What do Chinese people do in the Bay Area? — 1: The Three Banalities

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“The Three Banalities of Bay Area” (wānqū sān sú)

We love to mock about the lack of activities. There are so few Chinese-friendly options that we made a list of banal recreations:

  • Hiking. ⛰ No. The staircases don’t count.
  • Werewolf / Mafia, or board games in general. 🐺 Often found in the break rooms in your company.
  • U-picks. 🍒 Cherries, strawberries, …
  • Clamming. 🦀 We are talking about digging geoducks, trapping crabs, and cleaning the sand out from your crocs.
  • Skiiing / snowboarding. 🏂 For some, a trip to Tahoe is the only occasion they travel outside of California.


Let’s start with hiking. Mission Peak is everybody’s favorite. But what’s the big deal with climbing that pole?

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Board Games and “Script Kills”

The runner-up are the board games, which needs no further introduction. Instead, I want to talk about an recent trend here: Script Kills (a.k.a., “murder mystery”, “killing scripts”, “jùběn shā”).

A typical Script Kill session. It can last for 6 hours.

U-pick Farms

We Chinese people brag about our agricultural skills: We plant stuff everywhere:

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  • What lives on a branch and has 6 letters, beginning with “c” and has 2 repeating letters in the middle? A commit.
  • What’s the command for selectively duplicating a commit from a branch to the HEAD? Git cherry-pick.
  • Where do you put your cherries after removing them from the branch? A bucket — BitBucket.



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