Not So Festive Lanterns
Last weekend was Lantern Festival 元宵節, so there were fireworks exploding all over town. We dragged ourselves downtown to see this year's lanterns, but as it turned out there wasn't much to see. Only six lanterns in all, and some of them were broken!
We also passed by the Triangle Park while the big "fireworks fight" was going on, but this year's crowd wasn't half as large as last year's. Last year's Lantern Festival transformed the entire city into a single, massive traffic jam, but this time around most roads were clear. Apparently the Taitung County Government 台東縣政府 has decided not to funnel so much money into this festival, and this may be why this event was so distinctly unimpressive.
Aside from the haphazard viewing of local religious festivals, I didn't do a whole lot last weekend. I dusted off my road bike and rode up the coast on Saturday, and on Sunday I did laps on my mountain bike behind the Forest Park 森林公園. I would have loved to go swimming, but the weather is still too cold. After the amount of eating I did on Chinese New Year, exercising seems like the right thing to do.
I've been watching a lot of movies too. On Saturday I watched 1982's "Swamp Thing," and on Sunday I watched 2004's "Catwoman." "Swamp Thing" still holds up pretty well, despite the fact that it's now 32 years old. "Catwoman," a much more recent production, is so bad that it's good. I loved the part where the cats bring Halle Berry back to life, and Benjamin Bratt's character has to be the most clueless detective ever. We need more superhero(ines) to save us from dangerous beauty products. This is a niche market that The Avengers have yet to consider.
In more personal news, I've had more than one friend mention the word "divorce" lately. While everyone's situation is different, I can't help but wonder at the coincidental fact that three (count 'em, three!) different people mentioned marital difficulties in the same, two-week timeframe. Is it some kind of vibe I'm giving off? Something inappropriate that I'm saying? Something related to Valentine's Day?
Anyway, I've got a race in Guanshan 關山 this weekend, followed by a trip to Kaohsiung 高雄. Hope you all had a good Lantern Festival, even if you were far removed from lanterns, fireworks and festivals. Spring is here, and there are many reasons to be happy.
Keelung 基隆 and Uninterrupted Sunshine
Happy Year of the Horse! 馬年快樂 (中)
Shuang Liou Forest Recreation Area 雙流森林遊樂區