Going for a short run

Post #13


We took a trip to Washington DC this week with the kids. Actually, we stayed in Rockville, which is where we first met while working at NIST. You can read more funnies about that elsewhere on my blog.

One time while we were dating Huiqing decided she wanted to go and run with me. I though that she understood that I am a long distance runner. Typically, I will go running for 3-10 miles (5-16 km) for a short run. I told her we could meetup to run a short route out of NIST and through a park and back. The next day, we met up in the parking lot of her building at NIST. She was a bit overdressed for the warm weather, but excited and enthusiastic to go running. NIST is a big place 578 acres (3508 mu) so we had some distance to travel just to get to the perimeter fence. I said “OK let’s go” and she sprinted across the parking lot ahead of me.

I caught up to her and she seemed pretty satisfied with herself and had a big smile. “You run pretty fast” I said, and she laughed and sped up even more. “Take it easy, we are not even to the gate yet” I said. After that, she went into her top speed towards the exit gate.

We exited NIST and started up the hill to go to the park, which is where the run would actually begin. Going up the hill, Huiqing was really slowing down a lot. I slowed down and fell back to let her catch up to me. What she said, I will never forget. She said between deep gasping breaths:

“I …

have …

made …

a …

terrible …


I don’t think she really realized how far the run was going to last and she was totally exhausted from the top speed running. I put my hand on her back to help her up the hill and we slowed down the pace of running considerably to make it to the park entrance. And then we just enjoyed a nice walk through the park and back to NIST from there.

My wife is still a very competitive person, but now she understands how to pace herself better.



NIST是一个大的地方578英亩(3500亩)所以我们需要跑一点的距离到周边围栏。我说“好,做吧”她突然跑了很快在我前面出了停车场。我赶上了她。她似乎对自己很满意脸上露出微笑。我说了“你跑步真快“然后她笑了也跑得更快了。我说了“放松,我们还没有出去大门!” 她再一次在我的前面,现在她用最快的速度短跑。


“我 . . .

犯了. . .

一个. . .

很可怕的 . . .

错误 . . .“




Art in Beijing and Self driving cars.

Blog post #10


On my recent business trip to Beijing I had some free time on the weekend and decided to go see the Beijing 798 art district. It was very cool!

There are many small galleries within the district and probably my favorite was the Hyundai gallery. I have an image of the artwork below. It shows a picture of a car surrounded by a circle of salt. I thought what in the world is this?

The artist’s caption says that the picture is about self driving cars and their relationship to the environment. OK. Here is where it gets neat – because the self driving car is not truely smart, it just responds to stimulus in the environment, for example, the car will not cross a white solid line. If someone were to put a white solid line around a self driving car, it would be trapped inside! What a neat idea. So, if someone steals your parking spot in the future, I suppose all you need is a little white paint to get even 🙂

(P.S. I taught my mother in law driving, you can read about it here.)






Having a Dragon by the tail

Blog post #9


Having the dragon by the tail!

Happy new year!  Welcome to the year of the dog for 2018 in the Chinese lunar new year.  Our children participate in our local Chinese school – the Hua Xia Chinese school.  This year we were much more involved in the New Years gala.  Our kids had some dancing and singing performances.  There was also a Chinese dragon dance to open the show and the school needed volunteers because there were not enough people to hold it up.  My sister was visiting town and so we both volunteered to help carry the dragon.  We were the last two to join, so we were the tail of the dragon.  Our task was to run around the stage making big circles and stop, wave the dragon, and run around some more.  We quickly realized that the tail end has to run the fastest and turn the sharpest corners.  It was fun but a bit difficult to keep up.  Other than that it was pretty easy – you just do what the person in front of you is doing.  If I get to try it again, I would love to practice crossing the dragon over on itself and other moves.  Maybe next year.