Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this:
A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food.
And then it happens.
“Which city are you from?”
“I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing myself for the nearly inevitable response.
“Ah, Seattle. The Chaoyinsu” (literally “Exceed Sound Speed” – the Supersonics).
Our hapless Seattleite protagonist now must explain how the Sonics have moved to another city, they are no longer called the Supersonics, and how Seattle sports fans constantly suffer from the trauma of having defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.