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June 22nd, 2006
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Proposing to Xiujuan

Yesterday, June 21, I proposed to Xiujuan. It was the third anniversary of the day I first met her, so it seemed like a good time as any. It's always best to try and have multiple special events on the same day of the same month, to make important dates easier to remember. Girls always expect you to remember their birthday, the day you first met her, the day you first kissed her, the day you first had sex with her, the day she became your girlfriend, the day you proposed, the day you got married, etc. It's much easier if you try to arrange it so multiple such events happen exactly integer numbers of years apart.

I baked Xiujuan a huge chocolate cake with lots of frosting and Chinese bayberry syrup between layers (yeah, there are still a ton of bayberries left even though we've been eating practically nothing else three meals a day). On top of the cake I wrote "Xiujuan Mo, Marry Me" in Chinese characters made of frosting. I'd never decorated a cake before, and it is harder than it looks, especially without proper tools. I couldn't find the proper cake decorating tools in China, so I used a 10-ml medical syringe, which I had laying around because I used to carry them in case of emergency when backpacking in remote parts of China. It was really hard getting the frosting into the syringe tube and I had to fill it up three times before I finished the six Chinese characters and other decoration.

The cake turned out really yummy and Xiujuan was very impressed at my baking skills, which despite being poor are impressive to her since Chinese people never bake anything. We are not sure exactly when we are going to get married yet, but probably pretty soon so we can work on getting Xuijuan a visa and she can visit the US. Xiujuan is already 25 years old, but has never traveled outside of China, never seen the ocean or even a beach, and never flown on a plane. We will have to remedy that soon.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 22nd, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
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THAT IS WAY TO SWEET!
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From:virtualjustin
Date:June 23rd, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
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congratulations! wishing you two all the best!
xiujuan is from zhejiang and she's never seen the ocean?
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From:ddewey
Date:June 26th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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Her parents never had time or money to take her traveling when she was a kid, even to other places in Zhejiang province. She had never even visted Hangzhou before she came here with me.
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From:milan27
Date:June 24th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
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congrats! u should celebrate by calling my mom and having her make dumplings :-)
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From:ddewey
Date:June 26th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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Your Mom's dumplings are awesome. Thanks for having us over, it was great to meet you.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 11th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)

You are too cool

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David I am almost as happy about this as I was about Alex engorgement. I have been reading about Xiujuan for years now. BIG congratulations! I am so happy for you!

I couldn't help but notice with great interest about the fact there is a abundance of bayberries in China. I have been ape over the smell since I was three years old. I didn't know you could eat them too! How lovely!

Since you have made me aware now I must plead, bribe or use any other measure I can to try and get you to send me some bayberry perfume. They must have it there right? How about bayberry soap? Anything! I am constantly getting ripped off here paying high prices for thing that are supposed to be "real bayberry". Last x-mas I spent $20 for two candles ( mail order and they weren't even the real thing, or so weak you couldn't tell the difference. I was waiting for them so long it really put me in a crap-ass mood when they finally arrived. So please just tell me what you what and if I can muster it up it's yours. Money? Bake goods? Taxi service what?(What do they taste like anyway?)

Warm regards, Holly (Alex mom)
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From:ddewey
Date:July 12th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)

Re: You are too cool

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Chinese bayberries and the bayberries found in North America which are used to make soap and candles are not the same species. The Chinese bayberry is good for eating and not good for making candles. The North American species is good for making candles, but not good for eating.
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