The former captain is spending the year in Hangzhou. Among his recent activities:
Last month he managed to find “a quality restaurant that supplied ‘takeaway thanksgiving meals.'” He ordered cranberries, and a whole roast turkey. Fortunately, a Westporter was visiting her family in the area, and brought goodies. Trevor and several others — including 2 Australian colleagues — enjoyed “a proper Thanksgiving dinner.”
- That same weekend, Trevor watched the Chinese national soccer team play in Hangzhou. Though the Chinese team is not well regarded — even in its own country — the visiting Lebanese are worse. China scored an inelegant 1-0 victory.
- Recently, some Chinese English teachers started a newspaper, “Eyes Around.” They asked Trevor to help edit, lecture about writing — and be interviewed for the 1st edition. The students described “James” — that’s apparently what he’s called in China — as “a handsome young man with thick mustache, bright eyes and a brilliant smile.” He likes pizza, “Baozi, dumplings, fish and many kinds of chicken.” He described the Chinese people he has met as “kind-hearted, they would never cheat others, and many times they would help him.” The students also asked Trevor — er, James — whether 2012 is “the doomsday.” He replied (they said): “This is a controversial matter. But the life will go on regardless if people are living on it.”
- Every year Trevor’s college has a Christmas party for faculty and students. It is a classy event, with evening gowns, suits and entertainment. As the youngest and least experienced faculty member, he was elected to host the party. He will sing Christmas carols, and re-enact the Nativity scene. His role: “You guessed it…bearded baby Jesus.”