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For a number of years at my high school, there was this tradition called "senior tiles". The idea is that the school gives graduating seniors a 4"x4" blank ceramic tile and you get to paint whatever you want on it. The school would then have it glazed and fired, and all the senior tiles of your class would be mounted together in a high-traffic corridor.

Naturally, people would paint images of importance or significance in their life. Athletes might paint footballs and uniforms, people would paint friends' names, the cynicists would paint their tiles all black, etc. I decided to paint the phrase "幹你娘" (gan4 ni3 niang2)1 in large characters on my tile, and nothing else. So I did it, and they glazed and fired and mounted my tile, and there it stood for quite a long time. Most people who passed by didn't understand it, as there really aren't that many chinese kids at my high school. I'd like to think people would look at it and think they were some obscure words of wisdom and blessing, but who knows.

Yesterday I had my 5-year high school reunion, so I went back to the hallway and checked to see if it was still there. Someone must've figured it out, cause my tile had been ripped straight out of the wall. Everyone else's tile was still there, only mine was gone. I know it was still up last fall cause I saw it while walking by with a friend, so it managed to escape the authorities for almost five years. In Bryant's words, "it had a good run."
1 translation: f**k your mom



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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Brandon Fuller • @ wwwReply
I love it!
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by dareka • @Reply
the very definition of heroism. my admiration only grows.
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Sonic • • Reply
Philistines! Wish I had left my mark on Wheeler in a similar fashion...
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Anonymous • • Reply
Wo3 ai4 ni3 de posts. Hen2 hao3 shao4. (Cuo4-le ma? Did I get those tones right?)
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Sumi • wwwReply
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Sumi • • Reply
Oh lord. I'm an idiot. I forgot my name the first time, then I forgot a message.
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by dareka • @Reply
sumi, you don't say "ai" in Chinese...kind of the way you don't say in Japanese "sono PO-SUTO ga aishiteru yo...sono itoshi no itoshi no PO-SUTO ni koi shita toki ha zutto mukashi no hanashi da yo"...maybe something along the lines of "zhege tiezi zhen hao xiao" (sono PO-SUTO, meccha omoroi naa~) or "wo hen xihuan ni de tiezi" (watashi ha, sono teiji ga daisuki desu yo)
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Anonymous • @Reply
and Sumi, not only were your tones wrong, you also messed up on the word xiao4 (warau). "Wo3 ai4 ni3 de tie3zi. Hen3 hao3 xiao4." Sumikun ha chuugokugo wo renshuu shitenai to omou...
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Sonic • • Reply
English muthafucka! Do you speak it???!!!
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Anonymous • • Reply
Ex, ex, excu~~~~~se me, Dareka xian1sheng1, but ru2guo3, you3 liang3-ge san1 sheng1 in a row, the first becomes a second instead of a third, and thus the hen2 hao3. Some wang2ba1dan4 I used to live with taught me that -- a real arss who thought he was aaaall tough with his martial art stick and his "look at me, I'm graduating from college and I'm 2 years old, I'm so smaaaht." He REALLY loved garlic, onions, grapes, and gay tentacle porn, as I recall.
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Sumi • • Reply
Dammit, I forgot my name again.
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by Sumi • • Reply
Albot, do you like how we abuse your comments board? ;-/
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Posted 17 years, 6 months ago by albert • • Reply
damnit, can't you at least thread the replies so that it looks pretty? and the tone changing is only reflected in conversation. written, it's still the same.



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