02 January 2007

Big Breasts, Wide Hips, and Other Exotica

Hehe. Let me see if my visitor numbers increase with this aptly-named entry.

Anyway, I finished my other novel the other day. I hated it. It was a Hungarian stream-of-consciousness type of novel. It is set in a room, with a couple, and they smoke a couple of cigarettes, and then the guy starts to hallucinate. It was tiring to read. Anyway, I finished it. Now, I picked up this Chinese novel entitled Big Breasts and Wide Hips by novelist Mo Yan. It is a historical novel, not an erotic novel, for crying out loud.

I received my student evaluations. It was ok. I received good and not so good comments. I don't know how the department will evaluate it, but it's out there. Some of the good comments were that the class was very interesting and full of facts. That I was friendly and was able to explain heavily-technical details for a non-major. Some of the bad comments on the other hand said that I had too much expectation for my students, and that I taught at a level that they were unprepared for. I guess I have to play the this-is-the-first-time-I-am-teaching card. Not a lot of experience yet, so I still have some areas in my show that I need to polish.

Hey, at least one said that he was surprised when he realized that I am just a grad student. He found me better compared to some who already have a Ph.D. for crying out loud!

Anyway, I remember the other day, when me and my Kuwaiti friend were in the mall shopping. Or rather, him shopping, with me just tagging along. We saw a Yemeni family. I didn't know they were Yemeni, but my friend told me that he can tell based on the looks. All I know is that I recognize their language, and that is Arabic.

When they left, my friend asked me about the woman. I found her to be hot. Very exotic features. My friend told me that she is just a 6 out of 10 in a ranking of exoticness, while I would give her an 8. On the other hand, I asked my Kuwaiti friend who would he give the 10 for, and he mentioned some American girl in the department. I said, "She?" She is just a typical American! To which I would give a 6.

Well, that just shows that my subjective view of beauty is hugely different, what is exotic for me is regular for him, and what is exotic for him is regular for me.

1 comment:

  1. First and foremost: Happy New Year to you!!!!!

    And then thanks for your last comment - I've been glad reading it cause I've been in a really bad mood yesterday. I think you felt it...

    Your headline is nice:

    :-)))

    And what is exotic for you??? Any "visualisation" would help imagining it.
    I mean: Post some photos...

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