The other day when I left the New School for a crtique, we bumped into ZG. He was one of the instructors when I was at Parsons. Anyway, he said, “long time no see!!! You look… round,” I laughed, because I had no idea how to respond to that. He hesitated, and was trying to figure out what the say next, “well, middle-aged!”

I laughed.

That’s right, I am middle-aged now, and I have receeding hair line. Oh, and I am “round.”

In fact, it isn’t a rude thing for Chinese to say that someone is getting fat because he’s getting middle-aged. It kinda means you are doing good in life.

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