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October 29, 2007

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 12:01 am

我昨天晚上做了一个很长的梦。梦到了很多细节,好像亲身经历的一样。觉得这件事很奇。不过醒来之后很多细节都忘记了,只记得一些梗概。就把这梗概写下来吧,省得以后都忘了。。。

那是我从普林斯顿毕业以后被耶鲁的研究生院录取了,就前去报道。不过我去的地方不是New Haven的总部,而是西域的一个分部。那时已经是初冬,耶鲁的研究生院在一座很高的山的山脚(凌霄山?),外面已经下了小雪。我老远就看见耶鲁那石头垒成的四四方方的口字型楼。楼有三、四层高。在口字的一角,有一个凹进去的门和楼梯。外面挂着一幅耶鲁一个college的盾牌招牌。这座楼是耶鲁的一个college。这楼的后面还有几座类似的楼。楼的前面有一道栅栏,把里面的楼都围起来,好像一个山寨一样。我看看好像是要去这栋楼,就把我大大小小的行李都搬了进去。那时还不知道住在哪儿,就把行李放在走廊里,自己去办手续。楼里面暖气很足,我也就穿着一件T-shirt,在楼里到处跑。有一次排队的时候看见前面那人是位年纪很大的妇人,就和她聊了起来。发现她是耶鲁董事局的副董事长(梦中如此),而且也认识我的host family。就一起伤心了一阵。之后她跟我说可以晚上一起吃晚饭,就道别各做各事了。之间又和她碰到几次,但都不记得说了些啥了。那时我在嘀咕耶鲁的效率怎么这么慢,都几个小时了,我还不知道要住在哪儿。转眼就到晚上了,就和那妇人在dining hall一个很优雅的地方一起用餐。餐中我向她抱怨到手续没办完,不知道什么地方住。她到很爽快,说她会打声招呼,会有人帮我的。吃完饭后我就回到我放行李的走廊,闲逛了一会。就发现有几个长得很高,很粗壮的人向我奔来。其中一个人问我的名字,我就告诉了他,心里想,这关系还真有用,一下子来了好几个人。谁知其他人扛起我的行李就往外面跑。我急了,忙问他们干什么。他们反问,你不是要到你住的地方吗?我答道,是呀。他们说,这就对了,你学的专业和你住的地方不是这儿,是一个叫cupertino的地方,离这儿开车90分钟。他们就把我的行李往楼外一个很小的车上扔,那车比美国的车小很多,和欧洲的小车类似。然后他们上了车向我招手(也不知这小车怎么坐的下那么多人的)。我听他们一说才想起当时申请的时候看到说耶鲁在cupertino有一个分校的分校,旁边有一幅图,那是一个很小的两层楼的系,房子也不是石头的,感觉很孤零零的样子。当时只瞟了一眼,一点也没有在意,可没想到自己竟真的被分配到那儿去了。我真是怨恨交加,大声叫道:I don’t want to go to Cupertino。我要知道要去那儿就不申请了。。。

这一叫就把我给叫醒了。。。醒来之后好久我还想自己有没有真的去了耶鲁的那研究生院。。。

October 25, 2007

衬衫

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 12:43 am

前一段日子,我穿了多年的一件衬衫终于被穿了一个洞,我只好很不情愿的把它丢进了垃圾堆。唉,以后再也穿不了了。。。

这可不是件普通的衬衫,这可是北大的黄老师千里迢迢到Princeton陪我逛街时买的。那时是冬天,外面下着大雪。干什么好呢?就逛mall吧。于是一行几人就开车到附近的Quakerbridge mall,打发时间。到了Macy’s时,发现Ralph Lauren有25% off。我可高兴了,老早就看中一件jacket了,就是觉得太贵,一直舍不得买。。。这次可好,有折扣。我一马当先,跑到柜台前,拿了一件穿在身上。过了一会其他人走过来。我很高兴地问他们觉得怎么样。谁知黄老师只瞟了一眼就说不好看:这么小,包在身上,一点也不大气。我当时一下子就掉进了冰窟,沮丧得很。黄老师大手一挥,说,我来帮你挑吧。她很快就帮我选了两件,一件T-shirt,另一件就是这件衬衫了,说,穿上去保证好看。我也就糊里不糊涂地买了下来。

回去以后发现这两件衣服还真的很好看,就经常穿它们。我也不是没有其他的衬衫,可都被我打入了冷宫。只有几件还看得顺眼,被我反复穿。。。其结果自然是,新的穿旧了,旧的穿破了。。。那件T-shirt也是我的最爱,有点什么事情的时候总是穿它。虽然穿了很多,可感觉还是很新的样子。希望一直这样就好了。。。

我真对我的审美能力完全丧失了信心,稍微喜欢一点的衣服都不是我选的。。。看来以后逛mall还是要找mm一起逛的。。。

特撰此文,悼念那躺在垃圾桶里的衬衫。。。

October 24, 2007

2005

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 12:25 am

Preamble: This article is a description of my year 2005, supposedly accompanying my pictures for that year on my website. but I post it here anyway… it is just a snapshot of the article… future updates will only be made at the website…

What a year! I have to say… I was soooo happy at my REAL home at the beginning of the year…. and had to leave for Princeton… after reviewing both the Chinese and US market… I decided to gain some industry experience in the states… so immediately after I was back… I started looking for a job in a down market…. I wondered… hesitated… worried… depressed…. really depressed… I even asked my advisor to give me one year extension on my study…. though my secret intention was not afraid of not being able to find a job… but simply to stay at Princeton for one more year…. however… my crude advisor frankly told me… “NO”… maybe he was sooo smart that he saw through my underground purpose? (to be honest, he was still a very nice guy… he left a back door for me… saying I could submit my readmission application…) but still… I had to look for a job… after several unsuccessful interviews… I finally got an offer from a company I really wanted to get into… suddenly got excited…. then geeerrrr…. it was over… didn’t want to think about it ever again…

Knowing I would leave Princeton… soon… itself was a painful thought… so I played a lot… had a number of gatherings… went to the Street a few times… went to the international festival… communiversity… fristfest… watched movies at UFO… played pools… basically I went to every activity I could think of… hanging out with friends was such a fun thing to do… well… I had my first and most memorable surprise party… in the middle of final exams… It was quite a SURPRISE for me! Now I will still laugh when I watch the video clips some guy secretly shot in front me… no kidding… he secretly shot the video just under my eyes… sorry… no video for you guys…. it was my good old days…..

Then the semester was over… half a year was such a short period… went away in a glimpse… June was my last month at Princeton… I had to make use of my last chance… so I went to NYC quite a few times… just to meet my old friends… went to Atlantic city… went to Boston… and many places… however, I still left a lot of places unvisited… I didn’t realize it until I was about to leave… when I was at Princeton.. I always told myself that I could go there one day… but I did not… I wish I had been to Acadia… west point… or even the statue of liberty… can you believe I still haven’t been to that place!

I started my first ever full-time job… which was quite a change for me… I was afraid of saying one extra word… afraid of walking one extra step… //grin… and I had a lot of things to do to settle down on the other side of the Continent… find a place to stay… get a car… purchase furniture… and in the mean time… I had to work on my thesis…. my book chapter… gosh… I was soooo busy at that time…

And it was my happy time again… I went back to Princeton to defend my thesis! I was sooo excited about it because I could go back again… I took an entire week off… left my vacation days in negative numbers… I stayed in a friend’s place… played and played again… played Mafia… went to the street…. ate in the eating clubs and dining halls… hang out with friends… and of course… defend my thesis… you can’t assume that I didn’t prepare it… In fact, I rehearsed it many times… a long time before the defense date… (as I always do)… the date was Oct. 5th, 2005… (the date was 10, 05, 20, 05… my favourite number is… of course… 5… what a day!) The committee was: Prof. Jha, Prof. Kung, Prof. August… the presentation started at 1:30pm… went quite smooth… not many questions asked… shortly after I left the room and waited anxiously in my office, Prof. Jha came in, in smile… he shook my hand… and said: congratulations, you are a doctor now…

And it was over, no celebration, no excitement… as expected… well. an era was over… it was indeed over…

And I went back to bay area… life was plain as water… till the end of the year…

If you think some of links broken, it is not a mistake. I only put my pictures on this website. No other people will (shall) appear in the album. Many times I took pictures with many friends or just shot the scenery… And they have been left out…

2007/10/23

October 16, 2007

2006

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 12:31 am

Preamble: This article is a description of my year 2006, supposedly accompanying my pictures for that year on my website. but I post it here anyway… it is just a snapshot of the article… future updates will only be made at the website…

2006 is a special year for me. I finally got the highest degree possible: Ph. D. Even though I officially graduated in year 2005, and I’m called as class of 2005, I attended my hooding and commencement in 2006. It is a once in life event. Now I just wish that I did more… did better for this event…

The hooding and commencement are no doubt the highlight of the year. I especially invited my parents to come to Princeton and share with them my joy and happiness. My host family also attended my hooding ceremony. They were seated in the front row of the second floor of the McCarter theater. To me, it was the best seat for the hooding ceremony, as you can see from a short video showing me on stage. I really spent a lot of time figuring out the best seat. I first started thinking of the seating even two years before (2004). In that year, I volunteered (paid volunteer) to work for the hooding ceremony… and my secret purpose was actually searching for the best audience seating…

It was soooo great meeting lots of old friends at Princeton University once again. I personally have known a lot of them for 5-6 years, or ever since they first came to the University. We built up a strong friendship during our work, study and lives at Princeton. I still don’t know when I will meet many of them again in the future… but I’m sure I could not meet that many friends at the same time and place ever again… it is a sad… sad… fact of life…

I was sooo sad that I finally had to leave that place…. a place I spent five whole years of my life… honestly… it was the second best time I ever had… in my life… the best time was from first grade to sixth grade… a time I knew nothing about life… nothing about future… and precisely because of that… no other time can surpass it… But anyway…. as I walked out of the FitzRandolph gate, I knew… no matter how I unwilling I was… Princeton became a past tense in my life… It became a piece of memory… drifting away… and I had to look to the future… accept the hard, bitter life (compare to Princeton life)…

But the commencement was not all for the year. As you can see from the long list of places I went during the year… I travelled a LOT… the credit should actually go to my parents. They came to the states for half a year… attended my commencement… and travelled a LOT… we actually went out almost EVERY weekend… and I used up all my vacations for the year… What a year!… but as you might have guessed… I did not travel at all (almost) in the other half of the year… hmm… maybe I should be more active for myself?… heh?

If you think some of links broken, it is not a mistake. I only put my pictures on this website. No other people will (shall) appear in the album. Many times I took pictures with many friends or just shot the scenery… And they have been left out…

2007/10/16

October 8, 2007

Blue Angels! Blue Angels!

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 12:10 am

Today, Oct. 7th, is the annual Blue Angels flight demonstration show at San Francisco. WOW! That’s the only word I can describe it. It is my first time watching a flight demonstration, live, ever… Plus, I did not watch it at any of the piers, where tons of people must have packed every inch of space. I watched it in a private yacht specially for Princeton Alumni. That, gave me a perfect view of the entire show. It’s well worth the $$$… I have to admit, however, that most of the alumni were undergraduate alumns… I searched the entire yacht back and forth, and could only find one graduate alumun…. who got his master degree in 1984… well… it is still a world of undergraduate alumns….

The yacht was a pretty, three-storey yacht… free finger food and drinks were served at the second and third floor… half of the third floor was open so it’s perfect to view the flights. The yacht stopped at a place with equal distance to the golden gate bridge and the bay bridge… it was exactly the place where the jets would flew over in short distance… at first, we stopped exactly under the flight route…. and the planes flew over us in like a hundred feet…. becuse the jets were supersonic… we could not hear anything when they approached us… and then suddently found them just overhead… with thunder like ground-breaking noise… it. was. scary. so we backed up a little bit… and I personally felt a lot safer… who knows what would happen.. after all.. it is a really risky demonstration…

I took a LOT of pictures during the show… actually I used up all my 1G memory for my camera… and I shot over 500 pictures… you can find some of my selected pictures blow… They show how close we were to the jets… jumbo fligts…  the words painted under the jet wings could be seen with ease… and even the pilots were very clear in the pictures…

Below are some continues shots I took for a series of flight demonstration… a heart pieced by Cupid’s arrow… jets flew UNDER the golden gate bridge… and a LOT more!

At last… show two pictures of jets flying up-side-down…

oh… I love Blue Angels… I love Princeton…. I will defintely come again next year!!!!

September 30, 2007

Embarrassing Moments

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 11:25 pm

也不知道怎么的,最近做事有些心不在焉。。可能和睡觉不好有关系,可又说不准。。。所以才发生一些让我很embarrassing的事。。。

那是上个星期二,中秋节。。。和一些朋友吃晚饭。。。和那些人也不是很熟。。。刚在餐桌旁坐下的时候想和旁边的人认识一下。。哪知他第一句话就是:上次和你一起吃饭的时候你也穿着这身衣服。。。oops。。。我什么话还没说呢。。。凭他说,我那时的架势就是想介绍自己的样子。。。不过我也不以为意,我就是记不住人,小时候就是这样。。。典型的intuitive type的人。。。随后又和他聊了起来。。。

前一个星期六我刚参加了个讲座,里面做了些性格测试。。还有一些小游戏,我觉得很有意思。。。发现不同的人看事情、想问题的方法还是很不一样的。。。以前一直说的推己知人还是很不正确的。。。。btw,我的性格是INTJ type。。。有兴趣的人可以看here

由于刚刚发现了新大陆,见着人就想问他的性格是什么样的。。。想看看他们做事像不像。。。所以在餐桌上聊了一会突然就问了那人有没有做过心理测试。。。话刚出口,就觉得自己问的不对。。。心理和性格是两回事。。。他也没有什么反应。。。就立刻又问了一次。。。问了后他还是没什么反应。。。但他旁边那人好像不太对劲了。。。我突然觉得好像问错话了。。我问的不是性格测试。。。但是什么又想不清楚。。。忙问,我刚才问了什么?well。。。我又说错一个字。。。问成性别测试了。。。damn。。。这种事竟然发生在我身上。。。这可是extremely insulting的。。。这件事当场就给这席晚饭定了基调。。。成为大家攻击的对象。。。好在他大人大量,也没有怎么追究。。。

不过这件事让我想起前一个星期发生的类似的事。。。那时我有一个朋友过来开会,和这边人聚餐一下。。。当时组织者给我打电话,问我岳阳楼和香辣轩选哪一个。。。我还说,就香辣轩吧。。。可我当时心里不知怎么想成了川蜀园。。。后来我去接那位朋友。。。出了hotel后就向川蜀园跑。。。走880,280,stevens creek。。。但我在280上竟然上了17号路。。。走着走着发现两边都是树,前面就是山。。。oops,走错路了。赶快调头。。又过了七分钟到了川蜀园,发现餐馆没灯。。。不对。。。打电话再问。。。。。。。等到了正确的餐馆时已经晚了50十分钟了。。。别人一个个都饿得像猴子似的。。。。。。真是太不好意思了。。。。//bow

Anyway,希望这些事不要再重演。。。希望睡个好觉。。。。。。。。

September 23, 2007

Symphony

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 1:42 am

几天前一位朋友突然搞到两张旧金山交响乐团音乐会的票,就一起去见识见识。hoho,真要感谢我的朋友了。。。这还不是一般的音乐会,是07-08 season opening gala,自然很盛大。去音乐会服装要很正式的。我就把我很久没穿的西服又拿了出来,戴上Princeton black and orange stripe 的领带。开车去三藩。
音乐厅是在city hall旁边的symphony hall。我停下车后还有点忐忑,不知穿的得体与否。从停车场走出来的时候发现有些人还穿着sports jacket,觉得我是不是穿得太正式了。。。可后来发现那些人全进了旁边的opera hall。而去symphony hall的人好多都打着领结,有些人打的领带也是深色杂着些小花纹,又觉得我的领带太艳。。。很久没有看人穿这么正式了,好像又回到Princeton时代。。每个人穿得都很亮眼。。只是大多数人都是中年人和老头老太太。。。

这次真的体验到美国人的奢侈生活。八点半的音乐会,七点半的reception。有火柴盒大小的三明治,小鸡肉串,像小烧麦一样的点心,wine。。。我就在那儿不停的吃。。。哈哈。。。

音乐会开始后MTT(the director)上台,才发觉他原来个子并不高。可他很喜欢做各种夸张的动作,很有趣。刚开始他介绍的时候突然喇叭里传出一个女生的声音。。他显得很惊奇,把话筒摆来摆去,还放到头后。。。引起大家一阵笑声。。等Fleming出来唱歌的时候他突然给Fleming一串项链,那时Fleming就要唱了,只好把项链挂在手上。唱完后下台前又硬塞给MTT。。。幕间休息后有些人进来晚了,他又转回头看那些人,把手放在眉前,要看得仔细些,像孙悟空一样。。。那Fleming也把两手握成拳状,顶在腰间,像个悍妇一样,又引起大家一阵哄笑。。。

其实我对交响乐并不懂的,平时听CD也只是听个热闹。。。不过在现场听还是很不一样的,很有感觉。看着MTT挥着双手,也能听出音调出来,就是记不住。。。音乐厅里喇叭都没有,乐器的声音,Fleming的歌声都能传到大厅的最后部,还很清晰,觉得很牛。。。有趣的是乐队里有两个竖琴,或者是我认为是竖琴的东西。。。可弹竖琴的两人一个是秃顶的老头,一个是白发老头。。。大煞了弹竖琴的韵味。。

刚开始也不知道Fleming是什么人。。但看了介绍发觉还是很牛的。。。two time grammy award winner,应该很牛了吧。。。只见她一下子唱法文,一下子唱意大利文。。只是没有一个字我听得懂。。。

休息的时候还碰到一个不认识的Princeton alum。。。我当时正在看介绍,突然听到有人在旁边叫 Princeton man。。。原来有人看到我的领带了。。就和他寒暄了一番。。。不过他肯定认为我是本科生了。。。

在听音乐的时候我突然想起我以前听的一些音乐会。。。我第一次听音乐会是我离开中国的前一天晚上。。去了中央民族乐团在北京音乐厅的一场民族交响乐。。感觉很震撼。。。不过那也是一次很伤感的经历。。。(此处略去二百字)。。。到了Princeton之后在McCarter Theatre也听了一些。。。只是都没有什么印象了。。。有时话剧、歌舞剧都有乐团伴奏的。。。可那不能算吧。。。好像听过一次钢琴独奏。。。Yo-Yo Ma那次人太多,没有去成。。。觉得很遗憾。。现在想来,我真的很浪费。。每年十次免费入场的机会只用了一年半。。其他时间都浪费了。。。悔呀。。。

第一次听University Orchestra演奏还是陪同CCTV摄制组。那时CCTV要拍一部百所名校的纪录片,在Alexandar Hall听了一次。其实演奏的时候是不能摄像的。当时我们已经被告知不能摄像了。演奏开始前有人来赶我们走,但被我们好说歹说留了下来,坐在二楼。演奏的时候那个侨报记者,也是这边联络人,看看周围没有人,使劲给摄像的人打眼色、做手势,要那人偷偷摄些镜头。。。可那人有点心虚,不敢。。。侨报记者发现那人不听从,很着急,一下子把摄影机抢了过来。来回扫了好几次。。。我在旁边也很紧张的看着有没有人来。。。这也算是一次偷拍了。。。后来那些镜头竟然出现在纪录片里。只可惜前面有一个大柱子,挡住了不少景色。。。

后来有一位朋友在University Orchestra拉小提琴,我和一些朋友还穿得猴头鼠面的去捧场。坐在边上的二楼,正好对着她。。。一辈子没看过这么搞笑的演奏。只见她一边拉着小提琴一边偷笑,不时和坐在旁边的一个小提琴手打打眼色,有时还聊两句。。。等结束后问她,她说,前面那人好像喝醉酒一样,拉得走调的一塌糊涂。。。。oops。。。我怎么一点也没有听出来。。。再后来有一次和一位朋友听她练钢琴。那是在音乐系的一个地下练琴室。发现练琴其实很无聊的,总是弹一些很难很单调的音阶。。。比弹乐曲差远了。。。她还给我们弹了两首她自己作词作曲的歌。。。我当时就崇拜的不行了。。。不过等两年后见到她时再问她有没有写歌。。。她说,No,自从失恋以后就再也写不出来了。。。。啊。。。。

话说回来,这次音乐会结束后还有个post symphony party,在city hall。。。也算去了一次city hall了。。。那第一层全是用来开party的,分三个大厅。这party真显示了旧金山人奢侈的生活。。。里面有不少小饭馆的厨师现做点心。。我吃了些Sushi(酱爆辣),salmon,tuna,及一些不知名的小sandwich。。。每个都做得精致之极。。。里面还有个dance floor,有人在唱歌,别人就在跳舞。。。和以前一样,歌很熟悉,就是不知道是什么歌。。。我又突然想起在Princeton的时候了。。。这摆设真和reunion时的tent party一模一样。。。我可是去了四次reunion,在5th reunion tent里跳舞,觉得很enjoy。。。又想起和朋友去eating club跳舞。。。charter,colonial,quad。。。OMG。。those good old days are all gone forever。。。于是又蹦进舞池,跳了几首。。。也算是怀旧一把。。。

我第二天还要上班。。。等到十二点钟的时候才依依不舍的离开了city hall,回家。。。再次感谢我的朋友。。。现在就要想怎么还情了。。。

September 11, 2007

World trade center — my host father’s story

Filed under: 往事如风 — Tags: — Fei @ 12:15 am

Preamble: This article was finished almost a year ago, shortly after I first created the series of 9.11 and the article describing my experience on that day. However, I never intended to post it on the blog in the past year.

A lot of things have happened in the past year. I still remember the last time I met my host family in a hotel near SFO. In our dinner conversation, we talked about 9.11 again… My host father was a frequent visitor of the restaurant: Windows on the World, which was on the 107th floor of the north tower. His company had a club called fifteen year club, to credit each employee who served the company for more than fifteen years. The annual banquet of the club was in that restaurant. My host father himself was the chair of the banquet the year before (2000). My host mother was actually in the tower the day before 9.11: her company invited her to have lunch in the Windows on the World. She looked down from inside the window and told her friends… it was sooo intimidating looking down… human was sooo small comparing to the gigantic concrete building… I didn’t realize at that time that it was the last time I met her…

But anyway, below is my original article with minor refinement.

My host father was born in a fire-fighter’s family. His father was a chief firefighter of a small town in upstate New York. Since his childhood, he helped his father in the fire department and gained extensive knowledge on fires. Even today we can still find some fire-fighter’s old gadgets in his house.

But he did not become a firefighter. He joined a lucrative consulting company, mainly consulting fire hazard for insurance companies. The company used to headquarter in the world trade center. One day after the 9.11 attack, he told me his story about the twin towers.

Shortly after the twin towers were completed, the company was considering to move to one of the towers. Because it’s a fire hazard consulting company, the company asked my host father to give the twin towers an inspection. The result was quite disappointing. No fire hoses were found in the high-rise buildings, neither were axes. More importantly, the doors to the emergency exit stairs were not automatically shut down in case of a fire. The smoke would soon fill the stairs, making it impossible to escape. He reported the poor condition to the company as well as the port authority. Later, because of a fire accident in one of the high-rise buildings in 1975, port authority did install electronic doors to all exits. However, the company still decided not to move into the two buildings. It moved to world trade center building seven. That building, was the third building collapsed in 9.11, mainly due to fire.

Time soon became the year 2000. In the past twenty plus years, the land of lower Manhattan appreciated significantly. As a result, the rent of world trade center also skyrocketed. The company finally decided to move out of Manhattan, to the other side of the Hudson river — Jersey city. The main incentive was, of course, the rent. The relocation could save several thousand dollars per squad foot, per year in rent. The move did not finish untill the first half of 2001. His new office was just facing the Hudson river, lower Manhattan, and the twin towers. At that time, neither him, nor the company realized the importance of the relocation. It not only saved the company millions of dollars in rent, but also saved the company itself as well as the lives of all employees.

On the day of Sept. 11, 2001. He stood in front of the window facing the flamed twin towers, as a first hand witness. His co-worker, a veteran in Vietnam War, said: I want to go to war again.

September 7, 2007

羽毛球

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 11:24 pm

现在我也不怎么运动,羽毛球也打得很烂。谁能想到我小时候是市羽毛球队的呢?

那也是我小学的一段插曲吧。刚上小学的时候有一次体校的人来选苗子,只见他从我们座位间的过道走来走去,我就莫名其妙的被选上了。。。父母也同意,就开始了近一年体校生涯。下午上完课就走到市体校,训练。那时人实在太小,羽毛球拍比我的手臂长很多,羽毛球网比我的个子要高很多。。。很多年后当我再走进羽毛球场时,才惊奇的发现那网才到我的胸部。。。

那时每天都训练到很晚,天都黑了。。。每次训练完出来的时候,外面都有很多家长等着接小孩。我的爸爸也在其中。刚开始的几个星期有很多很多的学生,绕着羽毛球场跑的时候,长长的一粗条,头和尾都快接起来了。。。可过了一些时候,我突然发现人少了很多。。当时也不知道为什么。。。有一次教练要我们观看高年级的队员训练,只看见那人蹦来蹦去,每个球都平抽回去。。。教练就对我们说,他要去省队了,你们好好练,以后也会去省队的。。。

我们训练了很久才让我们接触羽毛球拍,那时我觉得羽毛球拍真是好大呀,好重呀。。。我要挥动整个手臂才能带动球拍。第一个学的动作是高远球,就是用力把球打到对方半场的底线附近,然后球突然失去动力,垂直掉下来。记得有一次教练在对方半场中部放了一个板凳,给我一桶羽毛球,要我对准那板凳发球。。。我这人做事很认真的,就站在这边底线后,一板一眼的发球,直到把所有球发完。。。教练来检查的时候我跟他说发的不好,只有两球打到板凳。。。教练还来安慰我,说只要打到板凳附近就行了。。。也许正是我做事认真,教练有一次还专门带我到他的办公室,给我开小灶。。。好像教练对我有很大希望。。。

可事不凑巧,教练刚给我开小灶不久,我父母就决定我中断羽毛球的训练。。。理由是训练影响我的学习。我当时成绩本来就不好,训练后就更差了。。。父母的话当然要听的了,所以我就毅然的停止训练。。。只是刚停的时候每天下午总有点要去训练的欲望。。。就这样过了一段时间。。。我又恢复了正常的生活。。。有一天下课,我在教室前玩耍,突然一个人叫我的名字。。我一看,好像认识,是一个比我高几年在体校练羽毛球的学生。。。他先给我五块钱,说是练羽毛球发的。。。然后问我为什么不去训练。。我就告诉他我不去了。。。这也是我第一次和最后一次练球的收入。。。

又过了几年。。。那时我已是校运动队的一员了。。有一次在市体育场训练。。我和我学校的教练碰见以前的羽毛球教练。。。想不到他还记得我。。。看到我参加学校运动队。。有些惋惜。。我猜他以为校运动队把我给挖走了。。其实也不是那么一回事。。。他说。。。如果我继续练下去的话现在都已经在省队了。。。我觉得他可能在我走后就没有遇到像我这样的运动员了。。。要不他怎么还会记得我呢?不过后来我看到孙俊获得世界冠军时就不停的想。。。如果我当时继续练下去的话那世界冠军是不是就是我的呢?。。。。知道是没有如果的。。但梦还是要做的。。

September 6, 2007

变魔术

Filed under: 往事如风 — Fei @ 12:32 am

哈哈,原来我以前也会变魔术。。。那是在小学的时候,看了书以后发觉什么都想学。正好班上举办一个活动,我就说。。我来变魔术吧。。

第一个魔术是用一个装有满满火柴的火柴盒,一下子变成空的。当时书上让把所有火柴从中折断,把有火柴头的那边粘在火柴盒里。这样火柴盒就半边看上去是装满火柴的,半边看上去是空的。变的时候就先给人看有火柴的半边,然后偷偷的掉个头,给人看另半边的时候就是空的了。我变通了一下。你知道火柴盒是有一个套子和一个抽屉一样的里子,火柴就放在那抽屉里插在套子里。我又找了一个小抽屉,除去其中一个短边。这样这个抽屉就变成三面有栏而一面空的,像一个簸箕。我把这个改装过的小抽屉插在火柴盒的套子和里子中间。如果我想让火柴盒变满,我就把整个里子都推出来,这样火柴就出来了。如果我想把火柴盒便空,我就把那个夹层抽出来,而里子还在火柴盒里,这样火柴还是看不见的,观众就以为火柴盒是空的。。。这样的好处是不需要把火柴折断,可以给观众看超过半个火柴盒的火柴。。。

第二个魔术是一个会竖起来的鸡蛋。其诀窍是在鸡蛋两头打两个小洞,把蛋黄蛋清都吹出来。然后把鸡蛋的大头用松油封死,再从小头灌些细沙。这样鸡蛋就能竖起来了。。。远看也看不出破绽。。。我也做了点变通。。我只在小头那儿打了一个洞,吹进去气,让里面压强增大,然后倒过来,蛋清蛋黄就流出来了。。。这样就省去了用松油封死那一道手续。。。

等到真的要表演的时候,我就在前台拿出我那改装过的火柴盒,先把里子都推出来,让大家看到里面的火柴。然后我就把里子朝套子里一推,胳膊晃着圈,嘴里说着,变、变,手里偷偷的把那个夹层抽出来。。。然后手一停,很得意的把那个空空的火柴盒给大家看。。。谁知大家先是一愣,然后轰的一声就笑了起来。。。我还不知所以,忙把火柴盒转过来一看。。。原来我把火柴的里子往套子里推的时候没有推全。。。这样上面那个夹层显示了一个空的火柴盒。。。而下面那真的里子还露出了五毫米的样子。。。正好可以看见一个一个火柴头。。。第一个魔术真是彻底失败。。。:(

然后我还厚着脸皮做第二个魔术。。。旁边班主任看见鸡蛋上有个洞,知道是改装过的。。。忙说,把凳子架在桌子上吧,这样看着清楚。。。其实是,鸡蛋高了以后同学就看不见那洞了。。。哈哈。。。我还装模作样的把鸡蛋晃了晃,轻轻放在凳子上。。。鸡蛋果然站住了。。。同学也没发现什么。。。//grin…只是我中午回去的时候没有把那套东西带回去,就放在抽屉里了。。。下午的时候就再也找不到了。。。一个人幸灾乐祸的跟我说。。。原来你的鸡蛋里都装着沙子呀。。。我那可怜的鸡蛋呀。。真是尸骨无存。。。

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