No. 25. People take healthy teeth seriously.
This poignant list of observations, written by the Chinese wife of Utah-based writer and former English teacher Clark Nielsen, reads like an extended haiku, and is quite lovely and dry in a saltine cracker sort of way. Uh, we mean that as a compliment.
1. It can still snow in April.
2. Noon is a lot warmer than morning/night.
3. Some highways are completely empty.
4. The sky is blue.
5. You have to wait a long time for a bus, and then the bus is empty.
6. When it’s a wet day, nobody bothers to take an umbrella.
7. You usually have to call a taxi ahead of time.
8. You must make an appointment to see the doctor.
9. Pedestrians have the right of way.
10. Mexican restaurants are everywhere.
11. Chinese fast food is bland.
12. When a traffic light goes out, people still know how to take turns.
13. Hospitals have helicopters.
14. Some firefighters are just volunteers.
15. Everybody likes to put ice in their drinks.
16. You can drink water directly from the tap.
17. Dishwashers are common household appliances.
18. Strangers smile at each other.
19. Sweets really are sweet.
20. Boys will open doors for girls.
21. There are such things as “discount theaters.”
22. Or you can rent a movie from a red box on the street.
23. Sometimes a big soda is cheaper than a small soda.
24. If you can’t drive, it’s very difficult to go anywhere.
25. People take healthy teeth seriously.
26. A large pizza is only $5.
27. You can’t drink alcohol until you are 21.
28. To drive, you have to take a class and complete a lot of homework.
29. There aren’t a lot of native Chinese people.
30. No matter how good some things are, I still miss home.