Taiwanese People I Know
First of all there's "T," who I work with. His favorite thing is to find new restaurants. Usually these favorite restaurants are Western, but not always. He also likes to travel, but the way he travels is very different from the way I travel. He's more of a four-star hotel type of traveler, whereas I try to do it cheap.
I've known T for years, and if he's reading this I'll just ask him to be careful with the food.
There's also "A," who I talk to a lot. I think she's one of the best teachers at our school. I've also known her for years, and when we both have free class periods we play chess. She's a very blunt person, but I've learned a lot from her honesty. I think knowing her has made me a better person.
If A is reading this, I'll just thank her for all the help.
"I" works at a school in Tai Ma Li. We both love American superheroes, so that's a recurring topic of conversation. Sometimes I see him and his girlfriend at the movie theater, but I don't see him nearly as much as I used to. We worked together years ago, and thanks to him I know a lot more about computers.
I, if you're reading this, we should have lunch or dinner together soon.
"W" ISN'T my friend, but rather my adversary. I won't provide any details about W, because doing so would bring me a lot of trouble. They say a good adversary is better than a good friend - and this may well be true - but just the same I'm never happy to be around W.
If W is reading this, I wish him/her well... but only if it's in my own interest to do so.
In Kaohsiung there's "A," who happens to be my mother-in-law. She used to live in Tainan, but moved to Kaohsiung after we moved to Taitung. Her life has had its share of obstacles, but every so often we'll have conversations that are weirdly enlightening. Last time I saw her she was talking about how busy she is with her church. I couldn't help but think that being her age and being so busy is a good thing.
If A is reading this, I'll just ask her to keep dancing.
In Taichung there's "N," who I haven't talked to face-to-face in a long time. She'll send me holiday greetings on Line or Facebook, and occasionally ask me how to write/say something in English. I think she works for a trading company there. She is/was one of my best friends in Taichung, and I hope I'll see her and her husband again soon.
If N is reading this, I'll just invite her - again - to Taitung.
Oh, and look at this: T-A-I-W-A-N. All of these people's "names" together spell "Taiwan." I'm so clever. I know, I know, you never would have noticed that if I hadn't pointed it out, right?
I think that just about any place comes down to the people you know. If you have friends around you'll like the place, and if you don't you probably won't. I'm lucky to have so many friends (and enemies?) around the island, and I can only hope that my friends feel the same way.
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