2016年3月25日 星期五

Nonsense That Fills My Head on a Friday


Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting terrible reviews.  I haven't yet read any of these reviews (I don't want the plot twists ruined for me), but the headlines are worrying.  I already bought tickets for it, and I'm hoping it's not as bad as it's being made out to be.  Yes, the title is ridiculous, but I still want to see a Flash movie someday.


The steak I ate last night made me sick.  I'm not going to eat at Shiang Shiang (香香牛排) ever again.  I have a certain sense of nostalgia for the place, but their business seems to be going downhill, and the service was terrible.


I'm teaching a class in Jer Ben next month.  The first session will be for the workers in the Jer Ben Forest Recreation Area 知本森林遊樂區, and the second will be for high school students volunteering there.  It sounds like an easy and interesting gig, and it pays well.  I spent most of yesterday making a powerpoint for it.


I'm probably having lunch with my friends D. and R. today.  Sam's Burger yet again.  I'm pretty tired of Sam's Burger, but it's very convenient from my school.  After last week's Tainan Marathon I went to T.G.I. Friday's and had a BIG burger.  Since then I haven't wanted hamburgers so much.


And speaking of that Tainan Marathon 台南古都馬拉松, today I read a news report about it.  It seems the event wasn't organized very well, and some people were even cheating their way through it.  This I can easily believe.  With 15,000 people running through those old, narrow streets, it was easy for the race organizers to miss things.  Hopefully next time they can do a better job.


Saw R.S. in the Carrefour last night.  He really dresses like someone who lives in Luye 鹿野.  It always seems funny to me when I see him, because I remember buying that Lonely Planet he wrote back in 1999.  Who knew that years later I'd be running into him at Carrefour?


If J. is somehow reading this, please know that I got your message, but I was in Tainan at the marathon.  I really was busy, but I doubt I would have gone to that thing anyway.  I don't like being "distant," but every time I talk to you you try to bring up your personal business.  I just can't be in the middle of that, man.


A certain foreign colleague is leaving the Taitung Foreign Teacher Project.  I would give him an initial, but that would probably make it too obvious.  He formally resigned last week.  I haven't seen him much lately, but I hope he finds something more fulfilling next year.  This job certainly isn't for everybody.


I'll probably take my daughters out for pizza tomorrow.  I really want pizza now.  I'll also be riding my bike in the morning.  I can only hope the weather will be better than today.


I keep meaning to go down the coastal highway and take pictures.  There's been a lot of construction along that stretch of road, and I'd like to show people what's going on there.  A lot of people don't get out much, and unfortunately a lot of these development projects take place when most of us aren't paying attention.  I'm not against development, but I do think that local governments (and the democratic process in general) work better when everyone is well informed.  Too many things are done in secret. 



I (may have) got an extra job working as a translator for the Taitung County Government.  Communications with those in charge - in either language - are difficult.  They email me.  I email them back.  Several days pass.  I get another email.  It's a long, agonizing, and mystifying process, but I'm somewhat used to it now.  They want my help translating certain websites and documents into English.



That last entry I wrote about the Ten Big Projects was killing me.  There are a couple phrases in that one that I'm still not sure if I translated correctly.  I realize that many people find that subject boring, but those Ten Big Projects were what gave shape to modern Taiwan.



Finished watching the second season of Daredevil on Wednesday.  Good show, and much better than I thought it would be.  It got a little silly at the end, but I liked what they did with the Punisher and Elektra.



Trying to read a science fiction anthology from 2003.  I think if you are writing a science fiction story it had better be damn good if you are going to namedrop guys like Asimov and Herbert.  Otherwise you come off looking worse by comparison.



I often dislike talking about the weather (it's usually like saying you don't have anything more meaningful to say) but it's raining and I'm feeling very sleepy.  Perhaps I should just call it a day here, and leave you to your own thoughts, and your own Friday.  Whoever you are, and whatever you're doing, have a good one.

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