It’s time for another: FUN vs FUNK!


This time, let’s look at my near-future business trip to China which is now expected to be 3-4 weeks long. and what better time for this FUN vs. FUNK than right now! Especially since China’s president is hanging out a mere stones throw from my company this morning as he gives a presentation to Yale.

fun: I’ve never been to china. I hear its got some walls
funk: 24+ hours in a plane qualifies as ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ in most civilized societies
fun: a month in china means that I will surely have at least one or two days off to explore the eastern world
funk: all scheduled events: kung fu, rockclimbing, guitar lessons, graduate classes, jam sessions will have to be canceled
fun: no gas bills for a month!
funk: there’s a good possibility that plumbing will not be existant.
fun: china is kind of magical
funk: I’m not going to “cool place” China. I’m going to the South Dakota equivilent of China.
fun: If there’s internet, my website will be exciting
funk: there may not be internet

So I guess the entire balance of this trip is tipping on whether the destination has internet access.

8 thoughts on “FUN vs. FUNK!

  • 4/21/2006 at 10:58 am

    See… if it were me… I’d love to go to the North Dakota of China.

    But that’s just me. You know I got North Dakota’s back.

  • 4/21/2006 at 11:27 am

    And if it DOESN’T have Internet access…well, you could always have SOMEONE keep the fun alive on the site…..

  • 4/21/2006 at 11:54 am

    no gas bills for a month isn’t fun. its cheap.

    plus even north dakota has plumbing.

    especially the part of north dakota that needs tube and pipe welders.

    speaking of, aren’t tubes and pipes the same thing? why are they always separated like that?

  • 4/21/2006 at 12:10 pm

    in mike d land,
    Cheap = Fun

    By “North Dakota of China” I simply mean a place in China that’s about as far from touristy as you can get. Contrary to popular belief, there is no North Dakota, China. Because if you had one opportunity to visit the United States, you’d probably go somewhere cool like New York or SanFrancisco… not Bismark.

    There are pictures from a previous employee’s trip to backwoods china that showed the bathroom was no more than a hole in the ground and a feces dripping towel hanging from a rusted nail. I’m not sure what the towel was for, but I think it’s best not to ask.

    Tube and Pipe are basically the same thing, though typically Pipe is considered to consist of diameters less than 3 inches while Tube consists of diameters greater than 3 inches. Or… vice versa. I’ll check and report back.

  • 4/21/2006 at 2:58 pm

    I would totally help the SMcQuaid keep this page exciting. There will be contests and games every other day. I’ll also fill people in on the Exciting workd of QC Microbiology. I mean, what is cooler the Geobacillus stearothermophilus? Nothing. Thats what.

  • 4/24/2006 at 8:46 am

    Tubing is always measured by OD and Pipe by ID.


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