The Chinese Squat

bya Gabrielle at 8:00 AM

One thing that has always amazed me in China, is the Chinese ability to squat just about anywhere and for long periods of time like it’s no big deal.  If I squat for anymore than five minutes, I have a hard time getting back up.  My legs lock up and I walk around, hunched over like a 80 year old woman.  Hence, why I’ve never been a big fan of squatter toilets.  When I see old people squatting on the street, I am even more amazed.  I don’t understand how they do it.  I do know one thing for sure, the Chinese would make great catchers in a baseball game.  Maybe the MLB should start scouting here.

The squat toilets really aren’t that bad.  You get used to them after awhile, and in time your legs get stronger.   I once read on this one guy’s blog that after squatting for a year, he had absolutely no pain in his legs when skiing.  And I think I read or was once told that squatting instead of sitting was better for you.  I don’t know if it is true or not.

Phil actually prefers them.  He says he wants to have one in our home one day.  He also says he wants his own personal urinal.  He says this because our apartment in Fuyang, Zhejiang, had one.   I would like to know where he plans on putting all these toilets.  At the rate we are going, we won’t even be able to afford a house to put them in.  And if Phil gets his  three toilets, then I be allowed to get an ayi.  Ayi is Chinese for maid.  I don’t have one, but I often day dream about it.  Basically, right now, I am the ayi.  It sucks less than having a job, so I can’t complain that much.

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