Monthly Archives: August 2011

Taiwan, last update

I should still be able to post the occasional ground-breaking, world-altering tidbit when I’m back on the mainland, but I wanted to get this posted while I’m waiting for my flight in Hong Kong. Somehow it just seems more appropriate to write one last bit about Taiwan before I’m actually back on the mainland. Not much of any great humor… (more…)

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Taiwan, part 10: When Going Home Isn’t Going Home

Today’s class. Wow. It was. . .I’m groping for an appropriate word. It was almost Zenlike in its futility. All the forces of boredom and aimlessness were perfectly combined, such that had the Bodhisatva entered the room and pronounced us all officially Higher, or Actualized, or whatever the official term is to describe full enlightenment, I wouldn’t have been surprised.… (more…)

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Taiwan, part 9: 10 Random Thoughts

Most of these posts are pretty epic. Time for just a short cluster. 1. Taiwanese professors answer their cell phones during their lectures, just like mainland professors. Two days ago our professor arranged a furniture delivery right in the middle of class. If this keeps up, mark my words: I’m ordering a pizza during a lecture sometime before I graduate.… (more…)

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Taiwan, part 8: Going Someplace, Outdoor Markets that Don’t Suck, Forgetfulness and Mountains

Let’s have a show of hands: how many of you have ever forgotten something on top of a mountain? Of those of you with your hands up, how many of you forgot something so important you had to hike back up the mountain to get it? After last Friday, you can count me among this elite group. I should have… (more…)

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