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:: Thursday, April 24th, 2003 @ 1:51:16 pm

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I have a new rug, and it smells of Chinese/Taiwanese old people. It smells like the luggage of old people when they have just stepped off of the airplane from Taiwan. Please help me! I need something to make it go away.

Vienna Teng and Jim Batcho dropped by to help me shove the rug under the piano. It took us awhile because the piano weighs over 800 pounds, but we managed to get it right eventually. :) Unfortunately, moving it just a little bit threw the lower strings out of whack, so it will have to be tuned again. Removing the caster cups (the hard wood cups that protect the floor from a piano’s casters) really has brought out the bass of the piano, and it’s less muddy somehow with the rug in place. I am pleased. :) We had planned on being nerds and watching some PBS specials I recorded earlier (“Becoming American” and a Frontline special on Tony Blair), but instead we watched Margaret Cho in I’m The One That I Want.

Other photos in the batch include pictures of Mandy, Elliot, and Lilli. Photos -> [see some photos]

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  • http://www.insignifica.org/jozjozjoz :: jozjozjoz ::

    Oh, I hate that “Taiwan” smell, too! What is it that makes everything smell like that? The air?

    Also, on “Becoming American,” I suggest skipping the first segment. It was really, really slow. Moyers has done better. Segments 2 and 3 pick up considerably.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • bs

    try dumping a couple cartons of baking soda all over the rug for a day, then vacuum. At least it won’t smell worse.

  • http://trayc.com tracy

    Febreze. You can get it in the supermarket and just spray it all over the carpet. It works just like baking soda without the problem of having to get all the white powder out of the rug.

  • name

    Hi echeng – just hit upon your weblog, very well written, and i love
    that grand piano

    please visit mine sometime

    http://ricecooker.org

    ricecooker.org

    cheers,

    dan

  • wendy

    that smell actually comes from camphor (mothballs)…known in our household as “grandma’s suitcase” smell.

  • http://www.jimbatcho.com jim

    It may smell funny, but that piano on that rug looks and sounds beautiful! So you could look on the bright side: on the sensory spectrum, you’ve taken 1 step back and 2 steps forward. :)

  • Ron Bjarnason

    Eric,

    I came across your website while trying to track down Dan Smoot. He was
    my roommate freshman year in the BYU dorms. If you know of a way that I
    can contact him, can you pass it along to me??

    Also, I wouldn’t mind getting ahold of Grant Ingersoll either. I came
    across your site

    http://www.echeng.com/output/c.....norm_teri/

    which documents your attendance to a wedding in which they were
    groomsmen. (Thank you Google)

    Anyway, if you would feel more comfortable asking Dan to contact me
    instead, my email is ronny@cs.orst.edu.

    Thank you.

    By the way, you probably know this, but your listed email eric@echeng.com bounced back on me (thus I resort to comments that I hope you check).

    Ron Bjarnason
    Department of Computer Science
    Oregon State University

  • norm

    I’ll handle this one…

    Ron: I am Norm of the aforementioned wedding. I’ll email you to hook you back up with grant and dan.

  • echeng

    hi, tracy! i’ll try fabreeze. thanks for the tip.

    i’m afraid that I will start smelling like the rug soon!

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