The life and times of an expat in Nanning

Ernie’s High

OK, I guess I should begin by explaining the, who’s, where’s what’s, and whys behind this blog. The whos are pretty easy. I am a 54-year old ex-construction worker from America that can best be described as long-haired, redneck, country boy. Who with many others found myself out of work after the big, uhmm shall we call it, financial mishap in October 2008. While unemployed, a friend (who found himself in a similar position) suggested I go back to school. My first reaction was one of skeptical consideration of said friend’s sanity. After all, it had been many years since I was in school and even then, it was more of a physical presence than any type of conscious effort on my part. However, my friend succeeded in planting a seed that bloomed into a full-fledged decision on my part to obtain a degree of some sort or another. I tend to be one of those people who go beyond the “WOW! that’s cool”, when I see something on the net or a new application for the computer. I have to know how to do it. Therefore, I am currently studying towards something in Computer Science with a lot of concentration on creating dynamic web pages and programming languages.

While enjoying (for the most part) my adventures in higher education, I have discovered much to my dismay that being a professional student does not pay a whole helluva lot. Since the economical state of America as well as my own did not look like it was going to improve much any time soon, I made another decision. This one was to join my wife in Nanning. Now you may be asking yourself (maybe not) why was my wife in Nanning and may be even more importantly where Nanning is. Nanning is a small city (by Chinese standards) in southeast China. To narrow that down some it is approximately 122 miles (or 197 km if your rather) North of Viet Nam and 90 miles (144 km) inland from the South China Sea. It really is a pleasant place to live, if you like tropical weather, Chinese food, and palm trees. My wife is there, because that is where she was born and raised. So having covered the whos and wheres, we now come to the whats of this blog.

A park bench

As an American ex-pat, living in China gives me a totally different outlook on life. That is what this blog is going to be about my observations, thoughts, fantasies or whatever else pops up inside my head as I sit here drinking tea, and watching the palm trees grow.I suppose this is as good a time and place to explain a little about the title of this page/blog. Now you could interpret Ernie’s High in a couple of ways. I guess one would be the literal meaning Ernie is high. Or it could have more of a possessive meaning, say a blog on things that uplift me or give me that high feeling. Fortunately, for me and a bunch of other people, it is the latter, giving up all that other stuff years ago, Today I get high on life. I know I know some of you are probably saying “HUH!?” Well it’s true. I enjoy life today and have fun without mass quantities of conscious altering drugs and gallons of alcoholic beverages. Maybe it is just me, or maybe it is living (for the most part) a carefree life as an ex-pat in China. Whatever it is life is a blast.

Author: | February 9th, 2011 | Posted in , ,

6 Responses to Ernie’s High

  1. Student of Systems Counseling says:

    Nice post, Ernie.
    Sorry it took me so long to get to this. Life. A writer once wrote that he is no longer “on top” of things anymore; he’s underneath them. That’s where he chooses to be and that is where he gets his inspiration and motivation to create.
    Well, that’s my excuse, for whatever comfort or clarity it offers.

    • says:

      No troubles thanks for the post. Still haven’t made up my mind about this writing business.

      another writer ~Cyril Connolly once wrote, “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. “

  2. Matej says:

    Hi, I like your post. I am 18 and I am learning Chinese on my own. I am looking for a good place to live in China in the future. Would you recommend me living in Nanning? I really like the subtropical weather, and it seems to be a nice city.

    • says:

      Hello Matej

      Yes I would recommend Nanning to anyone wishing to experience life in China. It is modern yet still traditional.


  3. Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, thankyou . “What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.” by Carlos Fuentes.

  4. But a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great design .

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