Note to self: Do not be a dick. It’s a mandate that I’ve failed at from time to time during my nearly five years in China.
"Fat” was the third or fourth word I learned in Chinese, somewhere after “hello,” “thank you” and “I don’t understand.”
One day I was told that if he gave up drinking he might have two years to live, the next he was in rehab, and then just a couple of weeks later the news was that he’d gone on a drinking binge and was in the hospital.