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    The China MonologuesThe China Monologues: More waste than you can shake a chopstick at

    04/16/2019 01:48 PM MDT
    As they argued, I smiled awkwardly. "Of course it's everything. Look at how much there is!" "But are you sure you got everything?" 
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    The China Monologues: Personal and Chinese history mix in the Forbidden City
    04/02/2019 12:47 PM MDT - "That's it," I said, utterly out of breath. "I'll just stay here." "Come on now, babe. It's just up ahead." Full Story

    The China Monologues: Impressive growth in tight spaces
    03/18/2019 06:44 PM MDT - "Remember to take up space!" "Yea, Adriene! (my YouTube yoga teacher) Let's take up space!" Halfway through the practice, I was in the zone. Full Story

    The China Monologues: No use crying over spilt milk tea
    03/05/2019 01:43 PM MST - Today, I share a cautionary tale, all about an unfortunate meltdown in a Thai restaurant. Let's call it the Curry Puffs Caper. Full Story

    The China Monologues: The honeymoon phase has faded
    02/19/2019 12:37 PM MST - Gritting my teeth, I stared across the subway car. At 7:30 p.m., I'd expected a little more breathing room. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Gorgeous sights amid hard memories
    02/05/2019 11:12 AM MST - "Seriously, Alex?" "What? It's gorgeous here!" "It's Mansfield. People are going to think you're nuts, taking photos of this place." Full Story

    The China Monologues: Time out to pat the ass for good luck
    01/21/2019 07:33 PM MST - "This place is just creepy," Manfriend mumbled. A cracked and faded fish-headed man stared out at us. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Frozen city was loaded with surprises
    01/07/2019 06:24 PM MST - At every turn, Harbin kept surprising me. This frozen city, far up in the northeast — a stone's throw from Russia . Full Story

    The China Monologues: Change takes time and commitment
    12/26/2018 06:40 PM MST - "Are you serious?" "Hold on, just give me a minute ..." A few more seconds of fussing and the zipper was up. Full Story

    The China Monologues: I like weird words, and I cannot lie
    12/11/2018 12:57 PM MST - A few weeks ago, my good friend (and Chinese tutor) told me the good news: She had taken her first steps in creating her own company. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Thankful to celebrate my way (or not at all)
    11/27/2018 12:50 PM MST - "So, how was your night last night?" I looked up, confused. I had just sat down for my Chinese class and was a bit baffled by my teacher's question. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Our own little hutong laoshu
    11/13/2018 12:24 PM MST - "Uh ... what was that?" "What?" "Was that a ... is there a mouse in here?" "Oh come on, of course n—" Shit. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Stress, support and sassy students
    10/30/2018 01:21 PM MDT - This past week was a long one. With a couple of teachers out, a few of us had to make up the difference. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Baby steps on the Great Wall
    10/16/2018 01:17 PM MDT - My legs were burning. "Come on, Alex," I thought, wheezing for air. "If they could build the damn thing, you can climb up it. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Romance, foosball and fighting the crowds
    10/22/2018 01:35 PM MDT - This time last year, I was standing in a "meh" sort of bar in Shanghai with Manfriend and his buddy. "I just don't get it," Manfriend insisted, "I never usually lose! Full Story

    The China Monologues: Zoned out in Beijing's time zone
    09/17/2018 04:22 PM MDT - "So, class, how are you today?" "Happy! And you, teacher?" "Oh, I'm happy, too!" My students all thought this was because of them. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Exciting changes and comfortable familiarity flipped
    09/03/2018 04:35 PM MDT - "Wait, what the hell is Venmo?" We were settling the tab at dinner, and I needed to collect some cash. Full Story

    Food & Entertainment: Travel thousands of miles without leaving Boulder
    08/23/2018 10:15 PM MDT - Wanted: College students who, despite single digits in their bank statements, cling to hopes of jet-setting the moment the tassel flips. Those with walls covered in world maps and drunken selfies. Whose passports and gym cards are gathering dust next to textbooks and empty bottles of 5-Hour Energy. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Another set of eyeballs makes everything new
    08/20/2018 07:32 PM MDT - "Watch out. There's a lot of mud over here," I called. A side step here, a quick hop there. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Snow White and the American thighs
    08/06/2018 11:32 PM MDT - Resting on the school's couch, I looked up from my lesson planning. All three of my Chinese colleagues were staring at me. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Double the literacy, double the fun
    07/23/2018 05:07 PM MDT - Another set of locked doors. "For fuck's sake," I muttered, trying the doors again. For the second time that day, a stranger came over — curious, I'm sure, why two foreigners were attempting forced entry. Full Story

    The China Monologues: An attempt to jog my sanity
    07/09/2018 03:01 PM MDT - "How ya doin', babe?" *Side glare* "You've got this! We're nearly there!" *A more intense side glare*  Full Story

    The China Monologues: Hostel sports environment
    06/26/2018 12:28 PM MDT - There was no way they were going to win. I'm no sports expert, but matched against Sweden, there was no hope for South Korea. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Time to take off the foreigner-tinted glasses
    06/11/2018 02:53 PM MDT - This was a vocabulary term in one of my Chinese textbooks: "Zhonghua Minguo." The definition: "the Republic of China (1912 - present, the government moved to Taiwan in 1949). Full Story

    The China Monologues: Cutting through the language barrier
    06/10/2018 02:52 PM MDT - "Well, so ..." I paused. The hairdresser stared, scissors poised. "Uh ..." OK, I hadn't thought this through. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Halal over the world
    05/14/2018 03:14 PM MDT - "Wait, what's the Chinese for 'spinach'?" "Bo cai." "I think that's what this sign says, but this really doesn't look like spinach." Full Story

    The China Monologues: Public transport, personal headache
    04/30/2018 08:08 PM MDT - "Bus or cab?" I rolled my eyes at Manfriend. "You know we aren't going to catch either," I replied unhelpfully. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Taken for a ride by the tour guide
    04/16/2018 12:53 PM MDT - Bugs buzzing overhead, I seethed, sitting on a filthy mattress in some dingy hotel on an island I wasn't even sure the name of. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Hard to believe
    04/02/2018 06:52 PM MDT - Walking up to my apartment's main door late one evening, I dug around for my key. "Ohh," I heard behind me. Full Story

    The China Monologues: If at first you don't succeed, get a workout buddy
    03/20/2018 11:57 AM MDT - Together, a staffer and I toured the gym floor. At her gesture, I hopped on an elliptical machine. "You can pick what intervals you want here," she explained. Full Story

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    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

     
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    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

     
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    (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
    Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

    The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story