Nonsense That Fills My Head on a Monday
H. passed away two weeks ago. Friends told me he had a seizure, and that he stopped breathing soon after. Apparently he'd suffered from seizures for years, but he often avoided taking medication because of the way it made him feel. H. was one of those guys that I always felt like I would see again, and news of his departure made me very sad. Unlike V., who I never got to know that well, I felt like H. was a friend.
The above paragraph is, by the way, NOT nonsense. H. will be missed, and my condolences to any of his family and friends who might be reading this.
P. had his birthday party at Pete's pizza last Sunday. Saw a lot of the usual suspects there. Talked with J. for a while about real estate. Talked with K. about the job he's going to start in Taipei. No kind words for Hess. I've never worked at Hess, but what J. and K. said about their "vacation days" sounded like a lot of bulls&*t. Are the contracts at every Hess that deceptive?
It's a four-day weekend starting tomorrow. No plans as yet, though we might be driving to Kaohsiung on one of the four days. My mother-in-law made "a joke" about losing 2 million dollars on FB the other day, and she isn't the kind of person to make that kind of joke. Various family members are agonizing over the fact that she may have actually lost the money, and how is that possible, and who did she give the money to, and so on.
And by the way, the "J." in one of the above paragraphs is not the "J." mentioned in a previous entry. A lot of names start with J, and if anyone acquainted with the various Taiwanese and foreign "J.s" around town will just have to guess which "J" I was talking about. To make matters worse, there were two "J.s" at that same birthday dinner.
Miserable four-day weekend for me. Drove to Kaohsiung (and also Tainan) on Thursday, fighting traffic all the way. Later found out that the "joke" about the 2 million dollars wasn't a joke at all. My wife responded by taking away her bank book. Drove back from Kaohsiung on Friday, and the traffic was even worse - almost a standstill from Chao Jou 超州 to Fangshan 放山. Then I got sick on Saturday, and spent most of Saturday and Sunday sweating, coughing, and sleeping.
Saw The Conjuring 2 last night. Liked it a lot, and thought it was better than the first one. It was a bit too drawn out for its own good, but definitely an improvement.
Mainland China is threatening yet again to reduce the number of tourists it allows into Taiwan. This time they're claiming it was all a part of an established plan, and yet also a reaction to Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wen's "incomplete answers" to questions about Cross-Strait relations. I can't help but think about all the years I was here before Mainland Chinese tourism was "a thing," and if Taiwan could get along without it before, what's different about now?
Speaking of the news, it's amazing how much traction certain facets of the Taiwanese media can get from Japanese porn stars. The Apple Daily and Next Magazine regularly feature articles on these people, and the articles almost never have any journalistic worth whatsoever. I get that such articles are an excuse to put up photos of the porn stars discussed, but why is the Taiwanese reading public so fascinated by them? Why not just view the porn that inspired the articles?
In equally ridiculous news, the little bar across from the Old Taitung Train Station is now serving a beer called "Satan Gold." A couple friends and I drank some of it last weekend. Not bad, but not as good as the IPA they were selling before.
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