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Things have been going great for me these days, so much so that I was beginning to have a strong case of the Smug. It happens to everyone, especially those who feel extremely lucky or extremely clever enough to have had fortune smile on them for a such a long while. So when I came home at like 3:30 AM from meeting up a friend to the retching smell of vomit wafting from the direction of my dorm I blocked out the feelings of alarm and surprise, choosing instead to feel the Smug.

When I opened the door, the Smug melted away along with my scent of smell.

The living room was a mess. The kitchen was a disaster. The sofa looked like someone had taken a huge bite out of it, with cushions and fluff and bottles of beer strewn across the floor. The coffee table was upturned and a strong skunk-like smell hung over the arid air. You couldn't even see the damn ground. There was someone bent over the sink, unconscious with vomit leaking out of his mouth. I stared blankly at what looked like the remains of a warzone, trying and failing to summon up the Smug to replace my complete confusion.

I heard someone move inside his room, and I cautiously kicked it open to see my roommate spinning around in his chair with a beer in one hand and what looked like weed in the other. Beneath the chair was like a MOUNTAIN of bottles of beer. It was piled as high the chair base. There must've been like twenty or thirty. So I asked him what the fuck was going on and I bet he really tried hard to answer, but I couldn't really get much out of "mmmphraaggggghhhh-blerggghhh".

At this point the guy at the sink slipped off and sent a plate spiraling to the ground, where it shattered at the base of what looks like a trail of vomit leading to the bathroom where the door was half closed. From inside I could hear the water running, there was water leaking from the door too. This meant that no matter how hard I wanted to excuse myself from revealing whatever it was that laid behind Mystery Door no.1, I had to do it. Having the Smug firmly abandon me to my fate, I opened the door.

I looked in to see like two guys [with their pants on, no shirts] in the shower. Just lying in there holding each others' hands. They looked like they were about to fall asleep, only that the water would wake them up by entering their opened mouths. Everything in that room was covered in vomit, which included the mirror, the tiles, the sink, the shower, and the two people occupying it. The toiler was the worst, I bet being completely drunk and high did little to help their aim, as the area AROUND the toilet was covered in chunky yellow vomit. I looked back at the two guys who looked very content with holding each others' hands tightly in the shower. I had to fight the urge to switch the water to Freaking Ice Cold instead of turning it off.

So I turned back to the guy who was STILL twirling around in his chair that threatened to tip over and yelled at him, "What the fuck is going on?"

The guy tried to stand up and then tipped over into the miniature mountain of bottles. He started laughing and then fell asleep instantly.

It was all silent.

Well, almost. Across in the other room I heard something clicking repeatedly. I opened the door a crack to see two people staring at the ceiling light with their mouths opened in awe as one of them repeatedly turned the light on and off. They just sat there, staring at the light.

So I did the only thing I could do.

I went into my room, locked the door behind me firmly, changed into my shorts and wrapped myself in my nice clean blankets as I stared at my door watching to see if it moved.

I was scared.
 
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  • jonas jonas:
    Which company do you work for?
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    Haha yea they'd compare my country as well...
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    Hmm i don't receive any pm? Maybe I'm using my phone. Gonna check it out using my pc later.
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    I'm teaching A Levels in a school in Wuhan.
  • jonas jonas:
    You should see a "private conversations" tab in the chatbox, that's where I sent it to you
    +1
  • jonas jonas:
    Wow
  • jonas jonas:
    Is the school system in your country similar to Chinese school system? I could never imagine being a teacher in a Chinese school, what's expected of students and teachers is just so different from what I'd be looking for as a teacher
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    A Levels is based on the UK syllabus offered internationally. So the syllabus is similar throughout different countries, taught in english.
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    I can't speak or write or read much chinese... Too difficult....... Which also makes my life here in china a lil difficult.
  • jonas jonas:
    Oh, I see. I thought Chinese version of A-levels :D
  • jonas jonas:
    I've been using the translate app a lot on my phone. take a photo, translate. take another photo, translate again :D
  • jonas jonas:
    it also has voice translation, my colleagues sometimes use that
  • jonas jonas:
    You came during the 0 covid policy right? How'd you get through quarantine? Did you have some help with the apps and green codes?
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    If you have any Chinese you need help with, let me know.
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    @jonas Those were the things I did too. Translate app and VPN are always the most important things to have to survive. Lol.
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    Yea I came last year. I was quarantined for about 30 days. Fml. The first day of my quarantine was the eve of Chinese new year last year. Fml again... Lol.
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    @tom_mai78101 IIRC you're from Taiwan right.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I thought China had cracked down on having any foreign teachers?
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    Yeah I've heard of the news before. My school is still actively hiring foreign teachers. Not sure how things work now.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    yeah it is hard to get reliable information about that kind of stuff
  • The Helper The Helper:
    but you are doing it so it is still doable
  • vypur85 vypur85:
    I think it doesn't affect existing foreign teachers. Then again, its still weird that my school is hiring.
  • The Helper The Helper:
    Happy Monday people hope everyone has a fantastic week!
  • Ghan Ghan:
    Happy Monday?! That's a contradiction.

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