Today's the eight-week anniversary of my arrival in China. That's both a long time and not a very long time. It's amazing how many people I've met in this short time, and downright astonishing how comfortable I feel in "my life in China." On the other hand there's much I haven't yet figured out - like how to get invited exotic places to give talks! One thing that I have determined is that in this English-friendly place I need to be forced to speak Chinese, and so - starting tomorrow (really!) - I've signed up for daily Mandarin lessons at a well-regarded school nearby.