on the Top 250 Movie of Douban, and its score is really high. To be honest, I don’t like it very much. This movie talks about a man called Jacques. He loves diving, he loves dolphins, and he loves ocean. The story happens between his girlfriend Johana and his best friend Enzo, who he met at a very young age. Jacques is a special guy because his mind is very different with others. He is just like a kid, puerile and simple. Enzo is a world champion diver until Jacques took part in the competition. To defeat Jacques, Enzo finally died in the ocean. The night Enzo died, Jacques dived into the ocean and never came back, and ignoring his pregnant girlfriend Johana’s begging. So this movie is a tragedy. Enzo and Jacques all died. Johana received the news she was pregnant and lost her boyfriend at the same day. What really moves me is the end of the movie, that Johana freed Jacques with her own hands. And what confuses me is that I don’t know the motive of Jacques to dive into the ocean forever, for the love to the ocean? But why the exact day Enzo died? Or is it the love to Enzo? However, I cannot tell the beyond-friend love between them. Finally I have to admit, I love the end of this movie. Tragedy makes people to remember.

It’s September now, people are preparing for the quota of graduate privilege. My GPA ranks 2nd in my major and I have several prizes. So I have to prepare for giving up the privilege. That’s really a brave thing.

Exhausted All The Day

From today on I will keep a diary in English every day. Please don’t ask me how long I will insist on, because I don’t know either. All of my strange and crazy ideas attribute to the damn TOEFL test!

This morning when I got up I saw plenty of clouds outside in the sky, and the temperature was really low, I even feel a bit cold with only underwear. Autumn is coming. At that moment I recalled what my mom told me before. She said autumn always made her sad and sorrowed since my grandfather died. Autumn is a lonely season. It can always remind one of his dead relatives, friends and people he used to love. Poets like to depict autumn to express the feeling of sorrow, lonely and sadness. And another reason that autumn made my mom feel uncomfortable is that my grandfather died in autumn. However, I cannot remember the condition of my family in that special period. I was busy then because I was on grade one of high school, and school stuff really drove me out of my mind. What’s more, it’s been almost 6 years since then. I even have no idea why I started such a heavy topic.

These days I sleep at 12:00 pm and get up at about 8:30 am. There is more than 8 hours sleep time. However I often feel tired, exhausted and sleepy during the day time. And there will be two to three times naps when I study in the classroom. I think there must be something wrong in my body. How can I be so tired without doing anything!

These days I begin to study TOEFL. The listening and reading parts I depend on the TPO, to the speaking part I practice to read the SSS (60 Seconds Science), and I hope the English diary will do me a favor on my English writing. The process is a bit slow because of my laziness. So I guess I should speed up now.

From this Monday I became a senior in my university. I have three classes to take, and I feel ok about it. The classes centralize from Monday to Wednesday, so I am totally free from Thursday to Sunday. 4-days-free a week is absolutely a cool thing. I know I should appreciate it right now. I believe there won’t be such a good thing in the future.

Danteng took an iPad 2 from his brother. This night I played it for a while, and I really have fallen in love with it. It is delicate and amazing. iPad is deserved to be owned.