Those who know me will freely attest that I have a ‘thing’ for Oriental girls.
Chinese, Japanese, Korean… you name it, I am completely dippy about them.
I recently had the opportunity to meet a very charming young lady, LingZhi. She goes by the English name ‘Liz.’ 
She and I met a month or so ago and have been getting together now and again since then.
LingZhi is what I call a ‘stealth loonie!’ She has the cool, calm ‘normal’ exterior thing going, for sure. But once you get past that, she is a different girl altogether!
I really enjoy her company. She has been in this country a couple of years. Her English is more than OK although she is a bit self-conscious about it. 
We do unusual things. For example, about two weeks ago, out of the blue, she asked me if I could teach her how to make mashed potatoes. How do you say ‘no’ to that? So, off to the grocery store we went. As we were shopping, I tried explaining to her what ‘kosher’ meant but gave up after a few tries. I’ll get around to it eventually, I’m sure.
LingZhi, knowing my fondness for Chinese green tea, was kind and thoughtful enough to give me some as a Hanukah present.
Yesterday, she flew back home to China for the holidays.
Hopefully, she will return next month and we can see what kind of trouble we can get into again.
 I personally think that the name ‘Lindsay’ is more closely connected to her real name but what do I know?
 Not nearly as self-conscious as I am about my Mandarin. The expression ‘Significant Suckage’ leaps to mind.