24.02.2013 - 24.02.2013
Randy came over shortly before 5.00. He said he'd bought me a copy of 'The Shining' on Amazon (the book, I presume) but due to the parcel office being closed during the Spring Festival it may have been sent back. Still, a lovely thought.
I said Joe Canada might not come back, he says he knows he's not, He Peng told Randy so last semester. And Randy supposes the reasons are alcoholism, drug dependency and proselytising. Opaque teaching too. I've got to say, there are probably as many empty beer bottles in my apartment as there were in Joe's, if not more, but lining them all up on his desk in a shrine around his computer probably didn't help. Then of course there were was one serious incident which I neglected to mention in December and am holding back for the book, though I think that probably occurred after Mr He spoke to Randy.
I discovered that Claire also asked Randy to stay with the Chinese family and was also peeved at his declining. What exchanges there have been between Claire and I since I last wrote about her have been as disconcerting as ever. When I was in Beijing she texted me asking me how the dinner went, I texted back saying there was no dinner because her friend never rang me to arrange it, as arranged. No reply from Claire. Randy agreed that she should have co-ordinated it.
Perhaps Claire didn't reply because she also asked me if I wanted to teach a ten year old boy in the city for 150 an hour and I think it's the boy of the same people I didn't have dinner with. Given that she was making this offer, it seems likely she would have recently spoken to them. Did Claire actually know that dinner never took place? I would have thought so. Talking about Claire, Randy expressed a sympathetic notion he has that Claire feels powerless and is powerless in her job. She pours the drinks for Mr He and he undersigns everything. He made the point that when Joe America and Johnson attended the thanksgiving dinner Claire sat in silence, quietly getting drunk.
At least got she an invite.
So...Ken gone back to America to have a baby, Joe drifting from pillar to post. Now there are four of us.