Going for a short run

Post #13

4-1-18

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 …

mistake…”

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.

这个星期我们带着孩子去了华盛顿旅游。事实上,我们住在罗克维尔,这是我和我太太在NIST工作的时候的一次见面得地方。你可以在我的博客读到的更多有关这个话题的内容。

有一次,我和卉青约会的时候,她想陪我一起跑一次步。我觉得她应该知道我是一个长跑运动员。一般我的短跑是差不多三到十英里(五到十六公里)。我已经告诉她这是我的短跑距离。我告诉她我们的短跑路线是从NIST出发,穿过一个公园,然后原路返回。第二天我们在她的公司外停车场里面见面。那天很暖和,但是她穿的有点多。她看起来很兴奋也很热情准备开始跑步。

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。

我们出了NIST的门,开始跑上山坡去公园为了开始我们的跑步。我发现卉青越来越慢在我后面越来越远。我放慢了跑步速度,等她赶上了我。她说的话我永远不会忘记。她大呼着说道:

“我 . . .

犯了. . .

一个. . .

很可怕的 . . .

错误 . . .“

我觉得她不明白以前我告诉她的时候我们的跑步距离。她的最快速度跑步让她非常累。我放我的手在她的背上帮助她。我们也跑得非常慢。最后我们到了公园可能跑步。相反我门改变我们的想法喜欢在公园散步然后回来公司。

我的太太还是一个有竞争力的人,但她现在能够更好地调整自己的速度。

NIST

Art in Beijing and Self driving cars.

Blog post #10

3-1-18

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.)

我最近在北京出差的时候,我周末有一点儿时间。我决定去看一看北京798艺术区。798真得很棒!它有很多小工作室。我最喜欢的工作室是Hyundai美术馆。里面有一张大照片。这张照片有一个大山和一条小路。在这条路上,有一辆车。这辆车在一个白色的圆圈里面。我在想-这是什么?

我读了艺术家的描述。艺术家说:这张照片关于无人驾驶汽车和环境的关系。自动汽车真的不太聪明。它只知道如果遇到了这种情况应该怎么做。例如如果自动汽车遇到了一条白线,它就知道不应该去。因此,如果你在自动汽车周围画圆圈,它会被困住。很有意思的方法!

在未来如果有人偷你的停车位,我想你只需要一点儿白色的油漆就可以扯平了。

(我叫了我的岳母开车,在我的博客上可以了解多一点。)

http://jamesbridle.com/works/autonomous-trap-001

Getting Cheated in Beijing, Part2

Post #4 Jan 21, 2018

(Make sure to read part #1 first:Getting cheated in Beijing, Part 1)

The next day, I looked at these bills – they did look super new, maybe just printed. I took them to the counterfeit bill detector in my hotel and they were in fact fake. I asked the hotel manager about it and he told me that the ATM does not dispense fake money.  Every bill in the ATM is accounted for as real.  He asked me, have you been in a taxi recently where the driver refused to take your money?  The taxi driver had cheated me. He switched the bills and I lost 500 Yuan!  The manager said he was sorry, this is a wide-spread scam in Beijing right now.

Below are pictures of the fake bills. It is easy to tell the difference by feel once you know they are fake. If you try to pay and someone gives your bills back to you, they are most likely trying to cheat you. Especially if they are a taxi driver.

 

#4 一月二十一号2018

第二天早上,我看了看我的钱。我的钱真的看起来很新。它们是从饭店的ATM机里取出来的,所以我用饭店的假币检测器我的一百块都是假的!我告诉饭店的老板,他说:先生,我们的ATM机没有假钱,ATM机不可能有假钱,每张一百块我们知道它的编号。你最近坐出租车没有?

他问:你的司机不愿意收你的钱吗?

他告诉我:最近在北京有很多出租车司机用这种方式骗钱。对不起。

我发现那个出租车司机换了我的钱。给了我假钱。

上面我放了照片我的假钱看起来是不是很真?你以前遇到过类似的事情没有?如果一个人不愿意收你的一百块或者他退还你的钱,就可能想骗你。特别是出租车司机。

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Getting cheated in Beijing, Part 1

Post #3 Jan 20, 2018

I’m still in China this week. I almost hesitate to write this, but I think it’s a good story to tell. We went to the silk market to pickup some cheap gifts. Going home, the first taxi driver tried to overcharge me 150 for a trip that should be 40 to get home. The second taxi driver said 80 to get home. The third taxi driver, I did not ask a price, I just got in and told him the address. When we arrived at the hotel, I gave a 100 Yuan note and the driver told me he would not take it, it had a torn corner. So I took it back and gave a second one. He immediately gave it back and said it was too new. I gave a third and fourth, all of them he said too new. Finally, he accepted one of the bills, gave me my change, a receipt, and we got out and went into the hotel.

You can see pictures of what I bought below.  And the story continues in the next blog post.

 

这个星期我还在中国。我有一点儿犹豫写这个,但我觉得这是一个好故事。我们去丝绸市场买一些礼物。回家的时候,第一个司机要收一百五十块。应该是四十块。所以我说不要。第二个司机说八十块。第三个司机,我没有问他多少钱,我就上了他的车和告诉他我目的地。然后我告诉他请打开你的计价器。

当我们到了,他说一共五十三块。我给他一百块。但是,他马上退回给我。司机说你的钱破了一个角。所以我把我的钱放回钱包里面然后给他另外的一张。他再马上退回给我。司机说这张钱太新了。所以我又把我的钱放回钱包里。后来我告诉他我没有其它的钱。所以他最后找给我零钱了。

“No tourism allowed!” on the Great Wall

Blog post #2 Jan 13, 2018

This week I am in Beijing for a business trip. I have been to Beijing before, but on this trip I am excited to go back to the Great Wall. This time I went to a section of the Great Wall (mu tian yu) and got to see parts of the Wall that are not maintained. In fact, I went past the tourist area and on to the highest point of the Wall. A picture is below. So cool. It reminds me of how much I love hiking.

#2 一月十三号 2018

这个星期我在北京出差。我去过北京五次,这个周末我们打算再去看长城。现在我去慕田峪看看。这里人很少和可以看看没有维护的部分。长城上有一个牌子,牌子上写着游客勿进。但是我进去了!我去过了长城最高的地方。拍了很多漂亮的照片。很棒!它让我更喜欢远足。